Sloss Music & Arts Festival Archive

Welcome to Monotonia – K. Flay

Welcome to Monotonia - K. Flay
photo: Leah Grace Englehart

This week on Welcome to Monotonia, MusicBham features K. Flay. Shot from this year’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival, K. Flay talks about what she reads and listens to and how it influences her writing process. 

Get K.Flay’s new album, ‘Every Where Is Some Where,’ out now:
Get the Crush Me EP, out now: iTunes:
Music video by K.Flay performing Blood In The Cut….

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Welcome to Monotonia – New Devils

Welcome to Monotonia - New Devils

We continue in the Welcome to Monotonia series this week, filmed live from this years’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival, with an interview and music from New Devils!

Filmed in an old school in Repton, Alabama one saturday with a group of friends. Go to and follow us from your prefered social media link! Thanks to Darrell Nance for filming…

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Welcome to Monotonia – Ruston Kelly

Welcome to Monotonia - Ruston Kelly

MusicBham and Welcome to Monotonia teamed up at this year’s Sloss Music and Arts Festival to present a series of live interviews from some of the best, new artists to perform this year. In this episode MusicBham’s very on Lizzie Thrasher sits down with Ruston Kelly to discuss his experience in Birmingham, his hit single Black Magic and the psychadelic inspiration behind a song he wrote about a rainbow. 

Birmingham Alabama is bursting at the seams with incredible talent, from an amazing visual arts community to some of the best music in the Southeastern region.  We have all the talent but not a whole lot of resources to find out about it.
Welcome to Monotonia is a Birmingham web series designed to expose the pure raw talent of  both the local and traveling artist and musicians who perform in our city!
Directed & Edited by: Daniel Isaiah Hargett
Produced by: Greg Henderson
Executive Producer: Josh Matthews & Music Bham
Audio Engineer: Daniel Brian Rhodes
Featuring: Channing Estell, Lizzie Thrasher & Ruston Kelly
Consulting Producer: Marsha Oglesby
Intern: Sophie Crowe
Special Thanks to: Betsy Kiser & Red Mountain Entertainment, Good Grit Magazine
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Sloss Music & Arts Festival has announced the lineup for the 2017 event taking place Saturday & Sunday, July 15-16 at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama.  More information can be found at

Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic, Odesza and Sturgill Simpson Top the Weekend’s Bill

Run the Jewels, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Phantogram & NEEDTOBREATHE

Also To Perform at 3rd Annual Festival:

Spoon, Cherub, Judah & The Lion, Tycho, K. Flay, Conor Oberst

Vince Staples, Cashmere Cat, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

+ Dozens More Round Out Lineup

Tickets On Sale Friday, February 3rd at 10am CST at  

BIRMINGHAM, AL (January 31st, 2017) – The 3rd Annual Sloss Music & Arts Festival has announced the full lineup of performers scheduled for the two-day event, which returns to Historic Sloss Furnaces on Saturday & Sunday, July 15th and 16th.

Alabama Shakes will return to Birmingham for the first time since 2013 when they sold out two nights on the Sloss Furnaces Shed Stage. Since then…

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Seratones Prepare for the End of the World

(And hope that you’re having as much fun as they are!)

By Sara Jane Overby

Seratones are a hard-working band from Shreveport who rocked this summer’s Sloss Music & Art’s Festival. They will find their way back to Birmingham this Wednesday, October 26, to play WorkPlay. We had a chance to catch up with Seratones’ guitarist Connor Davis and bassist Adam Davis at Sloss and they painted a pretty adventurous picture of what you can expect during their live performance.

Yesterday was the first time I’ve had the chance to see you guys perform and y’all killed it! You guys have played Birmingham before though, right?

Connor: Yeah, we’ve played Birmingham three times now. Actually four times! We played Secret Stages early on as a different band. Our lineup was nearly the same as the Seratones have now, except our bass player and band name were both different. We came back the next year as the Seratones, and it was fun as hell. Not long after that we opened up for St. Paul and the Broken Bones at the Alabama Theatre at their homecoming show. It was pretty special.

So you guys opened up for St. Paul and the Broken Bones? They’re awesome! 


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Dylan LeBlanc

Dylan LeBlanc

An Interview with Dylan LeBlanc

Introduction by Josh Matthews
Interview by Sara Jane Overby
Photography by Mary Fehr

On his third studio album, A Cautionary Tale, Dylan LeBlanc proves that he’s not just a product of his environment, but someone who can conjure some magic deep beneath the layers of his musical upbringing and emerge as an aberration, oddity or outlier in music. The latest album produced by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and John Paul White (The Civil Wars), A Cautionary Tale is an emanation, not of the son of a songwriter, but a young man discovering his rite of passage as a musician and individual. Critics have deemed him the “new Neil Young,” a flattering comparison, though unjust. Those who were captivated by his voice and guitar playing at this year’s Sloss Music & Art’s Festival got to know him simply as Dylan LeBlanc, free from other associations.

Mother Plug Music’s very own Sara Jane Overby got to catch up with Dylan pre-performance in the Garden & Gun artist’s hospitality tent to talk about A Cautionary Tale, life on the bayou, and the music of JJ Cale and Bob Dylan.

Hey Dylan!

Dylan: Hello!

So tell me a little bit about Cautionary Tale and what it was like to kind of release that…

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The Bright Light Social Hour

The Bright Light Social Hour

The Bright Light Social Hour played to a packed Shed Stage at Sloss Fest this past July. Loud, high-energy, space-rock anthems were peppered with reminders to love each other, leaving an impact only certain kinds of rock shows can offer. Read our interview below to get a feel for the dudes that made it all happen.

Words by Lindsay McDuffie
Photos by Darrell Nance

Hey guys! We seem to share an enthusiasm for space, so let me ask you, what’s your name, astrological sign, and how do you contribute to the band?

I’m Curtis, I’m a Scorpio, and I play guitar and sing.

Jack, I’m a Cancer, I play bass and sing.

I’m Edward, I’m a Cancer, and I make coffee. Sometimes play keyboards.

I’m Joe. I’m a non-practicing Capricorn, and I play drums and do a lot of studio stuff.

Well, welcome to Birmingham! Being the home of Sun Ra, we also think “Space is Still the Place,”—which is the name of y’alls new, really freakin’ cool album. It gets better and better every time I listen to it.

 Thank you.

I wanted to start by asking about the second line on that album: “The weight of weightless faces faces straight.” That’s a great line. Who writes the lyrics?

 That was Jack’s…

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