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Music Events & Festivals May

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.

  • University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts Upcoming Concerts

    February 26, 2011 to May 31, 2011
    Mobile, AL
    251-442-2215 |

    Concerts include: University of Mobile Honor Band concert, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. Free admission. 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.

    A University of Mobile Symphony Orchestra and A Cappella Choir, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 2 South Claiborne St., Mobile, Ala. 36602. Free admission. Students in the university’s Symphony Orchestra are joined by guest musicians from the Mobile Symphony to perform sacred music in this annual concert, which also features the outstanding student voices of the university’s A Cappella Choir.

    University of Mobile Piano Ensemble, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall. Free admission. The UMobile Piano Ensemble concert features Center for Performing Arts faculty and students performing on multiple pianos, in addition to individual performances in a variety of musical styles.

    “Saviour,” a modern oratorio presented by the University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Dauphin Way Baptist Church, 3661 Dauphin St., Mobile, Ala., 36608. Free admission. Saviour is a 60-minute musical composition for voices and orchestra and tells the sacred story of God’s passion for His people.

    Center for Performing Arts Spring Finale, May 1 at 6 p.m., First Baptist North Mobile, 1251 Industrial Pkwy., Saraland, Ala. 36571. Free admission. The CPA Finale is the final concert featuring all ensembles in the University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts. A variety of musical styles will be presented in a worship event. Donations are requested during the concert to support ministries locally and internationally.

  • Athens Cruise In

    March 05, 2011 to October 01, 2011
    Athens, AL

    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
    Athens, AL
    256-232-5411 |

    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
    Birmingham, AL
    205-933-1409 |

    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.

  • Photo of Pepper Place Saturday Market

    Pepper Place Saturday Market

    April 16, 2011 to December 17, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    205-802-2100, ext. 230 |

    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.

  • Alabama Ballet presents American Masterpieces

    April 28, 2011 to May 01, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    205-322-9095 |

    Alabama Ballet closes its diverse season with three works by two giants of twentieth century choreography – Antony Tudor’s Lilac Garden, Agnes de Mille’s The Other and Three Virgins and a Devil. Added to the mix will be an original piece by Alabama Ballet’s own Roger Van Fleteren.

  • Lee County Gathering

    April 28, 2011 to May 01, 2011
    Loachapoka Historic District, Pioneer Park, Loachapoka, AL
    334-283-3045 |

    Nationally recognized performers of traditional acoustic music from across the Southeast will be performing and teaching all ages. Children’s classes are free on Saturday. There will be two days of classes, four concerts, an ice cream social and a dance. Instruments include mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, auto harp, penny whistle, steel drums, Native American flute and fiddle. 1 p.m. April 28 to 10 p.m. May 1

  • Tailgate Party for Christ

    April 29, 2011 to May 01, 2011
    Georgiana, AL

    A three day event with gospel music during the evenings and preaching, testimonies, and sharing during the daytime hours. Contact City of Georgiana for camping information.

  • Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party, 27th Annual

    April 29, 2011 to May 01, 2011
    Orange Beach, AL
    251-980-5118, 251-974-1510 |

    Participants on the beach will throw a mullet from a circle in Alabama to the state line in Florida to benefit the Alabama Sheriff’s Boys & Girls Ranch and the Boys and Girls Club of Escambia.


    April 29, 2011 to May 01, 2011
    Huntsville, AL
    256-519-ARTS (2787) |

    Notice: Cancelled due to storm.

    From the Huntsville News.

    Panoply Arts Festival is canceled this weekend.

    Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of the Arts Council, the organization responsible for the annual festival, said in an interview with The Times Thursday morning that all Panoply activities will be canceled for the weekend in light of the area’s emergency management situation and in the interest of public safety.

    “We greatly appreciate all the help from volunteers and sponsors involved in the festival, but the folks at Panoply are focused on the community’s recovery efforts,” Dillon-Jauken said.

    The Arts Council is working with city and county officials to distribute seven generators and light towers intended for Panoply to emergency management posts and shelters.

    Food vendors who have arrived for the weekend festival will be redirected and dispatched to emergency management posts and shelters where they are most needed. Dillon-Jauken said three of about 20 food vendors are now in Huntsville with maybe more arriving.

    When asked if Panoply would be rescheduled, Dillon-Jauked said, “All I can say at this time is we won’t have the festival this weekend in light of more pressing issues in the community.”

  • Music at McClellan

    April 30, 2011 to May 30, 2011
    Monteith Amphitheater, McClellan, AL
    256-782-5697 |

    Music at McClellan will host its “transition series” of concerts in the newly renovated and historic Monteith Amphitheater. Featuring jazz, rock, classical, bluegrass and other genres, the performances will be held 6-8:30 p.m. on Saturdays including April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21 and May 28. Monday, May 30 will be the Memorial Day finale.

    This premiere season of amphitheater concerts is transitional because the hillside seating area (suitable for 3,500+) will not be ready until the 2012 season; the small stage area used for the current season seats 200.

    The Monteith Amphitheater was built in 1937 and hosted army events that included Bob Hope, Marlene Dietrich, Lauren Bacall, Joe Lewis, Billy Graham, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman and the Buffalo Soldiers. It is thought to have served as a site for our nation’s earliest act of racial integration.

  • TroyFest 2011

    April 30, 2011 to May 01, 2011
    Troy, AL
    334-566-2294 |

    TroyFest, held in honor of Jean Lake, is the premier community arts festival for the Pike County region. The festival, free to the public, is a two-day show held around the historic downtown square in Troy. It features fine arts and crafts, a juried art show, antiques, farmers market, food court, merchants walk, children’s art exhibit and a kids corner.

  • EYO Spring Strings Concert

    May 01, 2011
    Gadsden, AL
    256-543-2787 |

    Enjoy the Etowah Youth Orchestras Spring Strings Concert featuring the June Moore Bugg Prelude Strings and the Etowah String Philharmonic.

  • Sacred Harp Sing

    May 01, 2011
    McCalla, AL

    Sacred Harp is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems.

  • University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts Spring Finale

    May 01, 2011
    Mobile, AL
    251-442-2215 |

    The CPA Finale is the final concert featuring all ensembles in the University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts. A variety of musical styles are presented in a worship event. Donations are requested during the concert to support ministries locally and internationally.

  • Concerts by the River

    May 02, 2011 to September 05, 2011
    Decatur, AL
    256-341-4818 |

    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.

  • Troy Arts Council Presents SA Community Band Concert

    May 02, 2011
    Troy, AL
    334-670-3593 |

    Join the Troy Arts Council for one of the best evenings of classic entertainment as Dr. John M. Long leads the SACB in a splendid concert of band music.

  • Noon Tunes

    May 04, 2011 to May 25, 2011
    Opelika, AL
    334-705-5560 |

    Celebrate the arrival of spring with a free lunchtime concert every Wednesday in May. Bring a brown bag lunch (or purchase lunch from a local restaurant), a quilt or lawn chair and relax by the fountain for an hour of unforgettable musical entertainment.

  • Five Guys Named Moe

    May 05, 2011 to May 15, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    205-324-2424 |

    This wonderful feature spotlights whimsical hit songs like “Messy Bessy,” “Caldonia” and “Let the Good Times Roll” by Louis Jordan, one of the most beloved songwriting talents of the 20th century. With more than 50 top ten singles on the rhythm and blues charts, this great composer and saxophonist brought a popular new slant to jazz that paved the way for the rock-and-roll of the 1950s.

  • George Washington Carver Arts and Crafts Festival, 8th Annual

    May 06, 2011 to May 07, 2011
    Tuskegee, AL

    Held each Mother’s Day weekend, the festival welcomes thousands of visitors who gather to commemorate the legacy and works of world reknown scientist, artist and inventor Dr. George Washington Carver. Enjoy arts, crafts, a parade, vendors, food and lots of entertainment.

  • Downtown Live!

    May 06, 2011 to May 27, 2011
    Moulton, AL
    256-905-4400 |

    Downtown Live! is a series of musical events celebrating the music of Moulton and Lawrence County. Each Friday evening in May on the Lawrence County Courthouse Square you’ll hear a diverse selection of musical styles while visiting with your friends under the shade of large oak trees.

  • WhistleStop Festival & Rocket City BBQ Cook-off

    May 06, 2011 to May 07, 2011
    Historic Huntsville Depot, Huntsville, AL
    256-564-8100 |

    A foot-stompin’, pig-chompin’, two-day festival featuring live entertainment, children’s play zone, and professional, amateur, and children’s BBQ cooking competitions. Admission charged. Friday 4-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

  • Steel Drum Concert at the Canyon Center

    May 06, 2011
    Jacksonville, AL
    256-782-5697 |

    The Trion High School steel drum band from Trion, GA was established in 2004. This unique ensemble has grown in size and popularity from its humble beginnings. The ensemble is comprised of 31 musicians and performs a wide variety of musical styles, from socas and calypsos to reggae and pop.

  • Yatta Abba Weekend

    May 06, 2011 to May 07, 2011
    Abbeville, AL
    334-432-3600 |

    A street dance with a local band will provide fun for all as Abbeville celebrates its heritage. Events will include entertainment from gospel and bluegrass to storytelling and cemetery skits. Children’s activities, most of which are free, will fill every moment of the day for the young and young at heart. This community event is a homecoming, an entertainment mecca, a perfect buying opportunity for Mother’s Day as well as a food extravaganza!

  • Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival, 38th Annual

    May 06, 2011 to May 07, 2011
    McCalla, AL
    205-477-5711 |

    Classes offering dulcimer making and beginning and intermediate dulcimer playing will be available before the official stage festival in the afternoon. Handcrafted dulcimers, instruction books, dulcimer CDs and cassettes will be available for purchase.