One of the most hotly-anticipated shows of the year rolled into Birmingham last week as Glass Animals finally took the stage at Avondale Brewing Company on their Dreamland tour. The British quartet has seen an insane rise in fame this year with their song “Heat Waves” eclipsing one billion streams and reaching the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Simply put, this show was one of the biggest to hit Avondale in some time, with tickets selling out almost immediately months in advance and a crowd that wrapped around the block hours before the show started.
With the crowd packed in and the stage adorned with bright neon signs and a brilliant video game display on the venue’s incredible LED screen, Dave Bayley and the band came on stage to the title track of last year’s Dreamland, ushering in listeners to their style of woozy, intoxicating indie-pop. Their set was not limited to Dreamland or their hits — they played a lot of deep cuts from 2017’s How To Be A Human Being and an electrifying take on their Denzel Curry collaboration “Tokyo Drifting” that had the crowd going nuts. Bayley was in… [read more…]
The history of Avondale Brewing Company is undeniably linked with its current status as one of the hottest spots in Birmingham. You see this all across town with the presence of the beloved Miss Fancy, the beer-guzzling elephant that has become the mascot of ABC. Formerly serving as a post office, a firehouse, and a popular bar called the Long Branch Saloon, ABC has settled in to being one of the best places for drinks, live music, and a good time in all of Birmingham.
You can’t talk about ABC without talking about the incredible beers that are brewed on-site. Brewing started in 2010 at the Avondale site, and the ABC selection has grown into a nationally-acclaimed brand with favorites such as the Spring Street Saison and the Vanillaphant Porter. All of the beer is handcrafted and brewed in the back, with the taproom serving as the tasting area for patrons to sample newer, seasonal beers and the longtime favorites that are now sold across the country. ABC has everything a beer connoisseur could dream of — from the tropical… [read more…]
While Sublime is forever cemented in music culture, Sublime with Rome is writing their own story with an already rich history and a future that is looking brighter than ever. We caught up with the band’s lead singer of twelve years, Rome Ramirez, while touring across the western US en-route to perform at Avondale Brewery on July 29.
Rome, you were only 18 years old when you became the catalyst for reuniting the most famous ska-punk band of all time. The story of how you became the frontman of Sublime is the stuff of rock n’ roll legend. How did this come to be?
I was living in Los Angeles, and I started recording with some musicians, and one of them was a girl who was working at a studio in Orange County. The owner of that studio was really good friends with the bass player of Sublime. I just met him by chance one day at that studio, and then I started… [read more…]
In a small-town South of Austin, Texas vocalist and songwriter Molly Burch is relaxing in her sunny country home. The 27-year-old is enjoying the calm before the storm that will kick start when her much anticipated sophomore album First Flower hits the public. The Los Angeles native has found tranquility in the outskirts of Texas, appreciating time on the front porch as cicadas sing in the distance behind her. Burch burst onto the music scene in 2017 with her debut album Please Be Mine, a ten-track ode to unrequited romance that she wrote after studying Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of North Carolina in Asheville