Returning for its third year, the Summer Shindig music festival is becoming synonymous with summer in Tuscaloosa. Soapy Jones, owner of The Left Hand Soap Company and one of the event organizers, said the event has expanded from one night to two to allow for more musical acts. “The founder of the festival, Blaine Duncan, is on the bill, along with other fantastic bands. 95.3’s Mone will emcee. We have lots of surprises in store. It’ll be a rocking good time,” she said.
The Bama Theatre located on Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa, has in recent years been the favored location for concerts, benefits, and the heart of Tuscaloosa’s emerging art scene. “The Bama Theatre is a local treasure. With community support, it presents outstanding entertainment all year long, from the Art House Movie Series, music festivals, Tuscaloosa Abides [a night dedicated to the film masterpiece “The Big Lebowski”, complete with White Russians], Pink Box Burlesque [another venture of Jones], Rocky Horror Picture Show, talent shows, and much, much more,” Jones said. A performer herself, Jones knows that it is easy to overlook the Bama Theatre. “It’s our historic theatre. It’s a beautiful theatre. One of a kind,” reflected Jones.
Jones said it would be hard for her to choose which band she looks forward to
seeing most. “I’ve had the pleasure of catching all of these bands in the past. They each bring something unique to the stage,” she said. Veteran blues and jazz guitarist Walter Parks is the one Jones says she might be looking forward to the most. “That’s a special treat,” said Jones.
Summer Shindig III is an all ages event that the entire family can enjoy.
So what can we expect from this year’s Summer Shindig? “A great time!” according to Soapy Jones. “With the family-friendly atmosphere, the non-stop talent, and the beautiful theatre- and it’s well-stocked bar and concession stand” she adds to the side. “It’s certain to be a weekend to remember.”
The event sponsored by Druid City Brewing, Left Hand Soap Company, and the Tuscaloosa Arts Council will be held Friday July 31st and August 1st. Doors open at 6PM and music at 7PM. Tickets available at
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