Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Riverkeeper: 4th Annual Dock at the Rock


4th Annual “Dock at the Rock” Concert Event Set for June 15 on Smith Lake

Silverock Cove hosting Dillon Hodges and other musicians to benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper


Crane Hill, Ala. – H2 Real Estate is hosting the 4th Annual Dock at the Rock on June 15th with a series of outdoor music performances at the amphitheater at Silverock Cove (101 Turtle Point Dr, Crane Hill, AL 35053) on Smith Lake.  Dillon Hodges is headlining the event, with a number of musicians scheduled to play throughout day starting at 11 A.M.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event.  Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper.


“This has been a fantastic event for the past three years, and Dillon Hodge's music is perfect for the Silverock amphitheater,” says Carter Hughes of H2 Real Estate. “This event embodies the best parts of living on Smith Lake – good food, good music and a chance to invite our friends up to enjoy the lake in the summertime and benefit a great cause.”

The event is open to the public, and music should start around 11 A.M.  There will be food vendors on site selling lunch and dinner plates throughout the day. Music should be finished around 7 P.M.  Guests are encouraged to visit Silverock by car or by boat.  Realtors from H2 Real Estate will be on site to give tours of new homes at the Silverock Cove site, as well as the Point William site just up the road on County Road 933.

Representatives from Black Warrior Riverkeeper will be on hand as well, as the Smith Lake region falls within the Black Warrior River watershed. “We are so excited to partner again with H2 Real Estate at Dock on the Rock to raise awareness about beautiful Smith Lake,” says Charles Scribner, Executive Director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. “As more people visit and enjoy the Black Warrior River watershed, including Smith Lake, more will want to help protect these vital resources for future generations.”

Bands scheduled to play include The Pollies, Adam Faucett & the Tall Grass, The Pyles, The Bear, Great Peacock and Dillon Hodges.  Dillon has recently released his first album Rumspringa, and has won numerous national awards as a flatpicking guitar champion. Hear Dillon’s work at dillonhodges.com.

*For more information on Dock at the Rock, please visit facebook.com/h2realestate and silverocklining.com.

*To pre-order tickets, visit dockattherock.eventbrite.com

*For directions, please visit: silverockcove.com/#/location/

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Secret Stages Adds Five New Bands to 2013 Lineup










Continuing their Tuesday tradition, Secret Stages has announced 5 new bands:

Adron (Atlanta, GA)
Healing Power (Cincinnati, OH)
Ponychase (Nashville, TN)
The Weekend Kids (Jackson, MS)
GT (Birmingham, AL)

These great bands will join:


Amansa Hines (Little Rock, AR)
Banditos (Birmingham, AL)
Colossal Gospel (Leeds, AL)
Dead Gaze (Oxford, MS)
The Great Book of John (Birmingham, AL)
Gringo Star (Atlanta, GA)
Lazer/Wulf (Athens, GA)
The Log Ladies (New Orleans, LA)
Midnight Risers (Birmingham, AL/Atlanta, GA)
Silver Tongues (Louisville, KY)

Friday, May 24, 2013

XANADU 6/15/13 @ The High Note

Click the image to visit the Facebook Event Page! 
This Episode: "XANADU" an Grecian EDM Summer Slam 


"STARSH!P: LIVE" EDM SHOWCASE- 
..ft. host, OPX. MJ DARL!NG [pre-lineup screenshow conductor, event host/presenter, intermittent performance of Intello-spheric Jungle/Chillstep; preview - http://www.mixcloud.com/STARSHIP-mixsets/pursuing-the-jungle-queen-jungle-2013/]- 

..and industry friends/crewmates of the USS: Seraph M-4026 L/SP 

EPISODE THEME: XANADU - There's eventually comes a time 
to make dreams come true. 
Its about THAT time for US 
and we're pouring OUR blessings onto YOU! 

Old and new heads meet at last 
to truly make this Summer hot 
so come on, performing and dancing STARSH!Ppers, 
and let's SHOW EM WHAT YOU'VE GOT!

ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP: 
*Opx. MJ Darl!ng [host, Intel-o-spheric Jungle] 

*Just!n Love [Breakbeat/House] 

*Austin Ward [House Breakbeat science] 
PREVIEW - TBA 

*Hyperion [U.K. Drum n' Bass] 

*"Daywalker" Dav!d Jean [Top 40 Electro/Breakbeat remixes] 


This is not "another EDM show" ; this is THE show for ALL seasons with an ALABAMA ALL-STAR CAST! This time, we don our airiest Grecian duds for an energetic DANCE PARTY with a cooling WIND TUNNEL/VORTEX for your comfort and enjoyment [click our link to find out how to dress for the event, easily -http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=512288198807895&set=a.242508562452528.53663.239146639455387&type=1&ref=nf]! 

Cocktail specials and unique give-aways/"S.W.A.G." ["Stuff We All Get"] will be floating around all evening, so come early and stay late if you like FREE STUFF [we're watching and rewarding what our people do for others]! 

DATE/TIME: 
SATURDAY NIGHT, Saturday night, JUNE 15th @ 9pm 

PLACE: 
 HIGH NOTE LOUNGE, B'HAM, AL 
414 Richard Arrington Blvd. B'ham, AL 

COVER [must show VALID I.D.]: 
$10 - 18-20 yrs of age 
$5 - 21 yrs of age and up 


Thursday, May 23, 2013

7TH ANNUAL MAGIC CITY BREWFEST KICKS OFF ON FRIDAY MAY 31ST, 2013



Free the Hops is pleased to announce its 7th annual Magic City Brewfest,bringing together over 200 types of beer from over 70 breweries for your tasting pleasure.

The festival will be held Friday May 31st from 7-11 and Saturday June 1st from 4-8pm at Sloss Furnaces. Tickets will cost $34.50 per person for advance purchase, $40 per person at the gate, and $10 for designated drivers. Free the Hops will also be offering VIP tickets for $85; this ticket will allow the purchaser to gain access to the entire festival, including the VIP area where they will have access to 20 exclusive beers that are not available to other attendees, 5 dishes from Savoie Catering, and separate portolets.


This year’s brewfest will include beers to be poured exclusively from The J. Clyde Fire Truck as well as several special beers brewed especially for the festival. There will also be plenty of your old favorites and brand new beers from the Alabama breweries. Some new breweries at the festival include Jester King, Ballast Point, Goose Island, Southern Tier, French Broad, Stillwater, Oskar Blues, and others including what we hope are a couple of new surprises!


There are currently 27 breweries who have never been at Magic City Brewfest. In addition, at least 120 of the 200 total beers will be brand new to Magic City Brewfest.


There will be tokens sold to exchange for food from local restaurants, such as The J. Clyde, Melt Food Truck, Off the Hook Food Truck, Belle Chevre and others. Music will be provided by The Old Paints and Yellow Hammer Heart on Friday, May 31st with The Stop and India Ramey playing on June 1st. For more information please visit www.magiccitybrewfest.com


There will be an official after party held at J. Clyde following the end of both days of MCBF.  


About Free The Hops:  Free The Hops/Alabamians For Specialty Beer (FTH) is a grassroots, non-profit organization whose mission is to help bring the highest quality beers in the world to Alabama. We are motivated by a desire to have the same variety of choice when purchasing beer that Alabama citizens already enjoy when purchasing wine. Started in 2004 by Alabamians with no ties to any alcoholic beverage business, FTH was incorporated later that year and registered as an official 501(c)(6) non-profit in 2007. None of our members make any money off the grassroots effort. More information can be found via the Free The Hops Website, www.freethehops.org/

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Secret Stages Announces Five More Bands For 2013 Festival










Amasa Hines (Little Rock, AR)
Gringo Star (Atlanta, GA)
Lazer/Wulf (Athens, GA)
Colossal Gospel (Leeds, AL)

Banditos (Birmingham, AL)

Five new bands coming every Tuesday. Stay tuned to www.secretstages.net.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Pictures for Gip Gipson.




Gip's Place is requesting photographs for the crew filming a documentary about Mr. Gip. Please read the message below and share what you can. Pass this information along to anyone you think might need it.  

