By Tori Linville

 

Headphones are in and the world is blocked temporarily. In your head, you’re dancing all-out to your favorite artist. No one can stop you. Really, you’re probably doing dishes. Or yard work. So why not actually live your dream for one night? Narrowing down the best live music options in your area is always a toughie. So much music, so little time! Now there’s no need to worry because we’ve got you covered right here.

 

Tuscaloosa

 

Great music is known to find its way to Tuscaloosa and this August is no different. While there isn’t much floating around now, keep your ear to the ground and more acts will line up soon.

 

August 1: Walter Parks and Amy McCarley at The Bama Theatre – 7:30 p.m.

 

August 2: Phish at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre – 7 p.m.

 

August 20: Alabama Shakes with Drive-By Truckers – 8 p.m.

 

Birmingham

 

Birmingham’s centers and arenas always attract big names. Country, alternative and pop have all made a name for themselves in the Birmingham area.

 

August 8: Outdoor Concert Party feat. Corey Smith at Tin Roof – 6:30 p.m.

 

August 9: Christina Perri at Iron City – 8 p.m.

 

August 10: My Morning Jacket at the Legacy Arena in the BJCC – 7 p.m.

 

August 14: Tim McGraw, Billy Currington and Chase Bryant at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre – 7 p.m.

 

Mobile

 

With a music scene that’s been growing rapidly over the years, Mobile isn’t short of a variety of acts to hear around the city. New and upcoming acts are spread all around and artists from rap to rock to EDM find different venues to showcase their talent.

 

August 5: Raekwon/Ghostface Killah at Vinyl Music Hall – 8 p.m.

 

August 13: SoMo at Vinyl Music Hall – 7 p.m.

 

August 29: The Molly Ringwalds at the Soul Kitchen Music Hall – 11 p.m.

 

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By Tori Linville

 

It’s called Sweet Home Alabama for a reason – it’s sweet and it’s home to almost five million Americans. Alabama has a story unlike any other state in the nation, which is probably while the silver screen is always drawn back to the southern roots that run deep through the Alabama dirt. The movies below were all set in Alabama and are classics that shouldn’t be missed.

 

To Kill A Mockingbird

 

Perhaps one of Alabama’s biggest literary accomplishments comes to life in the movie named for the book “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Anyone who’s ever survived a high school English class knows the deal. Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), lawyer father to Scout (Mary Badham), is to defend a man who has been falsely accused of sexual assault. Scout attempts to navigate through her childhood while confronting the world around her. The classic highlights the struggles of overcoming racism and ignorance all while set in Monroeville, Alabama.

 

Big Fish

 

Ed Bloom, Jr. has lived in the shadow of his father’s tales and legends throughout his entire life. Based on the novel “Big Fish,” Ed (Ewan McGregor) relives the stories told to him order to find a way to reconnect to his dying father. Directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish has Siamese twin dancers, a town that walks around only barefoot and, of course, one really big fish. Tumbling through a fantasy world that only gets confusing if you ask too many questions, Big Fish doesn’t rely on making sense. Which only makes sense, in the end.

 

Forrest Gump

 

Alabama natives are given a birth certificate and a copy of Forrest Gump when they enter the world. True? No, but it should be. Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) is a man with a low I.Q. who has life experiences that can only be classified as legend. Forrest’s story includes a miraculous spinal disease cure, making it through an all-girls’ dorm, making it through Bear Bryant’s coaching, making it through Vietnam and then making a shrimping company for kicks. Set in Greenbow, Alabama and with unforgettable characters like Bubba (Mykelti Williamson), Jenny (Robin Wright) and Lieutenant Dan (Gary Sinise), Forrest Gump is a movie for the ages (all of them).

 

Fried Green Tomatoes

 

Evelyn (Kathy Bates) is down and out about her body, her marriage and her life. Then, she meets Ninny (Jessica Tandy). Ninny introduces Evelyn to Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker) and Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) through her stories of the two women who used to run the Whistle Stop Café. Based on the novel, “Fried Green Tomatoes,” the film adaptation is just as delicious. Ninny tells Evelyn of Idgie’s adventurous ways and of Ruth’s steadfast friendship that inspires Evelyn to change for the better. This classic never disappoints and is set in Anderson, Alabama.


Sweet Home Alabama

 

Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) has changed. After leaving her hometown of Pigeon Creek, Alabama, she becomes a fashion designer from Greenville, Alabama and never looks back. Until she gets engaged. Before she can marry her groom-to-be, she has to divorce her high school sweetheart, Jake (Josh Lucas). When she comes home, Melanie discovers she’s not the only thing that’s changed. “Sweet Home Alabama” shows just how deep the Alabama roots can be, even if you have grown wings.

 

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