The Shoals area is the place to be July 20-29 for the 31st W. C. Handy Music Festival.
From their Facebook Page: “The W.C. Handy Music Festival was initiated with the help and vision of musician and Sheffield native Willie Ruff, who along with Dr. David Mussleman helped the Music Preservation Society present the first W.C. Handy Music Festival. That first festival was a long weekend of music featuring Dizzy Gillespie as the headline artist. Since then, the annual celebration has evolved into a ten-day festival with nearly 300 events. The festival showcases music at locations throughout Northwest Alabama, including parks, restaurants, stores, libraries, museums, art galleries, sidewalks, parking lots, and lawns. It also features athletic events, plays, music classes, car shows, and much more.”
This years Headliners are The Blind Boys of Alabama!
Download the most recent schedule of events on the festival website: www.wchandymusicfestival.net
This weekend I saw a Fox 6 feature story about Crafting Banjos that was Absolutely Alabama. It first caught my attention because it was about Alabama music, then it grabbed my attention because it included Jason Burns.
Then I started to do a little research about Jason for MusicSceneAL and quickly found that he is a bigger celebrity than I had known. I know first hand that he does good work and I often sing his praises. This article on BanjoHangout.org is about “The Finest Open-back Banjo That I Have Ever Touched”! And here’s a YouTube Video of one of Jason’s creations showing the look and the sound. My point being that if you google “Jason Burns Banjo”, you’ll find lots of praise for Jason’s craftsmanship.
You’ll find Jason at Homewood Music and you can learn more about him at his website.
Once a month since April, Opelika Unplugged has been picking up steam! Founded by long time friends and musicians Greg Rogers and Rebecca Walker-Jones, Opelika Unplugged takes place at The Event Center Downtown.
The next Opelika Unplugged is on Friday July 6th featuring Jim Patrick, Steve Norris, Abby Parks, Jilda and Rick Watson, Hope Cassity and Bob Corely. Show starts at 7:30pm. Admission is only $5, songwriters get in free.
Come and listen to songwriters tell the stories behind their songs. If you’re on Facebook, get more info at www.Facebook.com/OpelikaUnplugged.
The Alabama Blues Project, based in Northport, started in 1995 with a mission to educate the public about the importance of our wonderful Alabama blues heritage. “Through programs that educate and entertain, the Alabama Blues Project has grown into an award-winning organization celebrating past and present Alabama blues artists while helping to preserve the rich blues culture of this state.”
2012 Summertime Blues Camp is going on now! Learn more about The Alabama Blues Project’s many activities, events and more on their website, www.alabamablues.org
Here is a blog worth following. No it’s not just about music, but there is a lot of music and music related information.
The Flatpickin’ Pilgrim’s Progress is written by Gary Furr. Gary is a Baptist Preacher in Birmingham and one hell of a nice guy. Ooops… can I say that? His June 18 post talks about the importance of local support. You’ll find it here. Visit Gary’s page and consider subscribing.
BamaJam 2012 is this weekend… June 14-16 in Enterprise, Alabama! The lineup at this year’s festival is unbelievable. More than 60 performances including Tim McGraw, Eric Church and Willie Nelson on Thursday, Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson and Needtobreathe on Friday, and finishing up the festival with Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Jamey Johnson on Saturday.
Get more information about artists, camping, directions and tickets on their website at www.BamaJam2012.com.
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MusicSceneAL has a new feature that began this past week. We will be adding a few earlier articles. Then about once a month, we’ll be posting a new music review article written by Birmingham artist George Scherer. Learn more about George and read his articles on our new page, Scharing Thoughts.
First of all, a big THANK YOU for supporting MusicSceneAL.com. You are the reason for this site! We actively started in January of this year and have a never ending task to cover the Music Scene in Alabama. Yes, it is an impossible task.
This week’s post is to ask for your help. Tell us what’s missing! Are your favorite Artists, Festivals and Venues listed on www.MusicSceneAL.com? Look around our site. If your favorites are not listed, send a note to Info@MusicSceneAL.com including their website address (if possible). This will help us to have a more complete listing. Oh! And tell your friends!
Alabaster CityFest 2012 is this coming Saturday, June 2nd. This FREE festival includes live outdoor concerts, kids’ activities and inflatables, arts and crafts vendors, and FUN for the entire family.
On the main stage: Lonestar, Everclear, Vallejo, 2Blu & The Lucky Stiffs, and Deputy 5. Attractions include the Cruise-In Car Show and The Flying K-9s Dog Show. KidFest Activities include Hands-on arts and crafts, Lowe’s Build-it workshop, BHM Drum Circle, Pony Rides and Bungee Jump.
The city of Alabaster is just south of Birmingham. Alabaster CityFest is located in Alabaster on the grounds of the Alabaster Municipal Park and Thompson Middle School and includes FREE parking and FREE shuttles. Event times and everything you need to know is posted on their website.
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!