"For the Gip Gipson documentary that is being filmed... we are asking that everyone take a picture of YOURSELF holding a sign (that states your city and state on it) that says something in regards to Gip Gipson or Gip's Place. Example "We support you Gip" ~ "Hang in there Gip" ~ "We love you Mr. Gipson"... and PLEASE put your city and state on the sign!!!!!!! Please send them to us in a private message or email to cindig34@hotmail.com (subject line GIP SIGN). 

"These will also be shown to Mr. Gipson! It would be great if someone could get their picture taken in front of an iconic fixture or building that shows where they are (i.e. Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower etc... with a Gip sign. Maybe someone in Afghanistan or Iraq will send one! We need about 1 MB or larger. People need to send the biggest picture they can. If you are taking on your phone, send the "Actual size" (1.5 MB)."

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

Gip's Place HAS NOT Settled With Bessemer

 By Lee Waites
(See Original Story)

As of 9:30 AM, Friday the 17th of May Gip Gipson has not reached an agreement with the City of Bessemer as has been reported by some news outlets. According to Cindi Gentry McGee, although Bessemer has made an offer to Mr. Gip, which includes a number of issues the city is requiring him to address, he has not finalized any agreement at this time. 

According to McGee, Gip's attorneys will be drafting replies today, including a counter offer which will allow Mr. Gip time to reach the goals listed in Bessemer's demands. McGee, who claims that Mr. Gip and all of those supporting him in this cause would love to see the relationship between Gip and the City of Bessemer return to one of friendship. 

One of Gip's attorneys, says McGee, was told by a Bessemer city official that the mayor had exaggerated the number of complaints regarding Mr. Gip's parties. She told BFP Music in a phone interview this morning that she, and everyone who attends Gip's parties, have no desire for there to be an adversarial relationship with the City of Bessemer, or with the Bessemer Police Department. 

McGee admits that Mr. Gip might be a victim of his own success. Although she denies rampant disregard for Gip's neighbors, she admits that due to Gip's popularity there have been more people attending his shows. She says Gip intends to make certain changes, which she admits are needed to keep up with the increased attendance. But she questions why Bessemer officials can't work in unison with Gip as he is willing to be a good neighbor. 

McGee also states that she will be modifying any activities which might place Mr. Gip in the category of a business. McGee says Gip just wants to share his music, and the bands attending Mr. Gip's parties have also brought a number of their fans as well. So Gip will willingly attempt to work things out with the City of Bessemer to protect Gip's and respect the needs of the community.       

The show will go on this Saturday, May 18, and McGee asks that everyone who shows up continue to show the utmost respect for the neighborhood. McGee will stop posting about shows in social media and will cease any promotions which might lend to the appearance that Mr. Gip is running a business.               

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tonight! BFP Night at Zydeco!

BFP is magical and the drinks you order will be enchanted. Your prowess will increase and you will become more attractive to people. So come on down and sit a spell. Cool show and enchantments!!! Don't miss out!!! $5 cover. (No promise is made about the efficacy of enchantments. All mystical occurrences are for entertainment purposes only!)

This is an opportunity to meet with members of Birmingham Free Press, other musicians and representatives of venues and other people working in the local music scene. You'll make contacts, discuss what BFP is, can and should do to help our music community.

Performing will be:
The Sassy Brown Band (https://www.facebook.com/LaurenSassyBrown)
The Old Paints (https://www.facebook.com/theoldpaints)
Motel Ice Machine (https://www.facebook.com/motelicemachine)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Duquette Johnson: News and Video

Support My New Album With My PledgeMusic Campaign!
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Last time I dropped y'all a note, it was to announce the launch of my PledgeMusic campaign for Rabbit Runs A Destiny. Since then, I've been really overwhelmed by the amazing support y'all have shown me in joining the campaign. So far, we're 1/3 of the way towards the project's goal! Just so you know - a $10 pledge is essentially a preorder of the record, and you get it a week before the street date, so if you're looking to purchase the album, this is the best way to do it so you can get your copy early.


