Alabama Shakes to play June 7-8 at Birmingham's Sloss Furnaces (video)
Posted on: 02/20/13
Promoter Red Mountain Entertainment announced the concerts Saturday night, along with the opening acts:Patterson Hood & the Mystic Rumblers on June 7, Dawes on June 8.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for the general-admission shows; music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.50, plus service charges, on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 through Ticketmaster.
That's welcome news for fans of the Alabama Shakes, one of the fastest-rising bands in rock music. The group from Athens was the musical guest on the Feb. 16 episode of "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Christoph Waltz.
The Shakes also were a hot property at this year's Grammy Awards, after receiving three nominations, including best new artist. The band went 0-for-3 at the ceremony, but lead singerBrittany Howard made an impact on stage during a tribute to Levon Helm. She joined Mavis Staples, Elton John, Zac Brown and Mumford & Sons for the segment, directed by T Bone Burnett.
The Shakes' last performance in Birmingham was on March 31, 2012, at the WorkPlay soundstage. During an interview before the show, Howard said she was doing her best to stay grounded, and keep the band's sudden burst of fame in perspective.
''I'm feeling pretty grateful, actually,'' Howard said. ''If you think too hard, it can be overwhelming ... We're the same as ever, the same as when we were playing shows in Tuscaloosa for 25 to 50 people. Not a whole lot has changed. We're on a bigger stage, and that's a little different. We have to run around a little more. It's probably good for me.''