One of Birmingham’s many hidden treasures is the music scene downtown. The sheer volume of concert venues we have in downtown Birmingham is something most people aren’t even aware of – but it really is remarkable! There is truly something for everyone, whether you’re into the smaller, more intimate venues or the large-scale venues for those big name artists. We’ve also had some really great new additions recently, like Protective Stadium located in Uptown, which doubles as a stadium for sporting events & concerts alike! Keep reading to check out some of the cool venues downtown Birmingham has to offer.
Iron City Bham
Iron City is by far one of our favorite entertainment venues located downtown! With the capacity to hold about 1,300 people (standing), concerts at Iron City are always a good time. While it is slightly on the smaller side, there is plenty of room to move around if you need some fresh air, and there’s a bar & grill connected to it in case you get hungry after (or during) the show! Shows at Iron City Bham are always a good time and if you haven’t been to one yet you should definitely consider going!
Legacy Arena, located at the BJCC (Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex), is one of the larger scale concert venues in downtown Birmingham. With a capacity of 19,000 people for concerts, this venue is great for those big name artists!
The Lyric Theatre
The Lyric Theatre is the oldest theatre in Birmingham, AL! What once was a “1914 vaudeville house” was flipped into what is now known as The Lyric Theatre, thanks to a huge renovation (yay for historic preservation)! This venue is great for musical events such as symphonies. You have to check it out at least once to admire all of its beauty – and to enjoy the music of course!
The Alabama Theatre
The Alabama Theatre is a Birmingham classic! Surely you’ve seen the giant “Alabama” sign that lights up all of downtown Birmingham, but did you know that the sign belonged to The Alabama Theatre? The theatre is one of the most beautiful venues in Birmingham, with the most intricate interior detailing. Similar to The Lyric Theatre (which is located right across the street!) we recommend checking out this venue just for its beauty!
Protective Stadium is one of Birmingham’s newest developments, and boy is it a nice one! It’s already gotten tons of use, being home to multiple sporting events, including The World Games 2022! This stadium is a jack of all trades, some might say, because it also doubles as a killer concert venue. Garth Brooks broke it in as the first act to perform there and it was a huge hit! We are so excited to see what the future holds for this awesome venue.
Why your voice on historic preservation is essential
Filed Under: Front Page, Get Involved, Historic Preservation, Residential
President and CEO of REV Birmingham David Fleming writes about the importance of historic preservation and highlights the advocacy efforts that saved the French Quarter in New Orleans and the Forest Park neighborhood in Birmingham. The article concludes with a call to action, urging for new leaders and the implementation of various strategies to protect and celebrate Birmingham’s historic buildings and places.
It's show time at the Woodlawn Theater!
Filed Under: Filling Vacant Spaces, Front Page, Small Business, Woodlawn, Yaysayers
Lights, Camera, Action! The rebirth of the Woodlawn Theater is happening this weekend in the heart of Woodlawn. The theater is opening its doors to the public with two extraordinary opening events that are FREE to the public. The 1400 square foot venue has a wide range of amenities and even has a full-service bar. Because of the Mason Music Foundation, this venue is filling a much needed resource for local musicians to perform. Keep reading to discover how the theater came back to life and its impact on the community.
What Stallions cornerback, Brian Allen loves about Birmingham
Filed Under: Downtown Birmingham, Events, Front Page, Yaysayers
Brian Allen, a talented cornerback, has made the remarkable transition from a small town in Texas to the vibrant city of Birmingham. Choosing Birmingham for his football career for two consecutive seasons, Brian’s unwavering dedication and exceptional skills have made him a standout figure in the world of football. To dive deeper into Brian’s journey and discover his genuine appreciation for the city, watch this video with the link below!