Why do mullet jump? Well, this has had scientists baffled for some time. And, until someone invents the practice of fish whispering, we’re not going to know. Locals along our bayous say that when the mullet leap as high as three feet and fall onto their sides they’re simply doing it for joy or sport. Maybe they jump simply to see where they’re going? Or, maybe they’re dancing to some moonlight tune that we don’t hear. Hey, odd reasons but not any more odd than some proposed by science. When it comes to combining fun – and tunes that will have you jump with joy – the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival is your music destination. Sure, this festival serves up the tasty mullet for which it is named, but it also dishes out some phenomenal music.
Well, we jumped for joy when we saw the line-up of talent for the 2013 Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. This festival is more than your average seafood festival – way more! Since 1976, the Mullet festival has offered big-name entertainment in a small, family festival atmosphere. Today, this event is renowned as one of the South’s best known country music events. And, this year is certainly no exception.
The Swon Brothers are scheduled to perform a “Swoncert” Friday night, October 18. This country music duo from Oklahoma was one of our favorites on Season 4 of The Voice. In fact, they were the first duo to make it all the way to the season finale. So, it’s apparently not just us that’s nuts for this duo. If you haven’t heard their rendition of “Danny’s Song”, originally recorded by Loggins and Messina, you might want to check it out on iTunes. During the competition, this song had 136,000 downloads. And, while you’re there check out their version of “Seven Bridges Road” and you’ll know why this duo is country music star quality. Country singer Justin Moore follows the Swon Brothers Friday night. His “Off the Beaten Path” album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Country Album Charts.
Be sure to come back Saturday, October 19, to hear the redneck rock band, Blackjack Billy, perform. Following this group will be the husband and wife duo, Thompson Square. In September, this was the first country music act to perform on the stage of the Queen Latifah Show. Keifer and Shawna Thompson had a No. 1 double-platinum-seller in their song “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?”
Vince Gill closes the festival on Sunday evening, October 20. So, you can see where the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival has earned its reputation as more than just a festival. Besides these there will be music provided by almost a dozen and a half acts, a Singing Showdown, plus local church and gospel groups.
For show times, go to the Official Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival site. Note: all times are subject to change. The festival site is at the corner of Hwy 85 in Niceville and E. College Blvd. Admission to the festival is $10 on site. Advance tickets are $9 each or 3 for $25. Children under 11 are admitted free.