Sound of Birmingham Underground

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Whoa! Am I actually writing a new post?  It’s actually the first one in 2015 and the year is almost over…do you see those honey baked hams flying?!

Ok, seriously:

I went to an event last night that was so fresh that I had to write a post. When something cool is happening in Birmingham, I just get soooo excited that I even want your mama to know.

Before I even tell you what it was just  do me a favor and watch this video:

Do you feel the shivers running down your spine? That tall class of water is local artinista  Jazz’Mine Ja’Nis.

Whoa.

My soul is in love.#soundmate

Mind blown.

(I’m seriously trying to take her to dinner, so she can become my best friend… AND if you are in the mood for a good playlist check out her sound cloud: https://soundcloud.com/artintellmedia)

Where did I find her? At Mic Check 2015.  Continue reading

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: Cask & Drum Music Festival

I’ve found that there is nothing this city loves more than food, live music, and fundraisers. This is Birmingham, where festivals like Cask & Drum help rock live on. We will the keep the rock alive, but not the chicken.  On any given Saturday, we like football on our t.v. and chicken on our plate.

Saturday, Magic Moments made it possible for local chicken wing aficionados to win a title for best wings at the Cask & Drum Music Festival. Magic Moments has been granting wishes to  children of Alabama  with life threatening or chronic medical conditions since 1984. This year, Magic Moments teamed up with Cask & Drum to put on their annual Kick’n Chick’n Wing Fest fundraiser. Proceeds from this year’s Cask & Drum festival also went to benefit Magic Moments.

Started in 2013, Cask & Drum is a privately funded music festival bringing performances from national talent on two stages. Although Cask & Drum is only in its second year, the event aims to fill a void left by the termination of City Stages years ago.  A part of the festivals focus is music discovery. Todd Coder, a talent buyer for WorkPlay and the festival, brings a good mix of artists who have notoriety around the country, but may be unknown to Birmingham.

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So Good, I Cried A Little…

This past Sunday I had the immense pleasure of attending the 11th Annual Birmingham Originals Breakin’ Bread Food & Wine Festival.  First of all, any restaurant with a known name was there. I’m talking old favorites like Irondale Cafe, Birmingham famous like Oceans,  and classy favorites like Hot & Hot Fish Club to name very few. My tastebuds, belly, and brain were completely overwhelmed by the smorgasbord  that laid before me. There was way too much good food for me to review or make a favorites list. In fact, after a while I felt too full to take pictures.  The slide show below is not even close to a good representation of all the restaurants. You can see a complete list here.

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See here for more restaurant details: Silvertron Cafe, Chez Fonfon, Nabel’s Cafe, John’s City Diner, Irondale Cafe, The J. Clyde, Bottega, Ocean, The Bright Star, Hot & Hot Fish Club, Culinard Cafe, JoJo’s on Broadway,  Little Savannah, Avo, Scatterfields, Century Restaurant, Chez Lulu, The Pantry by Stone Hollow Farmstead, V. Richards, Vino  Continue reading

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