Barrett Elder, Marketing & Communications Director
Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports
Don Staley, President & CEO
Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports
LIVE MUSIC IS BACK AT THE BAMA THEATRE AS TUSCALOOSA TOURISM & SPORTS HOSTS THE THIRD VIRTUAL MUSIC EXPERIENCE
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports (TTS) will host a third virtual music experience Friday, September 25, 2020, with a live component at The Bama Theatre. Featuring GrAystone and Casie and the NoJoes, this will be the first live concert event at The Bama Theatre in several months. Due to social distancing, tickets will be limited to only 250, and will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Like previous virtual concerts, this event will be live streamed on the Visit Tuscaloosa Facebook page. There will be a donation link available during the event with one hundred percent of the proceeds going The Bama Theatre.
The Virtual Music Experience is presented by Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports, The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, WVUA, Eat My Beats, Buffalo Rock, and BioPURE. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at the Bama and tickets can be found at LIVEFromTheBama.Eventbrite.com.
“We have been watching The Bama Theatre successfully enforce a socially distant atmosphere for a few events and are thrilled that we are able to partner with them on our third Virtual Music Experience,” Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports CEO Don Staley said. “Working with The Arts Council and the Chamber to help the Bama Theatre will be a perfect way to give back to the Tuscaloosa community.”
When asked about the event, The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama President & CEO Jim Page said, “The Chamber is proud to be part of another virtual music experience and we can’t thank our partners at TTS enough for their innovation in making live entertainment possible during these challenging times. It’s also important to all of us to support The Bama Theatre that, like many local businesses, has been financially impacted by the pandemic.”
This unique event will feature local artists GrAystone and Casey and the NoJoes. GrAystone will open the show with top 40 favorites from the 70’s and 80’s. With a combined 248 years of professional rock experience, GrAystone is truly expert at their craft. Casie and the NoJoes feature rock and blues music with an eclectic group of artists that are sure to bring the house down. Lead singer Casie Jones says, “The NoJoes consists of a band of friends embodying the best parts of blues and southern rock music, with a new twist.”
“GrAystone is honored and excited to be a part of the event to help the Bama Theatre,” offered drummer Gene ‘Poodgie’ Poole. “The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa and the Bama Theatre are wonderful assets for Tuscaloosa and add tremendously to our quality of life. We are hoping that everyone who enjoys good old rock and roll will join us for a great event that is for a great cause.”
Sandra Wolfe, Executive Director of The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa added, “We are so appreciative of the efforts of Tourism and Sports and The Chamber of Commerce to make this event possible. We are thrilled to have people in the theatre again in a safe way,” she said. “We have all safety protocols in place, including reduced seating capacity, hand sanitizing stations, and directional signs. I love that even with a small house, we will be able to share the experience virtually. I hope that people will support this very special space. The arts have an impact on our social and emotional wellbeing – it will be so nice to share music again as a community!”
The live stream can be found on Visit Tuscaloosa’s Facebook page. Additional information will be forthcoming. Those who would like to learn more about the event can go to Visit Tuscaloosa’s Facebook event page or visittuscaloosa.com/events. Information on the bands including bios, videos, and images can be found there.
Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports’ (TTS) mission is to increase economic impact to the City of Tuscaloosa by positioning Tuscaloosa as a destination for our targeted markets including sporting events, meetings, reunions, and leisure tourism. This generates lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment revenue for the City. To learn more, go to www.visittuscaloosa.com.