BridgeFest returns to Bay St. Louis
By Echo Staff
Oct 25, 2013, 23:16
Amanda Shaw plays today at Bay BridgeFest 2013 in Bay St. Louis, Miss. The New Orleans native is a pioneer of the new breed of young, roots-based musicians who have embraced both the traditional sounds of Louisiana and the pop sounds of the mainstream.
Thousands of people will venture to Old Town Bay St. Louis today and Sunday when the Bay BridgeFest music festival returns to downtown. The weekend event features a mix of national and regional performing acts, and many of the artists are mainstays of the popular New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
A total of 20 bands will play on three stages throughout the weekend. This year's lineup features The Revivalists, Dumpstaphunk, Amanda Shaw, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, Honey Island Swamp Band, Walter Wolfman Washington, Johnny Sansone, Cedric Burnside Project, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Gravy, Rochelle Harper Band and Sista Jazz.
Admission to the music festival on Saturday and Sunday is $6 a day, cash only at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. There will be free admission for military, EMS, police and firefighters on Sunday, October 27. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.BayBridgeFest.org.
Bay BridgeFest has taken place in Bay St. Louis on the Mississippi Gulf Coast every year since 2007. “The Bay” was named one of the Top Ten Small Beach Towns in the country by “Coastal Living Magazine” (2010) and chosen as one of the Coolest Small Towns in America by “Budget Travel Magazine” (2013). The historic downtown is a perfect venue for an outdoor festival, giving serious music fans a rare chance to enjoy their favorite regional performers in a relaxed Gulf-front setting.
Admission to the art booth exhibits and Silver Slipper Food Village along Main St. in downtown Bay St. Louis is free. Festival goers can browse in shops, stroll through the downtown, enjoy coastal foods and local art, and take it easy under the live oaks. This year Bay BridgeFest will also include a haunted house with proceeds benefiting the Bay-Waveland Lions Club.
The Mississippi Tourism Association named Bay BridgeFest the 2012 Large Event of the Year, and the event also received the 2012 AAA Southern Travel Treasure Award.
For more information on the music schedule, food, art and merchandise vendors please visit www.BayBridgeFest.org.
Sponsors of the event are WWOZ, Hancock Bank, Whitney Bank, Lazy Magnolia, Silver Slipper Casino, Hollywood Casino, Lazy Magnolia, OffBeat Magazine, MDOT, John MacDonald Realty, Hancock Chamber of Commerce, City of Bay St. Louis, Saucier Bros Roofing, Beningos, Specialty Contractors & Associates, Mead Brown LLC, Crane Builders, Waring Oil, Brown, Mitchell and Alexander, Paul Lacoste Sports, Mississippi Power, 200 North Beach, Dave Dennis Family, ABC Rental, Crawford Realty Group, C-Log Marine, Blind Tiger, Trapani's, Bean Excavating, Seemann Composites, Inc., Neill Gas, Coast Coca-Cola Bottling and BP.
Haunted House and KidsFest
There's more than music in store for kids at Bay BridgeFest this year. A play area with inflatable space jumps and a haunted house, both conveniently located near the music festival's main stages, promise plenty of extra fun.
Follow the screams to the “Fright Night, Sight Night” haunted house, an annual fundraiser benefiting the Bay-Waveland Lions Club, in the 100 block of Main St. for a frightfully good time.
Haunted House operation times during BridgeFest are Saturday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The haunted house will also be open on Halloween night, Thursday, October 31, from 4 – 10 p.m.
Children 12 and under are welcome to enjoy unlimited access to KidsFest, the kids fun corner with inflatable space jumps and slides. KidsFest will be located adjacent to the haunted house at the corner of Court St. and Beach Blvd.
The cost of one visit to the haunted house and an armband for unlimited access to KidsFest is $10 per day.
For adults, tickets to get into BridgeFest and one entry ticket to the Haunted House will be $10 per person.
Each additional visit to the Haunted House as well as entry on Halloween night is $5 for adults and children.
Bay BridgeFest, October 25-27, features 20 bands on three stages playing blues, funk and roots music. Headliners include Dumpstaphunk, the Revivalists and Amanda Shaw.
For more information, visit www.BayBridgeFest.org.