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May
28

Music & Mudbugs featuring Drake White

Tomorrow, May 28

Crawfish and country music? Memorial Sunday at The Wharf Amphitheater has never sounded (or tasted) more Southern! Toss on some shades along with those dancing shoes, grab your friends and family and head over to feast like a true native of the South! The crew from Mudbug Mafia will be throwing down at the event, dishing up thousands of pounds of top-quality crawfish that has bathed in their flavorful secret spices. After you stuff your belly, you’ll get to feed your soul a bit with the tunes of fellow Alabamian Drake White, a Top 40 country crooner who has toured with some heavy hitters like the Zac Brown Band, Eric Church and Little Big Town. His spirited stage presence is guaranteed to keep you on your feet! Special guests Adam Hood and Dave Kennedy are set to open the show. There will also be live music under the crawfish tent. You can snag a cold beverage and test out your skills at corn hole, mingle with fellow spectators and hopefully win a few choice prizes along the way. If the crawdaddies don’t pinch ya, you may have to pinch yourself folks – it’s gonna be that good! Presented by 95 KSJ and the C Spire Concert Series Co-Presented by Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Ace Concrete Services What: Music & Mudbugs featuring Drake White Where: The Wharf Amphitheater When: May 28th, 2017; Gates open at 5 pm Cost: FREE ADMISSION with a suggested $5 donation to St. Jude Hospital ***Limited amount of advance VIP Packages available ($35) – includes one 3lb plate of crawfish, easy access to a cash bar, plus gold circle seating and pit access to the front of the stage***

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Alabaster CityFest

Saturday, June 3

One of the state's largest FREE music and arts festivals, Alabaster CityFest features fun for everyone -- various music artists covering a variety of genres (gospel, jazz, blues, country, rock, etc. A huge area for the kids - inflatables, kiddie rides, Lowes Build & Grow Workshop, Kids Music stage, K9 Dog Show, Arts & Crafts & more! Previous CityFest artists have included Scotty McCreery, Rodney Atkins, Vertical Horizon, Gin Blossoms, Travis Tritt, Craig Morgan, Sister Hazel, Loverboy, Everclear and many local favorites. FREE Admission and FREE Parking.

July
21

W.C. Handy Music Festival

Friday, July 21

The W.C. Handy Music Festival is a 10-day celebration inspired by the “Father of the Blues” and the musical heritage of northwest Alabama. Over 200 events occur during the festival ranging from concerts to art exhibits and plays to athletic events. Music can be enjoyed in the local parks, stores, restaurants, churches and on the banks of the Tennessee River. Expect to hear everything from blues, jazz, gospel and soul to that distinctive Muscle Shoals sound. Events take place in the quad cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia, known as The Shoals.

August
5

3rd Alabama Women in Jazz Festival (2017)

Saturday, August 5

Freda Payne As you know, Freda is a Detroit native who realized her talents at an early age of twelve and that makes her a great headline for our program because she understands the importance of youth in music. This year marks Ella Fitzgerald's 100th year anniversary, in which Freda is touring to her "Tribute to Ella", which encompasses personal stories and some of her most memorable songs. http://www.http://www.fredapayne.com/ Paula Atherton A sax player/vocalist and songwriter. Paula has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notable as The Rippingtoans, Nick Colionne, and more. Paula released her 4th CD titled "Ear Candy" on February 17, 2015 on the Kalimba Music label, owned by Earth, Wind and Fire. BJ (Bettye Jo Miller) Blues/Jazz If you haven't heard of BJ you are in a really exciting position t attend and don't o hear a great keyboard and trombone female player.

