One of the many things that make Birmingham the next awesome travel destination in this part of the country is the number and variety of festivals that spring up once summer gets underway. Not that we don’t have great winter events, but, let’s face it, everything down south blooms in the summer, and festivals are no exception. Down here, a good food or music festival grows like untended kudzu. Let’s have look at some of the more noteworthy ones.
Now in its sixth year, Secret Stages is hardly a secret. Birmingham’s weekend-long festival of musical discovery has grown to become one of our city’s most enjoyable events.
Photo by Kenwyn Alexander St. Paul & The Broken Bones are the biggest thing to come out of Birmingham in ages.
This fall, just as they’ve done for the past decade, Vulcan Park and Museum is hosting Vulcan AfterTunes, a Sunday afternoon outdoor concert series.
Chuck E’s in love with performers on the schedule at the Alys Stephens Center now through October, especially with Rickie Lee Jones who’s scheduled to take the stage August 21. Poncho Sanchez on September 3 leads the way to the Indigo Girls on September 23.
The inaugural Sloss Music & Arts Festival was a full-blown success, running like a seasoned, well-oiled machine on all fronts. Event organizers say the festival entertained about 25,000 people over its two-day run, giving the city an estimated $4.
Keep your eyes peeled for the arrival of The Pretender October 14 at the Alabama Theatre. Yes, Jackson Browne is scheduled to step into the Birmingham spotlight with openers Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, veterans of Levon Helm’s band.
The show has been around awhile, but then haven’t we all? “Menopause The Musical” comes to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Theater for three shows only June 12 and 13. Now celebrating 14 years of female empowerment, the production brings musical merriment to hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles and weight gain.