Summer Series at ASC; Ritter leads off summer at the Alys

By on June 11, 2013

Looking for something to fill up your summer vacation? Join the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center in welcoming the 2013 Summer Series. Events include concerts and a farmers market for all ages.

For more information and ticket prices, visit or call 205-975-2787.

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Bandwith The Milk Carton Kids
On Saturday, June 29, ASC favorite Josh Ritter returns with the release of his new recording, The Beast in Its Tracks. It is the sixth full-length album from Ritter, who has been named one of the “10 Most Exciting Artists Now” by Entertainment Weekly and among the “100 Best Living Songwriters” by Paste magazine. Opening for the headliner will be The Milk Carton Kids, a contemporary folk duo praised for its delicate vocals and tight harmonies. Performance will be at 7:00 pm at the Sirote Theatre.

ASC Nite Market
You can browse tents and buy produce from local farmers markets including Pepper Place, Saturday Market, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, and the UAB Wellness Veggie Cart; enjoy live music by the Jason Bailey Trio; and attend “seed planting” talks by local craft brew makers, coffee roasters, innovative growers, and others pushing the field forward. Get a bite to eat from a local company leading the way in sustainable practices, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Plus, sample craft brews from Good People Brewing Co., taste delicious foods with demos, and help us celebrate our state’s farmers and farming community. Play bocce ball or croquet, compliments of Green Central Station. Kids can create garden collages, edible sculptures, and learn about plant and animal species in their watershed in the ArtPlay Kids’ Courtyard! Event is located at the Engel Plaza on July 20, at 4:00 p.m., followed by a performance of “The Hayseed Project” by Susan Werner at 7:30 pm.

Susan Wernerwith Hayseed Project
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Susan Werner presents a collection of original songs that celebrate the language, livelihood, characters, and concerns of American farmers and the people who love them. The Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska commissioned Werner to write this concept album about farming and food sustainability. She has a deep connection to the issue, having grown up on a family farm in eastern Iowa, where her parents still farm. The result is a recording of beautiful, meaningful songs about the American food experience. Edwin Marty, EAT South executive director and Alabama Sustainable Agricultural Network (ASAN) board president, will open the event with comments about what’s developing with Alabama farms and sustainability today. Leading up to Susan’s performance we will also screen the documentary CUD and hear from White Oak Pastures’ Will Harris. The performance is July 20, at 7:30 pm in the Sirote Theatre.

Lyle Lovett & his Acoustic Group
Join us for an unforgettable evening with one of music’s most iconic performers. Legendary singer, composer, and actor Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel, and blues. He has won four Grammy Awards and the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and he was recently named the Texas State Musician. Dubbed by Garden & Gun as “one of America’s most beloved singer/songwriters,” Lovett will perform songs from his newly released CD, Release Me, which spent several weeks at No. 1 on the Americana charts. Performance is in the Jemison Concert Hall on July 24, at 8:00 p.m.

UAB News Service used as source for this report

Laurie Christolear
Staff Writer

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