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News – George Porter Jr. to headline Shakedown Music Fest

News - George Porter Jr. to headline Shakedown Music Fest

Mafiaoza’s Shakedown Music Fest benefiting Alabama Forever and YP Birmingham Charities takes place in Crestline Village on Saturday, June 25, 2016 and features George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ PardnersThe DexateensMia BordersCadillac Willy, B For Humanity, Riverbend, 2020, Kate & The Howlers, and an after party with The Underhills! Advance tickets are available now at for $15 and a limited number of patio viewing tickets are available for $75. Day of tickets are $20. Presenting sponsors are The Fred Smith Group, Meeting Street Graphics, Portico Mountain Brook, Coca-Cola, Performance Food Service, Redmont Distilling Co., Edwards Chevrolet, Vulcan Tire & Automotive, and Alabama Beverage.

George Porter Jr.

George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed in the mid 60’s and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk then called R&B. The Meters disbanded in 1977, but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive.

Few bass players in the history of modern…

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News – Leon Bridges to Play AL Theatre

News - Leon Bridges to Play AL Theatre

Leon Bridges is to play Alabama Theater on October 5th with special guests Lianne La Havas opening. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 10th at 10am through Ticketmaster or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The show is presented by Birmingham Mountain Radio.


Leon Bridges 

Leon Bridges‘ first strides as a retro-soul artist prompted comparisons to R&B legends like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. A singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Bridges performed in and around Fort Worth, TX and stirred up music industry interest with analog recordings, produced by Justin Block and Austin Jenkins of White Denim, which were uploaded to his SoundCloud page. Signed to major-label Columbia, his first singles–including a rich ballad written about his mother–appeared in February 2015 with a sound that evoked mid- to late-’60s soul. The following month, Bridges caught more attention with a performance at the South by Southwest Festival, roughly 200 miles south of his home base. His debut album, Coming Home was released in June 2015.

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas arrived in the early 2010s with a mostly acoustic and hushed hybrid of alternative folk and soul. The singer, songwriter, and guitarist was born and raised in London, England, the daughter of a Jamaican mother and Greek father. She…

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#slosstix Give-Away Kicks Off Today

#slosstix Give-Away Kicks Off Today

Mother Plug Music and Starr Hill Brewery kick off their #slosstix Give-Away campaign today in conjunction with the second annual Sloss Music & Arts Festival. The campaign will award one lucky winner 2 tickets to the Festival and a “festival survival kit, equipped with branded clothing, hats and everything the winner will need to prepare them for the weekend,” says Mother Plug Music owner, Josh Matthews. “The total package is valued at well over $1,000 in tickets and merchandise.” The festival will be held at the historic Sloss Furnaces, July 16-17, in Birmingham, AL.

In their second year, Sloss Music & Arts Festival will feature Ryan Adams & The Shining, Death Cab for Cutie, Ray Lamontagne, The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, The Arcs and more. For the full festival line-up, visit

Starr Hill Brewery is the official beer partner of Sloss Music & Arts Festival. Born in a Charlottesville music hall in 1999, Starr Hill Brewery is the largest independent craft brewer in Virginia. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill…

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