Music Events & Festivals July
Two things Alabama has always excelled at? Playing music and throwing parties. So naturally we host several of the nation’s hottest music festivals. Rock out on the beach or bask in the blues – whatever your favorite, we’ve got your festival.
Athens Cruise In
March 05, 2011 to October 01, 2011
From March to October, downtown Athens is full of antique vehicles on the first Saturday nights. Some businesses will stay open late and three restaurants will be open for delicious food. A DJ will play 50s and 60s tunes.
Singing on the Square
March 18, 2011 to September 16, 2011
256-232-5411 | tourathens.com/events-attractions
A free concert is held every third Friday night from March to September on the east side of the Limestone County courthouse. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the live entertainment.
Alabama Folk Art and Music Exhibition
April 15, 2011 to July 17, 2011
205-933-1409 | visitvulcan.com
Vulcan Park and Museum will mount a unique exhibition of art that depicts Alabama folk musicians at work and play. The works of art – on loan from the collection of Bill Arnett – are the creations of local self-taught visual artists who share similar backgrounds and artistic viewpoints as their subjects.
Pepper Place Saturday Market
April 16, 2011 to December 17, 2011
205-802-2100, ext. 230 | pepperplacemarket.com
Visit our region’s farming families at the Pepper Place Saturday Market. They grow vegetables and flowers, bake breads and cookies, cakes and pies, tend the bees, and drive into the Lakeview District of Birmingham to sell the fruits of their labors. In addition to farmers, bakers and beekeepers you can enjoy local musicians on two stages while sipping a fresh cup of coffee or enjoying a light breakfast.
Concerts by the River
May 02, 2011 to September 05, 2011
256-341-4818 | decaturparks.com
Concerts by the River is a free concert series that offers a wide variety of musical styles in a family-friendly setting. Sponsored by the City of Decatur Parks and Recreation Department, the concert series begins the first Monday in May with concerts being held each Monday until Labor Day. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets.
May 10, 2011 to August 16, 2011
334-705-5560 | www.opelika.org/
Tuesday evening beginning May 10, the Opelika Parks and Recreation Department will host a free outdoor concert at at Municipal Park. This 14-week concert series offers a wide variety of musical entertainment including gospel, jazz, R&B, oldies, country, big band swing, folk and community band music.
Music Makers: A Celebration of the "Year of Alabama Music" Exhibit
May 13, 2011 to July 06, 2011
Alabama Artists Gallery, 201 Monroe Street, Suite 110, RSA Tower, Montgomery, AL 36104
334-242-4076, ext. 250 | www.arts.alabama.gov
Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama State Council on the Arts announces the exhibit entitled Music Makers: A Celebration for the Year of Alabama Music. The special collection of items celebrating music is on display at the Alabama Artists Gallery, RSA Tower, 201 Monroe Street in downtown Montgomery. The exhibit will run through July 6. Items on exhibit include: The World’s Smallest Band by Robena Perry of Phenix City. According to Perry the artist, the work began as an assemblage in 2006 to create an advertising piece that could be used to promote a line of clothing (Chaps) designed and made by she, the artist. The whole assemblage was placed on a small trailer and moved around to Flea markets, where the Chaps could be sold. The CHAP band was the center of the creation. There are over 150 dolls in the assemblage, in addition to many added details. Also included in this special exhibit is the Alabama Jammer Electric guitar, which was commissioned from the Gibson Guitar Company by the Alabama Tourism Department to tour the state for performances during the year celebrating music. Artists in the exhibition include: Michael Graham Allen, Dora, flutes Butch Anthony, Seale, gourd guitar, diddley bow Randy Arnold, Northport, banjo Dale Beshears, Leeds, found object sculpture James Burkett, Dothan, guitar Bethanne Hill, Birmingham, acrylic Joe Hosmer, Hueytown, washtub bass, broom guitar Bill Jehle, Florence, cigar box guitar Rev. Hughvon King, Hartford, pipe guitar, hubcap guitar, mandolin Lenny Madden, Hoover, cigar box guitar Tommy Moorehead, Lineville, watercolor T.R. Reed, Chattanooga/Tuscaloosa, whirligig Warren Shirley, Ramer, cigar box guitar Robert Tedrow, Birmingham, concertina Pamela Watters, Huntsville, pastel Yvonne Wells, Tuscaloosa, quilts The Alabama State Council on the Arts is proud to showcase the work of Alabama artists in its gallery in the RSA Tower, 201 Monroe Street, Suite 110 in downtown Montgomery. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For additional information call 334-242-4076 or visit: www.arts.alabama.gov
Chicago Street Farmers Market and Music and a Movie
May 20, 2011 to July 01, 2011
251-943-1200 | foleycvb.com
Fresh vegetables, plants and flowers, baked goods, honey, grass-fed beef and shrimp. Music and a Movie starts at 5:30 with local bands and a movie at dusk.
First Financial Bank Concert Series
June 01, 2011 to August 01, 2011
205-481-4750 | alabamaadventure.com
Alabama Adventure will host the First Financial Bank Concert Series on weekends through out the summer. Artists vary each weekend. Guests will enjoy the theme and water park with a concert that evening, all included in the price of admission.
Summer Dance Camps
June 01, 2011 to August 10, 2011
205-987-7234 | grebeldance.com
Summer Dance Camps for ages 3 and up, in the Oak Mountain State Park area. Classical ballet instruction will be offered by Stevan and Deborah Grebel and guest artists.
