BayFest will celebrate its 18th anniversary on October 5–7, 2012 with an expected crowd of more than 200,000 guests, who will make merry in the streets of Downtown Mobile and see over 125 live musical acts on nine stages during the weekend.
Having grown substantially from a debut crowd of 50,000 in 1995, BayFest has become known for its vast array of renowned musical talent that appeals to a wide variety of audiences and is suitable for the entire family. Since BayFest’s beginning, acts such as B.B. King, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Temptations, Widespread Panic, Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Ludacris, Travis Tritt, Velvet Revolver, LeAnn Rimes, Nelly, Alan Jackson, Anita Baker, Stone Temple Pilots and hundreds more have performed on BayFest stages.
BayFest offers continuous music for every taste, including country, classic rock, alternative, pop, jazz, R&B, rap, gospel, modern rock and more. One of the festival’s stages, the Launching Pad, is specifically designed to spotlight local and regional talent and showcase acts who aspire for musical greatness. The event also includes a family activity area that has garnered rave reviews in and of itself. All of this is offered at a price that is less that what most individual concerts cost!
BayFest has been honored by the Alabama Tourism Department as the Alabama Event of the Year (2009) and has been a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for multiple years. The festival has also been named event of the year by the Mobile Press-Register, Mobile Bay Monthly and Lagniappe.
BayFest has generated in excess of $254 million for the Mobile economy since it began in 1995. The event provides destination awareness and the potential for repeat tourism to the City of Mobile.
|4Given||Sunday, October 07||3:10 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Acoustic Cafe||Saturday, October 06||3:30 PM||Cafe Stage|
|Al Green||Sunday, October 07||7:15 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|Anonymous The Apostle||Friday, October 05||7:25 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Ashelea Penquite||Sunday, October 07||3:15 PM||Cafe Stage|
|Battling Delirium||Friday, October 05||7:15 PM||Launching Pad|
|Big & Rich with special guests Cowboy Troy and Bradley Gaskin||Saturday, October 06||8:45 PM||AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage|
|Bonus Brothers||Sunday, October 07||5:15 PM||Cafe Stage|
|Brandon Green||Saturday, October 06||10:30 PM||Launching Pad|
|Brothers United||Saturday, October 06||6:35 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Buckcherry||Saturday, October 06||9:15 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|Burke Ingraffia||Saturday, October 06||4:00 PM||Jazz Tent|
|Bush||Saturday, October 06||10:45 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|Cedar St. Baptist Church||Friday, October 05||8:05 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Charlie Wilson||Saturday, October 06||10:15 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|Chris Cagle||Sunday, October 07||5:45 PM||AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage|
|Cliff Robertson||Friday, October 05||6:45 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Da Hood Preacher||Saturday, October 06||2:30 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Dat B||Sunday, October 07||4:15 PM||Cafe Stage|
|Davidson High School Jazz Band||Sunday, October 07||2:00 PM||Jazz Tent|
|Dennis “Fingeroll” Nelson||Saturday, October 06||5:15 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|Dennis “Fingeroll” Nelson||Saturday, October 06||9:00 PM||Jazz Tent|
|DJ Trey Stein and Chris Spies||Friday, October 05||7:45 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|Donna Newell & Gerry Squires||Sunday, October 07||2:15 PM||Cafe Stage|
|Droc||Sunday, October 07||2:30 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Elley Duhe||Sunday, October 07||2:45 PM||AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage|
|Elmo & the Bluesman||Saturday, October 06||7:15 PM||Cafe Stage|
|Eric Benet||Friday, October 05||9:30 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|Excelsior Band||Friday, October 05||6:30 PM||Jazz Tent|
|Faulkner State Sun Chief Jazz Bands||Sunday, October 07||6:00 PM||Jazz Tent|
|Flatrock||Saturday, October 06||6:00 PM||Cafe Stage|
|Formerly Known||Saturday, October 06||4:45 PM||Cafe Stage|
|Friendship Baptist Church||Saturday, October 06||4:30 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Gospel Music Workshop of Alabama, Mobile Area Chapter||Sunday, October 07||4:40 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Grace Potter & The Nocturnals||Sunday, October 07||7:15 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|Grayson Capps||Saturday, October 06||5:30 PM||AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage|
|Gretch Lyles & the Modern Eldorados||Saturday, October 06||4:00 PM||AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage|
|Grits-N-Pieces||Sunday, October 07||7:15 PM||Cafe Stage|
|Jerrod Niemann||Sunday, October 07||4:15 PM||AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage|
|John Jackson & Elements of Praise||Saturday, October 06||7:20 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Johnny No||Saturday, October 06||3:45 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|Jonathan Martin Quartet||Sunday, October 07||4:00 PM||Jazz Tent|
|Journey||Friday, October 05||9:30 PM||AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage|
