It’s almost time for summer, and that means warm afternoons, cold drinks and plenty of opportunities to get everyone out of the house and into some great new tunes at one of the region’s many music fests.
New this year is Heflin’s Rajun Cajun festival, featuring Taylor Hicks. This all-day concert benefiting the Hollis Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department starts at noon with acts like Buck Wild and Young Sullivan holding court until Hicks’ finale, after which the “American Idol” winner will sign autographs.
Vendors will serve foods like crawfish, BBQ and Cajun “gator on a stick” — which is exactly what it sounds like.
If you’re looking to rock out a little bigger, there are a variety of festivals throughout the next few months, featuring acts such as The Black Keys at the Hangout Festival, Third Eye Blind at Riverfest and Joan Jett at the Riverbend festival.
What: Weekend festival on the beach featuring national and worldwide acts from a wide mix of genres
When: May 16-18
Where: The Hangout, Gulf Shores
Lineup: The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast and Jack Johnson, among many others. Thursday kick-off party lineup includes Girl Talk, Iron and Wine and others.
Cost: The festival itself is sold out, but tickets to the kick-off party are still available for $50.
River Jam Music Festival
What: A free two-day music festival featuring local and regional artists
When: May 16-17
Where: Friday at Union Station Train Shed, Saturday at Riverfront Amphitheater, Montgomery
Lineup: Rosco Bandana, AJ Ghent, Reggie Hines, Chuck Leavell and others
Rajun’ Cajun Festival
What: Cajun-food themed all-day concert
When: May 17
Lineup: Taylor Hicks, Buck Wild, Young Sullivan, Joshua Travis Band, Ryan Robertson Band
Cost: Adults $20, children 10 and under $15
The Acoustic Café
What: Three-day acoustic festival featuring stringed musicians and singers
When: May 23-24
Lineup: Pokey LaFarge, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Blue Ribbon Healers and others
Cost: Advance tickets $50, at the door $60
Rome River Jam
What: Outdoor concert and tailgate
When: May 24
Where: Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, Rome, Ga.
Lineup: Cole Swindell, John Pardi, Adam Sanders, Old Dominion, Babes Bayou Band and Five40
Cost: Advance tickets $20, at the gate $30, tailgate passes $20
The Preserve Jazz Festival
What: World-class outdoor jazz festival
When: May 25
Where: Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham
Lineup: Larry Mitchell, Vann Burchfield, Keith “Cashmere” Williams, Roman Street and others
Cost: General admission $35, VIP $125
Hank Williams Festival
What: 35th annual festival in honor of country singer and Alabama native Hank Williams
When: June 6-7
Where: Hank Williams Music Park,
Lineup: Gene Watson, Colon Leatherwood, Jeff Whitlow and others
Cost: Friday $15, Saturday $25, two-day pass $30
What: Nine-day multi-stage festival with mix of music genres
When: June 6-14
Where: The banks of the Tennessee River, Chattanooga
Lineup: Boston, Buddy Guy, Widespread Panic, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and many others
Cost: General admission for nine days $35, one-night wristband $26
What: Free all-day outdoor music festival
When: June 7
Where: The grounds of Alabaster Municipal Park and Thompson Middle School, Alabaster
Lineup: Rodney Atkins, Fuel, 2 Blu & The Lucky Stiffs, Atticus Avenue and others
What: Four-day multi-stage festival featuring a mix of music genres, comedy and more
When: June 12-15
Where: 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn.
Lineup: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Richie, The Flaming Lips and many others
Cost: General admission $284.50
What: Two-day festival by the Coosa River
When: June 13-14
Where: Highway 411 in Gadsden
Lineup: Third Eye Blind, Wynonna Judd, Jeremy Jackson Band and others
Cost: Adult weekend pass $35, weekend pass for children 11 and under $10
Alexander City Jazz Fest
What: Free two-day outdoor jazz festival
When: June 13-14
Where: Downtown Alexander City