Meet the Bands Who Put the “Boom” in Fort Payne Boom Days

Meet the Bands Who Put the “Boom” in Fort Payne Boom Days

 If you’re heading up to Fort Payne for Boom Days – and you really should – be ready to jam. Fort Payne will transform into a hub for all things entertainment from September 14-16th, 2017. At Boom Days, you’ll discover treasures to take home courtesy of artisanal vendors, gleaming classic cars lining the downtown streets, and savory BBQ and sweet cotton candy to keep you satiated as you explore—all while the Imperial OPA Circus twists and turns its way through the event to the sounds of nearly three dozen musical performers.

No matter what your taste in music, chances are there will be something to get your toe tapping.

With six stages, plus the main stage, you’ll find jazz, bluegrass, the blues, old-time favorites, and gospel. Of course, you’ll also find several good ol’ rock and roll artists, including everything from singer-songwriters to cover bands.

Nearly 30 artists will be performing during the two-day festival, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. The good news is, with free admission and all day to roam around, you have plenty of opportunities to hear a bit of it all.

The music starts Friday at 6:00 p.m. with two awesome cover bands that promise to be lots of fun. First, it’s The Devonshires: Legends in Rock. This band has played with some of the rock legends of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and now they’re paying tribute to the best of them: Led Zeppelin, The Who, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, and lots more.

The Devonshires will be immediately followed by Departure: The Journey Tribute Band. Need we say more? Okay, how about just this: Don’t stop believin’!

Saturday morning, resist the urge to sleep in, because the music starts at 10:00 a.m. on all six stages. Performances on the main stage kick off at 12:30 p.m. with Amelia Eisenhauer & The Peruvian Farm Girls. Building on its roots as a family bluegrass trio, this acoustic band plays a mix of covers and original compositions, creating an eclectic blend of folk, blues, and acoustic pop you’ve likely never experienced before

Early afternoon will bring on Nakia and The Blues Grifters, semifinalist on first season of “The Voice,” with a gritty, funky Joe Cocker sound. Following their set, you might want to take a quick stroll over to the Alabama Walking Park for Blair Crimmins & The Hookers. This unique Atlanta band is single-handedly determined to bring ragtime and ‘20s style Dixieland jazz to today’s audiences. Loads of fun!

Back on the main stage, up-and-coming country artist Glen Templeton opens for the night’s headliner. This Alabama native son played Conway Twitty in a touring musical tribute, and has appeared on CMT in addition to performing at the Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman, and more. He covers country favorites and some of his own compositions.

What better way to end the weekend than with a ‘70s favorite and rock legend The Guess Who? They’ll take the stage around 8:00 p.m. to perform such rock classics as “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” “Share the Land,” “No Sugar Tonight,” and many more.

Of course, these are just our top picks; don’t take our word for it. Check out the links above to hear each band and see their music videos. Plus you can check out the whole lineup and get full schedules for all 7 venues here.