Alabama Shakes were joined at The Tuscaloosa Get Up! 2 by Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil along with St. Paul and The Broken Bones
Tuscaloosa, Alabama – The city of Tuscaloosa holds a special place in the hearts of the members of Alabama Shakes, and that was evident on Thursday, December 19th. The band made a return to Tuscaloosa for a special cause and that was to headline the 2nd annual Tuscaloosa Get Up! concert at the historic Bama Theatre. The event, organized by Wellthatscool.com, benefited multiple charities, including Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. The first Get Up! concert, also headlined by Alabama Shakes, benefited Tuscaloosa Habitat for Humanity after the devastating April 2011 tornadoes. After the deadly tornadoes that struck Oklahoma in May, it was decided to pay things forward and help the people in those devastated areas.
You can see the official DSmithImages gallery of photographs from the Tuscaloosa Get Up! 2 by visiting the links at the conclusion of this post.
Opening the show was a strong performance by Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil. The Muscle Shoals based band put on a straight forward set that highlighted the impressive style of country rock they have mastered over the years. The sold out crowd at the Bama Theatre responded in kind. Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil have carved a niche as one of the better live bands to come out of the Muscle Shoals area, and their performance at the Tuscaloosa Get Up! 2 just confirmed that notion.
More information about Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil can be found by visiting http://docdaileyandmagnoliadevil.com/.
After the performance by Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil, the second band of the evening took led an old fashioned revival in the Bama Theatre. Birmingham’s St. Paul and The Broken Bones hit the stage and immediately had the crowd dancing in their seats and in the aisles. St. Paul and The Broken Bones bring to the stage a 1-2 punch of a strong horn section and even stronger lead vocals. Lead singer Paul Janeway belted out song after soulful song, and the crowd kept asking for more. The buzz keeps building around this band, and it wouldn’t shock anyone if St. Paul and The Broken Bones are the next Alabama to break into the mainstream.
More information about St. Paul and The Broken Bones can be found by visiting http://stpaulandthebrokenbones.bandcamp.com/.
Once the two opening bands had finished, it was time for Alabama Shakes to once again take the stage at the Bama Theatre. By the time the band took the stage, very few were left in their seats. Brittany Howard and company put on a show that was just as strong as any of their other performances in Tuscaloosa, whether it was their first one at Egan’s Bar in 2010 or the first Tuscaloosa Get Up! last year. Tuscaloosa just brings out the best in the band. Joined by event organizer Bo “Santa Claus” Hicks, Alabama Shakes wowed the crowd with their hits and teased what a new album might sound like. It was a great way to close out what was another highly successful event to help people in need.
More information about Alabama Shakes can be found by visiting http://www.alabamashakes.com/.
As one of the event organizers and members of Well That’s Cool, I’d like to personally thank all those who helped make The Tuscaloosa Get Up! 2 a big success. That means all the wonderful event sponsors, the fantastic volunteers we had working the show, and everyone who came out and bought a ticket to see the performance! It also means the members of Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, and Alabama Shakes. You all helped bring relief to those who need it.