Waverly, Ala. caused a commotion in 2001. That was the first year of the Waverly Boogie (formerly known as the Old 280 Boogie), a music-centered street festival held annually in the small town of each April. But this year, the cultural mover and shakers at Waverly screen printers Standard Deluxe who organize the even decided one boogie just wasn’t enough. The town will host its first Fall Boogie downtown on September 29th.
Bands from Birmingham, Atlanta, Savannah and New Orleans will perform throughout the day, as well as up and coming local bands like eclectic folk act Adventure the Great.
“I love seeing and hearing all the different local bands, especially at a vintage, outside venue,” says Adventure the Great’s Kelsey Reynolds. “Rarely do you find a local event that allows you to witness and enjoy such a variety of talented artists near our area.”
Reynolds, 20, the band’s violinist, is a junior at Auburn University. Other students complete the band: Chandler Jones, lead vocals and guitar (and mandolin and banjo), Sean Bowman, cello, and Reno Reynolds, drums.
The band started when Jones was invited to play for a local non-profit, the Layman Group. He dreamed of having a band with diverse instrumentation. Later that year, the dream came true with the addition of Capi Jenkins on violin and bassist Sean Bowman. In Bethany Whitehead, the band found female vocals to pair with Jones’.
The 29th will be the band’s first Boogie performance, but not their first show at Standard Deluxe. Adventure the Great had its first CD release show—one of their best, says the band—at Standard Deluxe last April.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to play there again!” Reynolds says.
This time she better come hungry.
Music highlights the festivities, but everyone can get a taste of Auburn, too. Mellow Mushroom and Wickles Pickles will have food available between sets, and thanks to local Auburn grinders Mama Mocha’s and Opelika’s The Overall Co., coffee will not be in short supply.
Local vendors like F.O.L.K. Jewelry and Freedom Soap Co. will also showcase and sell their artwork and crafts
Boogie down from 11 a.m. to 10 pm. Bring lawn chairs and blankets; coolers are OK. No glass, no dogs. But for the first time ever, you might want to bring a sweater.
The Fall Boogie is sponsored WEGL 9.1., Standard Deluxe, The Railyard, The Guitar Shoppe, Waverly Soundcraft, The Overall Co., Mellow Mushroom, and Wickles Pickles. Bands and artists currently slated to play include Kristin Diable, Katie Martin, Adventure the Great, Eric Britt, Tony Brook Band, Larry Mitchell Band, Through The Sparks, Bohannons, and Fishergreen.
Tickets to the Boogie are $15 at the gate, $10 with a student ID. Children under 14 get in free. Email [email protected] for advanced tickets or call 334-826-6423. For more information, visit the Fall Boogie’s Facebook page.
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