Army Band in Gulf Shores and Foley

Patriotic music moves us. Marches inspire us. And the sound of a military band excites us.

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Two opportunities to enjoy the 151st Army Band patriotic concert: Tuesday in Gulf Shores and Friday in Foley.

This week, you have two opportunities to experience all of the above!

The 151st Army Band’s Concert Ensemble will be performing Tuesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. in Gulf Shores. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, and choose your spot in the lawn behind the Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 W. 2nd St. This is a free event, so bring your family and friends—the more the merrier!

Can’t make it Tuesday? You’ll also find the military musicians playing Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at Heritage Park in Foley (corner of Hwy. 59 and 98). Their appearance, preceded at 6 p.m. by the Alabama Baton Corps, is part of the free weekly Music and a Movie event that also includes a farmer’s market (3–6 p.m.), so be prepared to shop and then stay for the evening to view Forever Young on the large inflatable screen.

It’s not too late to join us at the beach for this weekend! Take a look at what is still available for your arrival this Friday, June 22, then start packing for a fun-filled, sunny getaway on the beautiful white sands of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan or Orange Beach (Alabama) or Perdido Key (Florida)!

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Marty McIntosh CD Release Party

Gulf Shores resident Marty McIntosh is bringing a taste of Nashville to town. To celebrate his first CD, he will perform some of the music from it, and then enjoy meet-and-greet time with his local fans. Rumor has it that a special appearance will be made by country music great David Frizzell, too.

Marty McIntosh CD Release Party, Gulf Shores, Alabama, music, country, Cohiba Dunes Cigar Bar

Celebrate country artist Marty McIntosh's The American Night CD release in Gulf Shores Friday, December 2, 2011.

Marty’s CD, The American Night, was recorded in Nashville for the Nashville America Records label. The first single—the title track—has been on the radio, and the second single, “She Makes Me Look Good,” has recently arrived at the radio stations.

Marty wanted to bring a bit of the Nashville culture to his hometown, to show his appreciation for those who have supported him. But he also believes strongly in the importance of community, so he has made this CD release party about more than just himself or his fans. The admission fee of $10 will be waived if you bring a new, unwrapped gift to donate to Toys for Tots, and a portion of all album sales during the release party will go to this organization. (Hint: A CD would make a great gift or stocking stuffer!)

Come party and hear some fun new music at Cohiba Dunes Cigar Bar in the Pelican Place Shopping Center just north of the Gulf Shores island. The event is scheduled for 7–9 p.m. this Friday, December 2, 2011.

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Stars and Stripes Family Parade

Taking part in a parade often requires association with an organization that has registered as a participant. But this Saturday, July 2, you and your family are welcome to take part in Family Day America, A Stars and Stripes Celebration.

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Wear your red, white and blue and take part in the Family Day America parade in Gulf Shores, Alabama on July 2, 2011.

The Gulf Shores American Legion Post 44 is hosting a family-oriented parade plus activities in Kids Park and Sims Park Pavilion at the Bodenhamer Center. Register at 8:00 a.m. to take part in the 9:00 parade. Decorate your bicycles and tricycles, wheelchairs, wagons, strollers, and even yourself. Show your pride in this great country by sporting your best reds, whites and blues as the parade follows the sidewalk around the park.

After the parade, stay for the free activities such as a bounce house, crafts projects, balloon creations, games, clowns, music, food and drinks, and a visit with Freddie the Fire Truck.

Before you leave the event, thank the folks with the American Legion for organizing this day of family spirit, and for continuing local efforts to honor our country and our service men and women. Also be sure to share your appreciation with the Gulf Shores Parks and Recreation Department for coordinating the location, and the Gulf Shores Lions Club and Gulf Coast Family Chiropractic Center for sponsorships of the event.

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Memorial Day Weekend brings many opportunities for parties and get-togethers. LuLuPalooza promises to be a highlight among all the gatherings, so if you are in the Gulf Shores area, you’ll definitely want to be a part of this musical jamboree.

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LuLuPalooza - SIX bands on May 28 and 29 at LuLu's in Gulf Shores!

Saturday, May 28, brings to the stage Cornbred from 1 until 3 p.m., followed by Soul Rebels Brass Band at 4 until 5:30, then Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes beginning at 6:30.

Sunday, May 29, begins with David St. Romain from 1 until 4 p.m., then Randall Bramblett from 5 until 6:30 p.m., and finally Paul Thorn at 7:30.

See the LuLu’s talent information on Meyer’s Concerts & Music page for descriptions of the artists and to listen to their music.

Note: It will be difficult to choose just one act to enjoy in person, so go ahead and plan to spend both days and evenings at LuLu’s at Homeport Marina. Don’t worry about food or drinks throughout the day—LuLu’s offers a wonderful menu for all ages, Plus, you can let your young ones play in the sandbox kids area while the young-at-heart enjoy the music.

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Mac Walter—No Ordinary Talent

It’s not every day that you get to experience up-close a guitar virtuoso who developed his own fingerstyle approach to incorporate into folk, jazz, country, rock and blues.

Mac Walter, guitar, concert, Beach CITE Studios, Orange Beach, Alabama, Gulf Shores

Folk, swing, jazz and more by virtuoso guitarist Mac Walter who uses his own fingerstyle method to create masterful music.

But it’s not an everyday kind of talent that brought Mac Walter to the forefront. Although already playing ukulele at age 15, he was encouraged to explore the guitar. Three months later he was playing in a band and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His fascination with music led him to study at Berklee College in Boston and then continue his studies with inspiring, hard-driving teachers, and Mac is now a role model to the next generations of true guitarists.

Beach CITE Studios—located at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach, Alabama—is offering you an opportunity on Friday, April 22, 2011, to see, hear and feel the passion that exudes from the heart and fingers of Mac Walter.

As seating is limited at this intimate venue, call 251-981-1989 now to claim chairs for you and your friends. The entertainment begins at 7:30; your donation for admission will be accepted beginning at 7:00.

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Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival

11 days. 26 venues. 170 musicians.

The Songwriters Fest runs through November 21, 2010, along the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast.

The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival has been referred to as the world’s largest gathering of songwriters. The talent comes from as far away as Australia and as close as next door, and ranges from those just getting started to well-seasoned veterans of the professional music world.

You’ll want to be in our backyard (Perdido Key, Florida plus Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Bon Secour, Alabama) between now and November 21 to enjoy as many of these gifted composers, lyricists, singers and instrumentalists as you can squeeze into your schedule. But consider yourself warned: Choosing which venue and who to hear will not be an easy decision! On the positive side, though, no matter where you end up, you won’t be disappointed. And another bit of good news: Nearly all of the venues are free.

Add the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival website to your Favorites or Bookmarks so you can have the most current schedule available; the songwriter line-up is subject to change without notice, but will be updated online.

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