B-There! St. Patrick’s Day Events in B’ham | Blind Boys of Alabama

B-There! St. Patrick’s Day B’ham Events Guide | Blind Boys of Alabama




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3/13/13 – 3/19/13




This edition of B-There features the best of this week’s events and destinations in and around the city. St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and Birmingham is brimming with events to “get your green on” around town! We hope you will B-There!
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St. Patrick’s Day Events
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Opera Birmingham Presents Mozart’s
“The Magic Flute”

Wright Center,
Samford University
3/15 & 3/17

The Magic Flute” follows the adventures of handsome Prince Tamino and Papageno, the hapless bird catcher, as they set forth to save the captured Princess Pamina. Endlessly inventive, charmingly fantastical and utterly unique, Mozart’s final opera is a profound yet lighthearted tale of romantic love, spiritual transcendence and the beguiling art of bird catching. Enjoy the beauty of the original language and understand it all with English translations (projected on a screen above the stage for each opera) sharing every plot twist and turn! This mesmerizing, fully-staged production will feature the Opera Birmingham principal singers and chorus, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marc Astafan with Maestro Israel Gursky conducting. More details here



Neon Electric Dance Party
Bottletree, 3/15, 9:00 PM

Neon Electric is an 80’s multimedia music dance event in Birmingham featuring New Wave, Dreamwave, Synthpop, electronic music and more! With video multimedia by Katie & John Gaiser, A Married Couple, turn back the clock, turn up the volume, and turn a new electonic page as Dj’s Stevo + Maelstrom stream the 80’s consciousness with 21st century sensibilities. More details here  




Elton John
Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, 3/15, 8:00 PM

In his four-decade career Elton John has sold more than 250 million records world-wide, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. His single Candle in the Wind has sold more than 33 million copies alone and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. His six Grammy awards, four Brit awards, a Golden Globe award and Tony – all underscore his versatility as a composer and performer of the highest order. Birmingham is getting ready to welcome Elton John to the
Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on March 15! His onstage charisma adds to the show that promises to be an outstanding evening filled with his hits and from the artist who is one of the most respected musical talents of all time! More details here



Opening Reception:
“52 Canvases in my 40th Year”
by Jenni Adkins Horne

Naked Art Gallery, 3/15, 5:00 = 9:00 PM

Jenni Adkins Horne created 52 canvases in her 40th year. Her artistic journey was documented in her blog and the paintings will appear in a table top book, including photos of the opening reception. Each week, Jenni Adkins Horne painted one canvas and shared her thoughts and ideas about the canvas on her blog. No cheating, one a week for a year. 52 paintings. 40% of the proceeds from this show will go to the Angel House, a shelter for teen girls. This art opening is hosted by Naked Art Gallery in coordination with Third Friday in Forest Park and South Avondale. Guest bartender for the night will be Scott Thigpen with 100% of tips supporting his Great Divide Tour. More details here  





The Blind Boys of Alabama
with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Alys Stephens Center, 3/16, 8:00 PM

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Music presents The Blind Boys of Alabama with Conductor, Dr. Henry Panion, III and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. The Blind Boys of Alabama formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939. The group toiled for 40 years almost exclusively on the black gospel circuit; playing in churches, auditoriums and stadiums across the country. The group performed for Martin Luther King Jr. at civil rights benefit events. Now the group is recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Presented in conjunction with the biennial conference in Birmingham of the National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music, the concert is a fundraiser for the UAB Stevie Wonder Music Technology Scholarship Endowment FundMore details here



Shopping Down

the Emerald Aisles

Shops of Grand River, 3/15 – 3/17

Bringing the ‘Luck of the Irish’ to everyone in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, the Shops of Grand River present a full weekend of Irish activities including mischievous leprechauns, face painting and balloon artistry, Shamrock arts, crafts and more! Live Irish entertainment livens up the shops with music from Irish fiddler Russell Hopper, Irish trio Hooley, and Birmingham Bagpipers with Irish dance performances from Drake School of Irish Dance and the Alabama Academy of Irish Dance! The ‘Luck of the Irish’ is in your favor with scratch-off cards that could win the holder all kinds of “green” from gift cards to a $500 Grand Prize! Grab your shillelagh and skip over to the Shops of Grand River for St. Patrick’s Day weekend! More details here


