Festival Information





The Gem of the Hills–Jacksonville, Alabama–is wealthy with talent! We present our line-up for JAMFEST 2017, showcasing a range of genres sure to entertain your whole family!

10:00    Kiesha Lee (National Anthem)
10:05    Sherwood Seven
10:45    John Alex Gorham
11:15    Southern Road
11:45    JSU Steel Band
12:15    Carl Brady
12:40    JSU Latin Jazz Ensemble
1:00    Rattlesnake Rattlers
2:00    The Sunsets
2:45    JSU/Community Jazz Band
3:30    The Georgia Flood
4:30    JSU Steel Band
10:30-11:30 Fairy Tale Movie Magic!

Fairytale Movie Magic! Have you ever wanted to be a fairy princess? Or a magician? Or a magical creature? Well, your fairy God mother has heard your wish and is granting it! With some pixie dust and magical technology, we will make a fairytale movie come to life! Come create with us! Presented by Carrie Colton and Jeffrey Nichols

12:30-1:15 How to Fight like a Jedi Knight: A Fight Choreography Workshop

Come learn the basics of fight choreography for film and stage with Drama department Performance Professor Michael Boynton. Whether you want to delve deep into the art of stage combat or just play with foam swords, this is workshop for you! Fun for all ages!
Presented by Mike Boynton

1:30-2:15 Propmaking Demonstration

“Prop Rocks: The Art of Faking it”
Try your hand at becoming a props master with Nick Hoenshell! In the theatre, a props master is the person who is responsible for finding, coordinating, and creating any and all of the properties for any given play. A property (or prop) refers to anything on stage that is movable or portable and is directly handled by an actor onstage. If you’re lucky, you simply buy the prop you are looking for, but sometimes it’s not that easy, and the mark of a true props master often requires ingenuity, creativity, and a little bit of experimentation. With this workshop, you will learn how to construct and paint a realistic-looking rock that is made out of nothing more than paper Presented by Nick Hoenshell

2:30-3:15 Stage Makeup Demonstration

The thrill of the Zoo Comes to JSU. Yes, with simple 2-D Make-up techniques, let us transform you into your favorite animal for the Day. Take a walk on the Wild Side and maybe learn a few tricks for that next backyard Safari or Halloween Bash.
Presented by Freddy Clements

3:30-4:15 Puppets!

Learn about the variety of styles of puppetry used in theatre today. See examples of the methods of designing and manipulating puppets and then make your very own sock puppet! All materials provided. Presented by Randy Blades

7:00PM (Friday and Saturday)

JSU Drama presents the 2016 Winner of the Southern Playwrights Competition, The Shackles of Liberty by Wim Coleman.
Studio Theatre, Stone Center

Paris, 1789. The French Revolution has begun. On his last day in Paris as America’s Minister to France, Thomas Jefferson is helping Patriots of the National Assembly to write the Declaration of the Rights of Man. But he is bedeviled by personal distractions. Maria Cosway, his Italian-English lover, dreams of sharing Napoleonic power with him as the revolution unfolds. His oldest daughter, Patsy, wants to become a Catholic nun. His quadroon servant Sally Hemings insists upon staying in Paris—and she is pregnant with his child. During the play’s powerful final moments, Thomas and Sally bargain over the terms of her return.



Our call for artists working in all sorts of mediums will be selling their many works at our artists booths. This is a great opportunity to come spend the day with us and enjoy strolling through the booths, visiting our artist vendors, and shopping for unique and creative works of art.

Some of the kinds of products you will find featured this year:
  • 2D & 3D Mixed Media
  • Candle & Soap Making
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Art
  • Drawings
  • Fiber Art
  • Furniture
  • Glass Works
  • Jewelry
  • Metalsmithing
  • Packaged Foods
  • Paintings
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Woodworking



JAMFEST: Jacksonville Arts & Music Festival was conceived for the primary purpose of creating synergy between Jacksonville State University and the city of Jacksonville, Alabama through a dynamic and unique creative arts and music festival. The goal is to create an annual home for our creative community to thrive, as well as to bring focus on our beautiful, friendly city.

We are incredibly excited that JAMFEST 2017 is being held in conjunction with the renowned 2017 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo & Ultra Ride cycling event! We anticipate a substantial festival attendance. In fact, the Cheaha Challenge cycling event this year won the bid to host the 2017 Union Cycliste International (UCI) Gran Fondo World Championship Qualifier for the United States! We will be welcoming cyclists and their families to the area for both the Cheaha Challenge and our 2017 JAMFEST!


700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265

JAMFEST 2017 will be held on the breathtakingly-beautiful campus of Jacksonville State University. Our performance stages, artist booths, and kids’ activities won’t be hard to miss. The primary festival activities will held along Highway 21 / Pelham Drive in Jacksonville, positioned in front of JSU’s Stephenson Hall & Theron Montgomery Building (TMB). Parking will be available in various locations–signage and personnel will indicate where you may park. In addition to the festival activities, JSU’s Department of Art will have art exhibitions on display in both their main gallery space in Hammond Hall and in the gallery space within the Department of Art Roundhouse building.

Come experience truly one-of-a-kind live music, drama, and art showcases, as well as activities for kids and the whole family!

Questions? Feel free to contact us via our contact link above.