Jasper band to perform at Saturday’s Foothills Festival
by Ron Harris
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Members of the Jasper-based Country band Copperline are, standing from left, Chris Chamness, Paul Anderson and Cody Lockhart, and kneeling, Brad Baker. Not shown is James Banks. Photo Special to the Eagle
Members of the Jasper-based Country band Copperline are, standing from left, Chris Chamness, Paul Anderson and Cody Lockhart, and kneeling, Brad Baker. Not shown is James Banks. Photo Special to the Eagle
When the band Copperline takes the stage at Saturday’s Foothills Festival in downtown Jasper, it will mark a first for the only all-local band: the chance to play before a diverse crowd of friends and family members. And it’s all free.

Copperline, which is scheduled to take the stage at 2:30 p.m., came together after two other bands merged. The result is a mix of good, country music that appeals to most every music lover.

“It’s a lot of what people call ‘Outlaw Country.’ A lot of Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, a lot of Texas country type music,” said Paul Anderson, a member of the band. “We play a lot of obscure stuff that nobody else plays. It’s just something different.”

The band once had T-shirts that described its music as “Country Music on the Rocks,” Anderson said.

“It’s kind of rockin’ country music,” he said.

In addition to playing classic Country songs, Copperline also plays some original songs written by Anderson.

The band, which has been together for almost 10 years, also consists of Chris Chamness on guitar, Cody Lockhart on drums, Brad Baker on bass and James Banks on steel guitar.

The band has traveled all over the Southeast performing, Anderson said.

“We’ve been all over Florida, North Carolina and Georgia, and as far west as Louisiana,” he said. “It was a lot of fun.”

The band plays mostly the bar scene, and Saturday will mark the first time the band will perform for a hometown crowd of friends and family members, many who have never seen the band play.

When the band plays, however, it’s normally to big crowds.

“It’s mostly packed houses,” Anderson said. “We’re lucky in that we fill up everywhere we play.”

The band doesn’t get together as much as the members would like, so the chance to perform in their own backyard was too good to pass up, Anderson said.

“We’ve had a little bit of success,” Anderson said. “We’ve had more fun than anything else. You play music because you love it. If you don’t love it and don’t feel it, you’re just a puppet on a string.”

Anderson and Baker said playing Saturday at the Foothills Festival is a big boost for the band.

“I really don’t get to play at home anymore, so I’m really glad to be back playing back home in front of Jasper folks,” Baker said. “Hopefully, there will be a large crowd out to see us.”

When the band was touring more often, it often played at venues in Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Auburn.

“We’re hoping for a big crowd,” Anderson said.

Four local businesses that will serve as sponsors for the Foothills Festival are Scott Crump Toyota Scion; Byars and Associates; Nelson, Bryan and Jones Attorneys at Law; and Honda of Jasper and Hyundai of Jasper.

Headlining the free, one-day festival is former “American Idol” runner-up Bo Bice and Brian Howe, former lead singer of classic rock band Bad Company.

The day kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with the Corner High School Theater Academy presenting a 1960’s Cabaret, with music from Motown to the Beatles.

From 1 until 2 p.m., southern bluegrass band Rollin’ in the Hay will perform.

At 4 p.m., Within Reason, a Birmingham-based rock band, will take the stage. The band, which features a fusion of several musical genres, was among those to walk the red carpet at this year’s Grammy Awards.

From 5 until 6 p.m., a musical ensemble of local children will perform.

At 6:30 p.m., Lynam, another Birmingham-based rock band, will be on stage.

Bice will take the stage from 8 until 9 p.m., followed at 9:30 by Howe.

There’s also going to be lots of other family-friendly events going on throughout the day.

A children’s theater stage, which will be located on the courthouse square and headed up by Eddie Brown, will be a second stage with local talent performing between music sets. The theme for the children’s stage will be “Pirates and Pirate Ships,” with activities for kids from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

There’s also going to be a children’s play area along Third Avenue with inflatable slides, a moon walk and obstacle course. A petting zoo with both farm and exotic animals will be open for the kids, too. Those activities will open at 11 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

For the adults, festival organizers have announced that a beer garden will be open throughout the day. It will be located in the parking lot at the corner of Third Avenue and 19th Street.

More than 25 nonprofit organizations have signed up to have booths at the festival. They will be located along Third Avenue and include a variety of nonprofits, such as church groups and ministries, outreach groups and civic clubs.

On Second Avenue, a large number of arts and craft vendors and business vendors will have booths open with items for sale.

A number of food vendors will be open throughout the day and range from ice cream to barbecue to burgers and hot dogs to funnel cakes.

Downtown restaurants Los Reyes and Black Rock Bistro will also be open.

On Friday, streets in downtown Jasper will close at 5 p.m., and local bands will perform from 6:30 until 10 p.m. as a warm-up to Saturday’s activities.

A number of food and craft vendors will be open Friday, too.

City workers will close 19th Street between Third and Fourth avenues early Friday morning in order to construct the stage for Saturday’s concerts. Event organizers said Foothills Festival T-shirts will be available for sale at the festival.