January 25, 2022

Music Arts

Spearheading Arts Excellence

Great music, mouth-watering cuisine and a slew of other eventful ideas in Can’t Miss Alabama

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Check out live performances at a venue near you.


Alexander City Jazz Festival

Celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Alexander City Jazz Festival with jazz, blues, Southern rock and more on June 11-12 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. On Friday, BRHS Jazz Band, AJ Ghent and Larkin Poe are the featured artists at Strand Park. On Saturday, The Selfless Lovers, The North 41 and Funk You are the featured artists at The AMP on Lake Martin. Admission is free. Follow on Facebook for lineup information and event announcements.

Check the Alexander City Jazz Festival schedule for live performances at Strand Park and The AMP on Lake Martin. (contributed)

See archers in action at Bow-Up Against Breast Cancer, June 12-13

There’s a special beauty to the moment an archer draws back their bow – and presto! – the arrow hits the bullseye. On June 12-13, spectators are invited to watch archers compete at the Bow-Up Against Breast Cancer tournament at Cullman Community Archery Park. It’s free to watch the competition, where archers test their skill in hitting 3D animal targets. The tournament starts around 7:30 a.m. both days and benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. The Cullman Community Archery Park is at 2602 County Rd. 490 in Hanceville.

Birmingham Legion

Watch the Birmingham Legion FC face off against OKC Energy FC live on My68 WABM Birmingham on Saturday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. For questions, contact the ticket office contacts page. For upcoming games, visit bhmlegion.com.

Loud and Proud: Pride Drag Show

Celebrate Pride Month with two drag shows hosted by Kharris on Saturday, June 12 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Entertainment includes Safaree, Campbell Starr, Rummorah Lee Campbell and Paris Campbell at Saturn Birmingham. Tickets are $15. Proceeds will go to The Way Station to aid the needs of the homeless, runaways and at-risk youths.

Lebanese Food & Cultural Festival

Enjoy some of the best Lebanese food in Birmingham June 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church. The festival will offer drive-thru and takeout only. The menu will feature several classic dishes, including kibbee, grilled lemon chicken, spinach pies and grape leaves. Click here for the complete menu. The drive-thru option will be in the main church parking lot for those wishing to place and pick up orders without leaving their cars. Walk-up and takeout orders will be on the south side of the church, where it has been in previous festivals. There will be one way in and one way out with signs and safety tape as a guide. The silent auction will be offered online and will feature a variety of items. There will be multiple virtual events during the festival, from virtual tours of the church to other fun activities. Follow along on Facebook or Instagram using @steliasfestival to join in the celebrations. The festival donates 25% of its proceeds to local and national charities. Visit www.stelias.org to view a list of past charities supported. To learn more, email [email protected] or call 205-251-5057. Credit and debit cards are the only acceptable forms of payment. COVID-19 safety measures will be enforced. The festival is near UAB at 836 Eighth St. S.

Magic City Brew Festival

The 14th annual Magic City Brewfest will be Saturday, June 12 from 4-8 p.m. at Sloss Furnaces. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at Ticketmaster, The Beer Hog and Hop City Birmingham. Tickets will be sold at the gate for $45. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 15 and younger are admitted free. Attendees ages 16 to 20 must purchase a designated driver’s ticket at the gate for $15. The complete details will be updated on the website and on Facebook.

Moundville Saturday in the Park

A series of demonstrations and presentations related to Native American culture, archaeology, natural history and sustainable gardening will be Saturday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This week, Saturday in the Park will feature a gourd workshop with Betsy Irwin. Many of the topics will directly relate to the recently renovated exhibits in the Jones Archaeological Museum or the archaeology, flora and fauna of the park. The programs take place in front of or inside the Jones Archaeological Museum. Registration is required for this event only. The Moundville Archaeological Park is at 634 Mound State Parkway.

Upcoming Saturday in the Park dates:

  • June 19 – Choctaw Craft with Juanita Gardinski.
  • June 26 – Tools and Weapons with Bill Skinner.
  • July 10 – Hoop Dancing with Lyndon Alec.
  • July 10 – Drumming with Southern Pine Drummer.
  • July 17 – Native American Plants and Garden Tour with Rosa Hall.
  • July 31 – Archaeology and Artifact Identification with Bill Allen.
  • Aug. 7 – Flute and Whistle Making with Charlie Mato-Toyela.

Visit the website to learn more.

Fun Friday at The Wharf

Each Friday night through Aug. 6 (except June 18), The Wharf in Orange Beach is hosting Fun Friday from 6-9 p.m. for the entire family. Don’t miss out on life-sized board games like Jenga and Connect 4, bubbles and cornhole. DJ Silky will be spinning sing-along tunes with a chance for a giveaway prize. Grab a drink to go in the Entertainment District, then check out the special, one-night-a-week fair food offerings on various Wharf restaurant menus. Because safety is of the utmost importance, The Wharf encourages guests to adhere to social distancing guidelines. For visitors’ convenience, hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the property.

Red Mountain Entertainment

Catch a live music show near you:

  • June 12 – ScaryPoolParty, Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham.
  • June 13 – Shovels & Rope, Avondale Brewing Company.
  • June 16 – Tedeschi Trucks, The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach.
  • June 17 – Jon Pardi, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.
  • June 18-19 – Jon Pardi, The Wharf Amphitheater.
  • June 24 – ILiza Shlesinger, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall in Huntsville.
  • June 25 – ILiza Shlesinger, Alabama Theatre in Birmingham.

For other upcoming shows, visit redmountainentertainment.

Prattville Farmers Market

The Prattville Farmers Market is open through Saturday, Aug. 28 from 7 a.m. until noon. The market will feature locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as honey, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods and handmade bath and body products. There will be free, reusable Prattville Farmers Market tote bags and coloring books –while supplies last – and a live remote with Bama Country Radio. The market is on Doster Road a few blocks off Main Street in the Grove across from Pratt Park, which makes it ideal for a family outing. For more information, call 334-595-0850 or visit the website at prattvilleal.gov.

Free Friday Flicks in Hoover

Grab your blanket and crew for the 30th annual Free Friday Flicks beginning at dusk through the end of June. Free family films are shown every Friday at Veterans Park in Hoover. “Trolls World Tour” will be shown on June 11, “Tom and Jerry: The Movie” on June 18 and “The Croods: A New Age” on June 25. The park opens at 6:30 p.m. Movies not shown due to inclement weather will run on Friday, July 9.  Arrive early and have a picnic before the show. A food vendor will be on-site. For updates, follow on Facebook.

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