Meet you at the farm. Kellypalooza, a music festival benefiting Coosa Riverkeeper is coming October 24


Music comes alive on the Williams Farm at Kellypalooza. Photo courtesy of Kellypalooza

Food trucks, a bonfire and five totally awesome bands—Kellypalooza, benefiting the Coosa Riverkeeper, is Saturday, October 24 near Birmingham. Tickets on sale now.

What is Kellypalooza?

Kelly Williams (in the middle) with her Goddaughters Kelly andKatie Jones. Photo courtesy of Kelly Williams

Named after Birmingham resident Kelly Williams, Kellypalooza is a music festival filled with food, drinks (it is ‘bring your own cooler’) and live music—all on an incredible scenic farm in Ohatchee, Alabama (just 35 miles east of Birmingham). 

The festival first began in 2013 when Kelly’s now-husband Coke Williams offered his family farm as the location for Kelly’s 50th birthday celebration. What started as a small gathering with a few local bands quickly exploded into a huge yearly event—one so big it earned its own name: Kellypalooza. 

“We had planned the party for about a year. Then, a week before it took place, Coke proposed to me. After saying yes, I decided we should get married in the middle of Kellypalooza. It became a big deal. We had 500-600 people attend. We got married between the 2nd and 3rd bands.” — Kelly Williams

As the event continued to grow, the Williams’ decided to turn Kellypalooza into a charitable event for the Coosa Riverkeeper. 

Connection to the Coosa River

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Photo via Coosa Riverkeeper

A fun and inexpensive outdoor music event, the 7th annual Kellypoolza is set for Saturday, October 24 on the 240-acre Williams Farm, located in Ohatchee, Alabama. With its large outdoor setting, the event offers lots of room to social distance, but be sure to bring your mask along. 

This year’s beneficiary—Coosa Riverkeeper—is extra special to the Williams family.

A tributary called Cane Creek that is within the boundaries of the couple’s farm actually feeds into streams that flow into the Coosa River nearby.

“I grew up going to Lake Mitchell, so the Coosa River is in my heart.” — Kelly Williams

 The Williams’ aren’t the only ones excited about this year’s Kellypalooza event. 

The view over Moccasin Gap in Wetumpka, Alabama on the Coosa River. Photo by A.Odrezin from the Coosa Riverkeeper Facebook page

“Coosa Riverkeeper is so excited to celebrate our 10th anniversary at Kellypalooza! This event is hosted in the Coosa River watershed and will highlight the importance of clean water, while raising money to support our popular programs like Swim Guide and Fish Guide.” — Justinn Overton, Executive Director, Coosa Riverkeeper

Want to attend Kellypalooza? Buy your tickets now

The Lineup

Let’s not forget that Kellypoolza is probably going to be the first opportunity to see a live concert in months. Check out the lineup of bands who will be live on stage during the festival:

Travelers Brothershop

Southern Avenue

Lamont Landers Band

The Talismen

Sweet Lizzy Project

Want to check out the bands before the event? You can find them on Kellypalooza’s Spotify channel.

Event Details

Gates open at 11AM on Saturday October 24. There are two levels of tickets: 

Photo courtesy of Kellypalooza

Tickets include:

  • All-day music pass
  • 5 musical performances at one location
  • Open air and beautiful farm views
  • Food truck (BYOB!)

Proceeds benefit the Coosa Riverkeeper

Please bring your own lawn chair and blanket for the ultimate experience

  • Children under the age of 12 get in FREE!

Buy your tickets now.  

Ready To Go!

Kellypalooza bonfire. Photo courtesy of Kellypalooza

“Everybody is ready to get out of the house and take in some fresh air. Spread a blanket on the ground with your family, your best friend or whomever you choose and enjoy some great entertainment for a great cause.” — Kelly Williams

Don’t miss Kellypoolza Saturday, October 24. Buy your tickets today.

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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