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Bayside Academy will present a two-day series of music-focused events as part of its High Tide Southern Music Showcase on March 9-10.

This unique program will enlist the help of some of Alabama’s most accomplished historical figures in music, the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section Swampers, and Mobile’s famous son, Jimmy Hall, founder and lead singer of the Southern Rock group Wet Willie.

On March 9, students taking part in the new interdisciplinary class, Understanding the Southern Mystique, will experience first-hand the legendary insight and experiences of these famed musicians during a day of planned classroom question-and-answer/panel discussion sessions. Regarding the coursework and the planned activities for students, history chair and Southern Mystique team member Josh Montgomery states, “The opportunity to host this legendary group of musicians provides our students with a comprehensive learning experience that celebrates the heritage of Alabama. The Swampers are music icons who have played a role in our communal culture. This event allows us to explore their contributions academically while enjoying their rich talent.”

The evening of March 9, Bayside Academy will present a free photography reception showcasing the historical collection of Muscle Shoals photographs taken by Dick Cooper, music photojournalist and former Curator of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Along with Cooper’s photo exhibit, students from the Southern Mystique class will also display their art. This photo and art exhibit/reception will accompany a screening of the film “Muscle Shoals.”

On Friday, March 10, Bayside will present a live concert event featuring the Swampers with Jimmy Hall and additional legendary musicians from Muscle Shoals, Ala. Information regarding tickets sales will be on the Bayside Academy website www.baysideacademy.org

Visiting musicians will include the Muscle Shoals Swampers Jimmy Johnson and David Hood, along with Spooner Oldham, all of whom were featured in the film. Johnson and Hood are both members of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame as well as Oldham who is additionally a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jimmy Hall hardly needs an introduction to Mobile-Bay area audiences as the charismatic front man of Wet Willie. Hall was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

Located in Daphne, Bayside Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades PK-12.

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