Published on September 22nd, 2017 | by Jeremy Raines


Boogie in Bama

Just north of Auburn and Opelika, roughly two hours from Dothan off US Highway 280, lies a town, or community rather, that a lot of folks around our parts are probably not too familiar with. According to Wikipedia’s 2016 demographic calculation guestimation, Waverly, Alabama covers roughly 2.74 miles and clocks in at about 148 total townspeople. So, why would a town the size of some of our local graduation classes hold enough importance to become a highlight in this month’s edition of the Wiregrass Local? One word — boogie.

If you’ve never heard of the “Old 280” Boogie, well, for starters, you’re welcome. If you love relaxation, music, and/or anything grassroots, you will love the “Old 280” Boogie; it’s some of the most fun I’ve personally have ever had, and it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser for your household!

According to the event’s main coordinating extraordinaire and Ozark, AL native Scott Peek, the “Old 280” Boogie is a homegrown/backyard music and arts festival celebrating all things southern culture and rural community. The event got its start in 2001 as a street party that celebrated the bypass of U.S. Highway 280 making a reroute around their tiny town. These sound like my kind of people! This past Spring, the event celebrated its 17th “Old 280” Boogie, while the Fall “Old 280” Boogie is scheduled to celebrate number 6 this September.

The event will be held at Standard Deluxe, Inc. located in Waverly, Alabama where Scott Peek and his crew have hosted the event for the last 7 years. Standard Deluxe, Inc. has been in this location since 1991 as one of the premier design and silkscreen print shops for the Southeast. The general layout for the event features a spacious front lawn which allows for ample space to lay out your favorite lawn chair to sit back and enjoy the good vibes. The main gate will open to the public at 11am, and the first band will kick off at around noon. There will not be reserved seating locations, rather, first-come, first-served will be the theme for seating. Several art, farm and food vendors will be onsite to offer patrons tasty treats, fresh produce and a great showcase of many other eclectic homemade products. Advanced tickets are on-sale for $25, and the ticket prices will rise to $30 on the day of the show. Children ages 14 and under will get in free! Parking on the street, in the town, and at Standard Deluxe is free, but the event’s organizers ask that you please refrain from parking in driveways or the city’s large cemetery.

Standard Deluxe is no stranger to hosting incredible acts from around the country including past performances by the Alabama Shakes, Jason Isbell, Charles Bradley, John Moreland and Junior Brown. Six bands will be featured on the mini covered amphitheater that’s located on the facility’s front lawn under some of the prettiest trees you’ll ever see. These bands include: Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Revel in Dimes, Magine Koerner, Heath Green and The Makeshifters, Lonnie Holley Band and Faye Webster. The musical genres for this year’s Fall Boogie will feature a great balance of soul, rock, folk, southern and punk. For a full listing of this year’s vendors, check out Standard Deluxe’s website or their social media pages. As always, the event will feature a BYOB policy so long as participants adhere to the organizers’ requests of small coolers and absolutely no glass!

Waverly might be small in size, but their local townspeople are the epitome of great American small-town pride and hospitality, and they are eager to welcome you. So, if a wide variety of genres is your style or you just want to sneak the family out of the area for a quick day-trip, you won’t want to miss this awesome event. The Fall “Old 280” Boogie is scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd from noon until, and a detailed layout of the schedule can be found on Standard Deluxe’s website or the multiple social media platforms the events utilizes. Be sure to tell them the Wiregrass Local sent you their way, and remember to capture your local moments on social media using the hashtag #bewhatshappening.

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