By Phil Riddick
Madison County Commissioner
Come experience great music and tasty BBQ in a beautiful setting. The Fourth Annual Bluegrass & BBQ Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 at Southside Park. Sponsored by South Huntsville Main Association and Madison County District 5, this family friendly event will feature three popular bluegrass bands – Three on a String, Another Town, and Justin & Angelica Branum – from 2 until 8 pm. Bring your lawn chairs and come hungry as food trucks will be on site. There is no admission charge for this event.
Three on a String is one of Alabama’s most beloved bands and have been entertaining audiences in the United States and Canada for decades. With over 20,000 performances these four entertaining guys have learned their craft and enjoy sharing their talents with each new audience.
Another Town is an exciting Bluegrass band comprised of seasoned musicians who have worked with some of the best Bluegrass touring acts such as Volume Five, Warrior River Boys, Hurricane Creek, and The Madison County Ramblers. The band is based on traditional bluegrass music with a modern, fresh sound.
Justin Branum is a fiddle/violin, viola, cello, mandolin, guitar, and bass player based out of the Nashville area where he plays on recording sessions, does road dates, produces and arranges music. He has played in various instrument contests and has won the Grand Master Fiddler Contest, National Fiddle Contest, Tennessee State Fiddle Championship, Tennessee State Mandolin Championship, and the Texas State Fiddle Championship. He has played with bands and artists such as Son Volt, Johnny Bush, Pokey LaFarge, Bobby Flores, Lee Ann Womack, Roland White and Marty Haggard. He is a frequent guest at the Grand Ole Opry. He and his wife Angelica currently tour and play together.
This festival showcases all that South Huntsville and Southside Park have to offer. Whether you are taking a stroll on the Aldridge Creek Greenway or giving your dog some exercise at the dog park, stop in and enjoy the music in the shadows of the foothills to the east. Kids will enjoy the playground while adults enjoy the music, and there is even disc golf and archery areas. You may even see South Huntsville residents roller blading, skateboarding and hula hooping!
Mark your calendars and make plans to enjoy a relaxing afternoon and evening at Bluegrass & BBQ at Southside Park (16159 Chaney Thompson Road SE, Huntsville 32803) on Saturday, October 15 from 2-8 pm.