From seriously amazing fun, food and music to silly, wet activities for adults, we’ve got you covered in this week’s 10 for the week of August 15-21.
Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull Returns Tuesday
Get ready for another night of excellence as a singer/songwriter on Tuesday during the Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse, 960 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery. This week, they’re bringing in local “American Idol” finalist Jessica Meuse from Slapout, as well as Atlanta native Lara Oshon and Mac Spencer from Selma. Tickets cost between $10 and $20 and are available at cloverdaleplayhouse.org or at the door.
Last week to see ‘American Mariachi’
This is the final performance of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s 50th season. If you haven’t seen “American Mariachi” yet, it’s the last week of the race. They have shows Wednesday at 2 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. It’s a celebration of mariachi music from Mexico, told through the story of a group of young women trying to form their own mariachi band in the 70s. It’s a great way to top off the incredible comeback of ASF in indoor theater productions. By the way, they announced the shows for the 51st season:
- December 1-31: “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Broadcast.”
- From January 5 to 29, “Jubilee” by Tazewell Thompson, a cappella tribute performances inspired by real life.
- From February 23 to March 12, William Shakespeare’s latest play, “The Tempest”, stars the incredible Greta Lambert as Prospero and directed by Rick Dildine.
- From April 13 to May 7, “Million Dollar Quartet”, written by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. The story coincidentally brings together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1956.
- From May 11-21, it’s “Clyde’s,” told from a truck stop café where staff seek to create the perfect sandwich.
- July 6-August. 6 is “Cabaret”, based on the book by Joe Masteroff, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. It is told from 1929 Berlin, as the Nazis seize power as the Jazz Age is in its twilight. Enter the Kit Kat Club and have fun.
Celebrate Education with Montgomery Cookies
More fun and freebies when the Biloxi Shuckers come to town this week to take on the Montgomery Biscuits. Buy your tickets online at biscuitsbaseball.com. With back to school on people’s minds, they have educational themes for the week. Here’s what you can expect at Riverwalk Stadium:
- Golden Biscuits Tuesday: Montgomery Biscuits baseball event at Riverwalk Stadium for senior fans, Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.
- Military Wednesday: Montgomery Biscuits baseball honors the military with discounts and promotions at Riverwalk Stadium, Wednesday at 6:35 p.m.
- College T-Shirt Contest: Montgomery Biscuits is giving away 1,000 college t-shirts for ages 15 and up at Riverwalk Stadium Thursday at 6:35 p.m.
- Teacher Appreciation Night with Cookies: Montgomery Biscuits thanks teachers from across the Riverwalk area at Riverwalk Stadium Friday at 6:35 p.m.
- Family Faith Night & MAX Fireworks: Montgomery Biscuits hosts faith groups from across Montgomery at Riverwalk Stadium on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. MAX Fireworks after the game.
- Kids Backpack Giveaway & Bark in the Park: Montgomery Biscuits is giving away kids backpacks to the first 500 fans ages 14 and under, Riverwalk Stadium, Sunday at 3:33 p.m. Bring your dogs on a leash to the stadium.
Buckmasters Expo 2022 returns to Montgomery
For three days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – downtown Montgomery transforms into an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise when Buckmasters Expo returns to the Montgomery Convention Center at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa. As always, you participate in the event for free by donating a can. While there’s no Buckmasters-related gig this year, they’re making it big with Bulls & Buckmasters, a high-energy rock ‘n’ roll rodeo presented by Mountain Dew featuring professional bull riders from all over the country. They will also have the Top Bow Indoor Archery Tournament, the amazing Dock Dogs in action, antler pointing and posting, and Saturday and Sunday rides on the Harriott II riverboat. Tons of vendors will be on hand with all the outdoor supplies you might need. The hours are Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at buckmasters.com.
River Region Lobster Feast
This event will occur when the lobsters are flying (they are flying in from Maine, so yes, this is actually happening). It’s the River Region Lobster Fest, which takes place Fridays from 4-7 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension, 315 Clanton Ave., Montgomery. Meals will be available on site or to take away. Meals include lobster, sides, dessert, bread, butter and lemons. Take-out lobsters are available cooked or live to take home and cook yourself. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at riverregionlobsterfest.org. For dinner, choose if you want free seats or if you want to sit down with a group of friends (up to 10). Dinner includes a 30-minute pre-dinner reception. Proceeds are donated to Ascension Day School and First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Respite Ministry.
Surfwax and Grasping at Pieces at the Sanctuary
Montgomery’s music scene is blessed with bands putting on shows for all ages that a new generation of music lovers — and maybe even new artists — can see. This is still the case at the Sanctuary, 432 Goldthwaite St., on Friday, when the bands Surfwax and Grasping at Pieces perform at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. So bring the kids and get ready to dance.
Two days of Montgomery Smooth Jazz Fest 2022 this weekend
Montgomery is hosting a two-day music celebration Friday and Saturday at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in downtown Montgomery, 355 Coosa St. They will emphasize smooth jazz and R&B, but this includes other genres as well. Enter the park through the Commerce Street Tunnel.
On Fridays, doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. with Dru Hill (R&B) and Chante Moore (vocals).
On Saturdays, doors open at 11 a.m. and performances begin at noon. Grammy-winning Stephanie Mills is the headliner and she joins a roster that includes Gerald Albright (Grammy-nominated jazz artist), Pieces of a Dream (smooth jazz), Ben Tankard (gospel godfather jazz), Michael Lington and Paul Taylor (jazz saxophone), Adam Hawley (guitar), Kim Scott (soft jazz flute) and Cindy Bradley (jazz trumpet).
Guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food vendors will be on site. Coolers, carts and tents are not allowed. This is a rain or shine event, but be aware that umbrellas must be lowered during performances.
Early bird tickets are $89.60 until August 15. After that they are $112.50 for Friday and $125 for Saturday. If you want both days, a $179 weekend pass is available. A VIP package costing $275 includes an invitation to the VIP reception with catering and open bar (10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), fast track entry; lower front of house VIP seating with chairs provided; exclusive access to meet and greet/photo with available artists; exclusive Montgomery Smooth Jazz Fest bag; a commemorative VIP pass and lanyard; two drink tickets to be used during the show (drink of your choice) and access to air-conditioned toilets. Tickets are available online at montgomerysmoothjazzfestival.org. All sales are final.
The Sunrise Social Club ran on Saturday
Hit the road and enjoy treats on Saturday for the Sunrise Social Club run. It’s a free MGM Runs event that starts at 6am at Hilltop Public House, 3 North Goldthwaite St., Montgomery. They have 3, 6 and 10 mile options. After the race, return to Hilltop to eat, drink and watch Premier League Soccer on TV.
MGM Runs is a 501(c)(3) that promotes and advocates for area charities, health and wellness, walking and livability within Montgomery’s ITB (Inside the Boulevard) by through social runs in local pubs. Learn more on Facebook @MGMRuns. Register to participate in the race online at eventbrite.com/e/sunrise-social-club-tickets-312693222847
It’s a Water Gun & Nerf War for adults
Parents, grab your kids’ water guns and Nerf darts. Other adults, go to toy stores and buy some. You’ll need it Saturday night at GTSouth Geek & Gaming Tavern, 2015 Cong WL Dickinson Drive. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., adult men and women (21 and older) will water and Nerf bolts at each other. Nerf War is indoors and water guns are outdoors only. Chances are you’ll get wet, so bathing suits and other swimwear are encouraged. Heck, wear a wetsuit, although it will be a bit difficult to dance to DJ Henngod while you’re wearing flippers.
Fall Kick-Off Brings Food, Fun, and Opportunity
There’s a big kickoff at Montgomery’s Cloverdale Park, 3100 Cloverdale Road, on Sunday. But it’s not really about football. The First United Methodist Church of Montgomery is hosting its fall launch from 5-6:30 p.m. There will be food trucks—Moore’s Tasty Food Truck, Los Maya’s Mexican, That’s My Dog, and Suga’s Lemonade—as well as games, gifts and more. . But the opportunity part for guests comes from knowing the church’s schedule for 2022-23 and the ability to sign up for future ministries. So have fun and choose your team!
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