Demopolis Singers Present “Christmas In our Home Town”

The Demopolis Singers will present the “Christmas in our Home Town” on Thursday, Dec. 7 at First Baptist Church of Demopolis. The community is invited to attend.

Alan Jackson announces Tuscaloosa Amphitheater date

With a year of sold-out shows and packed houses in the rearview mirror, newly-minted Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour adds more miles and rolls into 2018 with a stop at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa, AL on Friday, May 4. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.

Tickets and information are available at Ticketmaster.com and the venue box office or by visiting alanjackson.com/tour, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more. Jackson is again teaming up with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Experiences at many of his 2018 shows. Fans can choose from four experiences with a variety of perks including a backstage tour, the opportunity to watch the show from a custom barstool by the soundboard, access to a pre-show party, a signed poster, and more!

Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour will find the country icon performing hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans, songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discovers his music. Jackson’s repertoire stands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite Jackson as an influence. It’s these same songs – many written by Alan – that earned him his newfound place alongside country music’s greatest names and cemented his place in its history with membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous, including his debut hit “Here in The Real World”…signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country”…party anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time”…and many, many more.

Jackson’s concert announcement comes on the heels of his show-ending CMA Awards performance celebrating his 2017 induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Alan and his band, The Strayhorns, reminded fans what they’ll enjoy on the Honky Tonk Highway Tour in 2018 as he closed out “Country Music’s Biggest Night” with back-to-back performances of “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” and “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” bringing the star-filled audience to its feet as the likes of Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Eric Church and others were seen singing along to Alan’s memories of “livin’ that honky tonk dream.”

Alan Jackson’s Tuscaloosa show will continue his tradition of “keepin’ it country” for people far and wide as he travels the Honky Tonk Highway, bringing nearly 30 years of hits to Alabama.

Recently inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson’s membership among country music’s all-time greats is the latest in a long line of career-defining accolades that include three CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a 2016 Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most- performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years.

The man from rural Newnan, GA has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide, ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards.

Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. He’s also the man behind one of Nashville’s most-popular new tourist stops, AJ’s Good Time Bar, a four-story honky-tonk in the heart of downtown (along a stretch of Broadway known as the “Honky Tonk Highway”) featuring daily live music and a rooftop view of Music City.

Sumter County Fine Arts Council Opens season with ZuZu Acrobats

LIVINGSTON, Ala. — The Sumter County Fine Arts Council will kick off the 2017-18 arts season by welcoming the Zuzu Acrobats to Lyon Hall Auditorium on the campus of the University of West Alabama on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Originating in Mombassa, Kenya, the Zuzu Acrobats blend traditional “circus” acrobatics with popular dance moves and the result is an electrifying performance that has moved audiences all over the world. The acrobats have appeared on the television show America’s Got Talent, have opened shows for major recording artists and been seen on late night television. They have also brought their high-energy brand of entertainment to NBA arenas as a halftime spectacle.

Season tickets for the SCFAC will be available at the door for the event. At $25 for individuals and $35 for families, SCFAC season tickets are the best “bang for the buck” available for local entertainment.  In addition to the Zuzu Acrobats, this year’s line-up includes: Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle; Community Psalm-fest with Wendall Kimbrough; The Story of Hanukkah and the Story of Christmas; The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Ensemble; The Rhythm of Life; and a Community Unity Concert led by the University of West Alabama Concert Choir. In addition, the SCFAC sponsors performance events for local school children and supports the UWA Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit and the Annual Sumter County Arts Competition.

The Zuzu Acrobats performance on September 12 begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $ 10 for adults, $2 for non- UWA students, and free for UWA students with student ID.

The Sumter County Fine Arts Council receives support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, from the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), from the University of West Alabama, from the Black Belt Community Foundation, and from other agencies, businesses, and individuals. The Sumter County Fine Arts Council works to encourage the arts and art participation by promoting, developing and stimulating artists, and by programming arts events and performance events in Sumter County and the surrounding area, and has done so successfully for over 40 years. Events, reminders and information are available atwww.scfac.uwa.edu, on Facebook and on Twitter.

