Birmingham’s newest music venue, Saturn, complete with full-service coffee shop and bar, Satellite, opened it’s doors on Friday, May 1. Saturn and Satellite are directly across the street from Avondale Brewing. It is owned by Alabama native and local musician Brian Teasley who has partnered with the world famous Bowery Presents.
The venue aims to become an integral part of the community and the already-thriving Birmingham music scene by featuring both nationally recognized and local acts. The Satellite, located in the corner space next door, has partnered with Portland, Oregon’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters and local bakers, Baking Bandits, to serve fresh-brewed coffee and fresh-baked pastries daily starting at 7 am. Satellite will also serve a variety of local and nationally emerging craft beers and modern spins on classic cocktails. Saturn will also offer a full service bar open to event patrons during live shows.
The Saturn is also home to what they call the Living Venue Audio Project, “a multi-sensory reactive sound medium where various devices installed in the venue (stimulated by sound, light, motion, weather, water flow, street activity, etc.) trigger random ambient sounds, in order to make a sort of symphony of sonic activity.” Saturn compares this to the likes of Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports,” but where the music was actually produced by the airport itself. Owner Brian Tealsey, sound engineer Daniel Farris, and the Austin, Texas band The Octopus Project are the creators whose goal is to ultimately master a collection of the venue’s ambient sounds to compose an album, the first of its kind.
Saturn opened with the Austin, TX based ensemble, Mother Falcon, taking the stage. Mother Falcon has featured as many as 17 musicians at one time, resembling more of a chamber orchestra, but with the sentiments of indie-pop sounds. Mother Plug Music recommends downloading their 2013 album, You Knew. Or get plugged into one of our favorites with this cover of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android.”