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Gulf Coast Jam 2015

Gulf Coast Jam 2015
For the third year in a row, Southern Sound and Lighting provided production for Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach FL. Each year Gulf Coast Jam gets better and better with bigger artists, unique ticket/view options, better lighting packages, and unique branding opportunities.

Jammers enjoyed amazing performances by Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride, Sam Hunt, Darryl Worley, Dwight Yoakam, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Gary Allen, Kirstie Lovelady and many more.


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This year Southern Sound and Lighting ordered a custom roof skin for Gulf Coast Jam. This addition made the branding and overall look of the stage pop and allowed for a vibrant signage that cannot be achieved with blow through banners.

Gulf Coast Jam now offers Jammers 2 unique VIP experiences; the VIP Stages and VIP Sky Boxes. The VIP Stages is a 2 level experience that allows you to see on stage, behind stage and side stage. These perspectives give a unique view of the performers and allow guests to capture memorable pictures from the event.

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1843View from VIP Stage on top deck
The VIP Sky Boxes were new additions to GCJ this year. There were 10 Sky Boxes per side with a artist walkway that allowed them to interact and walk down the entire length of the Sky Box.

Southern Sound and Lighting provided the Main Stage, 60×48 with custom sized monitor worlds, a 48 foot cat walk, and covered loading dock areas. Gulf Coast Jam also had 3 video walls and rear delays.

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We also used a SL 100 MIX for front of the house.

In addition to the Gulf Coast Jam main stage, SSL also provided the production for the Pepsi Southern Original contest at Dave and Busters, Panama City Beach. Dave and Busters also hosted the After Parties.

It was another successful year at Gulf Coast Jam and we are looking forward to 2016…stay tuned for the line up and get your tickets early….you will not be disappointed.

Gulf Coast Jam 2014

Southern Sound and Lighting is proud to partner with with Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam for the second year.  Gulf Coast Jam takes place in Panama City Beach.  It is 3 days of country music.  There are stages located on the beach and the Main Stage, located in Frank Brown Park.  This year Gulf Coast Jam brought in; Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton as the headlining artists!  The other artists included; Randy Houser, Big and Rich, Cassidee Pope, Lonestar, Love and Theft, John Michael Montgomery, Cassey James, Trick Pony, Laura Bell Bundy, Jon Pardi, Blackjack Billy, Andrew Salgado, and Kirstie Lovelady!  It was a star studded line up and everyone delivered a great performance.

Mark LeFiles, owner of Southern Sound and Lighting is the production manager for Gulf Coast Jam.  Jammers….make sure you don’t miss out on Gulf Coast Jam in 2015!

Main Stage at Gulf Coast Jam  Photo by Susan Michal

Main Stage at Gulf Coast Jam
Photo by Susan Michal

Gulf Coast Jam, VIP Decks  Photo by Susan Michal

Gulf Coast Jam, VIP Decks
Photo by Susan Michal

Gulf Coast Jam, Beach Stage Photo by Susan Michal

Gulf Coast Jam, Beach Stage
Photo by Susan Michal

Gulf Coast Jam Main Stage Photo by Susan Michal

Gulf Coast Jam Main Stage Photo by Susan Michal

Carrie Underwood at Gulf Coast Jam Photo by Susan Michal

Carrie Underwood at Gulf Coast Jam
Photo by Susan Michal

Dierks Bentley at Gulf Coast Jam Photo by Susan Michal

Dierks Bentley at Gulf Coast Jam
Photo by Susan Michal

Blake Shelton at Gulf Coast Jam Photo by Susan Michal

Blake Shelton at Gulf Coast Jam
Photo by Susan Michal

Thunder Beach Jam – Panama City Beach FL

In October 2014 Southern Sound and Lighting handled the production for Thunder Beach Jam in Panama City Beach Florida.  This event was located at the amphitheater by the Pier Park Mall in PCB.  We provided the sound, lighting and video for this event.  The talent included; The Kicks, Floored, Band Finger, John Kay and Steppenwolf, Cheap Trick and Grand Funk Rail Road.

Unfortunately, this two day festival, during bike week, was canceled due to hurricane watches on the second day.

This is what the stage and setup looked liked before the event was canceled for safety reasons.

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About Southern Sound and Lighting

Southern Sound and Lighting has been providing sound, stage and lighting for events an concerts since 1998. The company was founded in Valdosta, Georgia with it’s headquarters now in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mark LeFiles, owner of Southern Sound and Lighting has extensive knowledge and experience in the audio engineering and concert  world.  Aside from owning his own company he has also has toured with many country music and rap artists on national tours. His first tour was when he was 17 years old.

Some of the artists and tours he has been on:

During these tours Mark held many different positions from; production manager, front of the house engineer, stage manager, and teching and flying PA systems.  His experience and knowledge makes him an expert in his field.   Because of his extensive experience with a vast array of artists and tours, the knowledge and insight when dealing with technical riders and advancing shows is a valuable skill.

As a company, Southern, Sound and Lighting provides sound, stage, lighting, and video for concerts and events.  Many of the events and festivals have been in the Southeast; Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.  However, SSL will travel anywhere the client needs us to be.

Here are some of the events and festivals we have provided production for;

  • Superbowl 2005 Jacksonville
  • Superbowl 2006 Detroit
  • Superbowl 2007 Miami
  • Relay for Life – Macon, GA
  • Fourth of July Events – Valdosta, GA
  • Atlanta Strutt Festival – Atlanta, GA
  • Hahira Honey Bee Festival, Hahira, GA
  • Thunder Beach, Panama City Beach, FL
  • Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run – Savannah, TN
  • Peanut Festival – Blakely Country, GA
  • Gulf Coast Jam – Panama City Beach, FL
  • 4th of July Extravaganza – Cordel, GA
  • Watermelon Festival – Franklin, SC
  • Susan G. Komen Black Tie Benefit – Toledo, OH
  • Celtic Festival – Jacksonville Beach FL
  • And many, many others

Not every client we work with is on tour or producing a major concert or festival.  We also service clients who need self powered speakers for corporate jobs, private events or smaller shows.  If you need sound, a microphone, or a speaker….no job is too small!  Southern, Sound and Lighting also services;

  •  Weddings
  • Corporate Events
  • Fundraisers
  • Bars and Restaurants – band setups
  • Conference centers
  • Hotels
  • Banquet facilities
  • Private homes
  • and anyone in need of sound, stage, lighting or video

Feel free to contact Mark LeFiles for your complementary custom quote on your next festival or event.


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Cell: 229-305-6983

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