2014 Summer Concerts in North Alabama

Bring Back Memories?
Bring Back Memories?

Summer is all about relaxing and enjoying life and there is nothing quite like live music to help you do just that. Luckily for us, the Tennessee Valley has a ton of options and almost all of them are free.

Whatever kind of music and atmosphere you’re looking for you are likely to find it in this collection of summer concerts. Get our your calendar, search for your favorite local performers (or discover some new ones) and head out to catch a few fireflies and listen to some awesome grooves.

For even more FREE family-fun this summer, check out 2014 Summer Fun Guide. Filled with information on area concerts, indoor and outdoor children’s activities, pools and splashpads, festivals, fairs, carnivals and more! Your children will not be bored this summer!

Concerts in the Park

Big Spring Park, Huntsville
Mondays, June 2-August 4
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FREE

Each Monday night in the summer months downtown Huntsville comes alive with music during Concerts In the Park. This 11-week free series is a co-production of The Arts Council and the City of Huntsville’s Department of Recreation Services and features a wide variety of sounds from some of the area’s most well-known musicians.

June 2: Big Daddy Kingfish | Juice
June 9: Cristina Lynn | Mike Ball and Lickskillet
June 16: Reginald Jackson & Friends | Winslow Davis Ensemble
June 23: Bourbon and Shamrocks | Black Market Haggis
June 30: Mambo Gris Gris | The Dawn Osborn Band
July 7: Huntsville Concert Band | Rocket City Brass
July 14: JED Eye | Radio X
July 21: Unknown Lyric | .45 Surprise
July 28: Disc Oasis | Groove
Aug 2: U.S. Army Material Command Bands

Concerts by the River

Rhodes Ferry Park, Decatur
Mondays, May 6-August 26
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FREE

concertsSponsored by the City of Decatur Parks and Recreation Department, this concert series on the banks of the Tennessee River runs from 6-8PM. These FREE concerts offer a wide variety of musical styles in a family-friendly setting. NOTE: No concert on Memorial Day or on Monday, July 2. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Per Decatur City Ordinance, alcohol is not permitted in the park and pets must be leashed according to City laws.  For more information call 256-341-4818.

June 2: Dorothy Cole and Friends
June 9: Bimini Road
June 16: Ben Parker Project
June 23: Jeff Whitlow and the Old Barn Band
June 30: Dixie Bluegrass/ Robert Montgomery
July 7: Reginald Jackson and Friends
July 14: Decatur Youth Symphony / Madison Community Band
July 21: Papa Rox
July 28: Taylor McClain / Sophisticated Swingers


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Concerts @ Main

Atrium, HMCPL Main Branch
Every other Tuesday, April 29 – August 19
Schedule of Events
FREE

You know we HEART the library for a variety of reasons and this invigorating, joyful and totally FREE concert series that takes place in the atrium of the Main Branch is just one more reason to patronize our wonderful community libraries. Concerts start at 6PM.

May 13: Rocket City Latin Band
May 27: Microwave Dave
June 10: Dancing with the Library Stars Round One with the Moondust Big Band
June 24: Dancing with the Library Stars Round Two with Rocket City Jazz Orchestra
July 8: The African American Drummers
July 22: Celebration of Southern Music and Literature
August 5: Maple Hill Band
August 19: SlipJig

Sidewalk Arts Stroll

Constitution Village, Huntsville
Third Thursdays, Summer 2014
Schedule of Events
FREE

While not a concert per se, there is lots of free music in addition to an arts marketplace and vendors who offer locally grown produce, home baked goods, and other fine, handcrafted products. If you’re looking for something fun and free to do on a Thursday night (4:30-8:30 PM), this makes a great event and you never know what you might find while you stroll. Plus, you’re supporting local artists and business people and you can always grab a quick bite to eat at one of the downtown restaurants! Check their Facebook page for up-to-date information about this event. NEW IN 2014: Now there will be a special section of the stroll set aside just for old-fashioned kids fun including hula hoops, cake walks and more!

©Arlene Stone


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Madison’s Gazebo Concerts

Corner of Front and Church Street, Downtown Madison
Thursdays, May 29-July 31
Schedule of Events
FREE

The Madison Arts Council provides kid's activities each week at the concerts.
The Madison Arts Council provides kid’s activities each week at the concerts.

For those of you in Madison (or those who just prefer a smaller event, this free concert series is held every Thursday in the summer from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in downtown Madison. There will be free face painting, balloons, lemonade.

June 5: The Zooks
June 12: Microwave Dave
June 19: Southern Splendor | Robbie Eichman
June 26: Max Russell | Tres Locos
July 3: Madison City Youth Orchestra | Winslow Davis
July 10: Madison Community Band
July 17: The Beasley Brothers
July 24: Shane Adkins | Maple Hill Celtic Band
July 31: Divide by Zero

Singing on the Square

Downtown, Athens
Third Friday, April-August
Schedule of Events
FREE

Experience small town USA in Athens! Bring your lawnchairs and blankets and enjoy an old-fashioned evening of singing on the square from 6-8PM every third Friday April – September.

April 18 – Trippin’ Dixie | Dixie Bluegrass Boys
May 16 – Tillford Sellers and the Wagon Burners
June 20 – Matt Prater
July 18 – Anna Catherine DeHart
August 15 – ASU Community Band

City Lights and Stars

Burritt on the Mountain
Fridays, May 9 – July 25
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Price(s): $10/$5 for members; $12/$8 for non-members


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citylights_burrittBurritt on the Mountain sets a beautiful stage for this summer concert series and while it isn’t free, it is priceless and many would argue it’s a can’t miss family event, at least once each summer. So pick your favorite musical act, pack a picnic, and go visit this “Jewel on the Mountain” for a unique musical experience.

May 9:  Mambo Gris Gris
May 23 – Alex De Grassi
June 13 – Karen Gruber
July 4 –  Microwave Dave and the Nukes
July 25 – Kush

Downtown Huntsville’s Sounds of Summer

June, July, and August
Thursdays on Westside Square
Saturdays in Big Spring Park East
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FREE

Downtown Huntsville Inc. continues its quest to bring fun (and therefore people) to downtown with this summer series of free music. Thursdays “Jam Session on the Square” will feature live music on Westside Square from 5-7 PM June-August. Then on the second Saturday of those months from 6-9PM you can enjoy music, a new light display and street food in the park as part of their “Grotto Lights Concert Series.”

Concerts In Providence Park

Village of Providence Green, Huntsville
Thursdays at 6:00 PM – June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11
Saturdays at 6:00 PM – June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27
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FREE

Summer is here. You can feel it in the warmth of the sun, you can see it with the sights of little league games being played into the afternoon, and now the Village of Providence wants to help you hear the sounds of summer with their 2014 Concerts in Providence Park series. The Concerts in Providence Park series will offer a wide variety of music, reaching out to a range of musical tastes. Many Village of Providence dining establishments will be offering special services such as delivery to guests seated in Providence Park. Village shops will also keep their doors open to people who prefer to shop while listening to the live music.