Big Music Weekend Ahead in the Shoals

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit headline this weekend.


FLORENCE – ShoalsFest will close out a big weekend of music in the Shoals when it returns to McFarland Park October 1-2. 

There will be stellar performances by Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Drivin n Cryin, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Amanda Shires, John Moreland, Danielle Ponder, Billy Allen + The Pollies, Wand Band, and Steve Trash.  This year will also include an in-the-round set from Isbell, John Paul White, Chris Tompkins, and Gary Nichols.

Speaking of Gary Nichols, he is hosting a special night of local music on Friday, September 30 when five local bands get together in a rousing musical benefit for the United Way of Northwest Alabama.

Coffee Black, The Neds, Furniture, Yes Trespassing, and Holy Living Creatures will each play a set on the Shoals Theater stage.  The show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and are available at or by calling 256-764-1700.   

Four-time Grammy Award-winner and Shoals native, Jason Isbell, teamed up with his manager, Traci Thomas, and Outback Presents to bring the special ShoalsFest event back to the place that has given him, and the world, so much.  

Isbell developed his guitar playing and his deep reverence for music history as a teenager working at FAME, and playing with local musicians and members of the studio’s revered house band, The Swampers.  


Friday, September 30

Shoals Theatre  7:30pm

  Coffee Black 

  The Neds 


  Yes Trespassing 

  Holy Living Creatures 

Each play a set on the Shoals Theater stage.    


McFarland Park

Saturday, October 1

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Brittney Spencer

Wanda Band

Steve Trash

In The Round... with Jason Isbell, John Paul White, Chris Tompkins, and Gary Hopkins

Sunday, October 2

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

Drivin N Cryin

Amanda Shires

John Moreland

Billy Allen + The Pollies

Steve Trash