The Birmingham Museum of Art’s popular summer series Art On The Rocks, presented by Dale’s Seasoning, is back for its 11th season! Featuring the best of Birmingham culture, Art On The Rocks collaborates with local artists, downtown businesses, and breakthrough musical guests to offer three Friday nights of art, performances, giveaways, food, and drinks.
Click here to buy tickets for August. Tickets are $15 for members, and $25 for non-members. To receive your member discount, please log-in.
We Have Doughnuts Wall
All Night // Oscar’s Cafe // Yes, you read it correctly. Yes, you can take a bite. And yes, you find a real doughnut wall in the world, and you didn’t have to jump the rainbow to Candyland. Actually, the confectionary wonder is thanks to the local startup We Have Doughnuts, who make homemade old-fashioned doughnut magic for every occasion.
GIF Photo Booth by BIG Communications
All Night // Oscar’s Cafe // It’s time to get your GIF on! This unique photo booth experience will turn your antics into an animated GIF masterpiece. Create a GIF with your friends, perfect for sharing online with #ArtOnTheRocks!
Southern Living and Pepper Place Pop Up
All Night // Main Lobby // Enjoy a stylish accessories buffet, complete with scents, styles, hyacinths and creatives, made by two Birmingham treasures, Southern Living and Pepper Place. Stone Hollow Farmstead Perfume Bar will provide a custom perfume bar, filled with sweet smells of farm life; Becky Stayner’s Biscuit Leather Company brings textiles fit for an adventurer; and Charlie pocket squares will polish off a dapper pocket. Holly Carlisle of Rose Golden Flowers brings her fairy touch of floral design to the table. This pop up is the stuff Pinterest dreams are made of! Special thanks to The Southern Homme, 1SharpG, and Wheelhouse Salon for their effortless style and insight.
All Night // Oscar’s Cafe // An independent record store known for their quirks (such as an in-store barber shop), Seasick Records has quickly made its mark on the Birmingham music scene. Come visit Oscar’s Café, where they’ll be spinning records (and their mustache tips) all night long.
All Night // Oscar’s Cafe // This Birmingham-based print and design studio has grown into an innovative company, producing everything from t-shirts and band posters to custom logos. Peruse their designs and take home an exclusive t-shirt or tote of BMA’s own nudes from our permanent collection.
VIP Tent: Cocktails from Carrigan’s
All Night // Junior Patrons VIP Tent // Our VIP guests are invited to enjoy the cocktail creations of Carrigan’s own Eric Bennett and specialty craft brews by Cahaba Brewing Co. in the Upper Plaza VIP Tent.
All Night // Parking Lot // Once again, AOTR eats will roll in on wheels to bring munchies with a backyard feel. Circle through for more food as often as you like, the food truck line-up includes:
Spoon Fed Grill
Cantina on Wheels
Taste of Nature
World of Wings
Jim ‘N Nicks
We Have Doughnuts
7:15PM & 8:15PM // European Galleries // The treasured repertory piece, My Phone is on Vibrate (For You) will be presented by the Birmingham Contemporary Dance Company, DANCEe, featuring one of the troupe’s principal soloists, Amanda Vazquez. The ethereal physical elegance of the dance is situated with a sketch-comedy hilarity. The scenario of the comedic dance, waiting for a phone call, touches on an experience shared by many.
7:30-9:30PM //Oscar’s Cafe // Henna has been used to the body as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean. Visit Ann in the cafe as she decorates with traditional designs that will last for days.
AROVA Contemporary Ballet
7:45PM // Contemporary Galleries // 8:45PM // European Galleries // This progressive ballet company pursues innovation in dance performance, blending ballet with contemporary styles as the only local dance troupe of its kind. AROVA aims to make a home for artists who desire to present a deeper expression of what dance means. Make sure to come experience their one-of-a-kind performances. Each of their three performances will take place at 7:45PM and again at 8:45PM.
8PM // European Galleries // Hear some of opera’s favorite arias from Verdi to Puccini, performed by Opera Birmingham’s Jennifer Bryant, soprano, and Christopher Steele, piano.
8PM // Upper Plaza // WordSpeak and We Are Rtists (WAR) present: High Octane! Spoken Word poetry is moving from the coffee house to the concert venue, and Shaunteka LaTrese – author, actress, performing poet – is leading the way, with legendary musician Arturito LaCruz at her side. This duo promises a sonic offering that may become a spiritual experience.
9PM // Upper Plaza // In Snow is a 4-piece, instrumental band from Birmingham. Their live show is a powerful, cinematic post-rock set, alternating between loud brooding rock and meditative interludes.
Musical Guests: Clear Plastic Masks
10PM // Upper Plaza // Formed in New York City in 2011, Clear Plastic Masks quite literally have honed a world of influence into sharp, tight, nostalgic rock n’ roll that is at once bone-deep familiar and not like anything else you’ve heard. The story starts where every good story does, in a dive bar where lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Katz, born and raised on theatre in Detroit, met Dominican Republic-born drummer Charles Garmendia. Despite upbringings half a world apart, the two forged a fast friendship centered on a collective love of music. Soon enough, toiling around Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, they met guitarist/keyboard player Matt Menold and bassist Eduardo DuQuesne. What began as simply four unlikely friends hanging out trying to make their way in one of the toughest cities on earth eventually evolved into an informal jam session where, without planning, they discovered a surprising sound.