ShoalsFest, a new one-day event set to take place on October 5th at McFarland Park in Florence, AL, has announced its first wave of artists. The event will feature performances from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, and 400 Unit fiddler Amanda Shires, plus more to be announced.
Muscle Shoals, and the surrounding towns of Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Florence (collectively referred to as “The Shoals”) had an immeasurable impact on popular music with what was dubbed the “Muscle Shoals Sound.” Artists ranging from soul/gospel pioneers The Staple Singers (featuring ShoalsFest performer Mavis Staples), Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge and Aretha Franklin to contemporary/folk/rock artists of the day such as Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Bob Dylan descended upon the unlikely “Hit Recording Capital of the World” to record at FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, where they made some of their most seminal recordings that changed the face of music.
Notably, festival headliner Jason Isbell is a native of Green Hill, Alabama, making him an appropriate act to headline the new event. As Isbell explains in a press release, “I’ve always wanted to bring a music festival to the Shoals, and McFarland Park is the perfect place to enjoy world-class artists and the beauty of the Singing River,” Isbell says. “These acts are all personal favorites of ours, and we’re proud to bring them to our hometown and show them a good time. I hope y’all are as excited as we are about ShoalsFest 2019.”
Tickets for ShoalsFest go on sale next Monday, March 25th, at 10 a.m. CST. For more information and ticketing details, head to the event website here.