Join us for a Labor Day Weekend Party at OWA Parks & Resort!
Saturday, September 3
Enjoy a day of cool cars and hot rods spread throughout Downtown at the OWA Labor Day Car Show plus an intense wakeboard competition will be going down at the Gravity Island Watersports Wake Park! Stick around for kid activities including a free patriotic t-shirt craft and scavenger hunt from 2-6pm followed by a free outdoor concert from 6-9:30pm. Top it all off with OWA’s patriotic firework spectacular to end the night.
Celebrate with a fun day in the streets of Downtown OWA and grab a delicious lunch. Hop inside theme park scream your heart out on Rollin’ Thunder, or take advantage of our free Non-Rider Ticket (available for theme park only through Dec. 31, 2022) and simply enjoy the view!
6-7:30pm Live Music on OWA Island ft. Brandon Giles
8-9:30pm Live Music on OWA Island ft. The Chee Weez
Sunday, September 4
The fun continues with more kids’ activities followed by free live music on the OWA Island Amphitheater.
From 2-6pm Sunday, enjoy some interactive fun with your little ones. We’ll have a scavenger hunt to get you moving throughout Downtown. Plus, patriotic handprint t-shirt crafts at the alcove near Native Treasures. Be sure to pick up your scavenger hunt map from Paint Party Studios. Live music will be featured from 3-9:30pm, so stick around for even more fun.
3-4pm Live Music on the Downtown OWA Splashpad ft. the Gulf Coast Saxophone Ensemble
5-7pm Live Music on OWA Island ft. Colby Swift
7:30-9:30 Live Music on OWA Island ft. Austin Forman
More Labor Day Weekend Fun
A self-taught pianist, Brandon Giles is “hell come to town” on piano. Over the years, he has developed his own unique sound by taking the influences of rock ‘n’ roll artists such as Elvis, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Hank Williams, Jr. and Jerry Lee Lewis and combined that musical energy with a newer, hard rocking beat. “It’s kind of like Little Richard meets AC/DC on steroids,” says Giles. Brandon can showcase his style best when playing his original music. However, his live shows are infused with a mix of hard rocking honky-tonk classics, electrifying blues and boogie-woogie standards which will bring the audience to their feet and leave them wanting more.
Giles was born in Magnolia, Arkansas where he lived on a farm for 18 years. Working as a child in the fields of his uncle’s watermelon and pea patches, he quickly realized that his real life’s ambition was elsewhere. After high school he left for Jonesboro, Arkansas where he attended Arkansas State University to study Communications and Art. While at ASU, he earned his real education on the weekend visits to the clubs and honky-tonks in nearby Memphis. During this time, Brandon would make frequent appearances playing piano at Earnestene & Hazel’s club. According to Giles, “I would play and sing in the saloons and the audiences would tip me. It took about three seconds after that first dollar hit my pocket to realize that my pea-picking and watermelon-vine-turning days were over.”
Upon graduating from ASU, Giles made a leap of faith and moved his musical career to the true Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. Not long after hitting town, he landed a regular gig at Nashville’s premier outlaw honky-tonk club, Laylas Bluegrass Inn, on historic Lower Broadway. At Layla’s, Brandon quickly honed his craft into what he likes to call a “crash course of honky-tonk chicken-wire, brick wall, shotgun nightclub entertaining.” Forget New York City, if you can make it (or survive) down there you can make it anywhere!
During his time in Nashville, Giles honed his songwriting skills, penning songs like “Natural Born Talent” which is an autobiographical tune. He has collaborated with Grammy-winning producer, Tom Hambridge, as well as Tre Twitty, grandson of the legendary Conway Twitty, Michael Buller, and Joe Denim. “Writing with such accomplished writers that understood the way I performed was a must for me. I will not sing anything I don’t like or wouldn’t listen to myself. I never considered myself a songwriter until I realized that I was making up new songs onstage nearly every show. For example, a woman was dancing in front of us one night in a mermaid costume and she immediately got a song written on the spot about her, which I won’t repeat the lyrics to here. I’d done that all my life. So I guess I am a songwriter,” Giles says. Giles has officially written or co-written tracks for all of his albums, including: “Some Sunny Day,” “Honky Tonk Hellraiser,” “Hell On Heels,” and “Devil On Both Shoulders.”
In the fall of 2020, Brandon relocated to the Gulf Coast and now relishes the beach life, residing in Orange Beach, Alabama. He can be found playing his heart out around the greater Pensacola and Orange Beach areas regularly at venues such as Flora-Bama, Hub Stacey’s, The Purple Parrot, The Front Porch, The Sports Bar, San Bar, Whiskey Joe’s and more, as well as touring the nation with his 5 piece band “The Stop Drop & Roll Band” featuring legendary New York saxophonist, Lars Espensen, formerly of the A-Bones and The Churchkeys and world renowned rockabilly stand-up bass player, “Doghouse” Dave Caluger.
