Fairhope music festival kicks off


By Guy Busby

FAIRHOPE – Three days of music, food, crafts and family fun begin today with the start of the first Fairhope Music Festival.

The festival will feature a variety of bands at two venues, said John Cochrane, one of the event’s organizers.

“We have 12 bands coming to play at Fairhope this weekend from New Orleans and Nashville and across the country,” Cochrane said. “It takes place at two sites. Friday night there is a Live at Five concert series at the Halstead Amphitheater in downtown Fairhope at Coastal Alabama Community College, I have a great funk band from New Orleans called Flow Tribe. And then after that, headlining Friday night, I have legendary New Orleans musician and guitarist, songwriter Anders Osborne. One of the best. I am a huge fan of him personally and I am a musician.

Music continues Saturday and Sunday at Weeks Bay Plantation, an 80-acre organic farm south of Fairhope.

Saturday bands include the Will Kimbrough Band, JD Simo, Cha Wa and The Soul Rebels. Grammy-winning New Orleans musicians George Porter, Jr. and the Running Pardners closed the main stage on Saturday. Sunday acts include Red & the Revelers, Telluride and hometown artists The Red Clay Strays.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival will help pay for renovations to the Fairhope American Legion Post 199, which was damaged by Hurricane Sally in 2020, Cochrane said.

“It’s a benefit for the American Legion Post at Fairhope,” Cochrane said. “For me, as a musician, this is a great place in Fairhope and they are really good people in the Legion. We thought it was a good cause. They’re trying to rebuild to be up to code, so the whole festival is a boon to the American Legion.

Additional entertainment throughout the weekend will include activities for kids and Halloween-themed events.

“We want to create an experience that people will talk about for years to come,” says Jill Stanley, festival board member. The motto of the festival is “Restore our souls from the South”.

The festival will also feature 30 organic vendors and crafts from local artisans. The Truck Stop will feature a selection of local food trucks offering a variety of selections.

Weeks Bay Plantation will offer camping for the music festival. Tent pitches, boondock pulling pitches, and full RV pitches are available. Electricity is not provided, but there will be bathing facilities, camping activities and a camping host, according to a festival statement.

Camping fees range from $ 97 to $ 197 per night.

Tickets for the Live at Five Fairhope concert on Friday, October 29 are $ 25 and can be purchased online through EventBrite or at liveatfivefairhope.com.

Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday events at Weeks Bay Plantation are on sale through EventBrite for $ 45 for both days. Tickets at the door will cost $ 60. Organizers said they were only selling 2,000 tickets to allow guests to maintain social distancing.

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