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100 Days of Summer Kickoff with Pepsi Beach Ball Drop

Friday, May 26

Nothing tops a summer spent down south, especially on the Gulf Coast! It’s time to celebrate 100 days of music, lights and entertainment at The Wharf. Get ready to commence the season properly with the 4th annual Pepsi Beach Ball Drop, televised live on NBC 15. This year we are raising the bar by releasing 5,000 beach balls, doubling last year’s number. Nashville-based Country star Blaire Hanks will be performing center stage at Marlin Circle around 5:30 pm, setting the ideal mood for an evening of limitless fun. This family-friendly event will offer loads of activities for the kiddos as well as adults, including face painting, a bouncy house, surf simulator, trampoline jumpee, giant rock wall, a fire hula hoop act, camel rides and much more! Various prizes will be given out all night as well! What: Pepsi Beach Ball Drop Where: Marlin Circle When: Friday, May 26th; 5 pm – 9 pm, Ball Drop at 6:25 pm Cost: Admission is FREE; Face Painting - $5, $7 & $10, Camel Rides - $5, Trampoline Jumpee - $5

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Hangout Music Festival

Friday, May 19

Hangout Music Festival is the first and only festival of its kind. The extraordinary beach backdrop and sandy walkways make Hangout Music Festival an alluring destination for music fans. Unique food offerings include fresh local seafood prepared by renowned regional chefs. The Hangout Music Festival is located in Gulf Shores, Alabama - just a few miles from the Florida border. The Gulf Shores area offers a variety of vacation rentals including condos, hotels and beach houses - many of which are located within walking or biking distance to the festival. Fans looking to book a place to stay for the festival can choose from a wide selection at www.hangoutmusicfest.com. To purchase GA/VIP/SUPER VIP tickets or to learn more about Hangout Music Festival, please visit: www.hangoutmusicfest.com

April
8

11th Annual Ozark Crawdad and Music Festival

Saturday, April 8

Grab a chair and listen to the sounds of wonderful music while biting into savory delights! Crawfish! Shrimp! Cheese Steaks! We have something for everyone! Plenty to for the children to do. Come and celebrate the 11th Annual Ozark Crawdad & Music Festival in beautiful downtown Ozark, AL!

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Army Field Band & Chorus

Sunday, March 26

The Concert Band is the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band's four performing components. Founded in 1946, this elite 65-member instrumental ensemble has performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling in the hundreds of millions. Tours have taken the band throughout the United States, North and South America, Europe, and Asia. In addition to formal programs, the Concert Band has participated in numerous presidential inaugural parades and supported many diplomatic missions overseas. The dedication and musicianship of the members of The United States Army Field Band represent the professionalism that American Soldiers have embodied during nearly three centuries of proud service.

March
18

Foley BBQ & Blues Cook-Off

Saturday, March 18

Professional and amateur teams compete for trophies, prizes and bragging rights in several categories: Chicken, Anything Butt, Ribs, Just Butts, Sauce and People's Choice. Festival goers enjoy great food, popular blues bands, children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors and a raffle. Admission charged. All proceeds benefit the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation and area schools. Held annually on the third Saturday in March.

March
3

Launch of the Alabama Bicentennial Commemoration

Friday, March 3

Launch of the Alabama Bicentennial Commemoration 10:30 AM public ceremony at Cotton Hall, 911 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL 36604 5 PM downtown celebration at Mardi Gras Park featuring music, vendors, and fun for all ages.

February
28

LuLu's Fat Tuesday Celebration & 17th Anniversary!

Tuesday, February 28

Head to LuLu's on Fat Tuesday, February 28, 2017 for the biggest, baddest (with a side of Lagniappe) Mardi Gras Celebration in town. Come dressed in your finest beads and costume then start your day with one of our signature beverages while you listen to the great band starting at 11 a.m. Watch the Mardi Gras boat parade as it rolls into LuLu's and keep the party going with more great music at 5 p.m.

February
18

25th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

Saturday, February 18

The Orange Beach Sports Association (OBSA) is pleased to announce the 25th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival is set for February 18, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. This festival is the Association's major fundraiser to support sports-related activities in our community, specifically youth baseball, softball and T-Ball. Proceeds are used to purchase uniforms, equipment, insurance, and pay for expenses of officials and sponsor clinics. The Festival is a full day of delicious food, 40+ arts and crafts vendors and music for the whole family. This is an alcohol-free event.

January
27

Mid-Day Music: The UAB Concert Choir

Friday, January 27

The UAB Concert Choir, under the direction of Brian Kittredge, will perform a free, 30-minute concert at the Cathedral Church of the Advent (Episcopal) at 12:30 p.m.

January
18

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Wednesday, January 18

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today. The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy.

