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State of Alabama
Festival of Musicians
News Release
Monday, June 07, 2010


Mobile, Alabama — Festival of Musicians organizers have authorized the donation of 1 million dollars worth of passes to the July 8-12 Festival of Musicians to Gulf Coast Deep Horizon Oil Spill Cleanup Workers.

Festival of Musicians Exec. Producer, Rick Shell says, "I see these guys working so hard every day, some of them far from home, and they aren't getting much in the way of R&R. That's no way to fight a battle. We (The Festival of Musicians) have been discussing different ways we might be able to help with the cleanup effort, and realized, the best thing we could offer, is the thing we have an abundance of, Great entertainment". Shell cites Bob Hope and the USO's work along similar lines entertaining troops and workers during other crisis as an inspiration.

Regarding distribution, Shell said, "as much as possible, the Festival of Musicians passes will be distributed directly to oil spill cleanup workers and they can also get will-call passes online by going to festival website at and clicking on the Oil Spill Cleanup Assistance link. We do ask that people try to carpool in groups to avoid overloading parking facilities, not to mention saving gas".

Billed as a Music Festival for MUSICIANS, The 5 days festival features a large variety of musical acts from all over America in such diverse genres such as Rock, Reggae, Country, Blues, Americana, Jazz, Folk, Punk, Bluegrass and "just about any other thing you can think of".

Asked about headliners, Shell responded, "This is different from any music festival you have ever attended. We try to let everyone start out on equal footing, and every band, singer, songwriter has a shot at headliner status. The audience decides who the biggest stars are. If we had to call out headliners they would include Queensryches "America Soldier" AJ Fratto with Pensacola's own stadium rock veterans "Below the Stitch". SugarBear Trio, whose super star cast founded the well known "boy band" NSYNC, and has since gone on to touring projects with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Goo Goo Dolls, REM, Police etc. Jody Payne was Willie Nelsons lead guitarist for the last 30 odd years, Bo Roberts was Hank Williams Jr's band leader and lead guitar, i- tegrity are masters of Roots Reggae and regulars with Bob Marleys Wailers Band. I could fill up this page talking about the talent and still not get to half of them. This festival is not about prima donnas though. It is as grass roots as it gets, and the focus is 100% MUSIC. Like I said. There's never been anything like it."

The Festival of Musicians 5 DAYS of PEACE LOVE & MUSIC takes place July 8-12 in the beautiful new Baldwin Co. Bicentennial Park. Located right on the edge of Hastie Lake, North of Spanish Fort on Hwy 225 or from Mobile it is 1.5 Mi. off I-65 at Hwy 225. Near Stockton Ala. 36579

Directions and Tickets available at Festival Website at

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