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Pardi Gras fundraiser Feb. 6 at Innerarity’s Point Restaurant The Original Point Restaurant is sponsoring the Pardi Gras Charity Fundraiser on Saturday, February 6th from […]
Krewe of K-9 Kritters Parade Feb. 6 at Magnolia By The Gulf The Mystic Krewe of K-9 Kritters Mardi Gras pet parade, an annual fundraiser […]
Feb. 8 Mardi Gras at The Wharf includes parades, activities Mardi Gras season is well underway and The Wharf is celebrating on the Gulf Coast […]
Royal Disorder of Riff-Raff Parade Feb. 7 at Pirates Cove in Josephine The Krewe of the Royal Riff Raff will parade in the neighborhood surrounding […]
Thursday, February 4 6:30 p.m. – Mystic Stripers Society, Mobile Friday, February 5 6:30 p.m. – Crewe of Columbus, Mobile 6:30 p.m. – Mystical Order […]
Fat Tuesday is also anniversary celebration at Lulu’s Glen David Andrews scheduled to play his 1st set at 11 a.m. The Annual LuLu’s Anniversary and […]
Orange Beach In addtion to the The Mystical Order of Mirams Feb 5 parade (see sidebar), Orange Beach will host Saturday and Fat Tuesday parades […]
Little Miss Alabama’s Southern Miss will lead Mirams Feb. 5 Little Alabama’s Southern Miss, Amanda Jaycee Parker, is the grand marshall for this year’s Mystical […]
Voice semifinalist Shelby Brown is O.B. parade grand marshall Hometown Star Shelby Brown has been chosen as the 2016 Grand Marshal for the City of […]
Organizers from The Gulf Coast Powerboat Association are promising that the 10th Annual Thunder on the Gulf Power Boat Races, scheduled May 30-June 2, are […]
Thursday, May 30 5pm – Pre-Welcome Party For VIP’s at the Flora Bama Lounge 6pm – Welcome Party For All Race Fans at the Flora-Bama […]
The Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade, Grand Marshal is the Pensacola based Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition’s Running Man (pictured), who will kick […]
Masonic Lodge fried chicken dinner Feb. 6 in Summerdale By Dean Mott Sonora Masonic Lodge #635 F&AM will continue its 2016 annual fried chicken dinner […]
Foley Library Friends Book Sale Feb. 12-13 at Civic Center The Friends of the Foley Library are again making plans for their annual used book […]
Sweetheart 5K, Sea Turtle Half Marathon Feb. 20 at Hangout This year’s Sweetheart 5K/ Sea Turtle half marathon, and 1 mile fun run is scheduled […]
GCAA Art Market Feb. 13 is indoors at G.S. Presbyterian By Eloise Thomley Inclement weather will not be an issue at the February 13 Art […]
Work has begun on 8’ sidewalks for Hwy. 59 Joint Gulf Shores and Alabama DOT projects are in the midst of sidewalk improvement projects on […]
Feb. 27 Sirens’ condo tour features 5 elegant abodes The Sirens of the Sea Mardi Gras krewe will present its 8th annual condo tour “A […]
America’s Boating Course offered Feb. 27 in Foley Whether you want formal education in local classes or online, informal learning with other skilled boaters, social […]
Greet the USS Farragut at Fort Morgan on Feb. 5 Fort Morgan Historical Site will be greeting the USS Farragut, a U.S. Navy guided missile […]
Future of Baldwin Co. farming discussion is Feb. 13 What is the future of farming? Come see a fascinating presentation by Bon Secour Valley Ingredients […]
Ballyhoo Celebration of Art March 5 in Waterway Village Poach Creek Indians will perform original tribal dance during fest By Eloise Thomley Ballyhoo welcomes the […]
Feb. 17 Salad Luncheon/Game Day tickets on sale O.B. Garden Club fundraiser usually sells out fast The Orange Beach Garden Club will host its 29th […]
Gulf Shores swimmers Reed, Davidson break team records The Gulf Shores Swim Team sent 15 swimmers to the Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club (GPAC) Winter Invitational […]
Brent Burns & Bill Whyte showcase Feb. 18 at GlenLakes Two old friends will present evening of rip roaring laughs & music Nashville songwriter Bill […]
