Fall at the Jupiter: It’s still the middle of summer, but if you’re confused we can’t blame you. The mornings have been incredibly fall-like this summer in terms of temperature. Still, it won’t be long before the leaves change color, the students return for another semester, and the Crimson Tide kicks off a new season. With that, the venues in town are starting to prepare their fall line-ups. And once again, the Jupiter has put together a season for students to be excited about. Little surprise there, it is the most well-known bar venue in the city. This year, the line-up is a mix of blasts from the past and up-and-coming stars. It is sure to please the diverse interests of the University of Alabama student body.
One of the biggest shows this season at the Jupiter comes to town in September. College rock hit the height of its mainstream popularity in the late 90’s, and one of the artists to get the most radio play in the genre was Sister Hazel. Their 1997 hit “All For You” gave the Gainesville, FL band a no. 11 song on the Billboard Hot 100. While they were never able to reproduce the success of their first records, the band has maintained a constant touring schedule that has garnered them a devoted fanbase. On the 11th of September, they will bring their unique style of southern college rock to Tuscaloosa. It will surely take audiences back to the late 90’s.
On November 19th, one of the more unusual shows is booked for the season. Aaron Carter is famous as being the younger brother of Nick Carter, who visited Tuscaloosa last year with the Backstreet Boys. Aaron may not have had the monstrous success his brother enjoyed with one of the biggest boy bands ever, but he did score an MTV hit with “Aaron’s Party” in 2000. He’s probably even more famous for dating Hillary Duff and Lindsay Lohan at the same time. The success of the Backstreet Boys show last year at the Amphitheatre shows that early 2000’s pop continues to be popular as a retro genre. It will make for an interesting night when he comes to Tuscaloosa.
Country music will be represented well at the Jupiter this fall. The career of singer David Nail has been rising steadily since 2002, culminating in his first no. 1 song “Let It Rain” in 2012. He has been touring in support of his latest album I’m A Fire, which includes the songs “Whatever She’s Got” and “Kiss You Tonight”, the latter of which was co-written by American Idol winner David Cook. He’ll be coming to Tuscaloosa October, 16th. Texas country will be on display when Josh Abbott and Casey Donahew come to town September 3rd. This is sure to be one of the biggest shows of the season as both bands are popular among the college country crowd. But if you can’t wait any longer to boogey to some country at the Jupiter, you can check out Drake White & the Big Fire on August 14th. White has made his name opening for groups like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church and Luke Bryan.
The remainder of the schedule for the Jupiter is worth noting as well. Local jamband CBDB will perform on August 15th. Following Umphrey’s McGee’s show at the Amphitheatre on August 28th, electronic group Archnemesis plays the venue as part of the official UM after party. And on September 26th, the Jupiter will play host to the college party series I’m Shmacked, which films events at major campuses across the nation.
The Jupiter always put up solid line-ups for the fall season, and this year looks to be just as great as past installments. More shows are sure to be announced, so be sure to look out for future releases. Here’s to another fun fall of football and music at the Jupiter!

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