Birmingham’s Own

Jasper Coal

Upsidedown Plaza, 3/15, 11:00 PM 

Birmingham’s most infamous ne’er-do-wells, Jasper Coal will be loud and proud at the blurry green center of a weekend-long pub crawl starting Friday night at the Upsidedown Plaza! This will be the Coalmen’s first show at the Plaza, so you don’t want to miss this one! The St Paddy’s Weekend starts off topsy-turvy with Birmingham’s own braw Irish music lads at the Upsidedown Plaza!  More details here 



Extemporaneous Theatre  
Company Presents:

Hot Irish Pub

Theatre Downtown, 3/14 – 3/16

What would happen if Hot Southern Porch went Irish? Hot Irish Pub, that’s what. This twist on an ETC favorite will have you more ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than a fountain of green beer. Classes, lifestyles, and values collide hilariously in fiery clashes at the local pub. Will there be a leprechaun? A Bigfoot? A hobo? Will the pub survive the celebration? Will Ireland? Put on some green and come find out.  More details here  


Shamrock Shindig

Avondale Brewing, 3/15, 6:00 PM

The Arc of Jefferson County’s Junior Board proudly presents the Inaugural Shamrock Shindig! This St. Patrick’s Day themed event will feature live music, food, prizes, and a great opportunity to give back. With the Luck of the Irish flowing, the raffle is a good bet and worth a lot of “green” with a 2013 Nissan Versa or $10,000 cash as the Grand Prize. Other prizes include a trip for two to Mexico, an iPad 3 and more. All proceeds raised benefit Arc of Jefferson County. More details here   


Tour de Brewers II

Tin Roof, 3/16, 9:00 AM 

Get under the Tin Roof for the 2nd Not-Quite-Annual 10K “Tour de Brewers” brewery run featuring Good People, Cahaba, and Avondale. Proceeds support The Dannon Project, registration on-site beginning at 9 am! A perfect run-up to St. Patrick’s Day! More details here 


St. Patrick’s Day PIPES & PINTS

with the Ian Sturrock Memorial Pipe Band 

Hop City, 3/16, 5:00 – 7:00 PM 

The new Birmingham location of Hop City along with GUINNESS and Alabama Crown bring you a Special St Patrick’s Day PIPES & PINTS with the Ian Sturrock Memorial Pipe Band! After the 29th Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade, join the band at Hop City and enjoy a free show from Alabama’s own award-winning ISMPB, sponsored by GUINNESS. Wander the aisles and pick from a huge selection of craft beer, imports, and wine. Enjoy a pint from a selection of 60 beers on tap and take home a growler of fresh draught brew! There will be a Guinness station there so you can enjoy a pint of the Official Beer of ISMPB while the pipers play! More details here  


The 29th Annual  

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

in Birmingham! 


From 10th Ave. Up 20th St.  

to Five Points South

Arriving in 5 Pts around 2:00 PM 

Kick-off St. Patrick’s Day early in Five Points South with the 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by REV Birmingham. Saturday, March 16 is the day to come early, get some brunch at 11:00 AM and then stake out your spot for best parade viewing. Birmingham’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade features colorful floats, bagpipe bands, costumed characters, car clubs, uniformed organizations, Irish dance schools, Irish bands and more! Performances follow the parade in Five Points. It’s a colorful event (that’s heavy on the Green) and entertaining for the entire family!  More details here 


Shamrockin’ in Five Points South

Five Points South, 3/11 – 3/17
Start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day early with a whole week of food and drink specials! The following Five Points merchants will offer food & drink specials for various nights: Monday – Cosmo’s, Tuesday – Black Market/World of Beer, Wednesday – The J. Clyde, Thursday – Mellow Mushroom/3000 Bar, and Friday – Dave’s Pub! More details here 