December
16

Mid-Day Music: The Cathedral Ringers Handbell Ensemble

Friday, December 16

The Cathedral Ringers Handbell Ensemble, under the direction of Frederick Teardo, will perform a free, 30-minute concert at the Cathedral Church of the Advent at 12:30 p.m.

December
9

34th Annual Christmas Fest

Friday, December 9

A time-honored tradition featuring arts and crafts vendors, live music, food vendors, kid's activities and the annual Christmas parade. Friday evening is always a draw with the Ping Pong Ball Drop where many wonderful prizes are up for grabs! Sponsored by the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, this signature event promises to be a memorable one.

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UAB Gospel Choir featuring Alicia Olatuja

Sunday, December 4

The UAB Gospel Choir is a music performance course (a minor ensemble) offered by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Music. It was organized in 1995 when the Department of Music expanded its course offerings to include American gospel, music technology, jazz and opera. Joining the choir is Alicia Olatuja who has been praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage.”

November
28

Sounds of Christmas From the Valley to the Hill – Concert II

Monday, November 28

This concert features The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society along with the members of the Spring Hill College Choral in their annual Holiday Concert. The program features a wide variety of genre choral music of the holidays. This concert is often accompanied by a small orchestral ensemble.

November
20

Sounds of Christmas From the Valley to the Hill - Concert I

Sunday, November 20

This concert features The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society along with the Spring Hill College Chorale. A variety of Advent, Channukah and Christmas music - both sacred and secular is presented. Often this concert is accompanied by a Chamber Ensemble.

November
18

Mid-Day Music: Matthew Hoch, baritone

Friday, November 18

Matthew Hoch, baritone, and Jeremy Samolesky, piano, will perform a free, 30-minute concert at the Cathedral Church of the Advent (Episcopal) at 12:30 p.m. Hoch is Associate Professor of Voice at Auburn University.

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National Peanut Festival, 73rd Annual

Friday, November 4

The nation's largest peanut festival is held each fall to honor peanut growers and to celebrate the harvest season. Festivities include amusement rides, animal shows, agricultural displays, concerts, beauty pageants, arts and crafts displays, contests, food, a two-hour parade and tons of peanuts.

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32nd Annual Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

Thursday, November 3

Festival attendees enjoy an up close and personal concert experience and are often able to learn the stories behind the songs as told by the original author. Venues of all kinds welcome the nearly 200 songwriters that come from around the country and around the world.

October
28

Jam Session on the Square

Friday, October 28

The Sounds of Summer's Jam Sessions on the Square will be every Thursday night from 5-8 pm on Westside Square in Downtown Huntsville. Each week will feature a local band! This event goes great with Thursday Night Bikes and Greene Street Market!

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Oxfordfest

Saturday, October 1

Oxfordfest is an annual arts and craft festival which takes place the first Saturday in October on Main Street in Oxford, Alabama. The festival features arts and craft vendors from all over, food, live music, fun for all ages, hourly prize drawings and a $1000.00 give away. All proceeds benefit local charities and organizations.

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12th Annual Sudsfest

Saturday, September 24

This year’s enhanced Sudsfest will be held at the newly remodeled Longleaf Botanical Gardens & Event Center. Throughout the event, hundreds of guests are treated to an evening like no other, featuring great food from some of Calhoun County’s finest restaurants and bakeries; beer tastings and wine bars; and a signature cocktail bar. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to set up and enjoy the highly-anticipated concert by American Floyd a Pink Floyd tribute band, featuring a combination of distinctive sounds and a dynamic light show for an authentic Pink Floyd experience. Must be 21 or older to attend.

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Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout

Monday, September 12

"The Shootout" is a six week songwriter competition that will again take place at The Hot Spot restaurant at The Wharf, in beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama. In its 3rd season, it kicks off on Monday, September 12th and continues every Monday until the finale on October 24th. Artists from all over the country may submit their application between now and August 8th via the shootout's website, for only $25. Out of the expected 200 applicants, 50 will be chosen by a panel of judges based on the artist's original songs submitted.

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Billy Reid Shindig No. 8

Friday, August 26

Billy Reid presents: Shindig No. 8 August 26-28 in Florence, Alabama.