This week’s Birmingham top ten

As the weather warms up, so does the event roster! This week’s top ten brings the heat with everything from music to octane to gumbo, and it’s all here at your fingertips.  Careful with our band links if you’re at work!

Niyaz – via zamzama.net

Niyaz @ Alys Stephens Center – iTunes #1 best-sellers Niyaz are coming to Birmingham in this free IndiaFest event! Mixing poetry with state-of-the-art electronics, the pair bring traditional Iranian culture to life. Check them out live April 20th, starting @ 7pm. Read more

Simon Pagenaud leads a group into Turn 1 during the open test at Texas Motor Speedway — Photo by: Christopher Owens via indycar.com

Honda Indy Grand Prix, presented by America’s First – It’s Indy weekend! Watch the 8th year of the Honda Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park.  Watch as performance is pushed higher, with some of the most impressive drivers in the world controlling some of the most impressive machines in the world. Want an idea of the speeds involved? Check out some of the car footage from 2015’s race here.  Read more and check out the schedule here

St. Elias Food Festival – Lebanese food and culture is on the menu this weekend! If you have never been before, now is the time, because this is a great event and a great cause – stuff yourself this weekend and learn more about the great people in Birmingham’s Lebanese community! Read more

Local Arts and Brews @ Red Hills Brewing Co. – Fifteen artists are setting up this year at Homewood’s Red Hills Brewing Co. with the support of Birmingham Oddities. See Birmingham’s own The Murder of Jane Crow, help celebrate their first EP release party, hear Montgomery reggae group BPM, drink beer, and see (and maybe buy) some art! Starts April 21st @ 3pm Read more

BMR’s Music and Arts Series returns this Friday! Drink free drinks from Good People Brewing Company! Check out local art from Birmingham Art Crawl artists! Hear Secret Stages hit Love Moor! Just make sure to get there in time to enter for free tickets to an upcoming show. Starts April 21st @ 7.30pm Read more

Southern Culture on the Skids: not your regular SCotSmen? – via scots.com

Hear “Americana from the wrong side of the tracks” this weekend. Saturn is hosting Southern Culture on the Skids and the Pine Hill Saints! Watch the best that country, rockabilly, surf, and psychedelic rock have to offer the 21st, starting 9pm. Read more

via recordstoreday.com

Record Store Day! Record store day is a chance for anyone who loves vinyl (or anyone who’s curious about it) to come out and get discounts, coffee and donuts, limited edition records, and a free turntable for one lucky record store-goer. Seasick Records will host DJ sets from The Audiovore, Jesse Phillips of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and more! Like screen printing? Yellowhammer Creative will be selling limited edition shirts and posters. Seasick isn’t lying when they say “Record Store Day is their craziest day of the year.” Doors open April 22nd @ 8am. Read more

Yoga is awesome (trust me guys, yoga is pretty awesome). Cycling is awesome. Redemptive Cycles is awesome. They’ve been helping anyone and everyone ride a bike, no matter their financial circumstances, since 2013, and help cyclists repair their bikes. So on the 24th, start your week off right by supporting yourself and your community. Also, “bring water.” Read more

Regions Field is one of the best designed baseball stadiums in the South – via milb.com

The Birmingham Barons play the Jacksonville Suns this Tuesday! Take somebody out to the ball game next week while the weather’s nice. First 1000 entrants get a free shirt! The game starts April 22nd @ 7pm, but there’s a group getting tickets and hanging out together starting @ 6pm too! Read more

I love gumbo. Gumbo is so good. And one of the few things in life that’s better than gumbo is a lot of different gumbo! Sloss Furnaces is hosting the 12th annual Gumbo Gala this year, and competitors are dueling it out for bragging rights and titles. Check it out April 22nd, starting @ 11am. Read more

Author: James Ozment

I'm a Birmingham native who loves music, cycling, reading, and tech. Find me on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College, in Avondale, or hanging out with my cat