America’s favorite beachside roadhouse is celebrating its 50th anniversary in a big way. On Saturday, Aug. 16, country superstar Kenny Chesney will headline the “Flora-Bama-Jama,” a free concert on the beach.
“To me, a place like the Flora-Bama is all about kicking back, being with your friends and not worrying about a thing … just hang out and be easy,” Chesney said in a press release. “I love that it’s on a border, that it’s on a beach, that it’s like the best bar anywhere people get together and just be! It’s everything the notion of The Big Revival is built on: taking that time to regroup, replenish then re-engage with the passion of being truly, absolutely alive.”
RSVPs to the concert were accepted on Chesney’s website but the ticket allotment was quickly reached. The Flora-Bama is currently putting names on a waiting list for tickets that may be available later.
Felts releases debut album
Rick Hirsch is best known as the guitarist for legendary Azalea City jam masters Wet Willie. When he’s not playing with Wet Willie, he runs the Mobile-based Studio H20. Hirsch has had musical acts such as Eric Erdman, Sirius Plan and Tom Reipl grace his mixing board. Huntsville’s Ingrid Marie Felts has also been working on her debut album “Manna” at Studio H20 with Hirsch.
“Manna” takes the listener through a wide range of emotions, experiences and sounds. Felts eases her audience through soft, seductive nature of “Hand Me Down.” The song “Sweet Life” is so filled with the sub-tropical soul of the Gulf Coast that it is hard to believe that Felts is not a native. From sonic jaunts like “Don’t Ask Me Why” to heartfelt ballads such as “The Sound of Falling,” Felts carries each song with pristine and extensive vocals.
JTE comes back to OGD
The Azalea City has watched Justin Townes Earle grow from a would-be singer-songwriter to one of the most prolific artists in modern Americana. The size of his performance venues have grown along with his career. However, Earle has always kept a special place in his heart for Callaghan’s Irish Social Club. Once again, Earle has scheduled a double-shot of performances in the OGD’s legendary neighborhood pub Aug. 18-19. The number of tickets has been limited to 50 each night, and they went on sale last Friday for $60. These tickets will go fast.
Isbell headlines Seagrass Concert Series
Another installment of the SeaGrass Concert Series is on its way Saturday, Aug. 30, with an impressive lineup of local and national talent taking the stage at the site of the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo on Dauphin Island. Jason Isbell will be the evening’s headliner. Isbell first gained notoriety as a member of the Drive-By Truckers. After going solo, Isbell crafted a Southern-infused style of rock that has kept him on the road and making records. Isbell’s wife Amanda Shires is also scheduled to perform.
In addition to the Isbells, the lineup also includes Marc Broussard, Ryan Balthrop and Lisa Mills. Tickets are one sale now for $40 through the Eventbrite website and the South Mobile County Tourism Authority (www.visitsomo.com).