It’s been a while since we’ve been to a show, and there’s still a while to go before we can safely gather at Birmingham’s wonderful venues again. Even as the immersive experience of live music isn’t an option right now, you can still enjoy the talent of our gifted community while staying safe at home.
The easiest way to listen local is to tune in to our Birmingham-focused stations. Birmingham Mountain Radio (107.3 FM) has always given generous air time to Magic City artists, and the Local Mash program exclusively features local talent every Sunday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Substrate Radio also plays a local musician at least once each hour, and Paul Wilm’s Psychic Tuesday Radio show packs the 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. block with locals.
Many musicians have taken to live events on Twitch, Facebook, Stageit, and other outlets to entertain us from their homes. It’s like a house show, but without the awkward search for the guest bathroom. Bhamstr shares who’s playing when, and musicians are encouraged to let them know whenever a new show is scheduled.
Now is an opportune time to dive deeply into full albums by your favorite artists, as listening to a record from start to finish is a unique experience in itself. Fortunately, Seasick Records can take your order and ship albums straight to you.
Many business that provide food and drink have temporarily started taking orders for curbside pickup. Mom’s Basement even moved up the opening date of their pizza kitchen.
Curbside pickup is a great way to keep some cash flowing through the venues that make up our city’s scene, and whenever you enjoy your drink of choice at home, you can show some gratitude online by remotely tipping a bartender.
There’s nothing else like experiencing music live and all around you at our venues. It’s a pain to go without that community and catharsis, but it’s worth it. Someday, we’ll all get together again, but for now, you’re invited to tune in, go online, and embrace the music at home.