When the campaign hit 20%, I dropped the first exclusive content to pledgers--  a live version of the song "We Were Young," which is the sixth song on Rabbit Runs A Destiny. I recorded it live in Waverly, Alabama during the 13th Annual Old 280 Boogie, which is an awesome festival for musicians and artists. We filmed and recorded the song in a one room cabin that my friend Will Sims built in his backyard out of an old family barn. On the wall were a ton of bows, several of which bore my great great uncle's name Howard Hill. I knew of his legend in the archery world, but got a great history lesson that day from Will.

While the audio for the song is available only to those who join the PledgeMusic campaign, I want you to see the video we shot. I was so inspired to be playing in this wooden cabin, and I think you'll also get pulled in by the rustic beauty of the place. Check it out below, and if you like the song, pre-order the record at PledgeMusic, and check out the other cool exclusives that I'm running, like one-of-a-kind jewelry from Rugged & Fancy, handwritten lyric sheets, Skype concerts or even a song that I'll write specifically for you. And not only will you be getting involved with new music by joining my Pledge campaign, but a portion of your pledge will also go to an amazing charity near and dear to me, The Pablove Foundation. Of course, let me know what you think of the music. Always glad to connect with y'all!  Love, Duq

We Were Young

Bessemer Police Raid Gip's Place: Shut it Down!

By: Lee Waites

(see BOTTOM of post for LINKS and UPDATES)

(Check back here: this post will be updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available)


At approximately 10:15 ,Saturday night, May 4th, the Bessemer Police raided and shut down Gip's Place, a world famous juke joint and, until the day after the raid, listed as one of the main attractions in the Bessemer area on the city's own website.

Gip's is requesting concerned music lovers and friends of Gip contact Bessemer City Hall and attend the city council meeting next Tuesday night to show support for Gip's Place. 

Toraine Norris – Mayor's Assistant
mayorsasst@bessemeral.org
1800 3rd Avenue North
Bessemer, Alabama 35020
(205) 424-4060 phone
(205) 424-4372 fax



According to Bessemer PD the reason for the raid was running an illegal business. 

 We will post update as soon as any more information becomes available.  




Official Statement from Bessemer Website

"The establishment has caused quite a bit of problems for the homeowners who are neighbors of Mr. Gipson. Many of these homeowners are elderly.
We have received multiple calls from homeowners over the last several months who say loud music from Gip’s Place has inhibited their ability to sleep.
Several residents even complained of seeing people relieving themselves in yards and along the roadway. Others complained to us of traffic congestion and litter.

"We have continuously appealed to Mr. Gipson and his associates to acquire the proper zoning and licensing. We also explained our willingness to work with him to resolve any matters as they pertain to meeting city legal requirements.
Unfortunately, our appeals were not met with the proper response. We feel it is necessary to close the establishment to ensure that the rights and wishes of the homeowners are being respected.

"We are aware of the popularity of Mr. Gipson and his establishment, but we must balance whatever fame his establishment has accumulated with the rights of Mr. Gipson’s neighbors. We also can not allow Mr. Gipson to operate outside of our laws while requiring other businesses within our city to operate by the same laws.  
"Should Mr. Gipson and his associates wish to take the necessary steps to re-open his establishment, the Mayor’s Office and the employees of City Hall are willing to work with them, as we do with other businesses. This would include the process of securing the necessary zoning through our various zoning boards, all the necessary licensing to open lawfully or by finding a new location within our city more suitable for such activities.

"Until such time, we must respect the rights of the homeowners and ask Mr. Gipson to remain closed."
 (http://www.bessemeral.org/component/content/article/103-frontpage/129-regarding-closing-of-gip-s-place)




Thomas Trussell, who played prior to Randy Buell,  just an hour before the raid, gave us a brief statement:



"Mr Gip is truly one of the nicest guys I've ever met. He taught me not only a new way to play the blues but how the blues is a part of life. Jeff & Cindi also are wonderful people. They help run the place.

"It was a normal night at Gips. Every show starts with a prayer.

"I played from 7-830 give or take a lil bit. Mr Gip played a short set after me to celebrate the marriage of Randy & his new wife. After that the Randy Buell Band played.

