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Something for Everyone

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Birmingham, Alabama is a city that has a lot to offer.  If you’re a sports fan, food fanatic, or a music connoisseur, then Birmingham can supply you with a variety of options from which to choose.  The music scene is particularly diverse. 

If you’re into history, you can combine your interest in music and historic landmarks consecutively.  Birmingham has a historic district where you will find gems such as the Alabama Theatre and the Lyric Theatre.  Birmingham also boasts newer venues such as Workplay, Iron City, Old Car Heaven, as well as a number of bars and restaurants that host live music on a weekly basis.

The theaters that are located in the historic district have been renovated and furnish guests with comfortable environments, as well as provide a rich history in which to savor.  These theaters are popular for ballet performances, music concerts, plays, and film releases.  Check out our previous post about some of the historic theaters in Birmingham.

Workplay Theatre is a favorite music destination for many folks.  A steady stream of rotating attractions provides for a variety of music choices.  Workplay Theatre delivers an intimate setting for guests and the acoustics in the building are marvelous.  Audiences are often closer to the performers than in other arenas.  Tickets sellout quickly at Workplay, so you will need to plan accordingly.  Workplay also has music studios that artists can rent out to record and produce new music, as well as practice rooms to hone their craft.

Another popular music venue is called Iron City Birmingham.  Iron City has two main areas.  One area seats less than 100 people and is in the form of an upscale bar.  The other section can hold more than 1000 people and is often used for more robust music concerts.  One patron describes Iron City as a “Great venue and perfect size and layout for watching your favorite bands”.

Yet another venue that is interesting is Old Car Heaven. Old Car Heaven is a unique place due to the fact that throughout their venue, props in the form of old cars are strewn about, thus allowing the audience to enjoy the presence of the old cars while listening to some of their favorite bands. 

Avondale Brewing Company is a great place to go on a Sunday afternoon as a family, as well as other times throughout the week depending on their music schedule.  They host both local and national bands so be sure to check to their event schedule.  Their stage is outdoors with a very large grassy area for people to dance and hang out.  They are a brewery so they make their own beer, and it is pretty delicious.  Birmingham actually has several great breweries that host local bands as well, including Good People Brewing Company, Cahaba Brewing, Trim Tab Brewing Co., and Ghost Train Brewing Co.

Birmingham also has a large complex called the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex (BJCC) that hosts music concerts as well as all types of large events, from business conventions to boat shows, plays, the circus…you get the idea.

As you can see, Birmingham has a plethora of music venues where you can hear a variety of bands and musical talents in various parts of town.  There are many options from older, historic theaters to new and innovative clubs.  Whatever your taste may be, Birmingham is sure to have an option for you to enjoy.