Live Music Birmingham AL
While the University of Alabama at Birmingham may not be the state's largest or best known college, the fact that it sits in Alabama's largest city means its students have a larger variety of concert options than students at bigger universities like Auburn or University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. A short tour bus hop from Atlanta, Birmingham tends to be the default tour stop for artists who plan to play in the state. Here are some of the best concert venues for college students in Birmingham.
Built in 1927, The Alabama Theatre is one of Alabama's most historic multi-use venues, showing movies, theater events, and concerts. While the massive Wurlitzer pipe organ at the facility makes it a great place for symphonic performances, its status as Birmingham's primary mid-sized theater venue means it pulls down plenty of rising stars that would appeal to college audiences. It has, through the years, played host to hot acts like local favorites St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kings of Leon, and even Alice Cooper.
Opened in 2006, The Bottletree Cafe quickly became a fixture on Birmingham's college music scene. Thanks in part to the booking influence of local music scene fixture Brian Teasley, The Bottletree has developed a reputation as the go-to place to see buzzmaking indie bands like Thee Oh Sees and Diarrhea Planet as well as quirky touring acts like MC Chris, Big Freedia, and even Teasley's own Man or Astroman?
Birmingham's biggest music space actually hosts two concert venues inside it, the main Workplay Theatre and the smaller Workplay Soundstage. This allows Workplay to draw larger touring indie acts like Judah & the Lion, Greensky Bluegrass, and Justin Townes Earle on the main stage while booking buzzworthy smaller groups like Kill the Noise on the Soundstage. Workplay's primary booking focus tends to be on indie-folk and Americana acts so it's a great stop for UAB students who enjoy bands like Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers to stop in and see the next generation of similar artists.
One of Birmingham's newest concert venues, the 1300 capacity Iron City has rapidly become a force in the city. Its size and stones-throw from the college location lets it draw some major names to town. It has also distinguished itself by being one of the few venues in Birmingham to book touring metal acts on a regular basis. Acts like Sevendust, Amon Amarth, and Flogging Molly have all graced the Iron City Stage. But don't think they only book metal. They have also played host to numerous rising regional acts like Moon Taxi, The Dirty Guv'nahs, and John Butler Trio.
Whether your tastes run to metal, folk, indie rock, or rap, Birmingham offers numerous concert options an easy walk or bus ride from University of Alabama in Birmingham's campus. You can keep up with everything coming to Birmingham here on AXS.
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