With summer winding down, it’s time for one last celebration.
“We hope to end the summer on a good note with some good music and some good fun at The Amp,” said Russell Lands’ Robert Gunn of the Labor Day Concert at Lake Martin, set for 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4. “We’ll have The Vegabonds, The Bama Gamblers and local favorites Rexton Lee and The Bank Walkers.”
Gates will open at 5 p.m., Gunn said, with Rexton Lee kicking things off on stage.
Tickets are $10 and children under 6 are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online at theamponlakemartin.com or at Nail’s convenience store, The Company Store at Russell Crossroads or the Russell Lands corporate headquarters on Willow Point Road.
According to Gunn, The Vegabonds, which include Alexander City native Richard Forehand on guitar and vocals, will headline the show.
“We’ve had them down here a few times and we decided to make them the headliner this year and see how it goes,” Gunn said. “They’re a good group of guys that play some good music, including a lot of original stuff now.
The Vegabonds are Forehand, Daniel Allen on lead vocals, Paul Bruens on bass, Beau Cooper on keyboards and vocals and Bryan Harris on Drums. The band formed in Auburn, but is currently working out of Nashville.
The Vegabonds will soon release their first album since 2012’s “Southern Sons” entitled “What We’re Made Of,” featuring the single “Oh My Lord.” The album was produced by two-time Grammy-nominated producer and engineer Tom Tapley, who has worked on recordings by such artists as Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and Destiny’s Child.
Gunn said that The Bama Gamblers, formed in Auburn in 2010, are “southern rockers.”
“They have that southern rock sound that we love,” said Gunn. “They do some Allman Brothers, some Lynyrd Skynyrd with a little bit of jam thrown in.”
The Bama Gamblers released “Iron Mountain,” a recording of 10 original songs, in 2014 on Wonder Dog Records. The CD was mastered by Rodney Mills, who has worked with southern rock greats the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Atlanta Rhythm Section.
The Bama Gamblers are Bo Flynn on lead vocals and bass guitar, Matt Alemany on guitar and vocals, Eric Baath on keyboards and Hunter “Action” Jackson on drums.
Local favorite Rexton Lee, an Alexander City native, gets the concert started at 6 p.m.
“Rexton’s a local guy and he’ll either be solo or have another guitarist with him,” Gunn said. “He’s a favorite around here and he’ll do a lot of his original stuff and some covers.”
Lee will be followed by The Bank Walkers, another group of Alexander City natives.
“The Bank Walkers do a lot of covers ranging from Merle Haggard to Tom Petty,” Gunn said. “They’ll definitely do a good variety of songs and they have a good sound.”
The Bank Walkers are Steve Forehand (father of The Vegabonds’ Richard Forehand) on lead vocals, bass and guitar, Roger Holliday on vocals and rhythm guitar, David Sturdivant on drums and Brian Bice on lead guitar.
Gunn said attendees are welcome to bring coolers to the show and their will be concessions – traditional food and non-alcoholic beverages – from Potz and Panz.