Music By Moonlight
June 16, 2011 to July 28, 2011
U.S. Hwy. 431N, 2.7 mi. from Ross Clark Cir., Dothan, AL 36303
334-794-3452 | landmarkpark.com
Annual concert series under the stars on the Gazebo lawn. Pack a picnic supper and bring your lawn chairs. Martin Drugstore will be serving ice cream. Free admission.
Alabama Songwriters Festival
July 01, 2011 to July 04, 2011
256-571-7199 | mountainvalleyartscouncil.com
Guntersville is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Alabama Songwriters Competition during the July 4th Alabama Songwriters Festival. Enjoy music, art, wakeboarding, storytelling, great food and fireworks all on the banks of beautiful Lake Guntersville.
Alabama Songwriters Contest - South Regional Round
July 02, 2011
201 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
334-481-5000 | www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mgmbr-renaissance-montgomery-hotel-and-spa-at-the-convention-center/
Join us at the Renaissance Hotel from 5:00 to 8:00 pm to support the semi-finalists of the Alabama Songwriters Contest. They will be performing their original Alabama-themed songs for a panel of judges in hopes to move on to the final round at the Ritz Theatre in Sheffield on July 25.
Jazz in the Park Birmingham
July 03, 2011 to September 04, 2011
205-616-1735 | magiccitysmoothjazz.com
Jazz in the Park Birmingham is a mission driven event that provides access to the arts for everyone. Free and open to the public, Jazz in the Park Birmingham will feature performances by local jazz enthusiasts.
"Fourth at The Wharf," 6th Annual
July 04, 2011
Orange Beach, AL 36561
205-224-1012 | thewharfal.com
The Gulf Coast’s premier 4th of July celebration continues with the largest and most spectacular celebration in the Southeast. The event will include a live concert as well as patriotic songs and dedications. The highlight of this event every year is the presentation of the area’s largest fireworks extravaganza.
4th of July Blast Concert and Fireworks Show
July 04, 2011
256-212-1479 | lmat.org
Benefit concert at The Amp (the Lake Martin Amphitheater) will be followed by the largest fireworks display in the Southeast.
Family 4th Celebration
July 04, 2011
334-699-1475 | family4thcelebration.com
Enjoy the patriotic holday with family and friends at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds. Car show, inflatables and water slides for kids, live music, shows, fireworks and more.
Alabama Songwriters Contest - Gulf Coast Regional Round
July 09, 2011
916 Charleston Street , Mobile, AL 36603
251-433-9374 | www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com
Callaghan’s Irish Social Club will host the semi-finalists of the Alabama Songwriters Contest from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Contestants will perform their original Alabama-themed songs before a panel of judges who will decide which songwriters moves on to the final round at the Ritz Theatre in Sheffield on July 25.
Music in the Park
July 11, 2011 to August 08, 2011
256-905-4400 | walw.org
Music in the Park is a five-week series of live open air music events featuring artists from throughout North Alabama. The event features bluegrass, gospel, folk, jazz and more in a shady, lawn chair or blanket setting.
July 14, 2011 to August 07, 2011
205-324-2424 | redmountaintheatre.org
Get swept away to 1960s Baltimore, where the ’50s are out – and change is in the air! The winner of eight Tony Awards with songs that will have you singing along, like “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” “Big, Blonde and Beautiful,” “Nicest Kids in Town,” and “Welcome to the 60’s,” don’t miss this larger-than-life Broadway musical hit that will make you dance and make you dream!
Rogersville Alabama Bluegrass Festival, 10th Annual
July 15, 2011 to July 16, 2011
256-247-9788 | rogersvillealabama.com
Bluegrass music will fill the air, along with shadetree pickers, buckdance contest, and bands performing Friday afternoon and evening and all day on Saturday. Food, crafts and more. Outdoor amphitheater – bring lawn chairs.
Hot Ribs Cool Tunes
July 15, 2011 to July 16, 2011
256-237-5250; 256-453-1476 | www.eastalabamabusinessassociation.com/
Get ready for good eats, thanks to a Florida Barbecue Association-sanctioned barbecue championship. Includes Backyard BBQ Cook-off, barbecue vendors, other food vendors, a kid zone, classic cars, live bands and a free concert.
Alabama Songwriters Contest - Central Regional Round
July 16, 2011
2829 2nd Aveune South, Birmingham, AL 35233
205-802-2100 | pepperplacemarket.com
Aspiring Alabama songwriters will perform in front of a panel of judges at the Pepper Place Saturday Market from 10:30 to Noon. The winner of this regional round will move on to the final competition on July 25 at the Ritz Theatre in Sheffield.
Old Time Fiddler's Convention, 32nd Annual
July 16, 2011
251-368-2106 | atmorechamber.com
Musicians of all ages and walks of life will compete in vocal band, string band, guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro and fiddle competitions. The evening includes barbecue prepared by the Atmore Rotary Club.
July 22, 2011
334-285-6428 | cityofmillbrook.org
Bring the family and enjoy Millbrook’s summer celebration at The Pines. The entertainment begins with live music provided by a variety of area bands. Concessions are available on site by local vendors. The outdoor fun culminates with a dazzling fireworks display. Quilts and lawn chairs are encouraged.