DRUID CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL RELEASES INITIAL LINEUP FOR ALABAMA’S PREMIER SUMMER MUSIC EVENT
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Druid City Music Festival is excited to announce its full Friday lineup across multiple venues in downtown Tuscaloosa, as well as a sneak peek at their Saturday main stage extravaganza set for Government Plaza. The largest stage to ever be placed inside Government Plaza will feature Tuscaloosa staple GrAystone and Alabama natives Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires and CBDB. Summer concert festival staple Southern Avenue, based out of Memphis, joins the lineup as a soulful blues-rock band with broad appeal to fans of multiple music genres.
“We are thrilled to announce our Friday bands and give everyone an initial preview of Saturday’s lineup,” said TTS President and CEO Don Staley. “The full lineup announcement is right around the corner and we can’t wait to cap off your summer with this great event. Every one of our artists have been represented at major festivals across the United States and we look forward to bringing a top-tier concert experience to Tuscaloosa.”
GrAystone will be open the festival on Saturday morning with Top 40 favorites from the 70’s and 80’s. With founding members from Tuscaloosa’s legendary City Fest, the Druid City Music Festival gives an opportunity to showcase and honor our city’s musical past as we look towards an exciting future.
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires hail Birmingham, AL and are turning Rock & Roll on its head with their progressive brand of music. Their most recent release is the band’s most ambitious work to date — a sprawling and visceral record given to both deep introspection and high-volume spiritual uplift. A recent live album has also been released which captures their unique sound and captivating live performance.
CBDB is a progressive rock-n-roll jam-band from Alabama with an experimental sound and loyal following. Defining a new-found, southern blend of joyous and progressive funk rock-n-roll dubbed Joyfunk, they channel a sonic mix of soulful vocals and virtuosic musicianship with smart, tasteful songwriting. On stage, each member of CBDB fluidly plays between complex composition and loose exploratory improvisation creating an incredible and unique live experience.
Southern Avenue, an American five-piece funky blues and soul band from Memphis. Formed in 2015, they took their name from a street in Memphis running from the easternmost part of the city limits to "Soulsville", which was the original home of Stax Records. Known as a festival staple across the nation, this is a can’t miss act that will have you rocking and singing all concert long.
Friday’s diverse lineup features blues, soul, rock, classic, bluegrass, and religious with: Smooth Hound Smith, AFTM, Lamont Landers Band, Barbaro, Justin Oliver, Early James & the Latest, Talking Animals, BJ Reed & Company, Matt Jones, Elliott Davis Band, Caroline Shines & the Impulse, Wes Lee, Shawn Byrne, Plato Jones, Chad Smith Band, Farmer’s Daughter, Spoonful James, Henri’s Notions, Caleb Elliott, Meghan McMillian, 4G Band, DJ Roxy, The B-Sides, Alright-Alright-Alright, Rabbit Branch, Cassie Jo & the No Joes, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Druid City Jazz Masters, DieDra The Alabama Blues Queen, Live Music at the Hotel Indigo Lookout, and the Bridge Band.
Friday’s locations include Alcove International Tavern, Black Warrior Brewing Co., The Booth, The Bridge, Copper Top, Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, The District Room, Druid City Brewing Co., Green Bar, Harrison Galleries, Historic Bama Theatre, Hotel Indigo, Innisfree Irish Pub, Loosa Brews, Rhythm & Brews, Roxy’s, UPerk, Wilhagan’s, Wheelhouse Pub.