The Roisin Sisters

Moonlight on the Mountain

3/17, 7:30 PM 

Moonlight on the Mountain and The Friends of Old Time Music & Dance (FOOTMAD) present a St. Patrick’s Day concert with The Rosin Sisters from Atlanta–3 women fiddlers who also play banjo and guitar and sing a wide range of folk music, with special attention to the Appalachians and Southern Region of the U.S. Members are Barbara Panter, Jan Smith and Ann Whitley. Their love of the music shows in every note they sing and play. Celebrate St. Patrick’s day at Moonlight on the Mountain where you can bring your own food, drink and enjoy the company of your friends. More details here  


Freshfully: Sunday School

Irish Potluck & Open Mic Class 

3/17, 1:00 PM

Freshfully’s Sunday School class for March 17th will be an Irish potluck! Register to bring a dish, and come enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day feast! The folks at Freshfully will also be teaching how to make Irish Colcannon, a delicious dish made with potatoes and kale. If you’d like to teach how to make your own crockpot or cooktop friendly dish, just email jen@freshfully.com for details. The event is BYOB or you can take a plate of Irish fare over to the brewery to enjoy with a proper pint! More details here 


Swine & Wine

Old Car Heaven, 3/17, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

This St. Patty’s Day, join the Druid City Garden Project and Little Savannah Restaurant for Swine & Wine. This outstanding event draws chefs from some of Birmingham’s finest restaurants and the best guest chefs from out of town. The idea is simple: the chefs get together to roast some pigs overnight, make some delicious side dishes, and serve a big family style meal. And that’s just the swine. There’s wine and beer… Birmingham’s Avondale Brewing, Back Forty Beer Co., Cahaba Brewing Co., and Birmingham Budweiser will be providing the beer and Grassroots Wines will be providing La Wine. For the VIPs, The Bar Hops bring their funky brand of cocktailing to showcase the craft of liquid culture. With the help of Infinium Spirits & Cathead Vodka and a some of the Druid City Garden Project‘s harvest, VIP guests can partake in some of the Birmingham’s finest hootch. Visit the event site for the full list of outstanding chefs pulling up with a pig! More details here  





Bobby Horton:
Music, Migration,
and Industrial Birmingham

Vulcan Park, 3/21

Lately, multi-instrumentalist and music historian Bobby Horton has been considering Alabama’s amazing vernacular music tradition. Bobby Horton: Music, Migration, and Industrial Birmingham is the result of his contemplation. In this concert and discussion, Horton will explore the connections between music of the rural South and music that traveled into Birmingham. Performing blues and gospel straight from Alabama’s Black Belt, as well as selections rooted firmly in industrial Birmingham, Horton will relate a wide-ranging musical story, through a variety of instruments, offering historical commentary as he works through a set list like no other. Part of the Birmingham Revealed Series 2013. More details here



The Magic City Chorale Presents
A Night in the
Enchanted Forest

Avondale Brewing
3/23, 7:00 – 11:00 PM

The Magic City Chorale Society hosts their annual Masquerade with an mystical, arboreal theme at Avondale Brewing on the enchanted evening of Saturday, March 23. A $30 donation opens the door to a night of sights, sounds and sensations that will transport you to another world. Guests will enjoy complimentary valet parking. open beer and wine bar, door prizes, fortune tellers. fire performance and other unique entertainments. In keeping with the Masquerade theme, guests are encouraged (but not required) to wear masks or costumes and to participate in the Mask/Costume Contest. Hand painted masks by local artists available at the door for purchase. More details here  




The Wailers LIVE!
Avondale Brewing, 3/28, 7:00 PM

Outside of their groundbreaking work with Bob Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. Don’t miss your chance to hear and see these reggae legends live in concert! Spend an evening with The Wailers at the brewery on March 28! More details here  




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