Over the past several years, Brandon has played with many notable musicians on various projects. He has played with Les Paul in Time Square in New York City, appeared on Monday Night Football, and performed with Mickey Gilley at his theater in Branson, Missouri. Recently he has opened shows in arenas for Trent Tomlinson, Juice Newton, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Joe Diffie, Lee Brice and Lee Greenwood. He has also played with the infamous Kid Rock and the legendary Ray Charles. He also played the role of Lewis in the musical live stage version. Giles has performed across Europe in Germany and Poland as well as most of the United States.
Austin Forman is a Nashville recording artist from Cantonment FL. He was raised on a 300 acre farm. Austin’s last single “You Call The Shots” charted number 19 on the iTunes Country Charts and he has had success with multiple songs go viral on the internet.
The Chee-Weez are a 5 piece cover band that specialize in making sure YOU have a great time and leave with a smile. With an ever-expanding stage show including video walls, lights, lasers, and pyro, to the off-the-cuff antics, you never know WHAT you’ll see next at the Chee-Weez show! But be warned…you WILL be entertained!
Formed in 1997 in a garage just outside New Orleans, LA., The Chee-Weez began life as a disco tribute act. (Afros and platform shoes included). But on a random night in a smokey bar room sometime in 1998, the boys decided to throw a dash of Bon Jovi and pinch of Journey into the mix to see how the audience responded, and the rest, as they say…is history!
The band continued to add classic rock and 80’s hair metal to the set, while still putting their own spin on a number of oldies, classics, and even 80’s new wave tunes, and “The Chee-Weez sound” was born.
They continued on to perform along side acts across the country, from Styx and Journey, to the Pointer Sisters and K.C. and the Sunshine Band. From small, quaint bars to arenas and stadium sized venues everywhere, The Chee-Weez bring their unique brand of PARTY anywhere and everywhere there are people who want to rock out and have FUN.
There are countless acts that aspire to perform everything “just like the record”. The Chee-Weez experience is more than this. It’s spur of the moment medleys. It’s rocked out 80s dance tunes and R&B. It’s uptempo Neil Diamond. It’s Metallica. Anything. And EVERYTHING, goes at a Chee-Weez show. The Chee-Weez aren’t about 1 genre. They aren’t about 1 style. The Chee-Weez are about FUN. It’s about having a good time with your closest friends, laughing, smiling, and of course, enjoying the PARTY The Chee-Weez strive to bring each and every time they step on stage.
The Chee-Weez are about bringing an arena rock show to the masses, while still keeping the audience involved at each and every turn.
This is The Chee-Weez. Come get some and…GET ‘EM UP!
Based in Southern Alabama, the Gulf Coast Saxophone Ensemble consists of several great saxophone players from all over the area. They are a volunteer group who performs at local events.
Colby Swift’s music is about small-town living. Colby started playing shows around Texas at 17 and made top 50 in American Idol where Colby had the chance to meet Luke Bryan.
Fireworks are visible throughout the OWA property; however, we do have some favorite viewing areas we can recommend! The Rollin’ Thunder is a great place to watch from inside the theme park. In Downtown, we love to watch from the OWA Island (where we’ll also host our live music), just outside the OWA Theater, the Downtown OWA Splash Pad and from any of the Downtown OWA bridges facing West.
Yes, blankets and towels are allowed for setting up to comfortably enjoy the fireworks and entertainment in Downtown.
Yes, a limited number of folding chairs are allowed only in designated locations as directed by an OWA employee upon arrival.
Yes, leashed pets are allowed in Downtown OWA. However, only certified service animals are allowed inside the amusement park.
Coolers or outside food are not permitted, however food or drink purchased from any onsite OWA restaurant will be allowed in Downtown.
While alcoholic beverages are not available for purchase on the Island at this time, OWA restaurants are permitted to sell alcoholic beverages to patrons who are 21 & older (with valid ID) which can then be consumed on the Island or throughout Downtown. OWA’s entertainment District allows patrons to enjoy the Downtown OWA area, including the Island, with their alcoholic beverages if they keep the beverage in the cup provided by the restaurant at time of purchase.
Yes, designated ADA-accessible seating will be available. See an OWA employee for assistance upon arrival.
Smoking, electronic cigarettes, or vaping is only permitted in designated smoking sections, which will clearly be marked with signage.
Seat saving is not permitted. Please plan to arrive with your full party or move to an open location once your remaining party has joined you.