Atlanta rock titans Manchester Orchestra brought their Million Masks of God Tour to the Alabama Theatre last Thursday, punctuating a stunning ascent to the top for one of the best live bands working today. Birmingham has always been somewhat connected to MO, partially due to their location in Atlanta, and I think they’re one of a few bands that have literally played every room in the city. Their set at the Alabama Theatre was a perfect fit for the old-school theatre; with an impressive backlit lighting rig that mimicked the Million Masks of God album art, the band began with MMOG opener “Inaudible”, which moved from a soft beginning to a mighty roar. They didn’t spend a ton of time talking to the audience, instead showing off their might through a sixteen-song set that touched most of the high points of their discography. A beautiful highlight was mid-set when they revisited A Black Mile to the Surface‘s hit “The Gold”, leading the entire room to sing along with the chorus at a volume that shook the building. From there, they dove into the incredible run of “The Alien” into “The Sunshine” off of that same record, deftly… [read more…]
“Life is circular. Country just came back to me. It’s like the acoustic thing. I did that before the band . This is full circle because this was the first music I was ever exposed to as a child.” –AARON LEWIS
If you want to get to know AARON LEWIS, just listen to The Road. On his first full-length album, the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and guitarist tells one story after another. Echoing traditional country, some of those tales are hilarious and heartwarming, while others are pensive and personal. Nevertheless, they’re all equally powerful, vibrant, and unforgettable. For Lewis, The Road continues to wind and surprise like it always has.
In 2011, the Staind frontman formally arrived in the country world with the release of his debut EP, Town Line. Highlighted by the success of gold-selling single “Country Boy” featuring the legendary George Jones and Charlie Daniels, the seven-song EP reached #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #7 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release. Critical praise followed: PEOPLE’s Chuck Arnold said, “He proves to be a natural on nostalgic ballads like ‘The Story Never Ends,’ (3/14/11),” while the ASSOCIATED PRESS’ Michael McCall wrote, “He injects a flavor…
Onsale to General Public: Fri, 09/16/16 11:00 AM CDT. Prices: TBA. MUST BE 18+ TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. Please adhere to published ticket limits. Orders exceeding the ticket limit will be canceled without notice. Delivery of tickets will be delayed until December 5, 2016 to check for duplicate orders. NO PROFESSIONAL CAMERAS/NO AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING. LIST OF PERMITTED AND PROHIBITED ITEMS WILL BE E-MAILED TO CUSTOMER PRIOR TO EVENT. DOORS VIP 5:30PM ,STANDARD 6:30PM[read more…]
40th Anniversary of Elvis’ only Birmingham Concert featuring David Lee Ultimate Elvis. Onsale to General Public: Thu, 09/22/16 10:00 AM CDT. Prices: US $15.00 – US $35.00. Service charges may apply. Prices subject to change. 2+ must have a ticket. No professional cameras/no video/no audio recording. Regarding Opening Acts: Tom Brown, former VP of Turner Classic Movies, current host of “Gates to Graceland”, to emcee and Bill Baize, member of the Stamps Quartet, one of Elvis’ original backup singers to sing with David Lee backed by Steel City Sound.[read more…]
On October 28, world-renowned Australian “fingerstyle” guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel CGP will release a new album of holiday music, Christmas Memories, showcasing new arrangements of Christmas favorites such as “Jingle Bells,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” and “White Christmas.” In addition, the album includes three original tunes that are sure to become instant Christmas classics, including “Christmas Time,” “Let’s Make a Christmas Memory” and “Christmas Memories.”
In support of the new album, Emmanuel will embark on a U.S. Christmas tour in the fall of 2016. “The Classic & Christmas Tour” will feature one solo set of some of Emmanuel’s classic acoustic material, and one set of Christmas favorites where he’ll be accompanied by long-time friend and collaborator John Knowles CGP on guitar, Pat Bergeson on guitar and harmonica, and Annie Sellick on vocals.
“Making this new album was such a joy for us,” said Emmanuel. “We had just finished our last Christmas Tour, and we were ready to go in and play the songs LIVE in the studio. Every performance is how it went down…no studio tricks or fix-ups, just honest singing and playing. This brings a feeling to the music that can’t be manufactured. It sizzles…
The UAB Gospel Choir is a cherished ensemble by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Music under the direction of Kevin Turner. The choir performs traditional and contemporary American Gospel Music tours throughout the United States and abroad. Joining the choir is Alicia Olatuja, who has been praised by The New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage.” Olatuja first came into the spotlight in 2013 while performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. She continues to astound audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor.[read more…]
A self-made singer/songwriter, Matt Wertz spent years creating soulful, feel-good pop music on his own terms. Nashville — a city that doubled as his muse and adopted hometown — always played a big role in that creation process. It was the place where Wertz wrote his songs, the place he recorded his albums, the place he’d return after touring the country with songwriters like Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, Parachute and Gavin DeGraw.
Something changed after 2014’s Heatwave, a record that shone a neon light on Wertz’s appreciation for ’80s pop music. Wertz realized he’d grown perhaps a bit too comfortable in Nashville, where he’d been making music for more than a decade. Looking to write an album that tackled contemporary pop music from a different angle — literally — he headed to Los Angeles, where he spent several months writing songs for his ninth album, Gun Shy. Fueled by infectious, 90’s-inspired beats, lush textures, and soaring air-tight pop melodies, Gun Shy fires twin barrels of modern pop and synthesized R&B, finding new life in old-school influences.
“I realized I’d been making records in a similar way in the same geographic area,” Wertz admits, “and I wanted to get away from that…[read more…]