Tuesday night Steve and I attended the Bama Rising concert with a couple of friends. Several weeks ago the lead singer of "Alabama" got the idea to have charity concert for all of the state's tornado victims. He recruited some local talent and secured Brad Paisley, and the rest of the country singers just lined up! Since the CMA Fest was this past weekend, and most of the country musicians would have planned to take some time off following it, he got the idea to have it Tuesday night so they could easily drive down from Nashville to sing. The Birmingham Civic Center donated the space, and the rest was cake!
Tickets went on sale at 11am and were sold out within 1.5 hours! I went down to the BJCC to purchase the tickets that morning and was shocked when I arrived early and the line was out the door. TV stations were there, and every window at the ticket office was open. It was a well-oiled machine and the line went very quickly. The only bad thing was you had no say in where your tickets were, you could only give them an amount you wanted to spend per ticket and the computer generated the tickets. Needless to say, we weren't thoroughly impressed with our nosebleed seats, but we were in there and the music was loud!
Alabama opened the show with several of their big hits, and even Steve sang along (out loud)! Then several local people sang: Blind Boys of Alabama, Bo Bice, Taylor Hicks, etc. Each artist sang a couple of songs, and then there was about 5-10 minutes of dead space in between. It was 10:30 pm before a "big name" person even sang (outside of Alabama), so we knew the concert was going to go long. When we started doing the math with how many performers were left and that they averaged 3/hour, we knew it was going to be 1am before the show ended (it was actually 1:10AM!!
We certainly got our money's worth with a concert that lasted 5.5 hours! Of course, my favorite -Brad Paisley was dead last. In between, Montgomery Gentry, Kelly Pickler, Rodney Atkins, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Darious Rucker and Sheryl Crow played! There was even a surprise guest....The Commodores! When they came out onto stage and sang "Brick House," the crowd erupted! I swear they pulled their outfits from their 1980s tour, but their matching dance moves were still appreciated by everyone. It really was a fun show to see and listen to, and I am glad that we could be apart of it and support the cause! Our hearts are still breaking for everyone who lost their home and belongings on April 27th.