This Is American Music’s own, Sean Courtney weighs in with all of the possible info that you may need for the Old 280 Boogie 4/20/13 @ Standard Deluxe in Waverly, Alabama.
The Completely Unofficial 13th Annual Old 280 Boogie Survival Guide
As a first-timer to the Boogie, you may be wondering what you’ve managed to get yourself into…so let me tell you: an incredible spring day in Waverly, Alabama full of the finest people you will ever want to know, great music ranging from rock to country blues to soul, BBQ and other tasty treats, and organic art everywhere. I can’t aptly describe how much I love the boogie and why I pack up my family and make the six hour drive from south Mississippi every year to return…but I always do it, and every year, I seem to recruit more and more first-timers. This year is no different, so I thought I’d do Scott a solid and throw some thoughts together.
Here are some nuts and bolts before I get to the good stuff. The Boogie is held at Standard Deluxe at 1015 Mayberry Street in beautiful downtown Waverly, Alabama. The gates will open at 10:30 and the music will start at 11:00 and should wind up around 7:00. My advice? Get there and be ready at 10:30. Remember that Auburn is having its Spring Game on April 20th, also…so allow yourself a little extra traffic time. You will want to be able to park nearby and don’t want to miss a minute. The number of tickets has been limited to 1,500. If you haven’t bought them yet, you better do it now! Don’t expect to be able to buy them at the event…and as always…kids under 14 are admitted for free with an adult. Advance tickets are available here:http://waverlyboogie.bpt.me/
My quick advice: Enjoy yourself. Be kind to others. Smile. Wear sunscreen. Bring a poncho…or better yet…don’t…if it rains, you’ll be ok. Take a look around…take a walk around. Visit strangers. Bring a flashlight or lantern…it will be dark when it is time to pack up and go home.
Finally…let me drop some rules on you…yes…there are rules…we are trying to have a society, here, people. We all love dogs…nobody more than Scott Peek, but please leave your pets at home. Unless they are registered service dogs, they will not be permitted entry. Also, smoking is permitted in designated areas ONLY this year, and yes: I know this is a new rule, but I hope everyone can agree that it’s a good one. Also…feel free to bring an ice chest full of your favorite drinks…but remember that there is no glass allowed at the Boogie…canned drinks and plastic bottles only. There will be portolets available, one of which is handicap accessible. There will be police and fire and rescue officials on site in case of an emergency. Parking is always kind of crazy…it is street parking only and I would remind everyone not to block roads or driveways…and it seems odd to have to remind people this, but apparently it has to be done: there is no parking permitted in the cemetery.
Scott Peek and the staff and volunteers of Standard Deluxe do an incredible job of opening their arms and welcoming everyone. As I mentioned, ice chests are permitted, as are blankets, hula hoops, folding chairs, and just about everything else…you can even bring in a bucket of day old chicken…but don’t fill up. There will be top-of-the-line food vendors there to please every palette, including: * Johnny Brusco’s Pizza * Taqueria Durango * Wilton’s Catering * The Overall Company * Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ * Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium * Marble Slab Ice Cream
The music is the main draw for so many people, including myself. This year’s roster is incredible and if you have never seen the Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, I strongly urge you to prepare yourself for transfiguration. I’ve picked a few tracks from this year’s line-up and made a handy little Spotify playlist here:http://open.spotify.com/user/sean.courtney/playlist/2w69B1ytwhFJ5QTashDo1L
The full line-up is listed below…and folks, please bring your wallets…you’re going to want to buy shirts and CDs and vinyl and stickers…and it’s how these folks make a living. I feel like I should add that I’ve seen a lot of these acts before and I think Scott has really outdone himself with the amount of talent that he is bringing to Waverly this year. Can you tell I’m excited?
CHARLES BRADLEY and his EXTRAORDINAIRES PINE HILL HAINTS HURRAY for the RIFF RAFF The DISTRICT ATTORNEYS The LARRY MITCHELL BAND The POLLIES BANDITOS ADVENTURE the GREAT TEACUP and the MONSTER MEGAN JEAN & The KFB SAM DOORES + RILEY DOWNING & the TUMBLEWEEDS FIRE MOUNTAIN
In addition to music, there are vendors of all sorts around Standard Deluxe for the Boogie (including Standard Deluxe itself…where you can buy some of the finest screen-printed posters and t-shirts around…and yes…I have fully outfitted my family in SD wear for a few years now.) Please make your way all around the property and visit the artists and other vendors who make the Boogie more than “just” a music festival. This year’s vendors include:
* PHEETS GUITARS (also a sponsor) * McGEE VINTAGE CLOTHES * APRIL K POTTERY * RT POTTERY * FREEDOM SOAP CO. * MISCH MASCH * STOURIO * NILA McBRIER JEWELRY * ANTHONY TAVIS Folk Art * MARY ANN CASEY * CHARLIES Rocks & Minerals * PO WIESE * KEEN ZERO * STONE CIGAR BOX GUITARS * F.O.L.K. JEWELRY * PUT YOUR GAME ON * HORTON HONEY FARM * Mike Elliot’s BBQ Sauce * WABI SABI SOUTH * SAUGAHATCHEE Wood Works
It seems kind of obvious…but I strongly recommend you explore the Boogie’s sponsors…there is NO WAY that this thing happens every year without them. Don’t know who the sponsors are? I can help…now go to their websites, facebooks and twitters and say hey and thank them for helping to make your weekend a great one:
* WICKLES PICKLES * The GUITAR SHOPPE of Auburn, AL * STANDARD DELUXE INC. * THIS IS AMERICAN MUSIC * The RAILYARD – Opelika, AL * The OVERALL CO. – Opelika, AL * PHEETS GUITARS – Waverly, AL
Finally…have fun. Judge not. Smile in and smile out. Come back next year. Bring friends.
Make your plans now! We’re excited to play SouthSounds for a 2nd consecutive year. It’s a honor to support this festival— a group effort by a fine bunch of folks with a progressive vision for Mobile, AL— a city we love. See you in April!
Lots to love here…TIAM fam and friends all over the place in one our great Southern cities in April. Stay tuned for the full lineup and schedule.
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