Toadlick Music Festival. Now a southern staple of the music scene located in Dothan, Alabama. It is South Alabama’s largest music festival and this year it celebrated its 5th year. In previous years, Toadlick was held in April and after fighting with rough weather every year, the organizers decided to move the festival to June.
So why the name Toadlick? The festival was already in creation before a name was formed. We’ve heard over the years that it all happened around a campfire one night. Toadlick Festival President, Chris Gilbert confirmed that they wanted a catchy name and his little cousin said Toadlick – it caught his attention and it stuck.
After speaking with Gilbert, you’ll see why Toadlick has become so successful in Dothan. It it his passion along with the help of friends and family. Gilbert says that it’s always been about the music to him. He saw the Peanut Festival Grounds in Dothan sitting vacant for most of the year and knew it was “a phenomenal facility right here in my backyard.” He’ has always loved music festivals and thought, “why can’t we do something like that in Dothan.” So, he did. It is the biggest event by far for Dothan. Gilbert said, “Every night is the biggest night every. Last night (Friday) was the biggest night ever, period, and tonight will top it.” They started planning for Toadlick 2017 a few short weeks before Toadlick 2016 even started
Toadlick is a three-day long festival held on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The lineup for 2016 included Justin Moore, Clare Dunn, Daughtry, Kid Rock, Aaron Lewis, Alabama, Eli Young Band, Charlies Daniels Band and Ashley Monroe.
In true southern fashion, at Toadlick, companies like RAK Ranch and JB Crockett set out to raise money and give 100 percent of proceeds to Justin Moore’s hometown church. His church, Poyen Missionary Baptist Church burned down recently and at Toadlick, more than $3,400 was raised!
If you’ve never experienced Toadlick before, put it on your list. Be prepared to bring yourself a festival chair, some rowdy friends and maybe even a camper, because it’s a GREAT place to camp for the weekend!