With so many of our clients and website visitors new to the area and interested in exploring a few local events, we would be amiss if we didn’t communicate some local information about Huntsville’s largest annual music festival; The Big Spring Jam. Let me assure this is no small event and has been named by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the largest music festivals in the Southeastern United States and one of their Top 20 must see events in the region.
The first point to clarify is the festival’s name: Why isn’t the Big Spring Jam held in the spring of the year? This is a common question asked by many new comers because the name originates from the festival’s location, Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville, and is not related to the seasonal time-frame of the event. The Jam has always been held on the last weekend of September, since 1993 and this year’s event will be the 17th annual occurrence and will be held on September 25-27.
Another thing to keep in mind is that The Big Spring Jam is a not-for-profit operation and a major project of the Huntsville Heritage Foundation. Thus since its debut, the Jam has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities. In addition to giving back to the local community via charities, this year’s Big Spring Jam will also award two $1000 scholarships to local students via an application process open to the public.
As always there are acts for virtually every musical taste and this year’s lineup is no different. From hubby’s favs for this year, Huey Lewis & The News, The Black Crowes, and The Fray to a wide assortment of country, hip hop, rock, R&B, and of course oldies but goodies including the Village People. We would also be amiss if we didn’t mention Trace Adkins by name, as we have always loved his music but actually fell in love with ‘the man’ during his charitable performance on the reality show, The Celebrity Apprentice.So be sure to check out the full lineup, stage schedules, and purchase tickets online at www.bigspringjam.org or at the Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe Street, Huntsville, Alabama 35801.
Why not plan a family outing so as not to let one of the best lineups in the history of the festival pass you by. Big Spring Jam usually features four or more temporary stages set up throughout the park. Each stage typically features the same genres of music throughout the weekend. One stage features country music exclusively, another features Christian contemporary, and the remainder of the stages are rock-based.
- 1 Day Pass: $25 online and at the VBC Box Office $30 at the gate
- 3 Day Pass: $45 online and at the VBC Box Office – Not available at the gate
- Friday, September 25, 2009 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday, September 26, 2009 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, September 27, 2009 4:00 p.m.