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August 12-14 2011
Birmingham Arts and Music Festival (BAAM!)
A weekend-long festival celebrating Birmingham’s rich music and cultural arts scene. Modeled in part after the highly successful South by Southwest festival in Austin Texas, BAAM! will take place in a number of venues throughout the Greater Birmingham area.
BAAM! will offer patrons of all ages an unforgettable experience. By utilizing existing performance venues throughout the city, including arts centers, theatres and nightclubs, BAAM! will feature the city of Birmingham as a new destination for musicians who wish to showcase their talent for new audiences. Programs will include live music from all genres, all ages and all walks of life. There will also be offerings of short films, artistic work created by area children, music business seminars, drum clinics, guitar clinics, indigenous music clinics, children’s workshops, open mics, over 125 bands and a number of surprises for the whole family to enjoy.
For more info call 205-540-7385 or go to http://baamfest.com/
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August 27-28 2011
Black Belt Folk Roots Festival
The festival is held annually, on the 4th weekend in August on the Old Courthouse Square in Eutaw, Alabama.
Free admission. Old Courthouse Sq., Main St.—Handmade quilts, baskets and crafts with blues on Sat. and gospel on Sun. Downhome cooking, soul food, skins, fish, homemade ice cream. Children's tent with dancing, drumming, storytelling, face painting.
For more info call 205-372-0525 or go to http://www.eutawonline.com/festival.htm
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August 6 2011
DeKalb County Fiddlers' Convention
Fort Payne, AL Founded in 1908, this day long event features over 10 categories in which contestants can register to participate. It will include old-time fiddling, sacred harp music, banjos, blue grass, and much more. For more information about admission or entry fees, contact the Big Wills Arts Council at 256-845-2224.
Buy tickets here
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August 4-7 2011
Mobile, AL The Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival, Inc. (GCEH) presents world-class jazz. Founded in the belief that 'ethnic' means everybody and 'heritage' is not some fixed point in the past, the Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival of 2010 seeks to present jazz through a declaration of its evolution. Jazz is and is always becoming. At every turn, the GCEH Jazz Festival provides a vibrant mix of entertainment and education. The Festival continues to present jazz in a music demonstration workshop venue designed to introduce students and the community to the business of Jazz-from composition to production. Showcasing some of the finest spoken work artist, the Festival's "Evening of Poetry" has established a venue for the "telling" arts.
At the heart of the GCEH Jazz Festival, Inc. is still the admission free jazz festival. The Festival has presented professional musicians and recording artist who have their roots in Mobile. Many of these musical talents who have become national and international entertainers are alumni of the Mobile County and Baldwin County school systems and have contributed to the success of the Jazz Festival. Through the diverse and historical performing experiences; from musical greats such asThe Court Basie Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and the James Brown Band, musicians and vocalists alike performing at the Gulf Coast Ethnic &Heritage Jazz Festival have given audiences from in and around the Gulf Coast truly unique and valuable entertainment experiences. We are delighted to once again, present an outstanding line up of national, regional and local performers.
For more info call 251-473-5020 or go to http://www.gcehjazzfest.com/