Music Events & Festivals February
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.
Take What You Make Art and Craft Workshops
February 01, 2011 to February 28, 2011
Local and regional artists share their love of art by teaching classes so that student can take home a completed project in one session. Painting, jewelry making, culinary arts, fiber art, and photography are among the offerings.
Peter Serkin Plays Brahms
February 04, 2011 to February 05, 2011
Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin is one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians appearing before the public today. He returns to Birmingham to perform Brahms’ monumental second concerto, one of the ‘Everests’ of the piano repertoire, a test of strength, virtuosity and intellect for any pianist.
Dancing as Stars
February 05, 2011
Dancing as Stars is a fundraiser for Marshall County Home Place, which provides transitional housing for homeless families. The event is a ballroom dance contest among couples. The contestants choose their own dance, music (which can be of any genre and cannot be repeated), and costumes. All proceeds go to a fund designated to build more apartments for the homeless.
Mardi Gras in Mobile
February 05, 2011 to March 08, 2011
Mobile is not only recognized as celebrating the first-known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 (yes, even before New Orleans), but also as home to the “America’s Family Mardi Gras” delighting both young and old from around town and across the nation. This magnificent celebration lasts for more than two and a half weeks and culminates on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. For weeks, the streets of downtown Mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliantly colored floats and, of course, teeming crowds of parade-goers. The floats are glowing spectacles manned by masked riders festooned in satin and sequins, and armed with crowd-pleasing “throws” such as beads, moon pies, doubloons and candy. Mardi Gras must be experienced to be fully understood, and Mobile is the perfect place.
Abalabip! Kickoff Concert
February 05, 2011
Alabama Theatre, 1817 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Experience Abalabip, a series of Oxford American concerts spotlighting Alabama music. The kickoff event features Ralph “Soul” Jackson, The Sex Clark Five, The Secret Sisters and special guests Mary Gresham and Arthur Doyle.
Abalabip! concert series continues with additional concerts in Florence on June 4, Gulf Shores on August 6 and Tuscaloosa on September 10. Check the calendar entry on those dates and cities for more information.
Alexander City Arts Presents Jazz Masters
February 07, 2011
Alexander City, AL
Alexander City Arts presents Alexander City’s own Jazz Masters at the BRHS auditorium.
University of Mobile Theatre Presents Barefoot in the Park
February 11, 2011 to February 13, 2011
251-442-2215 | www.umobile.edu
Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon, a romantic comedy about a straight-laced attorney and his free-spirited bride, confirms the adage that opposites attract, but can they keep it together despite the interesting situations and people around them?
Youth Programs Showcase 2011
February 12, 2011 to February 13, 2011
Experience fantastic entertainment by Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Youth Programs, a select group of incredibly talented students (ages 6-18) performing musical numbers from shows like In the Heights, Fosse, Altar Boyz, Mamma Mia, Will Rogers Follies, West Side Story and Bye, Bye, Birdie, with fabulous choreography by Broadway veterans.
Mountain Dulcimer Workshop
February 12, 2011 to March 26, 2011
Fort Payne, AL
256-782-8010 | epic.jsu.edu
Learn the basics of playing a mountain dulcimer with musician Mickey Luck. The class will meet for four Saturdays at the beautiful Little River Canyon Center.
University of Mobile Honor Band Concert
February 12, 2011
The concert is the final event of a three-day Honor Band camp featuring outstanding high school students from private schools and academies throughout the South who are nominated by their high school band directors.
Saturday Jam Session
February 12, 2011 to February 26, 2011
Pick and grin at Old Alabama Town’s Saturday Jam Sessions, held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at the historic Rose House, circa 1840s. Musicians, bring your acoustic instruments and join the fun. Admission to the Jam Sessions is free; tickets to tour Old Alabama Town are available at the Reception Center.
February 12, 2011
You’ll tap your toes and dance in the aisles as BCT presents Tuxedo Junction, a World Premiere musical based on the early life of legendary jazz musician, and Birmingham native, Erskine Hawkins. Honoring Black History Month and the first inductee in the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, join us on the journey of a musician and athlete who learned that life is about making choices – and experience live jazz music along the way.
The Chenault Organ Duet
February 13, 2011
The Cathedral Choir sings the beautiful service of lessons, anthems, and readings.
Gladys Knight and the ASO
February 14, 2011
Seven-time Grammy-winner and true living legend, Gladys Knight joins the ASO for one night only! She became a Motown star with soulful R&B his like ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ and ‘Midnight Train to Georgia.’
Troy Arts Council Presents Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
February 14, 2011
Founded in 1991, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has drawn international praise everywhere from Glasgow to Tokyo, both for their concerts and for numerous recordings. Still, hearing live is believing.
House Concert featuring David Grier and Matt Flinner
February 15, 2011
The talents of David Grier and Matt Flinner will amaze you with a variety of tunes and miraculous picking moves. Grier is known for his emotive yet inventive mastery of the guitar. Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Light refreshments are included.
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
February 17, 2011
Universally regarded as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s finest and most versatile entertainers, Peter Noone is second to none! Star of stage, screen and record, Noone’s performances are the stuff of legend, deftly delivering a broad palette of music, all gems that, through his voice, defined a generation.
ArchiTreats: Food for Thought: My Father, Hank Williams by Jett Williams
February 17, 2011
The Alabama Department of Archives and History ArchiTreats third-Thursday lecture series presents “My Father, Hank Williams” by Jett Williams.
Alabama Ballet Presents Giselle
February 18, 2011 to February 20, 2011
Passionate and beautiful, Giselle is a true classic. A romantic and grand ballet of dramatic proportion, Giselle is a gorgeous production in the old-world style. Love and tragedy are intertwined in this quintessential Romantic ballet gracing the Samford Wright Center stage.
UAB's Alys Stephens Center Presents David Grisman Quintet "+"
February 19, 2011
Acoustic string instrumentalist David Grisman will make his first visit to the Alys Stephens Center with his quintet; the “+” refers to a surprise special guest. Grisman is best known as a mandolinist/composer whose style is a blend of influences, from bluegrass, swing and jazz to Latin and gypsy.
Alabama Ballet Presents Snow White
February 19, 2011
The Snow White children’s matinee will return with fun pre-performance activities for families.
UAB Piano Series Featuring Einav Yarden
February 20, 2011
UAB Piano Series is presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Music and will feature the world’s finest pianists.
Story Hour N Evergreen
February 22, 2011
Storyteller Dolores Hydock will present "Through the Back Door: The Music that Bridged the Bayou” sponsored by the Evergreen Study Club.
February 24, 2011 to March 06, 2011
The final sequel to our blockbuster Honky Tonk Angels, Bubba’s Revenge brings back all your country favorites including “Islands in the Stream,” “On the Road Again,” “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Achy Breaky Heart” and “Everything is Beautiful.” A country show with great impersonators, a spooky séance, a foot stompin’ gospel jubilee and a “sensitive” Bubba all combine in a hilarious new musical comedy.
Mid-Day Musical Menu: Cathedral Ringers Handbell Ensemble
February 25, 2011
A free, 30-minute concert by the Cathedral Ringers Handbell Ensemble under the direction of Stephen G. Schaeffer.