Orange Beach Festival of Art set for March 12-13 While any day is a good day to go to the beach, the Coastal Arts Center […]
Free wedding vow renewal ceremony Feb. 13 at LuLu’s A Tropical Re-Union Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony is definitely the most unique present you could give […]
Free Breakfast, yard/bake sale for CSC Feb. 6 in G.S. Grace Lutheran Church will host the tenth annual free pancake breakfast and bake sale on […]
Orange Beach Seafood Fest celebrates 24th year at new location The 2016 Orange Beach Seafood Festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best […]
Fraternal Order of Eagles starting G.S. chapter The Fraternal Order of Eagles aims to bring 118 years of history and international influence to the Gulf […]
Needle Art Show thru Feb. 24 in Pensacola The Gulf Coast Stitchery Guild will host a Needle Art Show, Where Needles & Threads Come Together, […]
Gulf Shores Offers Residents Free Arbor Day Trees on Feb. 27 The City of Gulf Shores and members of the Beautification Board announce plans for […]
22nd Annual Flora-Bama Super Chili Cook-Off scheduled Feb. 6 Let the chopping begin. The 22nd Annual Flora-Bama Super Bowl Chili Cook-Off is set for Feb. […]
March 9 Mad Hatters tickets are now on sale Tickets are now on sale for the Foley Woman’s Club annual Mad Hatters Luncheon and silent […]
Cruise with the Crooner Wahl Feb. 23 on the Southern Comfort By Sally McKinney Cruisin’ with the Crooner on Tuesday, Feb. 23 will feature a […]
Chef Gerhard Brill was Pleasure Island’s original celebrity chef Pleasure Island lost its original celebrity chef when Gerhard Wolfgang Brill passed away in his sleep […]
Elvis Remembered Show Feb. 4 at G.S. Methodist Memorable tunes by the ever-popular Elvis will be featured in a live interactive performance on Thursday, February […]
Fish-frys every Friday at Island’s Catholic churches Fishing season, at least for Pleaure Island Catholics observing Lent, starts on Feb. 12 at Our Lady of […]
Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon Pancake Breakfast Feb. 13 The Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon will host a pancake breakfast and baked goods sale on […]
Bras For A Cause Feb. 13 at American Legion Post 99 American Legion Post 99 in Foley will host Bras For A Cause on Feb. […]
Foley Library website link provides homework & tutoring help One of the links offered by the Foley Public Library on their website is Homework Alabama […]
Lucinda & Michael kick off national tour Feb. 13 at Flora-Bama Lucinda Rowe & Michael Connolly (pictured), the son and daughter-in-law of Linda & Brian Connolly […]
PBUMC hosts Feb. 12 Night To Shine Prom Event for People with Special Needs sponsored by Tim Tebow Foundation Perdido Bay United Methodist Church will […]
Tickets on sale for Feb. 25-28 Snowbird Serenade Tickets are now on sale for The Coastal Chorale’s Annual Snowbird Serenade, scheduled Feb. 25-28 at The […]
Four Winds Barbershop Chorus benefit concert Feb. 22 in G.S. The St. Andrew Men’s Club welcomes back for the tenth consecutive year the always popular […]
19 Questions With Bill Meadows (The Expo Man) An Alabama native (Walker County) and University of Alabama grad (mining engineering), Bill Meadows spent 20 years […]
Alabama Lifestyles Expo Feb. 11 at Caribe Resort The 24th Annual Alabama Lifestyles EXPO is scheduled on Thursday, February 11 from 8 a.m. until 2 […]
Michigan By Lynn Wilhelm The third general membership meeting will be held on Thursday, February 4 at the Erie Meyer Center in Gulf Shores. This […]
CSC Spaghetti Dinner is Feb. 23 A Christian Service Center spaghetti dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Gulf Shores […]
“Two Miles An Hour” author Robert Buckley will discuss his hiking adventures Feb. 11 at O.B. Senior Center Robert Buckley (pictured) will discuss his book […]
