5 events for the best live Bluegrass music in Alabama

Say hello to Bama’s Bluegrass scene. Photo via Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Sit back and listen to a sweet Southern sound where acoustic stringed instruments come together to make the genre of Bluegrass. If you’re a big fan of this American classic, you’re in luck because we’ve lined up five events where you can hear the best live Bluegrass music in Alabama.

1. Stapleton Bluegrass Festival

Feeling fine as a fiddle at this event. Photo via Clem Onojeghuo/Unsplash

This outdoor celebration of bluegrass music has been a favorite of Stapleton citizens for almost two decades.

Here’s the lineup:

While you’re enjoying these wonderful Bluegrass artists, you’ll also be helping out the local community. This event provides necessary resources to improve the academic and overall educational experience for the students of Stapleton School.

Take the whole family to this festival—there will be a play area for kids, food and a lot of activities and exhibits to keep everyone entertained.

2. Music and Storytelling Event

The stage is set for some Bluegrass music. Photo via John Matychuk/Unsplash

Look forward to an afternoon of Bluegrass music and storytelling in Spanish Fort. The popular Pensacola band, String Farm, will play a wide variety of music from Bluegrass Hits to Old Time Gospel.

Fairhope native songwriter Mike Turner will share stories and some original music from his Songs of the Gulf program. These songs feature educational lyrics about historical and cultural aspects of the Mobile Bay and Gulf Coast regions.

3. South Huntsville BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

BBQ + music is the best combo. Photo via Luis Santoyo/Unsplash

Head to South Huntsville for an exciting day of Bluegrass music and good eats at Southside Park. The food trucks Badd Newz BBQ and Chillz on Wheelz will be at the event with all the tasty treats.

There will be plenty of space at this outdoor event for social distancing, so you can safely listen to some tunes.

4. Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Explore the old-school arts and crafts. Photo via Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Come out to the 2021 Fiddlers’ convention where up to $19,000 in prize money will be awarded to competing performers. There are 19 different categories of competition, including several fiddle and guitar categories.

The event will open with headliners Jimmy Fortune and Dailey & Vincent. You can also hear Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver wrap up the entertainment portion of the convention.

Food vendors and 150 booths of old-fashioned arts and crafts will be at the event as well, making this a truly immersive weekend.

5. The Dead South-Served Cold Tour

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Concert at Iron City. Photo via Iron City Bham on Facebook

The Dead South brings Bluegrass to Birmingham Monday, September 20. This folk-bluegrass group built their band on the combination of cello, mandolin, banjo and guitar to create their own unique sound.

Grab your tickets before they sell out.

Note: This show requires all fans to provide printed proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event or a vaccination card for entry.

Which event will you attend to get your Bluegrass music fix this year? Let us know by tagging us on social @thebamabuzz.

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Miranda Shaffer
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