This coming holiday weekend to many is the official beginning of the Summer Vacation Season. There will be picnics and outings, decorations at cemeteries, auto races (Indianapolis 500) and music festivals (The Acoustic Cafe). Most of us know that Memorial Day is a National Holiday in the United States, a day for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces. But do you know the history of Memorial Day and how it has changed over the years?
You may find a few surprises in this article about Memorial Day. I think you’ll find it a good read.
Whatever your plans, travel and play safe!
Memorial Day Weekend comes around only once a year. That is a disappointing statement because Memorial Day Weekend is the weekend for THE music festival. Yes, THE music festival. THE music festival to top all other music festivals. The Acoustic Cafe.
This very special music festival, The Acoustic Cafe, has been at least a yearly event since 1996! (Some years there have been two festivals). Why is it so special? That’s a hard question to answer. The best way to find out is to attend!
“We are not limited to a certain type of music other than good music. We have become the largest gathering of earthy tie dyed people in Alabama. We create a three day village of love, harmony & tolerance. Strangers look out for strangers and we all keep an eye on the kids. This is a very kid friendly event (children under 12 are free!). There is no other festival like this anywhere. People started coming for the music, but the family reunion atmosphere we have created is what keeps people coming back year after year.”
This year’s festival will include The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dread Clampitt, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge plus lots more!!
Today, May 14, is the last day to order tickets online and save $10. But the price at the gate is still a bargain! All the info is on the website: www.TheAcousticCafe.com
See you there!!
Birmingham gets a rare chance to hear Emmy nominated singer/songwriter Ellen Cherry AND help benefit Rape Response. Ellen artfully displays her talents in folk, pop, jazz, and instrumental music. She mesmerizes her audience with her powerful voice and uses her keen, on-the-fly sense of humor to weave history, storytelling, and melody together.
Proceeds will benefit Rape Response and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs of the Crisis Center, a United Way organization. Rape Response has been providing comprehensive support services for victims of sexual assault in our community since 1975. Services include hospital intervention and advocacy, long-term individual and group counseling, criminal justice advocacy, and educational programs for schools and community organizations. All services offered by Rape Response are free to the public.
This special presentation is this Friday, May 11th at The Red Cat, 2901 2nd Avenue South in Birmingham.
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We’re about 3 weeks away from the 3rd annual Hangout Music Festival. If your plans include this Festival, be prepared for performances by Alabama Shakes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Randy Newman, Dave Matthews Band, and Jack White, just to name a few.
This festival takes place directly on the beach in Gulf Shores. Lodging options and information about shuttles and schedules are available on their website. There is even morning yoga and plenty of activities for the kids.
According to the Hangout website, 2-Day General Admission Passes are sold out. VIP Tickets are still available. It’s pricey, but this is no poor man’s festival.
Alabama has a bunch of great musicians. It would be quite a task just to make a list of them all. We know this because we are building that list on our Artists page! We have a long way to go! If your favorite Alabama artists are not on the list, please send a note to Info@MusicSceneAL.com! Please include a link to their website so we can add them to the list.
One of Birmingham’s favorites, singer/songwriter Bert Trotman, has a new CD. Fingerstyle is a collection of 10 acoustic guitar instrumentals, just Bert and his guitar. Learn more about Bert Trotman, son of Alabama Bluegrass Hall of Fame banjo picker Herb Trotman, by visiting his website at www.BertTrotman.com. Preview and/or get the mp3 version of his new album by clicking on the image of the Fingerstyle CD on the right.
Relay For Life events are happening in all sorts of places! Building up to the 2012 Relay For Life of North Shelby is a Charity Pool Tournament at Poppa G’s in Pelham on April 20-21st. On May 11th is the Walgreens Relay For Life Golf Tournament at Montevallo Golf Club. The Relay event will take place on May 18 at Pelham High School. For more info about North Shelby events, visit their webpage.
You don’t have to be in the North Shelby County area to get involved. Relay For Life events are happening not only all around the state, but all around the country! Visit www.RelayForLife.org for information about your area!
What is Relay? It’s an overnight relay-style event where teams of people camp out around a track. Team members take turns walking around the track, so you’re not required to be there the entire time. There’s food, games, music and a family-friendly environment that raises funds for the American Cancer Society!
Check the websites listed above and consider getting involved with the Relay For Life in your community!
Grayson Capps is another fine example of an Alabama native who has “done good”! Grayson was raised in South Alabama. After college he spent over a decade in New Orleans and is now back home again. He’s been described as a rare American gem, equal parts country singer, bluesman, rock star, philosopher and poet.
“Take the poetry of Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt, combine with Steve Earle’s edgy attitude and stir with a little cup of the bayou-blues (think Howlin’ Wolf) and you start to get a taste of Capps’s scrumptious gothic gumbo.” – AMERICAN SONGWRITER
“New Orleans’ marvel Grayson Capps is alive and well and slowly building one of the most phenomenal songbooks in America today. If ever there were a cat primed to pick up where Lowell George and John Prine have left off, it’s Capps.” – JAMBASE
Your chance to hear Grayson in the Birmingham area is coming up this Friday, April 13th. And what an opportunity this will be!! Not a smokey bar… this will be a real listening experience at Becka’s Place House Concerts. Showtime is 8pm. More info and RSVP at www.BeckasPlace.com and Grayson’s website is www.GraysonCapps.com
The next Alabama Folk School session is April 16-19. This session will include art classes in quilting, watercolor and glass mosaics. The session will also include music classes for bass, guitar, banjo and mandolin. Vocal Nuances will be taught by Claire Lynch! All the instructors are top notch: Mark Schatz, Stephen Mougin, Ned Luberecki, Herb Trotman, Roland White and Jason Bailey.
Learn more about this and other sessions held throughout the year at www.folkschool.dioala.org where you’ll find pricing, lodging and everything you need to know.
Alabama Folk School is held in the conference center facilities at Camp McDowell located about 15 miles North from Jasper on Highway 195.
Birmingham Mountain Radio was founded in 2010… not that long ago!! So how does a new radio station get this popular this fast? Part of how might be in their mission statement: We are committed to being a service to Birmingham and to being part of the local community.
Birmingham Mountain Radio “has a world class rock/adult album alternative format and focuses on local content through local DJ’s, specialty shows, promotions, and through highlighting local and regional bands.” BINGO! Where else can you find this kind of commitment? Where else can you find this kind of music?
But to me, the amazing thing about Birmingham’s Best Radio Station is that you can’t listen to them on the radio! Birmingham Mountain Radio, bhammountainradio.com is an Internet-based radio station!
If you haven’t discovered Birmingham Mountain Radio, give ’em a listen… and tell them you read about them on MusicSceneAL.com