Snowbirds invited to O.B. Tues. Bridge Club meetings Visiting Snowbirds are invited to come play with the local seniors during Orange Beach Bridge Club meetsings […]
Alabama Lifestyles EXPO: Thursday, Feb. 11 at Orange Beach’s Caribe Resort Open 8 to 2 • Free • 70 Plus Exhibitors • Door Prizes • […]
GCAA Art Market Jan. 23 at 1st Presbyterian The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores, will have their first […]
Dean Dillon returns to ‘Bama for Feb. 3-4 shows The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival will present Nashville Hall of Fame Songwriter Dean Dillon at […]
Taste of St. Peter’s is Jan. 23 in Bon Secour St Peter’s Episcopal Church will host the annual Taste of St. Peters on Saturday January […]
Little Lagoon Preservation Society meeting is Jan. 28 Little Lagoon and near shore Gulf of Mexico circulation and sedimentation study results will be presented at […]
Pardi Gras fundraiser Feb. 6 at Innerarity’s Point Restaurant
The Original Point Restaurant is sponsoring the Pardi Gras Charity Fundraiser on Saturday, February 6th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Point Restaurant, 14340 Innerarity Point Road in Perdido Key. The free fest will feature live bands playing from noon to 6 p.m., family friendly games, a New Orleans style walking parade, a gumbo cook-off and local arts and crafts vendors.
The event will kick off at 11 a.m. with a neighborhood street parade on Sandview Dr. (behind The Point Restaurant). Prizes will be awarded for Best Decorated Golf Cart or Riding Lawn Mower. The $20 entry fee for either to enter and non-profits are encouraged to enter and challenge other non-profits. Walkers are welcome for a donation ($2 adults, $1 kids) and the parade is pet friendly, so feel free to dress festive and bring your furry friends on leashes.
All parade parking is at Galvez Landing. Backyard chefs will be competing for a trophy for best Gumbo and sampling for the cook-off will be from Noon- p.m. Registration Fee to enter Gumbo Cook-off is only $20. Arts and Crafts vendors are invited to have a vendor booth at the event on a first come, first serve basis. Vendor space registration is $50 for a 10×10 space.
Kick off the day at noon with Jackie Clowe (pictured), an 18 year old singer/songwriter, who comes from a very musical family. Jackie won the 1st Annual Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout and will be accompanied by local favorite Sam Glass. Sam has shared the stage with Shania Twain, Travis Tritt and others.
Next up will be the Hundred Dollar Car band, recently featured on Fox 10’s Studio 10.
Around 2:30 p.m., the Jay Williams Band will perform. Jay is from the Mississippi Delta and has been rocking the Gulf Coast for 10 years.
Following Jay, will be Ryan Balthrop. Ryan draws inspiration from his southern upbringing in Mobile and years living and performing in the Eastern Caribbean. He has opened for Dr. John, Wet Willie and Grayson Capps. For the finale, don’t miss the Elberta based band Whyte Caps. This young original band, recently featured on Studio Amped will mesmerize you with their talent and sound.
Info: 850- 377-5603 or 850-492-3577.
Krewe of K-9 Kritters Parade Feb. 6 at Magnolia By The Gulf
The Mystic Krewe of K-9 Kritters Mardi Gras pet parade, an annual fundraiser for All About Dogs Coastal Rescue, will be held on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. til noon at Magnolia By The Gulf Animal Hospital. Judging begins at 11 a.m, when judges will select a king, queen, prince, princess and court jester. Entry fee is $20 per family to support All About Dogs Coastal Rescue. Dress Fido in the finest Mardi Gras attire and join us for fun. The court will be invited to ride with in the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade on Fat Tuesday. Magnolia By The Gulf Animal Hospital is located at County Road 6 and Hwy 59 in Gulf Shores.
