Knox Outdoors Music Festival

Jacki Lowry, a spokeswoman for the Knox Outdoors music festival, said that the Knox Concert Series board is aiming at drawing a younger audience with this first outdoor festival.

The board formed a committee of young professionals, and the idea for the outdoor event was born. Knox partnered with Red Mountain Entertainment in Birmingham, which was able to book the headlining act — St. Paul and the Broken Bones — and help establish rest of the show, which includes seven other bands on two stages.

“It’s a big deal,” Lowry said of having St. Paul and the Broken Bones play on Noble Street. “We’re excited.”

The festival will take place Saturday in downtown Anniston on Noble Street between Ninth and 11th streets.

What are festival hours?

Gates open at 2 p.m. Saturday and close at 10:30 p.m. The main entrance will be on Noble Street between Ninth and 10th streets, in front of Effina’s restaurant.

Who’s playing?

Eight bands will play on two stages. Local bands will play the smaller stage. The main stage acts start at 4 p.m. St. Paul and the Broken Bones will go on around 8:30 p.m.


1:45 p.m. — Keyton, a heartfelt acoustic guitarist/singer.

2:30 p.m. — Pace House, “math rock” fusion band.

3:15 p.m. — The Lie Within Callie, featuring 19-year-old singer/songwriter Callie Wilson.

5 p.m. — Rattlesnake Rattlers, folk string band.


4 p.m. — Bright Light Social Hour from Austin, Texas.

5:30 p.m. — The Seratones, Southern rock band from Shreveport, La.

7 p.m.  — The Dexateens, “Alabama-bred machine gun swing.”

8:30 p.m. — St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

Will there be anything else to do?

There will be a kids zone (admission is free for kids 10 and younger), arts and crafts vendors, and food vendors.

Did you say food?

Food vendors on the street include Mellow Mushroom pizza, barbecue, Italian ice, Southern Girl coffee and beer.

Did you say beer?

Yes, there will be beer sales on the street. Alcohol is allowed only within the festival gates. No alcohol may be brought in from outside.

Can I bring my own chair?

Yes, lawn chairs are allowed. So are backpacks. But no cameras with detachable lenses.

Can I leave and come back?

Each ticketholder is allowed one exit and re-entry before 7 p.m.

What if it rains?

Festival takes place rain or shine.

How much are tickets?

General admission tickets are $45 at the gate or $35 in advance, available at Get four tickets for $99 using the discount code “Calhoun.” Children 10 and under are free.

Are there VIP tickets?

Of course there are. VIP tickets are $125 each, available at They include VIP parking, access to the VIP area inside Classic Too with free snacks, beer and wine, plus a VIP viewing area next to stage. The big draw, though, is that VIP tickets get you access to indoor bathrooms.

JAMFEST, Jacksonville

Nearly 1,500 cyclists will converge on Jacksonville State University next weekend for the 2017 Cheaha Challenge. JSU is hosting the new Jacksonville Arts and Music Festival, or JAMFEST, on Saturday to showcase local bands and other artists

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the JSU campus, off Pelham Road North, in the field next to Kennamer and Stephenson Halls.

Local and university artists will display, demonstrate and sell their works in different mediums, such as glass blowing, painting, screen printing, knife-making, ceramics and solar photography.

There will be a drama stage where you can help make a fairytale movie, learn to fight like a Jedi, and learn about making props and stage makeup.

Admission and parking are free. For more info, visit


10 a.m. — National Anthem, performed by Kiesha Lee

10:05 a.m. — Sherwood Seven

10:45 a.m. — Singer/songwriter John Alex Gorham

11:15 a.m. — Southern Road

11:45 a.m. — JSU Steel Drum Band

12:15 p.m. — Carl Brady

12:40 p.m. — JSU Latin/Jazz Ensemble

1 p.m. — Rattlesnake Rattlers

2 p.m. — The Sunsets

2:45 p.m. — JSU/Community Jazz Band

3:30 p.m. — Georgia Flood

4:30 p.m. — JSU Steel Drum Band