Birmingham’s role in kickstarting Fleetwood Mac stars Nicks and Buckingham

Performing on campus at UA, pre-Rumours. Photo courtesy 1975 University of Alabama yearbook.

Before they were highly acclaimed Grammy-winning artists touring the globe with Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had their first taste of fame in our very own Birmingham, Alabama.

After receiving a generous amount of air-time on Birmingham’s WJLN-FM, Buckingham Nicks saw enthusiastic welcomes and sold-out shows across Alabama–they even moved on to perform their farewell show at Boutwell Auditorium

Continue reading “Birmingham’s role in kickstarting Fleetwood Mac stars Nicks and Buckingham”

Exclusive interview with Conductor Carlos Izcaray on the future of the ASO

ASO Conductor Carlos Izcaray. Photo via the ASO

If you’re a fan of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra like we are here at Bham Now, you may have been wondering what they’re up to right now, and what their plans are for the future. We reached out to Conductor Carlos Izcaray to find out more.

Continue reading “Exclusive interview with Conductor Carlos Izcaray on the future of the ASO”

Bham Now’s “Quarantunes” playlist to get you through the week

sloss dancing girl
Dance the day away, Birmingham. Photo via Sloss Fest.

One week of quarantine down! No idea of how many to go. Now that we’ve got some free time on our hands, what better way to get through another week of social distancing than with some tunes. Check out a few of the songs that made the list. There’s something for everyone.

Continue reading “Bham Now’s “Quarantunes” playlist to get you through the week”

Punk Paradise Show

Hosted by Sidekicks Sneaker Shop and Good Taste Media:

Sidekicks Sneaker Shop /// 7p.m. /// FREE

A celebration of independent music across genre and creed.

Featuring performances by:

Fear Bleach Family- The independent rap group from Montgomery.

Alex Wilkerson- An indie rock artist with surf tendencies based in Birmingham.

Short Shorts- A groovy indie funk band from the South.

Babes Who Brunch ✯ Holiday Edition

Tis’ the season for BABES WHO BRUNCH: HOLIDAY EDITION —sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka! 🎅 The “hottest drag brunch in town” will be decking the halls and the walls of Rojo Birmingham with performances from our amazing cast of SLAY BELLES: Cierra Symone Campbell, Victoria Taylor, Safaree Campbell Starr, Lotus DiArmani and Audrina Taylor! Plus, we will jingle all the way to an amazing, fun playlist of songs, from 2019’s finest jams to your holiday favorites. And don’t forget our fabulous signature cocktails powered by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. ☃️🎄☃️ AND…don’t forget to sport your best (or worst) ugly sweater for our HOLIDAY UGLY SWEATER CONTEST! Lots of prodigious prizes and giveaways will be under the Christmas tree for the winners! ☃️🎄☃️ TWO SHOWS! Showtimes @ 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM. Seating times are at 11 AM & 1 PM. Reservations are strongly recommended. To RSVP, email

Organist Christopher Houlihan returns to Samford Univ. on Oct 27

October 27: organist Christopher Houlihan in recital

First guest recital in Samford’s Reid Chapel since major additions to the pipe organ

Program features works by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Schumann and more

“They call organist Christopher Houlihan the ‘Fred Astaire of the pipe organ’ … He plays it with the technical prowess of a rock star.” – Arizona Daily Star

On Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 2:30 pm “Organ phenom” (Cincinnati Enquirer) Christopher Houlihan returns to Birmingham to perform at Samford University on Reid Chapel’s 1962 Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. The concert is at Reid Chapel (800 Lakeshore Dr., Birmingham, AL). Admission is free.
This concert marks Christopher Houlihan’s third performance at Samford University, with each previous program drawing acclaim from critics and audience alike. “If the chapel had rafters, they would have shaken. If any dust had settled in the pipes, it would have been cleared out. This rambling work requires vision to make it cohesive, and Houlihan had that in abundance,” raved Since Houlihan’s last performance at Reid Chapel, new solo and percussion divisions were added to the organ by the Quimby Pipe Organ Co. This concert marks the first guest recital since these major additions were completed.
Houlihan’s organ recital includes favorites by Bach, Buxtehude, Schumann, Herbert Howells, as well as Louis Vierne’s Symphony No. 2. A renowned interpreter of Vierne’s organ music, Houlihan’s “Vierne 2012” tour attracted international attention and critical acclaim for his marathon performances of Vierne’s six organ symphonies in six major North American cities. The Los Angeles Times called his performance there “a major surprise of the summer, a true revelation.” Critics have applauded Christopher Houlihan for his “world class chops” and “marvelous ear”; The Los Angeles Times proclaimed him dazzling and seductive. Houlihan’s Disney Hall debut, performing with principal brass of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, resulted in The LA Times raving, “Houlihan is the next big organ talent.” Recent concert highlights include debuts at the Kennedy Center and Kimmel Center, and concertos with the Columbus (GA) Symphony and Chamber Orchestra of Boston. In 2017 Houlihan was appointed the John Rose College Organist-and-Directorship Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music at Trinity College in Hartford, his alma mater. Complete bio, photos, videos and more are at

Sunday, October 27th at 2:30pm

Christopher Houlihan

Samford University, Reid Chapel
800 Lakeshore Dr., Birmingham, AL
Admission is free