Feb. 8 Mardi Gras at The Wharf includes parades, activities
Mardi Gras season is well underway and The Wharf is celebrating on the Gulf Coast with a night full of parades and activities to recognize the annual tradition. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of carnival at the Kid and Pet Parade in Palm Plaza and at the Float Parade that will travel down Main Street at 6 p.m. The larger-than-life Ferris wheel will be open from noon to 8 p.m. and there will be bounce houses and face painting available for the kids throughout the evening. The event will conclude with the SPECTRA Sound & Light Specta
Royal Disorder of Riff-Raff Parade Feb. 7 at Pirates Cove in Josephine
The Krewe of the Royal Riff Raff will parade in the neighborhood surrounding Pirates Cove in Josephine on Sunday, February 7. The parade, officially the Royal Disorder of Riff-Raff Mardi-Gras Parade, will muster at 2 p.m. The Royal Disorder of Riff-Raff Mardi-Gras Ball, featuring music fromDr. Bill and the Band-Aids, will start around 3:30 p.m. Pirates Cove is located at the south end of County Rd. 95 on Arnica Bay.
The Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade, Grand Marshal is the Pensacola based Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition’s Running Man (pictured), who will kick the 2016 Grand Mardi Gras Parade off waving to the thousands in attendance. The parade is scheduled on the Saturday before Fat Tuesday, Saturday Feb. 6. The Parade line up will begin at 10 a.m. and the parade will roll at 2 p.m.
In the past, over 225 parade entries and 6000 people have participated in the parade, and spectators have been estimated at over 70,000.
In June of 2015, the Pensacola based IHMC competed Running Man in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals and came away with winnings of One Million Dollars, outperforming 21 teams from around the world.
In order for Running Man to compete, the semi-autonomous robot had to accomplish various tasks associated with disaster (driving a car, walking over debris, cutting a hole in a wall, turning a valve, and opening and closing a door). While Running Man won’t be available to sign autographs, it will appear in
Thursday, February 4
6:30 p.m. – Mystic Stripers Society, Mobile
Friday, February 5
6:30 p.m. – Crewe of Columbus, Mobile
6:30 p.m. – Mystical Order of Mirams, Orange Beach
6:45 p.m. – Maids of Jubilee, Fairhope
8 p.m. – Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Parade, downtown Pensacola
Saturday, February 6
10 a.m. – Mystic Krewe of K-9 Kritters, Co. Rd. 6 & Hwy. 59, Gulf Shores
11 a.m. – Foley parade, Foley
11 a.m. – Krewe of Goats, Prichard
Noon – 6 p.m. – Parti Gras, Original Point Rest., Innerarity Point.
Noon – Super Chili Bowl, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key
Noon – Floral Parade, Knights of Mobile, Mobile Mystical Ladies, Mobile
Noon – Mystic Revelers, Bay Minette)
2 p.m. – Krewe of Mullet Mates, Mullet Point, Fairhope
2 p.m. – Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade, downtown Pensacola
5:30 p.m. – Mystics of Pleasure, Orange Beach
6 p.m. – Mystics of Time, Mobile
6:45 p.m. – Shadow Barons, Daphne
Sunday, February 7 (Joe Cain Day & Super Bowl)
2 p.m. Muster – Krewe of the Royal Riff Raf, Pirates Cove, Josephine.
