Band: Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival
Date: May 6-9
Venue: OWA Entertainment Destination, 100 N. OWA Blvd. (Foley), visitowa.com|
The skies above OWA will be filled with a legion of hot-air behemoths gracefully sliding across the sky. This weekend, the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival will be arriving at this Baldwin County entertainment destination. Those attending the festival will not only get to experience the thrill and beauty of hot-air balloons, but they will also have the opportunity to ride in a tethered version. In addition to the balloons, OWA will also be providing musical entertainment that will begin on the opening night with DJ Patrick.
Molly Thomas & The Rare Birds will be performing on Friday afternoon. This group will deliver a mix of folk rock and alt. country that has been pulling crowds to the band’s stage with each live performance. Thomas and her crew will be the perfect introduction to the glowing balloons that will take to the sky at sunset.
Tobacco Rd Band will close the festival on Friday and open the stage on Saturday. Country singer-songwriter Eric Durrance founded this four-piece mix of rock and country. Durrance is known for co-writing with Jake Owen on his track “Eight Second Ride.” In 2014, Tobacco Rd Band introduced itself to the public through the band’s debut full-length, “Rock This Truck.” The album resonated with equal helpings of twang and rock in the same world as Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert. Tobacco Rd Band will be performing cuts from the band’s latest album, “Worth Fighting For,” which continues their versatile trademark sound.
The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival will bring a taste of New Orleans to Foley as well. B Street Benny will be closing Saturday night’s musical offerings. Fronted by T.J. and Brad Lewis, this group promises to bring a party with them for each performance. When B Street Benny takes the stage, the balloon fest crowd can expect an energetic performance featuring hits from across the decades.
Kirk Jay will be entertaining the crowd on Sunday at noon. This local used a successful run on the NBC vocal competition “The Voice” to expand his listening audience. Now, Jay is building his musical legacy with a country sound that features his soulful vocal work.
The exotic guitar and percussion of Roman Street will serve as the grand finale to the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival. With brothers Noah and Josh Thompson fronting the group with their impressive guitar work, Roman Street has expanded from a duo into a full-band experience. For those unfamiliar with the group’s show, Roman Street’s latest effort is “Quarantine Jams.” This album features live performances of Roman Street’s greatest hits.
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