Green River Ordinance will be the festival's closer, as they are set to play at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night. File Photo
Green River Ordinance will be the festival's closer, as they are set to play at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night. File Photo

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Bands announced for 24th Annual Jazz Fest

Published 7:24pm Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The 24th annual Jazz Fest is fast approaching and organizers are getting excited about this year’s lineup.

“We are really excited for both nights,” said Robert Gunn, co-chairman of the Jazz Fest committee. “We have quality entertainers for Friday downtown and quality entertainers for Saturday at the AMP.”

The action will get going on Friday, June 13 at Strand Park downtown. Streets should close around 5 p.m. and Gunn said the first act will begin playing at 6 p.m.

“Guitar Slim, a bluesy guitarist out of Montgomery, will be the opener,” Gunn said.

Guitar Slim has shared the stage with legendary artists such as B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Clarence Carter.

At 7:30 p.m., Sunpie Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots will be bringing its unqiue style of blues, zydeco and Afro-Lousisana music. Barnes is a multi-instrument performer and switches between piano, percussion, harmonica and accordion.

The closer for Friday night’s festivities will be the Knoxville band The Dirty Guv’nahs.

“They are big on the college

circuit,” Gunn said. “They play a range of music that can be classified more as Americana. Its not really country or hard rock.

The Boston Globe has called the six-member band of brothers a “fiercely soulful band,” and the Guvs have performed at recent festivals including Bonnaroo, Wakarusa and SXSW.

Saturday, Jazz Fest will continue at The AMP. Parking is free, and the gates will open around 5:30 p.m.

Chad Fisher Group will take the stage first at 6:30 p.m., playing its blend of improvisation and original compositions as well as new takes on old Jazz Standards. Chad Fisher, an established freelance trombonist, serves as the group’s lead vocalist.

At 8 p.m., St. Paul and the Broken Bones will take the stage, and Gunn said the group is in high-demand and will not disappoint.

“Everybody that has heard them has asked us how we managed to get them,” Gunn said.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones are a Birmingham based group marked by a bluesy-soul feel with horn accompaniment. The group will be coming to Alexander City after a quick tour in the United Kingdom and an appearance at Bonnaroo.

Green River Ordinance will close out the night and the festival, with the group slated to begin performing at 9:30 p.m.

The group has a unique blend of styles, being neither country nor pop nor folk but instead is a style that encompasses aspects of all three. The group traces its origins to Fort Worth Texas, and have had two hits make waves on the Billboard, with a No. 6 on the folk chart and a No. 6 song on the rock chart.

Patrons are permitted to bring food as well as coolers with their choice of beverage or libations. Alcoholic beverages cannot be consumed outside the festival boundaries at Strand Park. There is no charge for admission either night.

Gunn said that he is looking forward to the event and wants to see a great turnout.

“It’s a community -wide event,” Gunn said. “Everyone is invited to come out both nights, have a good time, rekindle some old friendships and start new ones.”