Traditionally, VIP access to BayFest has been limited to an exclusive group of sponsors. When the lineup for this year’s installment of “Alabama’s Largest Music Festival” was announced, we also learned VIP passes will be available to the paying public for the very first time.

A look at the festival website indicates three tiers of VIP passes will be available to the public: Bronze, Silver and Gold. All three tiers include entry to the festival and access to private restrooms and a private cash-bar tent. The Bronze VIP pass will allow holders to access a VIP standing area behind those holding Silver VIP passes. The Silver VIP pass will allow holders access to the standing area as well as a reserved seat with their name on it, which will be located behind the holders of Gold VIP passes. In addition to the standing area and the reserved seat, Gold VIP pass holders will enjoy reserved parking.

(Photo/ Austin, Texas-based guitarist Gary Clark Jr., has a new album coming out on Sept. 11.

Austin, Texas-based guitarist Gary Clark Jr., has a new album coming out on Sept. 11.

Bronze VIP tickets are $99 each, Silver VIP tickets are $199 each, and Gold VIP tickets are $299 each. Advance general admission tickets are just $45 for the weekend. BayFest is scheduled for Oct. 2-4.

All tickets are on sale now through the BayFest website, and soon will be available at area Circle K locations.

Alabama returns to Gulf Coast
While on the subject of BayFest, Alabama’s performance at the 2014 festival was icing on the cake for local country music fans. This legendary group’s reunion was welcomed by a loyal fan base that spans several generations. Those fans will get another chance to hear Alabama locally when the band performs Sept. 6 at The Amphitheater at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Tickets for this Labor Day weekend performance are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

The story of Gary Clark Jr.
The Mobile Bay area has no shortage of Gary Clark Jr. fans, as the Grammy Award winning guitarist’s reception at Hangout Fest proved. Clark’s local fans will be pleased to know he’s preparing for the Sept. 11 release of his sophomore effort, “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.” He took a hands-on approach with the album, which was written, produced and arranged by Clark and recorded by his live sound engineers, Bharath “Cheex” Ramanath and Jason Sciba. Clark’s sisters Shawn and Savannah Clark are featured on backing vocals.