With a total land area of 2.7 square miles, Waverly, Ala. is about as small as a small town gets.
This Saturday will mark the 2nd annual Waverly Boogie to be held in the neighborhood outdoor amphitheater at Standard Deluxe, Inc., which is owned and operated by Auburn alumnus Scott Peek.
Formerly known as the Old 280 Boogie, the Waverly Boogie was established as a result of the state of Alabama re-routing U.S. Highway 280 out of the town of Waverly, whereas prior to this legislation the highway ran through the middle of the town. All 145 residents found a reason to celebrate and decided to hold this festival in honor of the highway being relocated. If you can imagine a modern interstate highway running through an early 20th century-esque Mayberry, then you can imagine how ecstatic the citizens of Waverly were when 280 was rerouted.
This event has evolved from a small community gathering to a national music festival attracting anywhere between 1,000 and 2,000 attendees. Recently, one of the Alabama Shakes band members was seen sporting his Waverly t-shirt on national television during a performance.
Last April, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaries headlined the event, along with Hooray for the Riff Raffs, Pine Hill Haints, The Pollies, Adventure the Great—which is made up of former and current Auburn University students—and many more.
This weekend, Jason Isbell, Peewee Moore, Houndmouth, Doc Dailey, Ramsay Midwood, and Great Peacock will take the stage.
All attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets and picnic baskets while they enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music in this artistic small Southern town.