Birmingham, Alabama, will soon be rocking at the 21st annual City Stages Festival 2009. As one of Alabama’s premier music festivals, the 2009 festival is sure to put a shine on the Magic City.
Set for Father’s Day weekend, June 19, 20, and 21st, in the heart of downtown Birmingham near Linn Park, City Stages will showcase over 40 artists on three main stages. This year’s stages include the Miller Lite Stage, the Legacy Federal Credit Union Stage, and the Discovery Stage.
The festival promoters have secured a lineup of established artists that caters to Birmingham’s love for Southern Rock, metal, and nostalgia rock for this year’s festival.
Announced on March 29, a partial lineup includes headliners Jane’s Addiction, REO Speedwagon, Styx, The Neville Brothers, The Doobie Brothers, Young Jeezy, Charlie Wilson, and the Indigo Girls. Other interesting acts in the mix are The Latin Rhythms Band, Alabama Blues Machine, and The Whigs.
Additional acts are set to be announced in May, with the potential of a few more major headliners to be announced.
In addition to the headlining acts, musical groups that require an indoor venue will be featured at the Music Oasis. Ray Rachels, Isla Duo, Sursum Corda, and musical ensembles from regional colleges will be featured. Check out the festival’s website at www.citystages.org for the full lineup.
New for City Stages 2009 is a shuttle service that will help decrease congestion and make getting to the festival easier. As part of a new marketing strategy, City Stages is attempting to create an on line dialogue with fans and past performers through a forum on their website. Memories will be chosen from posts for displays around Birmingham.
In addition to the music stages, the Dance Depot will showcase dance music, instruction in different forms of dance, and plenty of fun. The ever popular Publix Children’s Festival make a return with crafts, face painting, balloons, and a beach area. Lowe’s is sponsoring a building project that children can take home.
This year’s City Stages tickets have a price drop of $5 with pre-sale tickets available now until May 3rd for $37.50. Advance weekend passes will go on sale May 4 for $40 and will rise to $45 on June 3rd. The cost at the gate will be $55. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, local Publix Supermarkets,, Legacy Federal Credit Union and through (800) 745-3000.
City Stages Website: www.citystages.org