The surprise, previously unannounced headliner for the second day of Family Gras 2016 is...singer-songwriter Andy Grammer, of “Honey, I’m Good” fame. Grammer will top the bill on Saturday, Jan. 30, during the free, three-day mini-festival on the Veterans Memorial Boulevard neutral ground near Lakeside Mall. He’ll start around 6 p.m.
Grammer, who cites the likes of Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson as influences, scored his biggest hit to date with “Honey, I’m Good,” from his 2014 album “Magazines or Novels.” The song hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is certified triple-platinum for sales and downloads of more than 3 million.
Switching gears, Grammer competed on the 2015 season of “Dancing With the Stars.” Last weekend, he performed the National Anthem prior to the AFC Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots in Denver.
He’ll join a typically eclectic roster at Family Gras 2016. Local alternative rock band Paris Avenue opens Family Gras at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29. Local legend Dr. John & the Nite Trippers follow from 7:15 to 8:30.
On Saturday, Grammer follows the Monkees. Original Monkees Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz are on the road to mark the group’s 50th anniversary. The Monkees are preceded by brassy funk combo Big Sam’s Funky Nation, local indie-pop duo So Long Storyland and the Imagination Movers, the homegrown kids’ music band that starred in a Disney Junior channel series for three seasons.
The lineup on Sunday, Jan. 31, is the weekend’s most cohesive. The Band Perry, a contemporary country band of siblings from Mobile, Ala., tops the roster. It also includes fellow country hitmaker Rodney Atkins – not to be confused with fellow country singer Trace Adkins -- rock ’n’ roll veteran Johnny Rivers and Louisiana country/pop fiddler and singer Amanda Shaw. Remedy, a band of local teenagers who intermingle original compositions with classic, contemporary and alternative rock covers, opens the day.
General admission to Family Gras is free. A three-day VIP pass is $99 and includes access to a priority viewing area, the backstage area and restroom facilities, as well as two food or drink items per day. Children under 4 years old do not require a VIP ticket. Tickets are available for purchase via Ticketmaster.com. Additional fees apply. Go to familygras.com for more information and a complete schedule.