Helen Keller Festival Concert

Bands & Musicians

Line-up is subject to change.

All performances will be on the Main Stage in Spring Park,
unless a different location is designated.

2016 Bands and Musicians will be added to this page as they are booked.

Thursday Night after Parade

Street Party (Downtown Tuscumbia)

Kerry Gilbert Band

Time: 7:00 pm, After Parade

For a quarter of a century, the KGB has been giving audiences a musical experience unlike any other.  Using his more than 30 years experience in the music industry, the band’s founder and leader, Kerry Gilbert has consistently assembled Muscle Shoals Music’s finest musicians to serve as members of his KGB. 

Whether they’re delivering Southern Rock, Country, R&B classics, or traditional Gospel, they do it all with their own brand of Muscle Shoals soul and unforgettable harmony, mixed with a good dose of laughter.  KGB fans will tell you that a KGB performance comes with several guarantees:  You’ll hear amazing music that your entire family can enjoy together…and you always leave a KGB performance feeling better than you did when you came! 

The Band: Kerry Gilbert, Randy Kimbrough, Hugh Banks, Mitchell Curtis, Alyssa ("Cissy")  Ashley

Friday

Tiera

Time: 5:00 pm

Tiera is a rising country music singer/songwriter from Gardendale, AL.

The nineteen year old has a deep, soulful country sound. She began her musical career when she was just nine years old. By the age of thirteen she taught herself to play the guitar by watching youtube tutorials. Once she mastered the guitar, she began singing and performing cover songs which then led to her writing her own originals.

Tiera loves to perform in Nashville and has had the chance to play at the famous Bluebird Café. She draws her inspiration from country music giants including Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert.

Sweet Tea Trio

Time: 7:00 pm

Voted Alabama’s Country Female Artist of the Year for 2016, Sweet Tea Trio is winning the hearts and catching the eye of fans across the country. Their sound is unique, unlike what you hear on country radio today. If you haven’t met them yet, you are sure to remember Sweet Tea Trio once you do. They are all singer/songwriters with a southern charm that is contagious and as authentic as their voices!

Victoria Camp, Savannah Coker and Kate Falcon have joined forces to give country music fans their first taste of an all-female trio since groups like the Dixie Chicks and the Pistol Annies. Sweet Tea made their national television debut singing the National Anthem at the Talladega races and has shared the stage with favorites like Lonestar, Tracy Lawrence, Scotty McCreery, Diamond Rio, Drake White, Shenandoah and others. Sweet Tea is reaching fans of all ages with a focus on amazing harmonies and impressive energy on stage. For more information see www.sweetteatrio.com

http://www.sweetteatrio.com/

Shenandoah

Time: 8:00 pm

 

Saturday

Electric Zen

Time: 3:00 pm

Electric Zen is a group of talented rock musicians straight out of the heart of Muscle Shoals. They have a little something for everyone. From playful ska to heavy rock they're here to bring the joy of music to everyone.

Dean

Time: 4:00 pm

Dean is a Husband/Wife Duo Based out of North Alabama. Garrett and Briana Dean share a Passion for creating and performing. Both spent many years on their own musical path until they met at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Music is such a powerful thing and is what brought them together and it shows in their Performance. Dean has headlined Festivals on a local level and had the pleasure of opening for several accomplished artists across the Southeast such as:
*Sammy Kershaw
*Richie McDonald
*Collin Raye
*Marty Raybon
*John Anderson
*STARSHIP Dean Prides themselves in a Fun, High Energy, and always Family Friendly show for all ages with a focus on Harmonies and positive lyrics. Dean released their debut E.P last year and will have hard copies available. You can follow them at DeanFan.com

Josh Allison and the Corner Pocket

Time: 6:00 pm

Josh Allison & The Corner Pocket
www.joshallison.rocks

Josh Allison comes from a blue-eyed soul background, and with wife and music partner Judy, the duo is a folk-soul force of their own. Their harmony-rich songs have earned them Writers Night spots at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and local songwriters showcases. The couple's debut EP is a wealth of influences: Van Morrison, Michael Jackson, John Fogerty, Robert Plant, and Fleetwood Mac.

Josh Allison and the Corner Pocket was born when Josh & Judy spontaneously invited three friends from Huntsville, Alabama to one of their favorite spots to play in Birmingham early 2016 for their first time ever playing together. That's how the magic began, nothing was off the table.

The Band:
Guitarist Daniel Adamek has logged years of playing gospel, soul and funk, while keyboardist/vocalist Marge Loveday (Loveday/Kristy Lee) is the epitome of the Southern Soul female. Drummer Michael Kilpatrick  has played drums and fronted rockabilly, soul, reggae, and jazz bands, and until recently was a touring member of legendary LA punk band X.

www.joshallison.rocks

Wildwood Ruminators

Time: 7:15 pm

The Wildwood Ruminators is a group emanating from the fertile musical soil of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama area. Originally formed by gold-and-platinum-level songwriter and independent recording artist and producer, Eddie Martin, along with former Full Moon Ensemble member Tony Lee and John Jackson, who had previously led the popular band Jessica’s Mistake. The trio eventually grew to full-band status by adding the dynamic rhythm section of sought-after bassist Bill Williams and drummer Malcolm Singleton, who is a creative songwriter, solo performer, and artist in his own right.

As a self-contained group, they have released three CDs of original material – which include their self-titled debut, ‘ELEMENTAL’, and ‘REVELATION’ – with a fourth album currently in the works.

