‘Sunset Capital of Alabama’ resumes beach concerts this weekend
When is a relatively small beach concert a âmonumentalâ occasion? When the sunset capital of Alabama finally manages to reopen a sunset concert series after missing a year due to COVID and having to rebuild a hurricane-ravaged site, that’s when – the.
It takes place Sunday, May 30, on Dauphin Island, when the group SWING takes the stage at West End Beach. Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier said it would be more than just a fun reunion. âIt will kind of be a chance to look back on the past year and say, ‘Hey, we survived it all,’ he said.
âI think it’s a big problem on a lot of levels, beyond just ‘getting back to normal’,â Collier said. “It comes down to organizing events for people to come and enjoy what the island has to offer.”
The format of the concert series, produced by Alabama Coasting, is simple: Monthly concerts begin approximately 90 minutes before sunset, with sunset serving as the end of the show. Participants are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on, snacks and drinks. Sunscreen is not a must, this late in the day, but bug spray could help. Admission is $ 5 per person, free for children 12 and under.
âThe main thing they need to do is bring beach chairs or blankets,â Collier said.
West End Beach was closed for seven months due to damage from Hurricanes Sally and Zeta. It reopened at the end of April. Collier said at the time that removing approximately 150,000 tons of sand from the roads and beach parking lot cost more than $ 250,000, an expense eligible for partial FEMA reimbursement. The city made an additional investment to increase the beach’s parking capacity from 120 to 200 vehicles and built new public toilets.
The Complete Concert Series:
Sunday May 30 (Memorial Day weekend) – SWING, 6-8 p.m. (sunset 7:49 p.m.)
Sunday June 27 – Eric Erdman with special guest, 6-8 p.m. (sunset 7:58 p.m.)
Sunday July 25 – Mo ‘Jazz, 6-8 p.m. (sunset 7.50 p.m.)
Sunday August 15 – Reggae theme, group to be confirmed, 5:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. (sunset 7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, September 5 – Jonesy’s Crowned Jewelz, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (sunset at 7:30 p.m.)
Sunday October 10 (Fort Gaines) – Roman Street, 4.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m. (sunset 6:26 p.m.)