(From Elberta – Cty Rd. 95 South To Arnica Bay)
Sunday, Feb. 7, parade begins at 2 (Cove time), music at 3….that’s what I am hearing.1 p.m. – Krewe of Wrecks Parade, Pensacola Beach
2 p.m. – King Elexis I Motorcade, Mobile
2:29 p.m. – Loyal Order of the Firetruck, Daphne
2:30 p.m. – Joe Cain Procession, Mobile
5 p.m. – Le Krewe de Bienville, Mobile
Monday, February 8 (Lundi Gras)
Noon – King Felix III, Floral parade, Mobile, Route A)
1 p.m. – Prichard Mardi Gras Association Parade, Prichard)
3 p.m. – MLK Business Assn., Northside Merchants, Mobile
4 p.m. – Children & Pet Parade, The Wharf, Orange Beach
6 p.m. – Float Parade, The Wharf, Orange Beach
6:45 p.m. – Order of Mystic Magnolias, Fairhope
7 p.m. – Infant Mystics, Order of Doves, Mobile, Route F)
Tuesday, February 9 (Fat Tuesday)
10 a.m. – Gulf Shores Parade, Gulf Shores
10:30 a.m. – Order of Athena, Mobile
12:30 p.m. – Knights of Revelry, King Felix III, Comic Cowboys, Mobile
2 p.m. – Orange Beach Parade, Orange Beach
2 p.m. – MAMGA Mammoth Parade, Mobile
5 p.m. – LuLu’s Boat Parade, Wharf to LuLu’s, Pleasure Island
6 p.m. – Order of Myths, Mobile
Fat Tuesday is also anniversary celebration at Lulu’s
Glen David Andrews scheduled to play his 1st set at 11 a.m.
The Annual LuLu’s Anniversary and Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Celebration will again feature New Orleans musical icon Glen David Andews beginning at 11 a.m. on Feb. 9. The fun continues with the arrival of the Mardi Gras Boat Parade from The Wharf at around 5 p.m.
Located at Homeport Marina (200 East 25th Ave., Gulf Shores) directly under the Hwy. 59 bridge, LuLu’s opened for business on Fat Tuesday 17 years back and quickly established itself as the meeting place among those with a taste for world class New Orleans music on Mardi Gras day.
Andrews comes from a storied extended family of musicians. He was born in the historic Tremé neighborhood – which many consider to be the oldest black community in the United States – where the struggle to survive is older than the mighty oak trees in the Crescent City.
According to family folklore, Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, a patriarch of modern New Orleans music, directed the bell of his horn toward Andrews’s mother’s belly as a way to induce labor. Andrews was born the following day. Transfixed by the magic and mystery of the city’s second-line parades, Andrews and his older brother, Derrick Tabb of the Rebirth Brass Band, along with their younger cousin Troy “Trombone Shorty,” soaked up life’s musical lessons by learning the history of the brass band tradition firsthand from iconic figures like Tuba Fats. They also learned the power of the city’s Mardi Gras Indian culture.
“The musicians I heard coming up literally brought me out of the womb,” Andrews says. “Jesus was born in a manger. I was born in a second line.”
Starting on the bass drum as a child, Andrews soon picked up the trombone; he was blowing a joyful noise by the time he was 12. He practiced his musicianship and showmanship with the city’s most energetic brass bands, from New Birth and L’il Rascals to ReBirth and Treme. “He’s always had a massive presence and a massive sweetness,” says Paul Sanchez, the New Orleans singer-songwriter who has collaborated with Andrews.
That presence and sweetness have long endeared Andrews to audiences at his regular gigs at such New Orleans clubs as dba and Three Muses. In recent years he began making waves as a headliner at the world’s biggest block party – the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival where he has ripped it up in the gospel tent, the blues tent and the jazz tent.
“Glen is one of the giant talents of New Orleans music,” says the festival’s producer Quint Davis.
Andrews’ most deeply personal song, “Surrender,’’ is about acceptance. Andrews wrote it while in rehab. “I woke up from a nightmare, in a cold sweat,” he recalled. “That nightmare was my life. I realized I had been given an opportunity to change my attitudes, my actions, my whole outlook on living. I knew it was okay to forgive myself. That was my moment of grace.”
In addtion to the The Mystical Order of Mirams Feb 5 parade (see sidebar), Orange Beach will host Saturday and Fat Tuesday parades on Perdido Beach Blvd. Two parades are also scheduled on Monday at The Wharf.
