OSTC Update April 10-12: SouthSounds / Arts Alive


One of the largest arts weekends in Mobile is this weekend with Arts Alive and SouthSounds Music Festival taking place downtown, along with the year’s largest LoDa Artwalk on Friday night.  This is definitely one weekend to get downtown and enjoy yourself.  More details below.


Thursday 4/10: Standard Route 6pm-11:20pm (Donald 504-231-6369)

Friday 4/11:  SouthSounds + LoDa Artwalk

  • Standard Route – Trolley – 6pm-1am (Donald)
  • Downtown Route – Bus – 6pm-1am (John 251-463-2404) – see below

Saturday 4/12: SouthSounds + Arts Alive

  • Standard Route – Trolley – 6pm-1am (Donald)
  • Downtown Route – Bus – 12 noon – 1am (Jerry 251-679-7911) – see below

Note: if you are interested in riding downtown on the bus at 11:30am or 2:30pm on Saturday please email us.

Downtown Route:  Down Dauphin St. (or St. Francis if Dauphin is closed) to Royal to Conti to Callaghan’s (Marine St.).

SouthSounds Trolley Map


A Note About SouthSounds Music Festival

Full Disclaimer:  Since some of the trolley organizers are involved in SouthSounds, we will take the opportunity to tell you about it briefly.

SouthSounds is a non-profit project of the Mobile Arts Council. It began in 2010 as “Coastline Chronicles” and was renamed SouthSounds in 2012.  It takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 11-13).

The goal of SouthSounds is to present the best up & coming Southern artists from a variety of genres.  This year SouthSounds has bands from New Orleans, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Jackson, Birmingham, Nashville, Atlanta, Charleston, and everywhere in between.

SouthSounds artists includes two Grammy-nominated bands (Lost Bayou Ramblers and Andrew Duhon) as well as bands who have also played Hangout Fest, Bonaroo, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and many others.  Alumni include now-famous bands such as St. Paul & the Broken Bones and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

SouthSounds has a stage in Cathedral Square as well as shows in a number of downtown venues.

Wristbands for entry to all venues for the whole weekend are only $25.  VIP wristbands include free food and beverages (from Fairhope Brewing Company and Back 40 Brewing Co.), badges and t-shirts by local artist Rachel Robinson, backstage access and more.

This is a unique event that is, to our knowledge, the first and only event focusing on Southern regional music & culture. (Although Charleston’s “Dig South” – started last year – is eerily similar).  We hope to expand the event to focus on new Southern food, art, film, and literature in coming years – and to present both famous & up and coming practicioners in each.  We feel this would give Mobile a very unique signature Southern regional event.

The main point is to have fun though – so please check it out this weekend!

For tickets, schedule and more info: