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Lazybirds, 280 Boogie bring musical entertainment to area

Published 11:57am Friday, March 22, 2013

Do not be lazy tonight, because the Lazybirds are in town!

The Lazybirds, of which Alex City local Jamie Browne is a part, are a classic American roots band that hails from North Carolina. They have played top festivals across the Southeast, including Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, LEAF, Birmingham City Stages and Belle Chere. They have shared the stage with The Old Crow Medicine Show and Doc Watson, as well as The Avett Brothers, Merle Sanders and Vassar Clemmens.

The Lazybirds will be performing live beginning at 6 p.m. at Café 128 in Emporium Wine. Cover will be $10, and advanced tickets are available. Leave straight from work and arrive early to grab a drink! Wine, premium beer, tapas and panini sandwiches will all be available.

Many local musicians are working hard to create a thriving downtown music scene for us. This is only the beginning, but it takes our support to make this happen.

Nightlife, my friends!

The Annual Art Exhibit benefiting the Alexander City Schools Education Foundation is right around the corner! ACSEF is excited to support the arts while benefiting the technology projects that the foundation funds. The focus of the foundation is currently to supply iPads to students.

Art will be received for ONE DAY ONLY April 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at City Hall.

There will be adult, young adult (age 13-18) and children (5-12) categories with a limit of two entries per artists (one entry limit for children). It is $20 for the first entry and $15 for the second entry. Children’s entries are $5.

There will be a wide array of categories, including everything from oil, watercolor, pastels and acrylic. Camera happy folks can enter photography, digital art and graphic art. Sketchers can show off their drawing, pencil, and charcoal. You can expect the unexpected from Mixed Medium (including collage) and 3-dimensional art (sculpture, pottery, stained class, etc).

The reception and awards will be held April 8 at 5:30 p.m., and the art will be on display at City Hall April 9–12.

If you are not artistic, then please open your wallets and donate to this wonderful cause!

Again, Leadership Lake Martin projects are in full force, and we need your help.

I am on the Blue Team, along with Marie McCall, Jak Korte, Harlan Parrish, Emily Brown and Jeremy Spears. Our project is Alexander City Music for Children.

Many children cannot participate due to financial issues. I think everyone loves music.

Our group will be holding a musical instrument drive March 12 through April 12.

Please help us make a difference in the lives of our youth by donating pre-owned or new instruments. If you can’t make music, feel free to make out a check! All contributions and donations are tax deductible and financial contributions should be made out to Alexander City Music for Children and can be mailed or delivered to Aliant Bank, 200 Aliant Pkwy, Alexander City, AL 35010.

Instruments may be dropped off at Catherine’s Market, Aliant Bank, Total Fitness at RMC, the Outlook, the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, the Alexander City Board of Education and the Alexander City Fire Department.

Boogie, boogie, boogie down! The 280 Boogie will be held April 20 at the Standard Deluxe in Waverly. Buy your tickets now! Gates open at 10:30 a.m.

The lineup: Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Pine Hill Haints, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The District Attorneys,  The Larry Mitchell Band, The Pollies and the Banditos.

On the Porch Stage:  Adventure the Great, Teacup and the Monster, Megan Jean & the KFB, Sam Doores + Riley Downing & the Tumbleweeds, Fire Mountain and Great Peacock.

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