ALABAMA BICENTENNIAL CONCERT
& FINALE PRESENTATION
ALABAMA BICENTENNIAL CONCERT
More than a dozen of Alabama’s top musicians will present a free concert of the state’s greatest hits in front of the Capitol in Montgomery on Dec. 14 as part of the celebration of the culmination of Alabama’s three-year bicentennial.
The concert lineup features:
Taylor Hicks, the Alabama-born musician who won the fifth season of “American Idol,” will co-host the show. His single "Do I Make You Proud" debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 at No. 1. Hicks, whose fervent fans call themselves the Soul Patrol, released the autobiography “Heart Full of Soul: An Inspirational Memoir About Finding Your Voice and Finding Your Way.”
Jett Williams, the Montgomery-born daughter of legendary country singer Hank Williams, will also co-host the concert. She has released a string of popular albums and the autobiography “Ain't Nothin' as Sweet as My Baby.”
Eddie Floyd had the top-20 hit “You’re So Fine,” when he was with The Falcons before going solo and having three top-40 hits of his own, including “Knock On Wood” and “Bring It On Home To Me.” He has toured and recorded as a member of the Blues Brothers Band.
Jimmy Hall is the Mobile musician best known as the leader of the band Wet Willie, which had a series of top-40 hits in the ‘70s. including “Keep On Smilin’,” “Street Corner Serenade” and “Weekend.” He had another top-30 hit in 1980 as a solo artist with “I’m Happy That Love Has Found You.” Hall, a noted songwriter who has more recently toured with Jeff Beck, will be joined by his siblings Jack Hall and Donna Hall Foster, both members of Wet Willie.
Allison Moorer, an Alabama-born singer/songwriter, has released 10 critically acclaimed albums including her latest “Blood” and “Not Dark Yet,” the latter with her sister Shelby Lynne. She has been nominated for Academy, Grammy, Americana Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awards.
Dan Penn, born in Vernon, Alabama, is one of the country’s greatest songwriters, having written or co-written such classics as “I’m Your Puppet,” the Aretha Franklin hit “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” “Dark End of the Street,” and “Cry Like a Baby.”
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, had a dozen top-40 hits. including the top-10 hits “Heat Wave,” “Dancing in the Street,” “Quicksand,” “Nowhere To Run,” “I’m Ready For Love” and “Jimmy Mack.” The group also supplied background vocals on some of Marvin Gaye’s greatest songs, including "Stubborn Kind of Fellow," "Pride & Joy," and "Hitch Hike." Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are listed among Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Immortal Artists."
Candi Staton, born in Hanceville, Alabama, has earned hits and accolades in R&B, disco and gospel. Her biggest hits were “Stand By Your Man” in 1970 and “Young Hearts Run Free” in 1976. But she had a string of R&B hits, including “I’d Rather Be an Old Man’s Sweetheart (Than a Young Man’s Fool),” “I’m Just a Prisoner (of Your Good Lovin’),” “Sweet Feeling,” and a cover of “In the Ghetto” that remains nearly as celebrated as Elvis Presley’s original. Along the way, she’s garnered four Grammy nominations.
John Paul White gained initial fame as half of The Civil Wars, a groundbreaking duo that won four Grammy Awards before disbanding in 2012. The Muscle Shoals-born musician has gone on to a successful career as a solo artist, songwriter, producer and co-owner and operator of Single Lock Records.
The Muscle Shoals Allstars, which will serve as the house band for the concert, is made up of legendary session players from Muscle Shoals who have played on countless hit recordings by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Bob Seger and Percy Sledge. The 14-piece band includes David Hood of The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as the Swampers), Clayton Ivey and Mickey Buckins of the FAME Gang, Will McFarlane, Kelvin Holly, Harvey Thompson Jr., The Muscle Shoals Horns and the Shoals Sisters (Carla Russell, Cindy Walker and Marie Lewey).
The Alabama Bicentennial Concert is presented by the Alabama Tourism Department.
SCULPTING A STATE
Sculpting a State is a ground-breaking projection display that will close out Alabama’s birthday celebration by taking audiences through our state’s history, from its distinct beginnings to its bright future, based on Caleb O’Connor’s bronze sculptures at Bicentennial Park. This epic story will unfold on the massive canvas of Alabama’s Attorney General building. An immersive, eye-popping experience presented by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Sculpting a State will use state-of-the-art high resolution digital projection, earth-shaking sound, and vivid lighting to leave us all inspired and proud to call Alabama the Beautiful our sweet home.
Grand Finale presented by The Poarch Band of Creek Indians.