We’re excited to announce the lineup for the 15th season of our annual summer entertainment series, Art On The Rocks presented by Dale’s Seasoning! The 2019 events will take place on June 14, July 12, and August 9.
Kicking off the season in June is San Francisco-based soul, psych-rock band Con Brio. Currently on tour to promote their second album American Love Call, Durand Jones and the Indications will take the stage in July. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears will wrap the series in August.
Since 2005, Art On The Rocks has enlivened downtown Birmingham with electric Friday nights of art-centered entertainment in the Museum’s galleries, lobbies, and outdoor sculpture gardens. This year Art On The Rocks will continue its mission of bringing together the best of Birmingham by offering a dynamic roster of visual and performing arts— from live music and dj dance parties, to artist demos, contemporary dance performances, and interactive mural-making. Art On The Rocks brings out the fabulous and fashionable, so the 2019 theme will take cues from our exhibition, Ways of Seeing: Fashion. Continue to check our website for updates to this summer’s programming!
June 14 // Musical Guest: Con Brio
Named for an Italian musical direction meaning with spirit, Con Brio is a San Francisco Bay Area seven-piece that plays energetic soul, psych-rock and R&B that’s as fresh and freethinking as the place they call home. With charismatic singer Ziek McCarter bringing “the dance moves, splits and all, of James Brown” (KQED) and a tight, veteran band that “comes across like a party punk version of Sly and the Family Stone” (Consequence of Sound), Con Brio is known to convert anyone who sees their electric live show.
July 12 // Musical Guest: Durand Jones and the Indications
Durand Jones & the Indications aren’t looking backwards. Helmed by foil vocalists in Durand Jones and drummer Aaron Frazer, the Indications conjure the dynamism of Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, and the Impressions. This young band of twenty-somethings are students of soul, and use their inspirations the same way hip-hop producers do, borrowing from the sampling mentality. Even with that background, and an aesthetic steeped in the golden, strings-infused dreaminess of early ‘70s soul, the Indications are planted firmly in the present, with the urgency of this moment in time.
For July’s Art On The Rocks, Durand Jones and the Indications bring a sweet, soulful sound to Birmingham for the first time since the debut of their second album American Love Call.
August 9 // Musical Guest: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
While working at a pawn shop in Austin, Joe Lewis first picked up the guitar. Shortly thereafter, he immersed himself in the local Red River blues/garage scene, recording and performing with Austin luminaries such as the Weary Boys and Walter Daniels. Upon the release of the 2005 Brian Salvi produced Black Joe Lewis and The Cold Breeze EP with standout track “Bitch I Love You” featuring Matt Hubbard on Rhodes electric piano and the 2007 album Black Joe Lewis, both released on Italian label Shake Yo Ass Records, the band gained critical national acclaim. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears have performed at music festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Bumbershoot, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, and Splendour in the Grass. The band has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Show with David Letterman, among others.
Art On The Rocks is made possible with support from presenting sponsor Dale’s Seasoning and Bromberg’s.