Secret Stages is a two-day music discovery festival that takes place in Birmingham, AL on the first weekend of August. Treat yourself to over 60 bands performing on the stages of Birmingham, AL. All Secret Stages venues are close to each other and filled with up-and-coming or under-the-radar acts drawn from the nation, the region and our own back yard. So, come to Birmingham, park, and have walking access to all of our bands across a variety of venues, as well as the many restaurants, pubs, shopping and other things Birmingham has to offer.[read more…]
secret stages Archive
One of the most exciting music events in the Southeast, Secret Stages is a discovery music festival spread across 7 stages within 2 city blocks of downtown Birmingham. You probably won’t recognize many bands on the bill, if any at all–but that’s the point. These acts were drawn from the nation, the region, and our own backyard, and all are up-and-coming bands about to hit it big. From hip-hop to psych-rock to spy-jazz, Secret Stages offers it all. Reminiscent of City Stages, festival goers can open carry beverages and fill up on local food trucks as they bounce from venue to venue.
Day passes, venue passes, and weekend passes are available, as well as low-priced VIP tickets. Ticket prices are released in tiers, so head to their website right now for the best deal. Bring your 2016 Sloss Music & Arts Festival ticket stub or wrist band for $5 off admission!
Jam out to a sample playlist and build your own schedule here! We love this festival. If you love new music, you don’t want to miss it.[read more…]
Sometimes You Make Love…
…and sometimes you get fucked!
By Andy Harris
“If every tiny town had local heroes this good, no one would leave home.” —Kenneth Partridge, M Music & Musicians Magazine
Amigo is the best band in Charlotte. In fact, they are probably the best band in North Carolina. They might even be the best band in America and, while I’m hyperbolizing (which is evil), I have to say that Amigo is the World’s Greatest Band.
It’s a reasonable statement. The songs are great. The vocals, which come in waves of solo, two-part, and three-part harmony, are as real as it gets. Unless you’ve had an easy life, you’ll identify with the lyrics. You’ll find a new favorite song. And, oh yes, the live performance. Amigo is a hard-rocking power trio that brings to mind the slogan from my high school wrestling T-shirt: “Brute force with finesse.”
Time To Make The Donuts
It’s all true. Amigo consists of band members Slade Baird (guitar,vocals), Adam Phillips (drums, vocals) and Thomas Alverson (bass guitar, vocals). The band plays a masterful blend of Americana, honky-tonk and rock and roll. 2014’s critically acclaimed album (American Songwriter, Elmore Magazine) Might Could is great from start to finish….[read more…]
Floco Torres and Shawty Slim, ft. Charles Davis, Valente Keen
Playing Secret Stages on Friday 8/5 (Rogue Tavern, 8pm)
Floco Torres’ The Porsche EP
Floco Torres is full of contradictions. Georgia has been good to the New Jersey native and he has certainly returned the Southern hospitality. After an internship opportunity in Atlanta fell through, Floco Torres found himself in Macon, where he quickly landed gigs and love from the local scene. He even became somewhat of a city spokesman, releasing his popular “Cherry Street,” a love song to Macon, in 2011. He made lemonade out of lemons. He is young, but his positive outlook seems mature. This duality is present in Floco Torres’ music, and The Porsche EP is no exception. The opening track, “Can’t Stop Me,” is braggadocios and bass-heavy, but also sincere. “87 911” is reminiscent and uplifting, while “Back Home” seems to pick up where “Cherry Street” left off. This is the track that encapsulates the best of Macon-repping Floco Torres and fair warning, the hook that sticks with you. Produced by Shawty Slim, The Porsche EP seems to explain, “This is who I am,” “This is where I’ve been,” and “This is where I’m going.” I suggest…[read more…]