Spring is nearly upon us, and it couldn’t come sooner! Longer, warmer days turn into music-filled nights all across the Magic City–and there are plenty of concerts to look forward to this year. Birmingham’s favorite venues didn’t disappoint with their 2022 show calendars, meaning there are plenty of chances to see one of your favorite bands in the upcoming months. Here’s a few things to look forward to.
Avondale Brewing Company
Avondale Brewery rose to concert greatness last year, and is keeping the petal to the metal to begin the 2022 concert season. Kaleo (Mar. 26), The Stolen Faces (Apr. 1), The Band Camino (Apr. 17), Modest Mouse (Apr. 24), Sylvan Esso (May 11), and the Smashing Pumpkins (May 21) are just some of the huge names taking the stage at this spacious backyard-esque venue. We’d highly recommend checking out a show. They are also hosting some of the nation’s hottest acts at Voyager Fest with Barbara Jean Sound Machine on March 12, as the bands pass through Alabama on the way to SXSW.
In addition to hosting the Birmingham Squadron’s home games, the newly-renovated BJCC is bringing some incredible acts to the Magic City. They are especially shining with the many top-tier comedy headliners. Their 2022 event calendar features Kenny G (Mar. 25), Maxwell (Mar. 26), Slipknot (Mar. 29), John Mulaney (Apr. 3), Bob Dylan (Apr. 5), Bill Burr (April 7), Mike Epps (Apr. 16), Gabriel Iglesias (Apr. 22), Shinedown (Apr. 30), and Tom Segura (May 15). They will also be hosting both ceremonies and competitions for the World Games, which will present some incredible sporting moments.
Ghost Train Brewing Co.
The team at Ghost Train is making the most of their second location’s recent opening–which also means they now have three stages between two venues to use for concerts. Their all-star booking team, led by the crew of the beloved Syndicate Lounge, is bringing acts like Sean Patton (Apr. 7), Devin The Dude featuring Birmingham favorites Shaheed & DJ Supreme, Phrasure, Carey Fountain, and Mel. Crozby (Apr. 15), and The Main Squeeze (May 4). They are also doing some fun-focused partnerships with local event-hosting favorites like Goulash Comedy, Punk Rock Art Show, and Lobotmix to bring some uniquely fun experiences to the Magic City.
While they love to boast about their premium air conditioning (and it is great), Iron City is also known for hosting some of the finest to ever grace a Birmingham stage. This year is no exception, as the venue brings a diverse group of artists over the next few months. Cannibal Corpse (Mar. 23), Black Tiger Sex Machine (Apr. 6), The Zombies (Apr. 10), Todd Snider (Apr. 29), Key Glock (May 15), The HU (May 25), Big K.R.I.T. (Jun. 2), Elle King (Jun. 4), and EarthGang (Jun. 15) are just some of the exciting acts headed our way thanks to Iron City.
Saturn is one of Birmingham's most unique venues, with classic video games and beautiful space-themed murals serving as the introduction to the musical adventures that lie ahead. They match the energy of their venue with a wonderful group of touring musicians coming through including Yola (Mar. 20), Liz Cooper (Mar. 24), Tank and the Bangas (Mar. 26), Azure Ray (Mar. 28), Between the Buried and Me (Mar. 29), Thao (Apr. 3), Pedro the Lion (Apr. 18), Samantha Fish (Apr. 20), Son Volt (Apr. 22), Twiddle (Apr. 23), Adia Victoria (Apr. 27), Lo Moon (May 17), and Superchunk (Jun. 3). Birmingham jam legends The Little Raine Band will also be playing an album release show with Tragic City opening on April 15th and Saturn will be celebrating their 7th anniversary with Godspeed You! Black Emperor and fans of the venue on May 1st.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy the city we call home. No matter what genre, no matter what venue, no matter who you go with–you’re creating a Magic City moment. We’re thankful these venues are here to help.
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