Vulcan AfterTunes 2013

Cool Tunes. Fresh Brews. Sweet Views.
Sundays this fall at 3 p.m. - September 29, October 13 & October 27


This fall, enjoy cool tunes, fresh brews and sweet views on Sunday afternoons with your favorite cast iron statue, Vulcan. Chill out in Birmingham’s backyard and end your week with some of the area’s best music while witnessing spectacular views of Birmingham’s city skyline. This three-part series features local and national singer/songwriter acts often heard on Birmingham Mountain Radio. Now in its 9th year, Vulcan AfterTunes has become a highly anticipated event for music lovers and a unique cultural outing for families to enjoy in a one-of-a-kind city setting!

Bring the kids and enjoy the KID ZONE with Alabama Baby & Child Magazine. There will be facepainting, coloring pages and other activities.

View photos from Vulcan AfterTunes

 

SEPTEMBER 29

Erin McCarley

 

Erin McCarley's second album My Stadium Electric features a cornucopia of sounds ranging from Latin percussion, vintage synths, gritty guitar tones, and is influenced stylistically from 60’s Brazilian psych rock, Brit pop, classical undertones, and dance/pop. This distinct evolution is made clear on the lead single, “Elevator” which blasts off into a new direction. McCarley imbues the song with flirty panache. The percussion bounces with tribal flare as quirky instrumentation entwines with the singer’s inimitable voice. It’s an upbeat and clever anthem about “the birds and the bees” that’s utterly infectious.

Ultimately, she just wants to encourage others to say what's on their minds and have a good time doing it. "There's so much to experience in life," she concludes. "A lot of us get comfortable because of fear. You've got to let the fear factor fall and let your freak flag fly. The record is an anthem for re-discovery and a nod of encouragement to me and others to get up, move, and feel ourselves come alive." www.erinmccarley.com

Supporting Artist: Velouria

 

 
OCTOBER 13

Rebirth Brass Band

 

Simply put, The Rebirth Brass Band is a New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the now infamous Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world.

Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of brass funk has won over several generations of music lovers, and in a post-Katrina world, their name and music have become the soundtrack to their musically rich hometown.

In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition amongst brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down. www.rebirthbrassband.com

Supporting Artist: Fisher Green

   

 

OCTOBER 27

Leon Redbone

 

The careers of performers who reside in the limelight are usually short-lived and over-overexposed. So it’s refreshing to encounter Leon Redbone, who has for decades remained so musically resonant and personally elusive. Though his iconic guise of white fedora, jacket and sunglasses has been thoroughly satirized, it’s easy to overlook what a genuinely gifted artist he remains – a role he inevitably tries to downplay. “In some ways I’ve always been complacent in my approach to music,” Redbone says. “So in some ways maybe I’m the pure definition of consistent.”

At the core of his initial calling was the desire to simply honor songs from the past – a waltz with bygone days that established him as sole curator of the museum of 20th century music. Over the course of his 30+ year, 15+ album career, the bard has continued his love affair with tunes from the turn-of-the-century (as in the second-to-last century), flapper-era radio ditties, Depression-spawned ragtime and World War II folk-jazz.

“I’m just an entertainer, and I use music as a medium for entertaining,” he says in his trademark rumbling voice. “But I’m not really an entertainer either, because to be an entertainer it implies you have a great desire to want to entertain.”

www.leonredbone.com

Supporting Artist: Dead Fingers

    

 

TICKET PRICES

General Admission - $15
(Includes concert, admission to Vulcan Center Museum and Observation Tower and tax)

Children 12 & under are FREE!

YPBirmingham Discount - $10 with YPBirmingham promo code (limit one discounted ticket per member, must present membership card at the gate to redeem discounted ticket)

Vulcan Members - $7.50

*VIP Package - $75
          (2) General Admission Concert Tickets
          (1) Parking Space
          (4) Drink Tickets
          (1) Vulcan AfterTunes Poster
          (1) 9” Frisbee
          Complimentary afternoon snack for (2) provided by featured concert food vendor

*Proceeds from all ticket sales help support Vulcan Park and Museum’s ongoing mission to preserve and promote Vulcan as the symbol for the Birmingham region, to advance knowledge and understanding of Birmingham’s history and culture, and to encourage exploration of the region.

 
Event FAQs

1. Where can I buy tickets for Vulcan AfterTunes?
Advanced tickets are available online only! Click the button above to purchase now. Tickets are also available at the gate on the day of each concert. All tickets are general admission and first-come, first-served. ALL SALES FINAL. No refunds, rain checks, or exchanges. Gates open at 1:00 p.m.

2. Will there be food and drinks available?
Yes. Snacks will be available for purchase during each concert. Our local food vendors are listed above. Drinks will also be available for purchase (water, soft drinks, beer and wine). Food and beverage service will begin at 2:30 p.m.

3. Can I bring my own alcohol?
No. Outside alcohol may not be brought in. All coolers brought onto the park grounds will be checked for alcohol.

4. Should I bring blankets and/or a chair?
Yes. Blankets and lawn chairs are strongly encouraged. Seating is on the park grounds and is first-come, first-served. Gates open at 1:00 p.m.

5. Are pets allowed?
No. For safety reasons, pets are not allowed on the park grounds during Vulcan AfterTunes.

6. Is there parking and/or shuttles available?
Vulcan Park and Museum provides FREE parking to its visitors everyday, however, our parking is very limited. Once our parking lots are at capacity, there will be a free shuttle service available in the Jefferson County Board of Education parking lot across the street from Vulcan Park and Museum’s main entrance. All parking is FREE. Carpooling is encouraged.

7. I am driving in from out of town. Where can I find information on nearby restaurants and hotels?
The Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau will be helpful in planning your visit.

8. What time do the concerts begin? Is there an opening artist? What time will the concert end?
Gates open at 1 p.m. Concerts begin at 3 p.m. with an opening artist. The headlining act will begin at 4 p.m. and play until 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. Performance time varies by artist.

 

Vulcan Park and Museum is a smoke free environment. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at info@visitvulcan.com. We look forward to seeing you soon at Vulcan AfterTunes!