The Magic City continues to churn out hip happenings as we roll into 2016. From a collegiate gymnastics showdown and a polar plunge, to a circus and terrific concerts, kickstart your new year with one of these fun Birmingham events!
January 1, 2016: Chris Stapleton
The 2015 CMA award-winner of Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year, Chris Stapleton, will croon his soulful American country songs at Iron City on New Year’s Day. Don’t miss this highly respected songwriter whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Adele, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley. It’s a sold out show, so keep your nose to the ground for available tickets to this highly anticipated concert. What better way to kick off 2016! ironcitybham.com
January 5-6, 2016: Gregg Allman
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman will put his own spin on classic American blues songs by legends Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Magic Sam, among others. His seventh solo album, a collection of Low Country Blues, was produced by the one and only T Bone Burnett. Don’t miss this icon of Americana blues rock! Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. on both nights. Tickets prices range from $42.50 to $85. ironcitybham.com
January 14-16: Live at the Lyric: The Lyric Grand Opening Ceremonies
The beautifully restored historic Lyric Theatre opens its doors with a vaudeville-themed grand opening. This three-night event hosted by emcees Dolores Hydock, Sharriff Simmons and Bobby Horton will feature local artists, comedy, live music by Three on a String and The Birmingham Sunlights and more! Built in 1914 and nestled in the heart of Birmingham’s Downtown Retail & Theatre Historic District, this century-old venue is a symbol of the Magic City’s rejuvenated history, entertainment and culture. This once-in-a-lifetime event is sold out, so keep your eyes peeled for available tickets! lyricbham.com
January 14-15, 2016: Grace Potter
Grace Potter will belt out the bold new anthems from her new sonic solo album, Midnight, which takes her sound from Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in a brand new direction. An electric live performer, Grace will be ready to rock as she kicks off her Midnight tour at Iron City in Birmingham. Tickets range from $29.50 to $35, and the show starts at 8 p.m. each night. ironcitybham.com
January 17, 2016: Elevate the Stage Gymnastics Competition: Alabama v. Auburn
The University of Alabama’s Gymnastics team brings its national championship-winning skills to face off against rival Auburn University at the BJCC Legacy Arena. This is a fabulous event featuring two terrifically talented teams. Don’t miss the jaw-dropping routines and amazing aerial feats of these incredible gymnasts! Tickets start at $10, and the competition begins at 3 p.m. ticketmaster.com
January 17, 2016: Romeo and Juliet presented by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia
The State Ballet of Theatre of Russia brings William Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers to the historic and newly renovated Lyric Theatre stage. Choreographed by Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Choreographer Michael Lavrovsky and featuring the music of Sergei Prokofiev, this timeless tale of true love brings 55 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to a Birmingham audience. Don’t miss this gorgeous ballet! There will be a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7 p.m. show. Tickets range from $35 to $55. lyricbham.com
January 21, 2016: Dylan LeBlanc
Shreveport, LA native Dylan LeBlanc moved to Muscle Shoals where he grew up watching his songwriting father working in the rcording studio with various artists. He started his musical career early, playing at clubs at the age of 15. Having opened for such bands as Lucinda Williams, The Civil Wars, Laura Marling, Bruce Springsteen, First Aid Kit, The Drive-By Truckers and the Alabama Shakes, Dylan LeBlanc’s star is on the rise. Don’t miss him at WorkPlay this January! The show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $10. workplay.com
January 21, 2016: Rayland Baxter
Nashville-based alt-country musician Rayland Baxter grew up in the music industry. His father, Bucky Baxter, played slide guitar for Bob Dylan. Rayland’s new album, Imaginary Man, has received critical acclaim for its gorgeous lyrics, catchy melodies and sumptuous arrangements. Be sure to see him live at Saturn with opening act Oliver John Rodgers. The 18 and over show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $10. saturnbirmingham.com
January 23, 2016: Southeastern Outings Dayhike in Oak Mountain State Park
Need to shed some of those holiday LBs? What better way than with a moderate hike through the wilderness at Oak Mountain State Park. Guided by the outdoorsmen of Southeastern Outings, this hike will venture off the color-coded trails to explore the hidden corners of the beautiful state park. Bring $4 per person ($1 for senior citizens) for park admission fee, plus your picnic lunch and drink. birmingham365.org
January 23, 2016: Red Shoe Run
Support the Ronald McDonald House as you get back in shape after all that holiday fun! With a 10-mile run, a 5k and a 1-mile family fun run, you can walk, jog or sprint for a good cause. This family-friendly event at Rosewood Hall at Soho Square includes food, a bounce house, games, face painting, photo booth, music and more. Race registration fees start at $20. For more information, visit redshoerun-bham.org.
January 27-31, 2016: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends
They don’t call it the greatest show on earth for nothing! This year’s theme is Legends, promising your family will be amazed by all the extraordinary feats of strength and grace, majestic animals and fearless daredevils. It’s America’s favorite live family entertainment experience at the BJCC Legacy Arena. Tickets start at $20. For show times, information and more, visit ringling.com.
January 30, 2016: Oak Mountain State Park Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Alabama
Come join the Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics as they hold a costume contest, followed by a polar plunge into the icy waters of the lake at Oak Mountain State Park. All brave participants will receive a T-shirt. Online minimum registration fee and donation of $50 supports Special Olympics Alabama, an organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. And the more money each participant raises, the cooler the prizes! Be decked out in your costume and on the beach at 8 a.m. for in-person registration! eventbrite.com
Happy New Year!!