Secret Stages is Birmingham’s own music discovery festival, and it’s a weekend you don’t want to miss. It all happens in our downtown neighborhood on First and Second Avenues North.
Secret Stages brings local, regional, and national acts all on the verge of their big break. Over the years, bands like St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Dawes have graced this festival’s line-up. The festival is ideal for music lovers to discover new artists, and the close proximity of the venues, allows you to easily easily pop in and out of shows so you're sure to catch everything on your schedule.
Here are the five bands we are most looking forward to seeing:
1. Greater Pyrenees – Water Valley, Mississippi
“It is clear that writing acoustic melodies and harmonies coupled with amazing lyrical content is something of a gift that Kirkpatrick has, and these ten tracks on this album are his chef-d’oeuvre.” –Ben Rosner, Paste Magazine
2. Wray – Birmingham, Alabama
“A wash of distortion, a motoric beat, an impassive and nearly drowned-out vocal: These are the essential building blocks for Wray, a three-piece band pursuing its own extrapolation of shoegaze, surf-punk and lo-fi garage rock.” –New York Times
3. Sleepwalkers – Richmond, Virginia
“Combines the sarcasm of Vampire Weekend with the more accessibly baroque style of the mid-career Beatles, and occasionally leaning towards the atmospheric a-la-Real Estate. It’s instantly catchy and carefully produced.” -9:30 Club
4. Future Elevators – Birmingham, Alabama
“Birmingham, Alabama boasts a thriving music scene, one that seems to couch up oddball talent on a near weekly basis. Future Elevators sit somewhere between distorted blues, Krautrock and confessional songwriting.” -CLASH
5. Caddywhompus – New Orleans, Louisiana
“Listening to [Entitled] is both depressing and invigorating. It’ll push you toward melancholic introspection until you find yourself mindlessly rocking out.” -VICE