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BamaJam 2012 is June 14-16 in Enterprise

I remember when we had two music festivals in Columbus every year.

OK. One true music festival and one arts festival with music.

Riverfest was a fabulous festival that included music, folk art, fine art and the Pig Jig, a barbecue contest. It was the last weekend in April.

Then in October, close to Columbus Day, we had a real music festival called Uptown Jam.

Now, we don't have either.

Historic Columbus Foundation did Riverfest and Uptown Columbus did Uptown Jam. Both found the festivals cost too much money and took too much time to plan. Both had problems with the weather when in one year, both festivals got hit by torrential rains.

I still miss them.

Now, Enterprise, Ala., has a three-day music festival with big-time stars, including Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, the Zac Brown Band, Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson and Kid Rock.

Enterprise native Jamey Johnson will perform.

I think it helps that singer Ronnie Gilley was behind this festival. I think he has a lot more contacts with musicians than anyone in Columbus.

More than 100,000 people a day came last year.

Since you have to buy a three-day ticket at $160 a pop, it's kind of a pricy thing to do. You either make the time to drive back and forth, or you can camp out.

It's June 14-16 and the music starts at 1 p.m.

Do you think Columbus would support a music festival again?

I just don't know.

For tickets, call 877-435-9849.

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