Music + Events
A Joyful Noise
Birmingham never misses a beat thanks to a growing music scene.
Make plans to attend one of the city’s more unique music experiences, The Loft Show. Originating as a pop-up concert series in a downtown residential loft, this lively event combines the region’s coolest underground musicians with emerging local artists.
Want to check out your favorite band in a truly out of this world atmosphere? Check out space-themed Saturn in the Avondale neighborhood, where you can enjoy a coffee by day or a cocktail by night. Don’t forget to check out their extensive collection of vintage video games and board games.
Perfect for your next date night, the part-concert-part-dining venue Iron City presents a wide range of live music and entertainment options to enjoy.
Catch chart toppers and larger acts at two hallmark concert centers: the Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Pelham and the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, which invites music lovers to listen, dine and stay.
Theater holds a prominent place in Birmingham’s culture. Dozens of theaters comprised the city’s Theater District of days gone by and today, the district still reflects much of its heyday.
Since 1927, The Alabama Theatre has evolved from a cinema showcase for Paramount Studios to a full-fledged stage for arts and entertainment. Restored in 1988, the Alabama’s gold leaf detail, dramatic chandeliers, two centuries’ old Wurlitzer Organ nearly steal the show from today’s live events.
Just across the street is The Lyric Theatre, a throwback to Birmingham’s vaudeville days. Built in 1914, the Lyric hosted the likes of the Marx Brothers, Mae West and Milton Berle, and rivaled the finest theaters in New York and Europe. Today, the restored theater offers an intimate setting with opera boxes for performances from the nation’s biggest headlining musicians, comedians, and more.
A few blocks up the street stands the historic The Carver Theatre, one of the first movie theaters for African-Americans. The live performance venue is also home to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.
Find your new favorite band at Secret Stages, our own two-day walking music festival taking place in the streets of downtown. Grab your buddies and visit dozens of venues all within a two-block radius to hear over 60 up-and-coming acts before they make it famous.
Experience the heartbeat of the city at the annual Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival. This free festival takes place in the Historic Business District which once served as a hub for black commerce and culture during segregation and still remains as one of the only black business districts in the region.