If RBR wasn't your "one stop shopping" place for all things Alabama already, we decided to add another layer for you folks this fall that we hope you'll enjoy. Every Thursday night, we're going to post a guide to events around Tuscaloosa and Birmingham (since a lot of people stay there too) for game weekends at Bryant-Denny. We'll actually be doing this for road games too, but you get the point. Basically, we know a lot of people like to cram as much as they can into a weekend and that a lot of you aren't living around here and so we're here to help you maximize your fun on your weekend visits to this slice of the state.
This first weekend is a bit peculiar as far as recent history in Tuscaloosa. It's the first time there's been a pre-noon kickoff in quite some time. Obviously a lot of people are going to pack up and not stick around for the evening of a game that'll be over around 3:00 p.m., so this weekend's edition is going to be abbreviated and we're just going to go with the Friday night stuff.
Friday Night in Tuscaloosa:
Our good friends at WellThatsCool.com are taping their weekly podcast at The Alcove, one of Tuscaloosa's few smoke free bars. Head on over and join them and have a beer from The Alcove's huge selection of over 100 beers (including 30 high gravity brews.) There are going to be drink specials during the podcast taping, so head on over to see Chinese Dentist & co. tape their podcast. It's always a good time. Podcast taping starts at 8:00 p.m.
Green Bar (formerly Little Willie's) will have a fun show on Friday night featuring The Woggles, Tiger! Tiger! and Piss Shivers. I saw Piss Shivers recently and they were pretty fun. You can have this rocking good time for the low low price of $5.00. 10:00 p.m.
Egan's, the home of RBR in Tuscaloosa will have DJ Bin Rockin spinning on Friday night. He plays the songs you love and is a huge Bama fan to boot (he went to all 14 games in 2009.) I imagine this will start late-ish (sometime around 10 I'm guessing.)
Country music legends Alabama are playing a benefit concert for tornado relief efforts at the fantastic new Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. It's sold out of course, but I suppose you could still venture over and try to score a ticket.
Friday Night in Birmingham:
If you find yourself lodging in Birmingham on Friday, we've got you covered there too.
Bottletree has Tim Kasher playing. Kasher was the driving force behind 90s alternative band, Cursive. Pretty good stuff. $12. Though the website says nine, weekend shows at Bottletree really don't get running until around 10pm.
If you get to town early enough on Friday or are around on Sunday, I strong suggest checking out the Birmingham Museum of Art's Who Shot Rock n Roll exhibit. Amazing photography. Museum is free (donations accepted), photography exhibit is $10.
There's not a whole lot going on of note musically in Birmingham on Friday night, but there's always plenty of places around to grab a drink or a bite to eat. One place I'd suggest checking out is a new pizza place called Slice. Baked on stone slabs over an open fire, they make a pretty mean thin crust pizza. Slice is in the Lakeview area of town. If you want to get some fancy beers, there's always J. Clyde on Cobb Lane just south of 5 Points.
I know this isn't in Tuscaloosa or Birmingham, but if you're staying in Birmingham or coming down from the north, stop into Crossroad Music Hall in Huntsville on Friday night to see the Black Lips. This is the best show in the state by a mile as far as I'm concerned this weekend and though it'll make for an insane amount of driving, it may just be worth your while to see it on Friday night and then plow on to Tuscaloosa on Saturday morning with little sleep. $10 and starts at 10 p.m. Enjoy "Modern Art" by the Black Lips from their superb 2011 album, Arabia Mountain.
.As mentioned before, future editions of this column will also feature Saturday night goings on, but since this is the breakfast game, we're just providing the Friday night happenings. Have fun...but have it responsibly so you can enjoy the game early on Saturday. Roll Tide!