If The Southern Rambler had the opportunity to enjoy an extended music road trip, we would most certainly ramble through the southern states along the I-10. Thinking about the number of musicians that have traveled at least a portion of the 2,460-mile route between Jacksonville, Florida and Santa Monica, California is fascinating. Second-tier cities, such as those along the Gulf Coast, consistently attract the attention of major artists as they travel through our beautiful beach towns to larger cities. Now that is Gulf Coast living!
Maybe it is our southern charm, or perhaps bands/musicians are opting for shorter drives and a chance to jump off the mega tour track for an evening. There is a lot to be said about slowing down and enjoying time with fans in a smaller, more intimate venue. Although The Rambler does not claim to be an expert about booking live music, we know there are several venues routinely filled midweek with music lovers.
Our quiet coastal towns are of no secret too big names. Panama City, Pensacola, Mobile, and Biloxi frequently attract major bands as they travel to/from broader markets like Nashville, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, and Orlando. Regardless of how they arrive, be it a van, bus, or in a caravan of 18-wheelers, their social media pages erupt with endearing posts about our quaint coastal cities.
From promoting literacy, empowering groups and individuals, relating with others, inspiring youth artists, and cultural preservation, music plays an essential role in our coastal lifestyle. Below is a list of upcoming music events and festivals that caught our attention. Tag @tsrlivemusic in your pictures and let us know how you enjoyed the shows!
Food, Arts, Music, and More
Ten65 – Arts, Tech, Music
Oct 4 – 5 | Mobile, AL
Converge on downtown Mobile, AL and experience Ten65—a free, two-day event that celebrates music, technology, and the culture of this remarkable city on the rise.
48th Annual National Shrimp Festival – Seafood, Art, and Music
Oct 10 – Oct 13 | Gulf Shores Public Beach
The Trifecta of festivals – seafood, art, and music! The Shrimp Festival is a strong supporter of regional bands. Some of the best Gulf Coast musicians will take part in this year’s lineup.
Two stages will host live music from morning through the night during the entire event. Headlining bands include the Tip Tops, Velcro Pygmies, The Groovinators, and Doctor Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster.
Suwannee Hulaween – Music, Visual Art
Oct 23 – 27 | Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, FL
Suwannee Hulaween, hosted by the band, The String Cheese Incident, is an annual music and camping festival held during Halloween weekend and features the Spirit Lake® visual arts extravaganza.
The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP), recognized as one of the best festival venues in the country, is nestled along the shady bank of the historic Suwannee River in North Florida. SOSMP is home to over 800 acres of camping space, concert-ready fields, and Spanish moss-draped trees.
Headliners for this enchanting weekend include The String Cheese Incident (three nights), Bassnectar, Anderson .Paak, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Greensky Bluegrass, Umphrey’s McGee, and The Hip Abduction.
The Southern Rambler 2018 Suwannee Hulaween Festival Review: http://thesouthernrambler.com/suwannee-hulaween-2018-review-and-notable-moments/
Foo Foo Fest – Art, Music, Southern Culture
Oct 31 – Nov 11 | Pensacola, FL
The Foo Foo Fest is an annual 12-day celebration that includes culturally creative happenings, events, and moments together under one banner. Delivered with a hefty dose of Southern sophistication, the Festival is big fun, filled with events of high artistic and cultural caliber.
This year’s Foo Foo Fest line up runs the gamut. It includes internationally-acclaimed classical piano virtuoso, Garrick Ohlsson, renowned jazz band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Multi-Grammy nominated musician, Marsha Ambrosius.
Visitors will also experience several displays of incredible art.
First City Arts will share “Skulptures” – A display of 3D printable skate-able concrete structures.
Pensacola Little Theatre will present “The Savannah Sipping Society” – A laugh-a-minute comedy where four unique Southern women, desiring to escape the monotony of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate during an impromptu happy hour.
“Fire and Rain” – A sea of billowing holographic strands suspended above historic Intendencia Street for all to see.
11th Annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend – Food, Beverage, Music
Nov 1 – 2 | The Hangout, Gulf Shores, AL
Calling all foodies! Make your way to Gulf Shores for a high-end culinary, beverage, and food competition event. The event includes cooking demonstrations, an oyster shucking competition, beer tasting, and a tailgate party (you can watch football while you eat).
Music will play throughout the day on the Main Stage. The lineup has yet to be determined. In years past, live music performances included Cam, Rodney Atkins, Michael Ray, and Anderson East.
35th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival – Music
Nov 7 – 17 | Pensacola, Perdido Key, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Bon Secour, and Silverhill
Hailed as one of the oldest festivals of its kind, the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival (FBISF) celebrates its 35th year hosting over 200 nationally-acclaimed and aspiring songwriters for ten days in November. Performers will share their stories and share their songs in over 24 venues. These up-close experiences can be enjoyed over dinner, in a listening room environment, at a family-friendly venue or at the iconic Flora Bama Lounge where it all began. Music lovers from all over the country make an annual pilgrimage to see their favorite musicians and leave after also discovering new artists. The FBISF has been named one of the Top Twenty Events in November, 2019 by the Southeast Tourism Society and has been recognized by Billboard and American Songwriters Magazine.
The 30A Songwriters Festival – Music
January 17 – 20 | Fort Walton Beach, FL
Join us during one of The Southern Rambler’s favorite songwriter festivals of the year! The 30A Songwriters Festival is home to all music genres spanning 25 different venues. With more than 175 artists and 225 performances, the 30A Songwriters Festival is a premier destination for music lovers. Previous Festival performers include Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Grace Potter, Jason Isbell, Dr. John, and Shawn Mullins. The 2020 lineup will be released closer to the event.
Upcoming Live Music / Concert Events
Beau Rivage Theatre – Biloxi, MS
- Oct 5 & 12 Boyz II Men
- Oct 18 & 19 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
- Oct 25 & 26 Air Supply
- Nov 2 Patti LaBelle (Beau Rivage Symphony Series)
- Nov 22 Joe Bonamassa
Island View Casino – Gulfport, MS
- Oct 11 Travis Tritt
- Oct 12 Natasha Bedingfield
- Oct 26 Clint Black
- Nov 1 Ronnie Milsap
- Nov 16 REO Speedwagon
- Nov 22 Willie Nelson
Saenger Theatre Mobile – Mobile, AL
- Oct 4 Moon Taxi
- Oct 12 Alison Krauss
- Oct 16 Alter Bridge & Skillet – Victorious Sky Tour
- Oct 25 Switchfoot
- Nov 7 Gary Allan
Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
- Oct 5 Dawes
- Oct 7 Jenny Lewis
- Oct 8 Steel Panther
- Oct 11 Wilder Woods
Pensacola Saenger Theatre
- Oct 15 Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
- Oct 18 The Black Jacket Symphony: Prince’s Purple Rain
- Nov 16 Kip Moore
- Nov 23 The Prophecy Show: The Music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- Jan 30 Travis Tritt
- Feb 26 Joe Bonamassa
Vinyl Music Hall
- Oct 11 David Allan Coe
- Oct 16 The Wood Brothers
- Nov 3 Big Head Todd & the Monsters
- Nov 4 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy