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Music Events & Festivals March

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.

  • Photo of Mardi Gras in Mobile

    Mardi Gras in Mobile

    February 05, 2011 to March 08, 2011
    Mobile, AL

    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.

  • 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.

  • Bubba’s Revenge

    February 24, 2011 to March 06, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    redmountaintheatre.org

    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.

  • University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts Upcoming Concerts

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

    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.

  • University of Mobile Symphony Orchestra A Capella Choir

    March 01, 2011
    Mobile, AL
    251-442-2215 | umobile.edu

    Students in the university’s Symphony Orchestra will be joined by guest musicians from the Mobile Symphony to perform sacred music in this annual concert, which will also feature the outstanding student voices of the university’s A Cappella Choir.

  • Athens Cruise In

    March 05, 2011 to October 01, 2011
    Athens, AL
    256-603-1227

    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.

  • UAB's Alys Stephens Center Presents Tango Fire

    March 05, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    AlysStephens.org

    Enjoy a Latin rhythm party with free dance lessons before the show at 7 p.m. Tango, Argentina’s gift to the world, is an alluring and exciting dance form. Featuring a quartet of brilliant young musicians, 10 spectacular dancers and one of Argentina’s finest singers, Tango Fire is the hottest dance show on tour.

  • Choral Concert

    March 06, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    adventbirmingham.org

    The Georgia Institute of Technology Chamber Choir and New Trinity Baroque (an Atlanta-based period-instruments orchestra) will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor, conducted by Jerry Ulrich.

  • UAB's Alys Stephens Center Presents Southern Circuit Film Screening

    March 08, 2011
    1200 10th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL
    877-ART-TIKS | AlysStephens.org

    A team of local screeners will select six of the most interesting films submitted by Southern independent filmmakers. Each filmmaker will be present for an individual screening of their movie and will participate in a Q&A with the audience afterward. Screenings will take place throughout the season. Southern Circuit is the nation’s only regional tour of independent filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent films.

  • UAB Opera

    March 11, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    205-975-8858 | www.music.uab.edu

    Presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Music.

  • Second Saturday Jam Sessions

    March 12, 2011 to March 26, 2011
    Montgomery, AL
    888-240-1850 | oldalabamatown.com

    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.

  • Hooley: Celtic Music & Dance Group

    March 12, 2011
    Pell City, AL
    205-338-1974 | pellcitycenter.com

    Whenever musicians gather in someone’s home for good food and good music, a wonderful time is in store for all. The informal kitchen “hooley” is one of the most enjoyable traditions practiced in Ireland, and the Birmingham-based group, Hooley, tries not to stray too far from this winning formula. This versatile three-piece group is just as facile moving through rapid-fire jigs and reels as it is sailing through slow airs and laments.

  • Singing on the Square

    March 18, 2011 to September 16, 2011
    Athens, AL
    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.

  • 59th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in Fairhope

    March 18, 2011 to March 20, 2011
    Fairhope, AL
    251-621-8222 | eschamber.com/artscrafts

    More than 200 exhibitors participate in this juried arts and crafts show in downtown Fairhope. Enjoy live local entertainment every hour and unique foods. This free event was selected #25 out of 100 contemporary crafts festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artists magazine and was ranked in the top 10 events in the state by the Alabama Tourism Department. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Opera Birmingham presents "Lucia di Lammermoor"

    March 18, 2011 to March 20, 2011
    Wright Center at Samford University, Birmingham, AL
    205-322-6737 | operabirmingham.org

    Alabama’s largest opera company will produce Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. and March 20 at 2:30 p.m. This tale of feuding clans, forced marriage, secret love and madness boasts some of the most famous music in opera. Alabama’s own highly acclaimed soprano Susanna Phillips leads the cast. Conducted by Andrew Altenbach and directed by Kathleen Clawson, the production features the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Opera Birmingham Chorus. Purchase tickets online, by phone or at the Opera Birmingham office at 3601 Sixth Ave. South.

  • Alexander City Arts presents Southern Union State Community College Choir

    March 24, 2011
    Alexander City, AL
    256-234-9922 | www.alexandercity.org/acarts.html

    Alexander City Arts presents the Southern Union State Community College Choir under the direction of Dr. Michael Marcades, Director of Music. Hear them in Alabama before they perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.

  • Gil Shaham Plays Beethoven

    March 25, 2011 to March 26, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    205-251-7727 | alabamasymphony.org/gspbeethoven.htm

    Violinist Gil Shaham is internationally recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of today’s most virtuosic and engaging classical artists. He’ll make his ASO debut in Beethoven’s noble Violin Concerto, the fifth and final entry in our season-long tour through some of the most beloved of orchestral concertos.

  • Decatur Acoustic Series Featuring Blue Mother Tupelo and Michelle Malone

    March 25, 2011
    The Magnolia Room, Decatur, AL
    256-686-1382 | www.facebook.com/pages/Decatur-Acoustic-Concert-Series/354114146201

    The Decatur Acoustic Concert Series is proud to present the swampadelic sound of Nashville’s Blue Mother Tupelo and Decatur’s own Americana Blues Momma Michelle Malone. Malone will present an intimate house concert experience on the fourth Friday of each month, opening each show and then welcoming onstage a colleague of exceptional talent. 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

  • Druid City Arts Festival 2011

    March 26, 2011
    Government Plaza, Tuscaloosa, AL
    205-348-7884 | uacreativecampus.org

    A free regional celebration of original arts with a focus on music. Saturday’s event is preceded by a Friday night pub crawl. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

  • Treasurers of the Past Antique Appraisal Show

    March 27, 2011
    Grove Hill, AL
    251-275-4188 | grovehillal.com

    Bring your old antiques and collectibles and have them appraised by certified appraisers. Also, enjoy live entertainment, food, and a special “puppy auction.” Event is hosted by the Clarke County Animal Shelter Task Force.

  • SFJAZZ Collective Celebrating the Music of Stevie Wonder

    March 27, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    205-975-8858 | AlysStephens.org

    Come early for a listening party with Eric Essix and SFJazz members at 2 p.m. The SFJazz Collective is a working jazz band unlike any touring the world now. Each year the Collective looks back and re-arranges famous compositions from past jazz masters, including Coltrane, Hancock, Coleman, Shorter, Monk and Tyner, and adds original compositions that have been informed by this rich history.

  • "Hormonal Imbalance... A Mood Swinging Musical Revue"

    March 31, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    205-975-8858 | AlysStephens.org

    For a girls’ night out, enjoy a “culinary therapy session” with wine and chocolate at 6 p.m. before the show. Four gifted singer-songwriters will perform original songs and stories, offering poignant views and unbridled comic commentary on the joys and dilemmas of everyday life.

  • The Dish: “Who Ate My Cheese? How to Keep Women Working Together”

    March 31, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    205-975-8858 | AlysStephens.org

    A lunchtime discussion with the cast of Hormonal Imbalance. Four gifted singer-songwriters perform original songs and stories, offering poignant views and unbridled comic commentary on the joys and dilemmas of everyday life. Part of the Alys Stephens Center’s Women Rock Festival.

  • Kenny Chesney Concert

    March 31, 2011
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    205-248-5280 | tuscaloosaamphitheater.com

    The Grand Opening of the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater will feature country music superstar Kenny Chesney.