"From the moment I met Mr Gip he was cool to me. Giving advice not just on music but life too. His place is a one of a kind venue. Musicians of all ages, races, color, & creed are welcome. They love Mr Gip like he loves them. If the city & Mr Gip can't work something out it would be a tragedy."

   
Response from Debbie Bond: Alabama Blues Project


 Dear Mayor Gulley,

As founder of the Alabama Blues Project, established in 1995 to promote and preserve Alabama Blues Heritage, I am writing to you to voice my concern regarding the closing of the Legendary Gips Place in Bessemer. It is my deepest ho
pe that you will do all you can to assist elderly Mr. Gip to keep his doors open. The loss of Gip's Place will be devastating to the State of Alabama , the international blues community as well as elderly Mr. Gip himself.

This internationally renown establishment has been in existence for over 60 years helping to preserve and promote regional blues culture. Gip and his place has become an international land mark and the subject of national and international news stories and documentaries, including Southern Living, National Public Radio, National Public Television as well as books in the US and Europe. It has helped to put Alabama blues on the map, support the blues music culture and bring commerce to Bessemer.

Alabama Office of Tourism has listed it as one of the top ten Alabama music venues, showcased Gip's for the Year of Alabama Music, and regularly brings international travel industry personnel and writers to visit Gip's to promote Alabama tourism.

I notice until recently that the City of Bessemer listed Gips on the front page of your own webiste and that the Bessemer Chamber of Commerce regularly promotes this extroidenary blues cultural center. I know Bessemer has benefited economically from Gip's existence. I have personally recommended, forexample, to international visitors that they go eat at the Bright Star and go on to Gip's Place for the best food and live blues you will ever hear in it's traditional setting - all in Bessemer.

Mississippi has built internationl tourism around it's juke joints, helped them survive and as well as marking them with historic markers - encouraged it's own blues culture realizing how important and unique such places are.

Again, I it is my deepest wish that you will do the right thing and assist elderly Mr. Gip and the blues community do whatever needs to be done keep his doors open.

Sincerely,

Debbie

 Debbie Bond



(Update 5/7/2013 via Facebook)

"In order to be on the City Council Agenda you must call a week in advance. We did not call in time to get on the agenda. We are hoping for the opportunity for several Gip supporters to speak about the issue. 

"The reason they shut Gips Place down: From what we were told by Bessemer PD is The City of Bessemer considers Gips Place a business b/c money is exchanged (donation/paying of bands). Gip lives in a residential area that does not allow a business. The city wants Gip to move to a commercial building and become a business. From what we saw on TV there have been complaints by neighbor(s) stating that people are urinating on the streets, leaving trash in their yards, traffic congestion, and to much noise. (Jeff and I pick up trash IF there is any before Jeff and I leave each Sat night.) In the last 2 weeks Gip has been working on the parking situation and was in the process of having more street lights installed.

"We need to come up with a compromise with the City of Bessemer. Gips Place is an asset to the city and the state of Alabama as it is. We are hoping to get a meeting with the Mayor and City Council within the next week.


 "We want as many people there tonight as possible. Gip needs to know how many supporters he has! We want the city of Bessemer... and the state of Alabama to see how important this issue is. The news crew has contacted us and will be at the meeting filming the crowd. 

"Circlex Films, who has been working on a documentary on Gip, will be there filming as well."




(Update 5/9/13)
 A legal fund has been set up for Gip. We are not affiliated with this fund and are sharing this link as a courtesy. Please verify all details yourself before donating.

  Legal Fund for Gip

 Gip Gipson has been having backyard blues parties in his backyard since 1952. Recently, the City of Bessemer has decided to shut Gip's Place down and force him to move. They sent the Police to raid Gip's during a backyard blues show on May 4th, 2013 - citing that Gip was operating as a business and a license was required. Many of you know that Gip does not make money from his backyard blues parties. He does it for the love of music. This is the last original Juke Joint in Alabama and one of the few left in America.

