Summer has come to the Alabama Gulf Coast, with locals and out-of-towners alike filling local beaches in search of sun and fun. The Wharf in Orange Beach has been an epicenter of fun since its weekly Sunset Festival began in April. Each Thursday throughout the summer, the streets of The Wharf will fill with magicians, street theater, artists, balloon sculptures, crab races and “family fun for all.” The crowd will also be treated to the “Spectra: Sound & Light Spectacular” each night.

Animals from the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo add to the family fun at the Sunset Festival,     scheduled each Thursday this summer at The Wharf in Orange Beach.

Animals from the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo add to the family fun at the Sunset Festival, scheduled each Thursday this summer at The Wharf in Orange Beach.


Sunset Festival organizers know it’s almost impossible to have a celebration of this magnitude on the Gulf Coast without live music. Each Thursday evening there will be entertainment in several venues. On Thursday, June 11, the cool island sounds of Pensacola’s Vibe Irie come to the main stage. One of the Gulf Coast’s few reggae bands, Vibe Irie entertains with original songs and classic tunes made famous by some of Jamaica’s most notable reggae artists. Gulf Shores/Orange Beach regular Destiny Brown will perform inside Baumhower’s. Armed with her acoustic, this singer-songwriter mesmerizes crowds with heartfelt lyricism and gentle strums across the fretboard. Find out more about weekly activities at facebook.com/SunsetFestivalOrangeBeach.

Tremonti melds speed metal and mainstream rock
Last Friday, May 22, Soul Kitchen introduced Mobile to the sounds of Tremonti. The band’s namesake, Mark Tremonti, is a familiar name in modern mainstream rock. This talented guitarist has lent his skills to bands such as Creed and Alter Bridge, bands that were extremely radio friendly and safe for mass public consumption. Tremonti the band is into something altogether different, as the crowd at Soul Kitchen can attest.

Taking the stage, Tremonti quickly pummeled the crowd with wave after wave of vehement metal riffs, punctuated with mainstream rock breakdowns reflecting the front man’s musical past. This technique provided a fresh take on both metal and mainstream rock. The front man blazed up and down the fret-board with breakneck runs. While many of the songs maintained a rapid intensity, the band broke the vibe midway through their set with their single “Flying Monkeys,” which the crowd received enthusiastically.

Tremonti has succeeded in creating a musical style that should introduce the adrenaline-filled nature of speed metal to a new listening audience.