GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The City of Gulf Shores is excited to announce the 2019 lineup for the Music at Meyer Park concert series. These free springtime concerts have become a fan favorite for locals and visitors alike.
On March 28, Johnny Hayes and the Loveseats kick off the Music at Meyer Park series. Hayes, born and raised in Mobile, Ala., began playing acoustic cover shows while attending the University of Alabama. Johnny's rendition of Otis Redding's classic cover “Try a Little Tenderness” caught the attention of Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine on Season 12 of NBC’s The Voice, getting two chair turns and a spot on Team Adam where he advanced to the top 24 live rounds. Since then, he has been presenting his unique brand of rock n' soul music smothered in southern-charm, and keeping audiences craving more with originals such as “Sweet Salvation” and the crowd favorite “Straight from the Bottle.”
Grayson Capps steps in as the second performer for the Music at Meyer Park series on April 4. Hailed by NPR for his “unbridled energy and authenticity,” Capps first emerged as a solo artist in 2005. His debut record, ‘If You Knew My Mind,’ earned rave reviews. American Songwriter declared, “Take the poetry of Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt, combine with Steve Earle’s edgy attitude and stir with a little cup of the bayou-blues (think Howlin’ Wolf) and you start to get a taste of Capps’s scrumptious gothic gumbo.” He has since gone onto release five similarly exalted albums that have earned him devoted followings in both the US and Europe.
Amanda Shaw will take over the stage on April 11. Mix a little bit of country and Cajun, with a touch of Rock-n-Roll and Blues, and you have a funky Louisiana flavor that fiddler and singer Amanda Shaw brings every time her high heels dance across a stage. Amanda’s passion for her culture is evident in the diverse blend of music she creates with every note she plays. Amanda’s award-winning music and high-energy performances with her band, The Cute Guys, produce a unique balance of mainstream harmonies with grassroots charm. She continues to master her technique by putting a personal Louisiana twist on performances at festivals and events around the world – locally, regionally and internationally.
Jamell Richardson will wrap up the 2019 Music at Meyer Park series on April 25. In 2014, he released is debut EP “Gulf Coast Blues Boy.” Music lovers may recognize Richardson from the 2015 Hangout Music Festival. He was selected as the winner of the “Reach the Beach” contest. Richardson is known for his “B.B. King-like” facial expressions, Jimi Hendrix style guitar tricks, his strong soulful voice and his incredible stage presents. So far in his short career as a musician he has had the opportunity to share the stage with legends such as Bobby Womack, Lenny Williams, Bobby Bland, Latimore, Al Green, Shirley Brown, Denise LaSalle, Millie Jackson, and many more blues legends.
All Music at Meyer Park concerts are free and open to the public. Shows begin at 6 p.m. at Meyer Park, which is located at 400 E. 22nd Ave. These are rain or shine events. In the event of rain, the back-up location for Johnny Hayes and the Loveseats on March 28 and Jamell Richardson on April 25 will be at the Big Beach Brewery, and the back-up location for Grayson Capps on April 4 and Amanda Shaw on April 11 will be at LuLu’s.