Please help Gip fight the city of Bessemer and keep this historical treasure open! There are currently a few attorneys working pro-bono to help Gip work through this legal battle. They were there at the recent City Council meeting to represent Gip before the shameful display of power the Bessemer City Council Members were showing. Although the attorneys are working for free, they do have legal expenses, filing fees, and eventually will have to work long hours to help Gip stay open. This legal fund will help with all of the legal fees and will also help us launch a Facebook advertising campaign targeting the Bessemer City Council. 100% of the proceeds will go towards the legal fund and Facebook ads. If there is anything left over the remaining balance will go the Gip and his friends to help him keep the place running.

Thank you for your help. Let's keep up the good fight!
 
http://www.gofundme.com/GipsLegalFund




(Update 5/10/13)

The Show Will Go On

Cindi Gentry McGee tells BFP Music that the show will go on Saturday night, May 11, the first show since Bessemer police raided and shut down Gip's on May 4. She says that Gip and everyone involved would love to see a big crowd for the Jim "Dawg" Parks Band which will hit the stage at 8PM. 

The music is scheduled to end at midnight. According to McGee, after a previous discussion with Bessemer officials Gip's had agreed to end all shows no later than midnight. She denies any allegations of people urinating in yards or throwing garbage out. According to McGee those involved with Gip's have offered to clean any garbage found after the night of a show.

In order to avoid potential conflict with BPD, Gip is going to pay the band out of his own pocket. If any guests want to make a "love" donation they are welcome to do so. But no official cover charge will be in place. No wrist bands or tickets will be handed out. 

(Update 5/12/13)

Police Surround Gip's

Saturday night police set up road blocks on all the roads surrounding Gip's Place, checking car tags, registration, insurance and driver licenses. No arrests have been reported at this time. 

Police drove by Gip's video taping the crowd and many news agencies were on scene reporting and interviewing the crowd. Bessemer is asking Gip's to get a non-profit business license in order to assure compliance with building and safety codes, such as wiring and fire, according to a statement made during a BPD press conference outside of Gip's.

According to Cindi Gentry McGee, at one point BPD asked to speak with Mr. Gip. "The police asked to speak with Gip but Gip's team of attorneys went up the hill and did the talking. Police said turn music down. We turned the music down. Police left the top of hill and went back to their post to sit."

Other than the police presence the show went on without incident.  

 (Update 5/17/13)



 As of 9:30 AM, Friday the 17th of May Gip Gipson has not reached an agreement with the City of Bessemer as has been reported by some news outlets. According to Cindi Gentry McGee, although Bessemer has made an offer to Mr. Gip, which includes a number of issues the city is requiring him to address, he has not finalized any agreement at this time. 

According to McGee, Gip's attorneys will be drafting replies today, including a counter offer which will allow Mr. Gip time to reach the goals listed in Bessemer's demands. McGee, who claims that Mr. Gip and all of those supporting him in this cause would love to see the relationship between Gip and the City of Bessemer return to one of friendship. 

One of Gip's attorneys, says McGee, was told by a Bessemer city official that the mayor had exaggerated the number of complaints regarding Mr. Gip's parties. She told BFP Music in a phone interview this morning that she, and everyone who attends Gip's parties, have no desire for there to be an adversarial relationship with the City of Bessemer, or with the Bessemer Police Department. 

McGee admits that Mr. Gip might be a victim of his own success. Although she denies rampant disregard for Gip's neighbors, she admits that due to Gip's popularity there have been more people attending his shows. She says Gip intends to make certain changes, which she admits are needed to keep up with the increased attendance. But she questions why Bessemer officials can't work in unison with Gip as he is willing to be a good neighbor. 

McGee also states that she will be modifying any activities which might place Mr. Gip in the category of a business. McGee says Gip just wants to share his music, and the bands attending Mr. Gip's parties have also brought a number of their fans as well. So Gip will willingly attempt to work things out with the City of Bessemer to protect Gip's and respect the needs of the community.       

The show will go on this Saturday, May 17, and McGee asks that everyone who shows up continue to show the utmost respect for the neighborhood. McGee will stop posting about shows in social media and will cease any promotions which might lend to the appearance that Mr. Gip is running a business.  
 

          
Saturday's event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/160499690783443/

 https://www.facebook.com/SaveGipsPlace


https://twitter.com/GipGipson


https://www.facebook.com/groups/311534991125/