Dieterich Buxtehude: Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 149

Herbert Howells: “Master Tallis’s Testament”, from Six Pieces for organ

Robert Schumann: Four Sketches for pedal-piano, opus 58

J.S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582

Louis Vierne: Symphony no.2 in E minor, op.20

Howls & Growls

Are you ready for a HOWLING good time?  You don’t want to miss Howls & Growls October, 26th at Haven in the Lakeview district of Birmingham, AL! Howls & Growls will be a T H R I L L I N G good time including local food trucks, a spooktacular costume contest where the winner takes home a CASH prize totaling $1,500.00 for all three categories, and best of all….beer and wine are included in your ticket purchase! Don’t ghost on us, get your tickets NOW! The Greater Birmingham Humane Society Young Professionals Board is hosting the Fifth Annual Howls & Growls Halloween celebration benefiting the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Howls & Growls is a Halloween-themed event that raises money and awareness for the thousands of animals the Greater Birmingham Humane Society serves each year. The event features live music from 17th floor, games and activities, live streaming of the Alabama and Auburn football games, and local food and craft beer from Avondale Brewing and Good People Brewing. Proceeds from the event benefit the continued efforts of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.

Birmingham Punk Rock Flea Market

Come join us Sunday October 6th 2019 for the annual Birmingham Punk Rock Flea Market! There will be OVER 60 vendors participating this year from all over the southeast. Expect unique vintage, music, oddities, art, collectors items, zines and more.

12:20-1:00 Joyboy (Birmingham)
1:10-1:50 Bitter Calm (Birmingham)
2:20-3:00 NAPS (Birmingham)
3:10-3:50 Judy & The Jerks (Mississippi)

To apply to be a vendor for this upcoming event please email (To be considered please photograph/list the items you will be selling)

For more infomation:

Thank you to our sponsors: Back Lion Rentals, LLCLeft Hand Soap Co..– Barbara Jean Sound MachineBirmingham OdditiesWelcome to MonotoniaMom’s Basement

Secret Stages lineup revealed! Discover your next favorite band Aug. 2-3

Ruby Boots killin’ it last year at Secret Stages Music Discovery Festival. Photo via Secret Stages’ Facebook

The Next Big Thing, Right Here in the ‘Ham

Secret Stages is Birmingham’s premier music discovery festival, held on the first weekend of August each year. Bands like St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Hiss Golden Messenger and Shovels and Rope all got their start on the Secret Stages, well, stage. The music experts behind this unique music fest just dropped the 2019 lineup, and we’re betting you’ll want to remember more than a few of these incredibly talented names (before they hit the big time, of course).

Continue reading “Secret Stages lineup revealed! Discover your next favorite band Aug. 2-3”

PAIN Reunion/SALVO premiere

A million years ago we were known as PAIN…now we are back (most of us) as SALVO! This will be our first show in 20 years. Come join us as we perform new songs as SALVO from our upcoming album and PAIN songs we remember.

Birmingham Boys Choir Spring Concert

Join us for this FREE concert event and enjoy the wonderful sounds of our 160 member choir (boys ages 8-18). Now auditioning for next season. Visit our website for more information.

3rd Annual Cahaba Dermatology & Spa Magic City Wine Fest

Come join us for the 3rd Annual Cahaba Dermatology & Spa Cahaba Magic City Wine Fest on May 11th from 5:30pm-8:30pm as we travel through several different regions spanning the globe. Drink wine and beer specific to a certain region. Restaurants will also have food available for purchase. Take a break from your travels and enjoy the soothing sounds of live music. The World Tour will be held at the lovely Birmingham Zoo. A portion of every ticket will go to benefit the Birmingham Zoo. Magic City Wine Fest is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be given.

3rd Annual Southern Cookin’Showdown

The 3rd Annual Southern Cookin’ Showdown, a family-friendly food event,returns to Shelby County this spring. SafeHouse of Shelby County will host the event, with proceeds benefiting its domestic and sexual violence response and prevention programs. The cooking competition will feature four-member teams of both amateurs and professionals competing in categories including Sweets, Meats, and Fixin’s. A panel of judges will determine winners in each category, and guests at the event may sample all of the entries and vote for the People’s Choice award.

The Southern Cookin’ Showdown will begin at 11am and end at 2pm on Saturday, April 27th at Pelham Park. In addition to taste-testing, attendees will also enjoy live music and kids’ activities will be offered.

Bham Dance Walk – Railroad Park

We’re back! Our first dance walk of 2019 will be 2pm on Sunday, March 24th at Railroad Park. We’ll meet on the grass across from the Boxcar Cafe (which is located under the 17th Street Plaza covered area). Just look for the balloons!

What is Dance Walking? It’s a fun fitness craze sweeping the globe. We are dancing and walking our way through Birmingham on a quest for fun, people, music, and FITNESS! Everyone is welcome and all ages are encouraged to join!*

We’ll provide music via megaphones throughout the dance walk, but feel free to bring your own or listen with some ear buds. Who cares as long as you’re moving! We’ll dance walk around the park until we’ve had our fill. Maybe it will end in a dance party in one of the rainbow tunnels!

Want to see how it got started? Here you go!

Red Mountain Reading Series at Jefferson State Community College

The Red Mountain Reading Series presents Daniel “Jose” Carr. Trumpeter extraordinaire and member of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Carr also serves as Director of Music Education for the AJHF. Per the AJHF Facebook page, Carr “has been a mainstay of Birmingham’s jazz community. He currently hosts a Tuesday night jam session at B.O.S.S. Ultra Bar and Lounge located in downtown Birmingham.” His lecture will also feature a musical performance and jam session with students—bring your instruments! Co-sponsored with the JSCC Black History Committee.

This event will take place at the Shelby-Hoover Campus of Jefferson State, 4600 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, AL 35242, in the Health Sciences Building Multipurpose Room. The reading is free and open to the public.