Get out your party shoes and be prepared for a great time this Saturday night in the alley behind Southern Accents. This is the third Alley Party, which were begun following the tornado in 2011, as a way of bringing the community together in a relaxed atmosphere in the wake of the devastation.
Everyone had such a great time, the decision was made to make it an annual event.
This year the Alley Party will be held on Saturday, July 20. Admission is free, and everyone is invited! Festivities begin at 6:30, with the band taking the stage at 7:15.
Live entertainment for the event is a group that you don’t want to miss. The Banditos, an up-and-coming, Nashville-based band, originally from Birmingham, will delight you with their eclectic mix of honky-tonk and rock-folk music.
If you remember what John Fogerty and Janis Joplin look and sound like, and if you can imagine what a white, female Al Greene would sound like, you have them nailed.
“We don’t really label ourselves as sounding like anyone,” says drummer, Randy Wade in a recent interview with The Cullman Times. “We like to let people decide who they think we sound like, and we just have fun with it.”
“It’s a little like work when you think about the booking side of it, and right now we are booking our biggest tour, which is out west,” Wade explained. “But when we are playing, it’s like a labor of love: We all know each other, we’ve played in different bands together over the years, we all live together. We built this band sort of by accident, but the very first time we ever played together at the Bottle Tree in Birmingham in the fall of 2011, we knew that we had something special.”
According to their web site, the Banditos are “famously eclectic, paying tribute to a little Aretha here, a little CCR there, with a tidbit of Squirrel Nut Zippers packed around the edges. While such a myriad of influences would bury a lesser band in tuneless muck, Banditos use their disparate influences to forge a more assured identity. Though they recall a dozen bands, they sound like none so much as themselves. The instrumentation is as ambitious as it is deftly executed, mingling upright bass with kazoo and banjo while the soul-spangled howl of front-woman, Mary Beth Richards, plays counterpoint to a deceivingly sparse guitar, drenched in a quantity of reverb and delay not often associated with ‘danceable’.”
Other band members include lead guitarist and lap steel player, Jeffery Salter; singer/guitarist, Timothy Steven Corey; singer/banjo man, Stephen Alan Pierce II; and a rhythm section of upright bassist, Jeffery Daniel Vines; and drummer, Randy Taylor Wade.
The mélange of music that they bring to the stage is evocative of, and has been compared to, the late Hank Williams, Sr. as well as to classic American rock legends like the Band and even Janis Joplin in some instances. In just a short time, the Banditos have made a name for themselves among fans who appreciate that kind of bluesy, raw, gutsy music from both the ’70s era and today.
“We think that the Banditos will be one of the next big names emerging from the Nashville scene,” said Garlan Gudger, Jr. who welcomes the entire community to this event.
The Banditos will bring you some of their own original music, as well as familiar tunes that you will want to sing along with.
And you will want to bring your appetite because Bill St. John will be handing out slices of his gourmet pizza to some lucky early arrivals. There will also be some fantastic fare available from the Shindigs Catering food truck, as well as soft drinks and bottled water. Guests are also welcome to bring their own coolers and lawn chairs.
“Shindigs Catering is a Birmingham caterer who will bring us a great menu filled with fresh, seasonal ingredients, with special attention to unique flavor combinations,” said Gudger.
“This is our way of bringing folks together to celebrate friendship and community,” explained Gudger. “It is also our way of saying thanks to our customers for their continued business and support that allows us to do what we love — save old stuff.”
The entire alley will be decked out with some of the most amazing old stuff you’ve ever seen, lighted for the festivities, and cool beyond belief.
For directions or for more information, contact:
Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, 308 Second Ave. SE, Cullman, AL 35055
Phone: 877 737-0554