TRAC presents REWIND of the Shoals Friday night

The Two Rivers Arts Council (TRAC) is hosting a concert featuring REWIND of the Shoals on Friday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Demopolis Civic Center. REWIND of the Shoals is a ten piece Oldies/Motown band which prides itself in providing quality entertainment for all occasions.

The band is a very versatile and multi-talented group, performing the most requested hits from the sixties, seventies and eighties as well as many other top 40 hits from yesterday’s charts. REWIND of the Shoals features both male and female vocalists, keyboards, bass, percussion, guitar and a five-piece horn section consisting of three trumpets, a trombone, and a saxophone.

If you are looking for that nostalgic 60’s/Motown sound, they have it. If you just want to “Rock,” they do that and 70’s disco. The band is comprised of some of the most talented, respected and dedicated musicians around. They are all very passionate about music and love to perform. The group always elicits a very enthusiastic response and will do whatever it takes to make sure the audience is pleased.

Tickets are $10 at the door and arts council member’s admission is included in the annual membership. Bring your own beverage or favorite spirits. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

For more information, contact Judy Etheridge at (334) 295-4254.

2017 HWY 80 Songwriters Fest (gallery)

2017 Songwriter’s Festival

7-1-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Musicians and committee members gather for a photo before the 2017 Songwriter’s Festival in the downtown square in Demopolis. Committee members are (bottom row, l-r) Andy Renner, John Russell, Woody Collins, Mike Grayson, Bill Mason, Mike Baker, Laurie Willingham and Candace Dorriety. Artists include (top row, l-r) Taylor Craven, Paul Garner, Alan Hartzell, Megan McMillan, Brian Smith, Kenny Smitherman, Christina Christian, Taylor Hunnicutt, Jacob Broussard and Shawn Pfaffman.

Don’t miss out on a great evening of live, original music in the square in downtown Demopolis. The 2017 Songwriter’s Festival will kick off at 6pm. We have nine artists who will be performing original music, live in the Demopolis square. Come see us!

Eric Church coming to Tuscaloosa Amp Sept. 15

Eric Church is coming to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Sept. 15 with special guests Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 12 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com.

Pepper Jelly Festival – April 29, 2017

The Alabama Rural Heritage Center and The Town of Thomaston invite you to its annual Pepper Jelly Festival on April 29, 2017. This event centers around the restoration of the Marengo County High School grounds. It is a family-friendly event with plenty of food, entertainment by local talent, arts and crafts, as well as a time to visit with friends and family. Come enjoy the famous Thomaston Bar-b-cue! Get your jar of the most delicious pepper jelly this side of the Tombigbee. Entertainment includes Mitzi Gates, Trey Webb, Kayla Gill, Dana Thompson, Rebecca Vick to name a few! Excitement is in the air! The Town of Thomaston extends an invitation for all to come and experience a real down-home, old fashioned small town event! We start at 10:00 a.m. and the fun lasts through 3p.m.

Demopolis Singers offer history of Demopolis in White Bluffs Pageant

For 200 years the people who have called Demopolis home have looked over the white bluffs of the Tombigbee River.

To celebrate the history of the city, the Demopolis Singers will present a spring concert of narration, music and photographs highlighting different eras its past.

The White Bluffs Pageant will be held Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. and Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the First Baptist Church. There is no admission to the concert, which was made possible through a donation by the Alabama Power Greene County Steam Plant.

Directed by Ed Rush, the pageant will touch on events in Demopolis history, from the first Native Americans who lived along the river, to the French exiles who tried to start a vine and olive colony, the German Jews who settled in the rough frontier town, slavery and the Civil War, the Rooster Auction, the Depression, World War II, Civil Rights and the 21st Century.

Narrators dressed in period costumes will introduce each section, and the Singers, soloists and musicians will perform songs honoring the era.

As the pageant unfolds, photos of Demopolis and its people will be displayed in a photo montage prepared by Tim Hall. Janelle Baker is the accompanist for the Singers. Other musicians will join her for instrumental compositions.

Narrators dressed in the garb of the time include Bill Baker, Christopher Hoven, Sandra Booen, Jan McDonald, Jaclyn Figeroa, Brian Tripp, Lee Jordan, Tommy Carr, Ann Taylor Wood and Alex Williams. Soloists are Tristan Mullens and McDonald.

Demopolis Singers present The White Bluffs Pageant