The Mystics of Pleasure will roll at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 6. The parade begins at Wintzell’s and ends at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. The Mystics are the first South Baldwin krewe to parade at night.
The Wharf will host Mardi Gras parades twice on Monday, Feb. 8 on Main St. Expect lots of additional family fun during the all day street party throughout the Wharf, now a designated shopping & entertainment district. The Children & pet parade starts at 4 p.m. and is open to everyone. Throws are provided and no pre-registration is necessary. At 6 p.m., a parade featuring spectacular floats from the Gulf Coast’s biggest and best krewes will parade down Main St. at The Wharf.
On Fat Tuesday (Feb. 9) at 2 p.m., the Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade starts at Wintzell’s on Perdido Beach Blvd. and ends at Ala. Highway 161. If you are tailgating and watching from The Walmart Food Store, Winn Dixie or Publix parking lots, expect the parade to arrive between 2:45 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Your best bet for a relaxed & traffic free experience is to arrive plenty early and hang a hat at Live Bait, Fiddlefish, Franco’s or one of the many restaurants and bistros along the route. The staffs will definitely be ready for you and most are offering Fat Tuesday specials.
The Fat Tuesday Boat Parade, departs at 3 p.m. from The Wharf and travels west along the Intracoastal Waterway to LuLu’s under the Hwy. 59 Intracoastala Waterway Bridge, arriving around 5 p.m.
The Gulf Shores Fat Tuesday Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Clubhouse and runs along state Highway 59 south to the Main Public Beach.
Judy Kaiser, who was part of the group that started the parade in 1978, will be the grand marshall. Kaiser volunteered and joined the parade committee as a member of the Mystic Order of Shiners a few years later and has worked diligently ever since to cultivate the long standing Gulf Shores tradition in Gulf Shores. When the time came to choose her successor, the City of Gulf Shores stepped in.
Fat Tuesday fun at LuLu’s starts with live music at 11 a.m. (see gaed 18 story) featuring Glen Dvid Andrews and his band. At around 3 p.m., LuLu’s will serve complimentary slices of birthday cake to celebrate the restaurant’s 17th anniversary.
The Maids of Jubilee Parade rolls through downtown Fairhope beginning at 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 5. The route: Fairhope Civic Center on Section Street; south on Section to Fels Avenue; west on Fels to Church Street; north on Church to Fairhope Avenue; east on Fairhope to Bancroft Street; north on Bancroft toMagnolia Avenue; west on Magnolia to Church Street; south on Church to Fels Avenue; east on Fels to Section Street; north on Section to end at the starting point.
Little Miss Alabama’s Southern Miss will lead Mirams Feb. 5
Little Alabama’s Southern Miss, Amanda Jaycee Parker, is the grand marshall for this year’s Mystical Order of Mirams Parade in Orange Beach. The parade rolls on Perdido Beach Blvd. from Live Bait Restaurant to Hwy. 161 on Friday, Feb. 5 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Jaycee is the daughter of Jared and Amanda Parker, big sister to Rhylee Faith Parker. An 8 year old from the City of Millbrook, Alabama is a gifted third grader attending Airport Road Intermediate School (ARIS) where she is a member of the ARIS Dance Team, Drama Club, and Choir as well as the Fashion Editor to the ARIS Newspaper.
Jaycee is a member of The Millbrook Community Players theatre group. She has performed in many productions. Her first role at age 6 was that of Molly in the ever so popular Annie. At age 7 she was cast as Gretel von Trappe in The Sound of Music. This past year she secured the role of Susan Walker in the beloved Miracle on 34th Street. Jaycee has also performed over the last three years in the productions of Christmas in Oz, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and Fairytale Christmas. The characters she portrayed entertained over 4500 school aged children.
Jaycee is on her way to becoming an accomplished dancer in many genres. Jazz is her favorite. She has won numerous 1st Overall Awards and Grand Champion at several competitions over the last four years. She also has been awarded dance scholarships for her performance presentation and technique.
