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Montgomery, Alabama is not universally known for its wide variety of musical acts, but within the city limits, there are many people looking to make a living off music or just jam with a group of friends. Among those musicians, you’ll find the five young men who make up The Talismen. Jack Bennett (guitar), Jack Anderson (bass/ vocals), Jack Wagstaff (piano/horns/vocals), Camp Spain (guitar/vocals) and George Norrell (drums/vocals) all met while attending high school in Montgomery and have turned their garage band into a local favorite.
If you close your eyes and listen to River Dan, you might mistake him for Waylon Jennings. He’s got a deep, Southern voice that is reminiscent of old time country music. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, River Dan is no stranger to the country music history in our city and has let it infiltrate his life and his music. From every chord he strikes and every note he hits, this musician embodies the soul of the South. If you’re looking to have a good time while listening to music, find out where River Dan is playing and let his charm and Southern drawl rock you sweetly into the night.
Imagine this: it’s a lovely fall evening in November. You and your friends are looking for a way to escape the frigid, fall air and enjoy some good music. Going to a bar is an option, but it’s usually a little too noisy and crowded for your liking. You could go to a movie, but there really isn’t anything out that you’re interested in seeing. Then one of your friends suggests watching a performance by the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. You’ve never seen them perform, but the indecisive nature of the night has you convinced that it will be fun. So you go and have a wonderful time. This isn’t just a hypothetical situation, though. It can easily become a reality.
One audition. Four chairs. A life-changing decision.
Luke Wade stepped on stage at his blind audition for NBC’s “The Voice”in front of four superstar coaches and a studio audience.
In 1986, Bon Jovi released the music video for their timeless classic, “Livin’ On A Prayer,” complete with a scene of Jon Bon Jovi flying high over the crowd. Unbeknownst to the iconic rock group, a wide-eyed 12-year-old boy watching the video was equal parts mesmerized and inspired by the gravity-defying stunt. That young boy was Stephen Poff, the mastermind behind One Like Son.
Old churches are beautiful structures to look at and admire, but a little known fact is that they are also great places to record an album. Just ask Davis Nix. The local singer/songwriter has been tucked away inside Zion Episcopal Church in Talbotton, Georgia recording his debut album. Over the years, Nix has worked with countless musicians as a manager, touring musician and concert promoter. It has taken him roughly five years to kick-start his own solo music career.
Jordan Kirkland has a vision for making Montgomery a prime destination for live music. To that end, he has created “Live and Listen,” a series of interesting concert events to help bring his vision to life. The first of these is the cleverly titled “Funksgiving,” to be held on the 28th of November at Alley Station and featuring two young, nationally touring bands—Earphunk and The McLovins. RSVP spoke to the “Live and Listen” concert visionary about both that event, his reasons for choosing his life’s vocation, and what he has planned for the future.
As a little girl growing up in Bulgaria, Delyana Lazarova was enchanted with both music and theatre, but even she did not know at such an early age the success that awaited her in the world of classical music. Delyana was born in Plodiv, Bulgaria; a province considered by many to be one of the cultural hubs of the country. Her father works in journalism, and her mother was (and still is) a pianist and composer for the theatre. Delyana spent many of her formative years in the theatre, and quickly memorized every line of the plays she watched in rehearsals. It was during this period that Delyana says she developed her passion for music and theatre.
What started out as a coffee table conversation among friends who wanted to provide younger audiences with both the opportunities to attend classical music events in casual attire and social moments to enjoy with friends and performers culminated in the formation of ClefWorks in 2006. The premiere season was held in Montgomery in the summer of 2007, with the underlying concept of “demystifying” classical music by engaging all ages with an art form that many, surprisingly, already had a connection to – often through music lessons as a child or simply from hearing melodies in movies, commercials and Saturday cartoons.
As our beautiful River Region continues to grow, its blossoming New South culture evolves in interesting and surprising ways. As evidence of this welcome trend, Riverfront Park is hosting its Fourth of July Picnic in the Park. Sponsored by Wind Creek Hospitality and Capitol Hyundai, the event offers more than just a prime opportunity for fun in the sun. It also offers a chance to see a unique local talent celebrating the release of their self-titled debut album. Federal Expression is nine gifted friends with a shared love of a proud strain of Southern jam rock that extends from Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers to more modern favorites like Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler and Dave Matthews Band.