We were into The Alabama Shakes back when they played at Egan's.
As we near the one year anniversary of the horrific tornadoes that ripped through Alabama on April 27, 2011 it's important to remember that there is still much work to be done in getting the impacted areas back on their feet. A drive down 15th Street in Tuscaloosa (and other parts of the city) is a sober reminder that we still have a long way to go. Thankfully, the good folks at WellThatsCool.com and The Tuscaloosa Arts Council recognize that the need is still great and have sprung into action to create a spectacular event that will hopefully raise a trainload of cash to build a Habitat for Humanity house and let you have a heck of a good time in the process. (For those of you unaware, Well That's Cool is run by RBR's very own Chinese Dentist...aka @bohicks, gameday bartender at Egan's and overall Tuscaloosa entertainment guru.)
TUSCALOOSA GET UP is a charity concert that will take place at the historic Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa on Friday, March 23rd and will feature musicians from across the state:
The Dexateens from Tuscaloosa are a well known force of nature to anyone who spent their college years at The Capstone (and far beyond Tuscaloosa for that matter)
Alabama Shakes from Athens are on a meteoric rise to fame garnering accolades from nearly every critic, publication and blog in 2011 and many have tapped them as "one to watch" in 2012. Basically, you'll be paying big bucks to see them sooner than later.
Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires from Birmingham round out the bill with their soulful Southern rock.
Tickets for the all ages event are $15 or $50 for a VIP ticket. Those can be purchased HERE.
Doubtlessly, many of you are sitting there at your computer saying, "Well Nico, that does look like a rocking good time, but I live in California (or Chicago or _______ place that isn't close to Tuscaloosa) and can't realistically make that show." No worries friends, you can participate in this event too. While you may not be able to come to the show and have your eardrums pummeled, you can still help TUSCALOOSA GET UP by making a fully tax-deductible donation to help make "The House that Music Built" a reality. The goal is to raise $15,000. We have so many readers at RBR that we ought to be able to meet that ourselves. If 1,500 of you give $10 we can make it a reality today. If 3,000 of you can pony up $5, it can be done in no time flat. Seriously y'all, let's light this thing up and meet the goal. Do it in celebration of the national championship if nothing else. Let's make that tornado's ass quit and rebuild!
You can make a tax deductible donation to the even HERE. If you can't make a donation, please retweet this or reblog or post it on Facebook or email it around to get the word out.
ROLL TIDE and we'll see y'all on March 23rd.