Jaycee has held and currently holds several State and National Titles. She was 2014 National American Miss Alabama Princess Queen and crowned with the Title of National Actress in Anaheim California. She was 2015 International Junior Miss Yellowhammer State Princess Queen and was crowned International Model in Virginia Beach this past summer. She holds the 2016 Title of Miss Yellowharnmer State Princess Queen again this year and will compete this July for an International Title. She is your 2016 Miss Alabama Rising Star to Jordan Johnson Miss Wallace State and will participate in the Miss Alabama Pageant this summer. Jaycee is also 2016 Miss Alabama Teen America Princess to Kaitlyn Taylor and will participate in the Miss Teen America Pageant in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jaycee is the Ambassador to The Brendan Franco Foundation. In 2012 Brendan passed away at age 13 from a rare form of liver cancer. Jaycee’s mother was Brendan’s 4th grade school teacher. This organization raises awareness of childhood cancer and funds for childhood cancer T-cell research. This foundation will be Jaycee’s platform forever.
Jaycee’s favorite quote by William Shakespeare: “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”
Voice semifinalist Shelby Brown is O.B. parade grand marshall
Hometown Star Shelby Brown has been chosen as the 2016 Grand Marshal for the City of Orange Beach Fat Tuesday (Feb. 9), which begins at 2 p.m. at Wintzell’s on Perdido Beach Blvd. and ends at the intersection of Perdido Beach Boulevard and Highway 161.
Shelby had an impressive run this past season on this past season’s The Voice, advancing to the semifinals. However, she is numero uno in her hometowns of Elberta, where she lives now, and Orange Beach, where she is an alumnus of Orange Beach Elementary School and also where proud parents Steve and Osa Brown work.
“Shelby is talented, hardworking, gracious, dedicated and fun loving! We could not be more proud of her and she could not be a more fitting Grand Marshal for the 2016 City of Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade,” said Orange Beach Event Operations Director Angela Bateman. “Locals and visitors know that all ages can come and be safe, comfortable, have fun and enjoy good times at our parade. Shelby Brown is perfect to lead us in that revelry.”
Shelby’s musical influences draw mostly from country artists, but she dips her toes into the rock end of the pool as well. You can hear the influence of Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, Stevie Nicks and Grace Potter and many other strong female artists when she performs, but Shelby maintains a style all her own.
A graduate of the Baldwin County Virtual School (she sang the National Anthem at the Virtual School graduation last spring), Shelby sang locally as recently as October of last year at The Gulf Bowl and Moe’s BBQ in Foley. Just two months later she was a nationally recognized star with multiple songs among the country’s top internet downloads.
After being selected for a “blind audition” on The Voice, Shelby made her way through a series of battle rounds and live playoffs. Competing as one of the three surviving members of the 13 artists orignally picked for Team Adam, Shelby sang Jo Dee Messina’s “Even God Must Get the Blues” on the Top 9 live show that aired December 7.
“This girl deserved to be voted through to the finale. You made me beyond proud tonight,” said her team coach, Adam Levine, afterwards.
“You did sound amazing tonight. You sang beautifully and perfectly in time,” added Blake Shelton.
“I felt like you connected to the moment so well. You did very well to me,” said Pharrell Williams, a third judge on the show.
“It was like you literally have no nerves, you are so calm. You are a really good singer,” said Gwen Stefani, the show’s fourth judge.
According to her bio on nbc.com, Shelby got her start singing karaoke with her dad at The Gulf Bowl when she was 11 years old. From there, she took vocal lessons, joined her high school choir and participated in school talent shows. Last year, she decided to focus on music full-time and started Virtual School while continuing to perform at local venues.
The Voice allowed her to take her career to the next level, but Shelby has not forgotten her South Baldwin County fans.
“I’m so thankful to still be here thanks to you all,’’ she wrote on her facebook page during the competition. “I’m so so so so so so so so so appreciative of all your love and support and votes!”