DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) — Take thousands of anglers. Add dozens of artists and musicians. Then stir in as many as 75,000 spectators, and you've got the makings of a jam-packed Rodeo Music & Arts Festival on Dauphin Island.
Set in conjunction with the 83rd annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, the Music & Arts Festival will feature four days of music performances at the fishing rodeo site and also at restaurants and businesses across the island. Events will kick off Thursday afternoon, July 14, with music at several locations, including the rodeo site, where the rodeo's annual Liars Contest also is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Fishing will get under way at 5 a.m. Friday, July 15, and end at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Musicians will also perform those three days at the rodeo site and at outdoor venues throughout the island town. Additionally, on Saturday more than 20 regional artists will be displaying and selling their works at local businesses.
The Town of Dauphin Island will provide a free shuttle bus on Saturday to help people get from site to site.
"It's going to be a great four days," said Mayor Jeff Collier. "Our goal in helping sponsor the Music & Arts Festival is to give people more to do when they come to see the fishing. They can move around the island and see what we have to offer."
Thursday's music lineup includes Leland Clay, 2-6 p.m., Pirate's Pleasure Bar & Grill; Winston Ramble, 4-6 p.m., Fishing Rodeo stage; Paw Paw's Medicine Cabinet, 8-10 p.m., rodeo stage; and The Modern Eldorados, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Fins Bar.
On Friday, featured performers will be Delta Smoke, 3-5 p.m., rodeo stage; Winston Ramble, 5-7 p.m., rodeo stage; The Wellborn Pickers, 5-30-9:30 p.m., Pirate's Pleasure; Brett LaGrave, 6-10 p.m., Islanders; Dylan Scott, 7-9 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; and Ryan Balthrop, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Fins Bar.
Saturday's lineup will include Leland Clay, 10 a.m.-noon, Green Park; Brandon White, noon-1:30 p.m., rodeo stage; Stereo Dogs, noon-4 p.m., Pirate's Pleasure; Leland Clay, 1-3 p.m., Billy Goat Concessions; Delta Smoke, 1:30-3 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; Eric Erdman, 3-5 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; Rebecca Barry, 5-9 p.m., Fins Bar; Mulligan Brothers, 6-8 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; Three Bean Soup, 6-10 p.m., Islanders Restaurant; Terry the Carpenter, 8-10 p.m., Pelican Pub; and Infant Richard and the Delta Stones, 9 p.m.-1 p.m., Fins Bar.
Sunday will feature Nanafalia, noon-1:30 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; Chris Wellbourne, noon-4 p.m., Islanders Restaurant; Harrison McGinnis, noon-4 p.m., Pirate's Pleasure; Delta Smoke, 1:30-3 p.m., fishing rodeo site; Ryan Balthrop and Friends, 3-4:45 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; and Holly Mosely and Tim Kinsey, 3-7 p.m., Fins Bar.
Saturday's roster of artists incudes Dena McKee, Jimmy Stroud, Susan Cox, Cindy Schafhirt, Sharon Johnson, Laurie Schaerer, Robert Zimlich and others. The venues at which they'll be stationed include Lighthouse Bakery, Mack and DD's Emporium, Treasure Trove, Chevron, Billy Goat Concessions, Fins Bar, Islanders Restaurant, Dolphin Health & Fitness and Green Park.
The Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council's gallery on Bienville Boulevard will be open Saturday and Sunday.
For more information about musicians and artists, visit the Music & Arts Festival's Facebook page and the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo's website, which also contains information about the fishing rodeo itself. Schedules and maps will be available at the rodeo site and at participating venues.
The fishing rodeo is sponsored by the Mobile Jaycees, whose promotional literature describes it as "the largest fishing tournament in the world." Awards and prizes will total more than $1 million.