Events expected at the Alys Stephens Center

By on January 11, 2013

Although the year has just begun, the Alys Stephens center has already planned a plethora of events for you to enjoy. Here is a preview of what’s to come. For more information about sales, visit

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013
Patterson Hood, 7:30 p.m., presented by UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South.
The ASC welcomes Drive-By Truckers co-founder and Alabama native Hood for a concert that will let his alt-country vocals shine. Hood’s third solo recording, “Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance,” came out in September, and the Muscle Shoals native has been touring non-stop since. Join the ASC for happy hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. featuring local craft brews. Tickets are $32.50.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013
Lucinda Williams, 7 p.m., presented by UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Williams makes her first visit to the ASC for a special acoustic duo show with guitarist Doug Pettibone. In 2002, Time magazine named her “America’s best songwriter.” Tickets are $56.50, $47.50 and $37.50.

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013
Chick Corea and Gary Burton with Harlem String Quartet, 8 p.m., presented by UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. One of the most absorbing jazz partnerships around is the duo of Chick Corea and Gary Burton. An NEA Jazz Master, 18-time Grammy winner, brilliant American composer and keyboard virtuoso, Corea has attained living-legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and staggering artistic output. Burton is a 12-time Grammy nominee and six-time winner, earning his first in 1971 and his most recent in 2009 for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. For this tour Corea and Burton will perform material from their latest album, “Hot House,” exploring their take on standards by such composers as Kurt Weill, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Thelonius Monk, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. For their ASC concert they will join with the classical ensemble Harlem String Quartet, which will expand its legendary chamber-jazz repertoire on new and classic Corea-Burton tunes. Tickets are $68.50, $59.50 and $49.50.

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013
ArtPlay Parlor Music Series: California Guitar Trio, 7 p.m., presented by UAB’s Alys Stephens Center at ArtPlay, 1006 19th St. South. Part of the Patty McDonald Presents ArtPlay’s Parlor Music Series. Experience the music up close and personal in the grand parlor of the beautiful Victorian mansion known as ArtPlay, the ASC’s home for education and outreach, as the popular ArtPlay Parlor Music Series continues. California Guitar Trio’s eclectic repertoire includes original compositions, surf covers and unconventional re-workings of classical music. Their performances are astounding, their diversity unparalleled and their technical wizardry amazing. Tickets are $39.50; wine and hors d’oeuvres included.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013
ArtPlay presents “Lessons Well Learned,” with two shows, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. ArtPlay’s Make It Happen Performing Ensemble, under the direction of Alicia Johnson, is composed of local high school students who have researched and written this original production celebrating Black History Month. Packed with memorable songs, spoken word and dance, the story is brought to life by the ensemble through performances using voices of the past and present to tell a story that inspires and educates. Tickets are $10 adults; $8 children.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013
Gallagher’s “Last Smash” Tour, 8 p.m., presented by UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. It’s the final hurrah, and soon it will be safe for watermelons everywhere. Gallagher is going out for one last tour before he hangs up his Sledge-O-Matic and he’s heading for the ASC. Prepare to see the Jemison Concert Hall like you never have before: covered in plastic. For their own dry-cleaning safety, patrons sitting in the orchestra section will be covered in plastic too (plastic provided.) The incredibly popular comedian, prop artist and food smasher has been entertaining audiences worldwide for more than four decades. Tickets are $39.50; a limited number of $75 VIP tickets are available and include a pre-performance reception at 6:30 p.m., performance ticket, complimentary beverages and snacks, and a meet-and-greet with Gallagher.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013
Buddy Guy, 7 p.m., presented by UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. The ASC is thrilled to bring back a favorite artist who is celebrating an incredible milestone. Guy has been named as one of seven recipients of the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors alongside actor Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television personality David Letterman, prima ballerina Natalia Makarova and rock band Led Zeppelin. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guy is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His latest recording, “Stay Around a Little Longer,” features a hit duet with his friend B.B. King. Guy’s autobiography, When I Left Home: My Story, was released earlier this year. His last visit to the ASC in September 2009 is still fresh in fans’ minds: Guy ran up and down the aisles of the Jemison Concert Hall playing for fans and getting them all on their feet — a true entertainer. Tickets are $69.50, $60 and $49.50.

From UAB reports and the Kaleidoscope Staff

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