Music is the soundtrack to our lives—from the ballad you slow-danced to at senior prom to the ballad you slowly walked home alone to. Remember the good times with this GrouponLive deal to a Vulcan AfterTunes 2012 concert at Vulcan Park and Museum. For $15, you get two tickets to your choice of show in this season's three-concert series (up to a $30 value). All tickets are general admission and also good for admission to the museum and observation tower. Tickets for members are normally half off, and tickets for children 12 and younger are free. All shows are on Sunday at 3 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m. This Groupon is valid for any of the following shows:
The Secret Sisters (September 23)
Laura and Lydia Rodgers of Muscle Shoals have drawn praise for their musical chops since their 2010 self-titled release, The Secret Sisters. Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone wrote a glowing review of the album, stating, "They dress like it's 1954, and sing like it, too…they make you believe, for three minutes or so, the lie that music was purer and better way back when." The silky melodies heard in their song "Tennessee Me" lasso memories of things past, and “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder” longs for the future as the duo’s clear, patient vocals sing "black clouds are behind me, I now can see ahead." The heartfelt song was featured on The Hunger Games soundtrack, and its lyrics were inspired by the devastating tornadoes in Alabama in 2011. The featured vendors for this show are Little Donkey and Nola Brewing.
Jessica Lea Mayfield (October 7)
Singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield, who recorded her first album, White Lies, at age 15 in her brother’s bedroom, has spent her career perfecting a minimalist style that fuses together elements of country and rock. In a review of her 2011 album, Tell Me, Rolling Stone's Jody Rosen states, “At 21, Mayfield looks like an ingénue but sings like a worldly-wise veteran, picking apart relationships with the sly eroticism of someone who's lived a little.” Mayfield’s moody and sometimes dark musical approach permeates impactful songs such as “For Today” and “Kiss Me Again.” The show’s featured vendors are Slice Pizza & Brew and Magic Hat Brewing Company.
Jason Isbell (October 21)
Jason Isbell’s hometown of Greenhill was a source of inspiration for his latest country-soul album, Here We Rest. Before he released the 2011 effort, Jason spent a lot of time at a neighborhood bar talking with his friends about societal issues and arguing which superhero would win in a spelling bee. The problems that he and his buddies discussed "helped inform some of [the] songs," as he states on his website. The songwriting on Here We Rest keenly observes the region's social issues, ranging from everyman problems in "Save It for Sunday" to a military family's quest for normalcy in "Tour of Duty." The featured vendor for this show is Five Bar.
Vulcan Park and Museum
Sporting the largest cast-iron statue in the world—a 56-foot, 100,000-pound statue of Vulcan, Roman god of the forge—Vulcan Park and Museum also boasts panoramic views of the city and eye-opening lessons on Birmingham's geology and industrial history. Assembled from local metal in 1904 and erected at the World’s Fair in St. Louis the same year, Vulcan was then shipped back to Birmingham. In 2003, after successfully defending the city from the Kraken, the Colossus of the Deep South was painstakingly moved to its current Red Mountain roost. Inside the museum, a multitude of interactive exhibits regale visitors with tales of the town and Vulcan's storied past, from its World's Fair beginnings to its failed hip-hop career. An elevator ride to Vulcan Park's 124-foot-high observation deck splashes dazzling snapshots of the teeming wildlife in the urban jungle below.