Five of the six acts for this year’s Jazz Fest are set Friday and Saturday June 9 and 10. Friday night at Strand Park will be headlined by American Folk Rock group Delta Rae and Saturday night at The Amp will be headlined by Southern Rock artist Paul Thorn.
Jazz Fest’s Robert Gunn has had the North Carolina group Delta Rae on his radar for several years.
“I reached out to them four or five years ago about coming and doing an event here,” Gunn said. “They thought they were not known well enough for the venue. Well, it worked out that they were close by and were able to work us in. We are excited that they are coming.”
Gunn says this year’s opening act for Friday is a jazz group from Nashville – The Sofia Goodman Group.
“We reached out to them last Christmas,” Gunn said. “She is a drummer and leads the group.”
Returning to Alexander City Friday night is JazzFest alum Randall Bramblett, who recorded with Gregg Allman and Elvin Bishop and toured with the likes of the Gregg Allman Band, Widespread Panic and Traffic.
“Randall has been here before,” Gunn said. “They loved coming here.”
He explained that Bramblett performed at JazzFest in 2008 when Zac Brown performed.
Gunn says that the Saturday night headliner Paul Thorn will bring a little Southern Rock to the stage at the AMP to close out this year’s Jazz Fest.
“He has been on the road for about 20 years,” Gunn said. “He will bring a Southern Rock sound to the stage.”
Gunn says that Thorn has a following and will be helped by the Montgomery scene.
“He has a pretty good following,” Gunn said. “Plus, his guitar player is from Montgomery.”
Thorn has toured as the opening act for Huey Lewis and the News, Sting, Toby Keith and others.
Opening for Thorn on Saturday night is no stranger to the area as Alexander City native Trey Eiland brings his group shadowood to the stage at the AMP.
“They have played around here before,” Gunn said. “The played last year at Friday on the Green and couple of JazzFest board members heard them and said we ought to have them for JazzFest. They have a good sound and we are glad to have them at the AMP.”
Gunn explained that the sixth act has not yet been determined but not to worry, whoever it is will be good.
“We had someone lined up but they had to pull out Friday due to a scheduling conflict,” Gunn said. “I am pretty full speed looking for someone. I have been watching a lot of video.”