BayFest ticket sale causes controversy

If the Azalea City was not already discussing BayFest, then it is now. Temporary madness ensued when the festival announced it would celebrate its 20th year with a limited-time flashback in weekend pass prices.

On July 1, 400 weekend passes were sold for $20 each. Needless to say, the passes went fast. Now, those wishing to attend Alabama’s Largest Music Festival will have to wait until Friday, July 11 to purchase weekend passes for $60. BayFest organizers will announce the festival’s initial line-up the same day. The price of weekend passes will increase to $80 after Sept. 19. Weekend passes will be available for purchase at Circle K locations and through the BayFest website. A limited number of daily passes will be available at the gate for $40 per day.

Erdman reaches goal

Eric Erdman continues to seek funding for a new album.

Photo/Eric Erdman/Facebook

Eric Erdman continues to seek funding for a new album.

In the last issue, Lagniappe reported on local singer-songwriter Eric Erdman’s effort to use Kickstarter to finance his next album. Judging from the current figures on the philanthropic website, Erdman’s fans have definitely come to his aid.

In 14 days, Erdman generated the total $15,000 that he requested to fund his new album. With the goal met, Erdman will be traveling to Muscle Shoals to record his new album. Erdman quickly went to social media to thank all those who helped finance the album and also promised to produce an album that will be worthy of the public’s help.

“I appreciate you all more than I’ll ever be able to express,” Erdman wrote in a Facebook post. “But my plan is to make you feel justified in supporting this album, by going to Muscle Shoals and making the best dang album I’m able to make.”

Fans are encouraged to contribute additional money towards Erdman’s album. Any other money invested in this album will be put towards mixing, mastering, promotion and touring. With only a few days left in his campaign, Erdman’s fans should act now.

Horton to perform at Fort Morgan

Bobby Horton will join Willie Sugarcapps in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay.

Bobby Horton will join Willie Sugarcapps in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay.

When Farragut exclaimed “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” at the Battle of Mobile Bay, he obviously did not know it would become a mantra for the entire area. On Aug. 1-3, the 150th anniversary celebration of the battle that spawned this legendary exclamation will be held at Fort Morgan. Friday’s musical entertainment will be provided by Bobby Horton. Horton is best known for performing Civil War era music using the instruments of the time period. On Saturday, Willie Sugarcapps will bring their Americana sounds to the crowd. The celebration will also include a vivid reenactment of the historic battle.