29 January 2012
This is not a post about sports. Sue me. After watching the basketball game yesterday, it's hard to get fired up about writing about that (except to say that Tony Mitchell's basketball IQ hovers somewhere near his shoe size). Today, I'm writing about something important: Tuscaloosa's continued recovery from the April tornadoes.
We're approaching the one year anniversary of the April 27 tornadoes that swept through the state and decimated a good portion of the city of Tuscaloosa. There are signs of recovery - the Krispy Kreme is about to start rebuilding, Hokkaido has broken ground, and Taco Casa is back in the business of making delicious tacos on 15th while also causing a glorious spike in greenhouses gasses.
Now comes the good folks at Well That's Cool, who are putting on a rock and roll show at the Bama Theater. The music is quite good (more on that in a second), but the Tuscaloosa Get Up is also benefiting tornado relief - specifically Habitat for Humanity.
The show features the Dexateens, and Lee III and the Gloryfires. They're Tuscaloosa bands and damn fine ones at that.
But the stars of the show are the Alabama Shakes. The Shakes are from Athens, Alabama, and are on the verge of a huge breakout. Their debut full-length album releases in March, but their eponymous EP has garnered fans near and far for a good while now. Last week, they sold out L.A.'s famous Troubadour and rocked - drawing favorable comparisons to Janis Joplin. They'll be on Conan on February 7.
And yes, they're playing Tuscaloosa, Alabama on March 23 at 8:00 PM. It's an easy show to make - it's relatively early, it's on a Friday, and it's altogether possible A-Day could be the next day (it's not scheduled yet, but you'll hear about it on our Twitter feed quickly when it is). Either way, it's a going to be a great show, and a good time. Add all that to the fact that it'll help rebuild a house for a family that desperately needs it, and it's a downright irresistible combo.
I know lots of you are reading this from somewhere else. If so, you can still help build that house in Tuscaloosa by going to the website and choosing to donate.
I'm really looking forward to the show, and I couldn't be more pleased that these Alabama natives (all the bands) are doing what they can to give back to the community. It's going to be a blast, and I hope lots of you can make it.
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