|Bayfest comes of age in 2012 reaching its 18th anniversary and it has certainly progressed from its infancy as it is expected to attract over 200,000 fans to Downtown Mobile?s streets where 125 bands will perform (albeit not at the same time). Big names have featured at the event including B.B. King, Hootie & the Blowfish, Keith Urban, Nellie and Travis. Priding itself on offering music for all tastes, country, jazz, rap and gospel belt out from the nine stages keeping everyone happy. Meanwhile, the Launching Pad turns a spotlight on local emerging talent for the best that Alabama has to offer at Alabama?s largest music festival.