BayFest is asking the public to “Save the Date” for the 20th anniversary of Alabama’s largest music festival. The date for BayFest 2014 has been set for Oct. 3-5, with a 5K run/walk scheduled for Sept. 27.

For this celebratory installment of BayFest, the organizers sent out an email blast with a survey to get the public’s opinion on who should be featured in this year’s line-up. This gives loyal BayFest supporters the chance to interact with their favorite festival. The survey can also be completed by visiting the festival’s official website.

Organizers also released the application for bands interesting in playing BayFest 2014. Interested groups should fill it out and submit it with a CD and a band photo. The CD must contain at least three original songs. The deadline to submit the BayFest application is Thursday, June 5.

Gallery to offer concerts

Art Gallery Space 401 has been an epicenter of all things eclectic in the Azalea City. Now, this gallery will feature another artistic medium. On Friday, May 2, Space 401 will begin to have regular concerts. This first event will feature Shifting Tracks, The Swivellettes and Taylor Knighton. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and there will be a $5 suggested donation at the door.

These concerts have been organized through a cooperative effort between singer/songwriter Bryant Gilley and curator Melissa Diegan. The two are “working to establish a permanent new fixture for Mobile’s music and performing arts scene.”


Gulfport hosting music festival

Before everyone heads down to Gulf Shores for Hangout Fest, a city to our west is giving music fans the ultimate warm-up. The Gulfport Music Festival will take place May 9-10 at Jones Park in Gulfport, Miss. The festival has grown exponentially since its first year and features a diverse line-up that includes a plethora of iconic ‘90s groups and modern day rock heroes.

Longreef, The Pretty Reckless, Ying Yang Twins, Ludacris and Rosco Bandana will represent the new school. This combination will give the crowd an appropriate cross-section of modern music. True Gen-Xers will truly appreciate this festival with performances from Violent Femmes, Cypress Hill, 311, Third Eye Blind, The Reverend Horton Heat, Sublime with Rome and Sir Mix-A-Lot. Kid Rock will be festival’s headliner.

Weekend passes and VIP passes are still available for purchase through the festival’s official website. Gulfport Music Fest will also offer something that is much-desired and seldom heard-of these days. Single day passes are also available.