Sister Hazel

Time: 8:30 pm

Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called "one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years" by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Song "All for You" topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status.

Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with their audience through social media. In their first showing on the country music charts they made a strong debut with “Lighter In The Dark” at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, #6 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, #30 on Billboard's Top Current Albums chart and #79 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Living up to their fan-centered reputation, the band hosts annual events like “Hazelnut Hang,” that focuses on fan involvement and are co-founders of the Rockboat, a cruise featuring nonstop opportunities for fan/artist interaction. In addition to the events and touring, the band also gives back with Lyrics For Life.

Founded by singer Ken Block, the charity unites musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities.

Sunday

NewSong

Time: 7:00 pm with an Encore at 8:00 pm

When a music career spans more than 30 years, 19 studio albums and 20 #1 radio singles—and launches one of the biggest tours in the world—it almost defies explanation. After all, how does one account for multi-generational appeal and relevance in today’s constantly changing culture?

With NewSong, today as in the beginning, the answer couldn’t be more simple: When you understand who the real Headliner is, you step aside and let God do what God’s going to do.
It’s that stepping aside that perplexes most. But for Eddie Carswell (vocals, songwriting), Billy Goodwin (lead vocals, guitar), Russ Lee (lead vocals, guitar, songwriting), Matt Butler (lead vocals, keys, cello, songwriting), Jack Pumphrey (drums, vocals), Mark Clay (bass), and Rico Thomas (guitar), perspective makes all the difference.

“In this business, even when you’re headlining, you never know if it’s going to last five minutes or five years,” Lee explains, “But when you realize how much broader an impact you can have by opening it up and trusting God to drive it, He begins to do things you could never have imagined. This speaks to the faithfulness of Eddie and Billy from the beginning, and their sensitivity to the Spirit’s leading.”

“In the beginning, we were just four guys singing at the same church in Valdosta, Georgia, who felt like God wanted us to do this ministry,” Carswell says. “Four guys. No band. We were playing concerts and seeing God show up in amazing ways. From then to now, people have come and gone, but God has continued to show up, encouraging us to keep going.”
And at the heart of it all—which includes the blockbuster Winter Jam Tour Spectacular; the GRAMMY®-nominated mega hit “The Christmas Shoes”; induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame; and Xtreme Conferences, the band’s popular youth events which have reached nearly 500,000 people in 20 years—Carswell adds, “Our highest aim is to glorify God on and off the stage.” 

Recorded before a live audience in the round at First Baptist Church of Woodstock in suburban Atlanta, Faithful finds NewSong focused anew on worship, writing fresh songs born of the same spirit that penned their perennial Easter classic “Arise, My Love.” The project is available as a CD or CD/DVD combo, the latter of which features video selections filmed during the recording, as well as exclusive interviews with members of NewSong. 

“When we started talking about what we wanted to do next, there really was no question,” said Lee. “We’ve led worship at so many churches and conferences over the years, it’s in our DNA. We’re basically a band full of worshipers, so it makes sense on so many levels.”

Artists who have been part of Winter Jam know this too, as NewSong makes worship a top priority each Sunday on the road. Bands, bus drivers and an army of crewmembers and backstage personnel gather weekly for what has affectionately become known as “Jam Church.” These intimate, personal times of worship are an integral part of the spiritual health of the tour, especially for artists who take the stage to minister night after night to thousands thirsty for Hope.

Featuring 13 anthems and modern hymns of declaration, Faithful is simply a reflection of what NewSong has experienced from day one: the overarching power and presence of God. It is also, Carswell says, a natural progression from and follow-up to 2005’s Rescue—the band’s first live worship recording—because those are the songs that resonate most with their audiences and continue to move the men in NewSong as well. “Even 10 years down the road, we still go back to those Rescue songs,” he says, “so we wanted to reach back and move forward with some new songs we had on our hearts.”

“NewSong is in a unique situation,” says Butler, regarding the impetus behind the band’s inclusion of “Make A Way,” a song born out of the Desperation youth movement and penned by Desperation Band. “We’re challenged to find and write songs that will make an impact whatever the size of the audience, be it 300 or 15,000. As soon as we heard ‘Make A Way,’ we knew it would go over because we’ve lived through that ‘God, if you don’t come through, there’s no way’ moment in each of our lives. When Russ’ wife battled cancer. When we almost lost my daughter at birth. These songs resonate because we’ve been there, and we know our audiences are struggling with the same kinds of things.”

The title track, co-written by Lee and All Sons & Daughters’ David Leonard and Leslie Jordan, plays out in testament to God’s faithfulness to all generations. “‘Faithful’ is just a great opportunity for us to focus on the fact that we are alive only because God is faithful,” Lee shares. “He has never wavered in his devotion to us, and he never will.”

Intrigued by what he read in 1 Peter 1:12, Carswell collaborated with sought-after producer and songwriter Seth Mosley on the percussion-driven anthem “Angels,” one of the hallmarks of the album. “The whole idea that there are things angels long to see and know that God shows to us,” Carswell explains, “that He loves us to the point of coming to us because we couldn’t get to Him, it was just an exciting concept to try to write about.”

Additional NewSong collaborations showcased on Faithful include “Hallelujah (Bride In White),” co-written with Elias Dummer of The City Harmonic—an open invitation to sing hallelujah with a bluegrass underpinning—and “Keep Me Close,” a soaring prayer of surrender co-written by Matthew West.