The TenSixtyFive festival will return for a third year, providing the Azalea City with a free and fantastic lineup of bands on multiple stages throughout downtown the weekend of Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.

On May 12, the initial lineup for this year’s festival was announced. Judging from this first round of performers, it’s safe to say TenSixtyFive’s organizers have made it their mission to make this festival bigger and better each year.

Garage rockers Cage the Elephant will serve as one of the festival’s headliners. St. Paul & the Broken Bones will bring their modern soul sounds to Azalea City fans. Blackberry Smoke’s Southern-fried alt. country should be a crowd pleaser, while Judah & the Lion will fill the streets of downtown with its trademark “folk hop ‘n’ roll” sound.

Hometown favorites Wet Willie will return to help the crowd “Keep On Smilin’” with its homegrown blues and soul. Riley Green and Muscadine Bloodline will be representing Alabama’s modern country scene. Birmingham’s Riverbend will use its Southern power pop to win new fans in Mobile.

Stay tuned to Lagniappe for future lineup announcements.