The event drew thousands of people to downtown Jasper last year, and organizers of this year’s festival say they’re excited about the lineup of musical talent that will be on hand this year.
The event kicks off Friday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. with Jasper’s Shelbie Z, who gained fame on last season’s hit NBC series “The Voice,” taking the stage.
At 7:30 p.m., Bonnie Bishop of Nashville will perform.
Bishop is described as having “soulful compositions with a raspy voice that outlive her personal reinvention as she finds driving rock rhythms in her guitar and on her piano.
On Saturday, Sept. 13, the day kicks off at 10 a.m. with an act that has yet to be determined.
At 11:30 a.m., Birmingham’s Act of Congress takes the stage The band is decribed as “hailing from the southern hills of Alabama, with an organic sound consistently voted one of the ‘must-see’ live acts in the state.”
The band has performed throughout the United States and in coutries that include Thailand, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the Phillipines.
At 1 p.m., Chris Simmons of Huntsville will perform. Simmons has been playing music, traveling and performing for half his life and has criss-crossed the globe.
At 2:30 p.m., The Banditos, an eclectic group that pays tribute to Aretha Franklin and Creedence Clearwater Revival, while also performing other classic rock, will go on stage. The Banditos are from Nashville.
At 4 p.m., Birmingham’s Rollin’ in the Hay, which performed at last year’s Foothills Festival to rave reviews, will take the stage. The band includes Dora’s John Kulinich.
At 5:30 p.m., Lost Angels, a Los Angeles, California-based band that includes Jasper native Eric Dover, will go on.
At 7 p.m., Vallejo from Austin, Texas, will take the stage. Vallejo has become on of the most popular band to hail from Texas. The group blends classic rock with contagious funky rhythms and Latin percussion.
At 8:30 p.m., Jason Isbell, formerly of the Drive-By Truckers who started a solo career in 2007, will be the headliner.
Isbell was recently nominated for the 2014 American Music Association Album of the Year and Artist of the Year.
Last year’s festival drew more than 100 vendors from across the southeast, and organizers are expecting that number to grow this year.
The event is also scheduled to include a free petting zoo, a kids stage with performances throughout the day and a play area with inflatables.
For more information on this year’s Foothills Festival, you can go to the event’s website at www.foothillsjasper.com.