|K-Rob||Saturday, October 06||7:15 PM||Launching Pad|
|Ledisi||Friday, October 05||11:00 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|Light for Shadows||Saturday, October 06||3:50 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Los 4 Amigos||Saturday, October 06||3:15 PM||Launching Pad|
|Loverboy||Friday, October 05||7:00 PM||AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage|
|Luke Bryan||Sunday, October 07||7:30 PM||AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage|
|Mary Mary||Saturday, October 06||8:15 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|McKenzie’s Mill||Friday, October 05||10:00 PM||Launching Pad|
|Mel Waiters||Sunday, October 07||4:00 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|Michael Franti and Spearhead||Sunday, October 07||5:30 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|MiMOSA||Friday, October 05||9:00 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|MiShondia||Sunday, October 07||5:45 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Mob Towne Revival||Saturday, October 06||3:45 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|Mobile Big Band||Sunday, October 07||9:00 PM||Jazz Tent|
|My Darkest Days||Saturday, October 06||7:30 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|P.T. Johnson||Saturday, October 06||5:15 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Pat Benatar||Friday, October 05||8:05 PM||AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage|
|Phunk Blue Moon||Friday, October 05||6:45 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|Pick of the Litter||Sunday, October 07||6:15 PM||Cafe Stage|
|Pretty Lights||Friday, October 05||10:30 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|Randy Houser||Saturday, October 06||7:00 PM||AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage|
|Rayland Baxter||Sunday, October 07||4:00 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|Rebecca Barry Quartet||Sunday, October 07||7:30 PM||Jazz Tent|
|Rexton Lee||Sunday, October 07||3:30 PM||Launching Pad|
|Rez & the Solutions||Sunday, October 07||6:45 PM||Launching Pad|
|Rick Hirsch and Friends||Saturday, October 06||6:30 PM||Jazz Tent|
|Rite Direction||Saturday, October 06||5:55 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Rochelle Harper Band||Saturday, October 06||8:45 PM||Launching Pad|
|Rollin’ In The Hay||Sunday, October 07||2:30 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|Roman Street||Friday, October 05||9:30 PM||Jazz Tent|
|Rose Royce||Sunday, October 07||5:30 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|Ruben Studdard||Friday, October 05||8:00 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|Shad and the Gang||Saturday, October 06||2:00 PM||Jazz Tent|
|Shane Philen Quartet||Saturday, October 06||6:00 PM||Jazz Tent|
|Sonny Bama & Band||Saturday, October 06||2:15 PM||Cafe Stage|
|Spank the Monkey||Saturday, October 06||2:30 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|Suburban Jazz Quartet||Friday, October 05||8:00 PM||Jazz Tent|
|Tank||Saturday, October 06||6:45 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|The Beat Daddys||Sunday, October 07||4:45 PM||Launching Pad|
|The Campaign 1984||Saturday, October 06||6:15 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|The Handsome Scoundrels||Saturday, October 06||5:45 PM||Launching Pad|
|The McCray Family||Saturday, October 06||3:10 PM||Gospel Stage|
|The Suzies||Saturday, October 06||4:30 PM||Launching Pad|
|The Ugli Stick||Saturday, October 06||5:00 PM||Coca-Cola Stage|
|Tonya Boyd-Cannon & So Divine||Sunday, October 07||2:30 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|Trigger Root||Saturday, October 06||2:30 PM||AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage|
|Unseen Evidence||Friday, October 05||8:30 PM||Launching Pad|
|Walter Sumlin, Jr.||Sunday, October 07||3:55 PM||Gospel Stage|
|Wendell B||Friday, October 05||6:45 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|Willie Nelson||Saturday, October 06||10:30 PM||AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage|
|Youngest 1’s||Saturday, October 06||2:30 PM||Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage|
|Zombo Combo||Saturday, October 06||7:30 PM||Jazz Tent|
Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando
I owe him a poem:
Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town.
He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.
He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.
He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make
There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.
Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.
He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too
Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.
Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.
Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:
If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out.
The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.
I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius!
Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.
Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!
Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!
We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.
TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?
Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.
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Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!
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