Aug. 28--Labor Day offers one last chance to have a summer blast with family and friends. In the River Region, the only problem is figuring out which way to celebrate. There is plenty of entertainment on tap set for Sunday and Monday. Here's a preview:
Lake Martin Labor Day Weekend Concert
Gates open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 6 p.m. Sunday for the annual Labor Day Weekend Concert at the Lake Martin Amphitheater, also known as The AMP. The concert will feature co-headliners Corey Smith and Moon Taxi, with special guest Mother Funk.
About the musicians:
Corey Smith, of Jefferson, Ga., writes and sings about growing up far from big-city sidewalks and has amassed a devout fan base throughout the U.S, just by telling it the way it is. He has released seven studio albums, including 2011's Top 20 release "The Broken Record," of all of which he produced himself.
"Country music is all those things that art is supposed to be," Smith has said. "It's populist, it's infectious and, most importantly, it's about people. So country music should be about artists holding a mirror back to themselves to reflect what they're experiencing in their own little towns."
Since Moon Taxi's debut in 2006, the band has toured extensively in support of their album "Cabaret," including the festivals Bonnaroo, Forecastle, and Lollapalooza. They have opened for such artists as Matisyahu, Dr. John, and Dirty Heads and ended 2012 selling out multiple theaters on their own.
Last year, the band began recording "Mountains Beaches Cities," based on their touring experiences. Although "Mountains Beaches Cities" feels like an extension of the aesthetic of "Cabaret," the new album is exploratory, and its lyrics recount a new narrative for the musicians.
The Tuscaloosa-based band Mother Funk's debut album, "Coastal," has been met with critical acclaim since its recent release. The band, which includes members from the Montgomery area, has been offering opening support for national touring acts throughout the Southeast.
Tickets are $20 (children 6 and younger will be admitted free) and are available at www.lmat.org/tickets.html.
Jazz on the Grass
This year, WVAS's annual outdoor concert will run from noon.-7 p.m. (with gates opening at 11 a.m.) on the Alabama State University Intramural Sports Field, near the ASU water tower and baseball field. There will be a mix of jazz, blues and gospel music and a kids' zone where the little ones can play and have their faces painted. Here is the music schedule:
--Noon-12:45 p.m., gospel recording artists Phil Perry & Called Out
--1-1:45 p.m.: Official Clutch Band, of Birmingham
--2:15-3:15 p.m.: Mariachi Band Garibaldi
--3:45-4:45 p.m.: King Bee Band (regional blues band)
--5:15-6:15 p.m.: Bay City Brass Band (New Orleans-style brass band)
Tickets are $10 for adults and $1 for children ages 12 and younger and may be purchased at the Heritage Barber Shop, 1334 Carter Hill Road; Another Chance Package Store, 2367 Central Parkway; Derk's Filet & Vine, 431 Cloverdale Road; and Ted the Wine Guy, 3062 Zelda Road.
Prattville Labor Day celebration
Monday, celebrate Labor Day with the Prattville Service League at Pratt Park for a day packed with great barbecue, games, vendors, and entertainment, plus the Miss Labor Day Pageant. Tickets for barbecue plates and camp stew are now being sold by PSL members for $10 each.
Activities get started around 9 a.m. and will continue until about 3:30 p.m. For more information, log on to www.prattvilleserviceleague.org
Old Alabama Town
Bring the kids (and the dog!) to explore the authentically restored early Alabama structures at Old Alabama Town, 301 Columbus St. OAT will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, with the last ticket sold at 3 p.m. Adults are $10, kids 5-18 are $5, and age 4 and under are free.
The village will be bustling with musicians strumming on banjos, craftspeople demonstrating traditional crafts like spinning and weaving, and "villagers" eager to tell you the latest village gossip on the porch. Smokehouse BBQ will be selling food and drinks.
As the sun begins to set, head on over to Kiwanis Park for a bluegrass concert featuring Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, sponsored by the Alabama Roots Music Society. No admission; donations accepted. Proceeds benefit ARMS and OAT. (For an interview with Lindsay Lou, see Page 5.) The concert begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call 240-4500.
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