You can cut the tension in Tuscaloosa with a knife. This weekend #2 Alabama takes on #1 LSU in their biggest matchup since 2011 when LSU beat Alabama 9-6 in Bryant Denny. Surrounding the marquee matchup are some incredible events taking place around town. Frank Foster will be taking the stage at Druid City Music Hall, an evening with Bravo’s Austin Kroll, a 5K honoring veterans, and a day of fun at the Children’s Hands-On Museum.
Frank Foster at Druid City Music Hall
Frank Foster embodies musical independence at its highest level. He not only has taken the road less traveled, but the road seldom traveled. Acting as his own record label, management, booking agency, and publishing company, he has managed to find the success that some major label artists may never see. This rural Louisiana native and former oilfield man has taken his songs from the campfire to the coliseum seemingly overnight.
His musical journey started in 2011 with the release of his first album, “Rowdy Reputation”. Foster’s third album, “Southern Soul,” was released in 2013 and debuted at #11 on the Billboard Country Charts, confirming that his popularity was continuing to soar to new heights. His fourth album, “Rhythm and Whiskey,” was released in 2014 and debuted at #4 on the Billboard Country Charts, solidifying him as a real powerhouse in the industry. He followed that up with his fifth album, 2016’s “Boots On the Ground,” which gave him his second top 10 debuting albums in as many years. It entered the Billboard Country Charts at #7, further proving that Foster and his brand of the country aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. You can catch him at Druid City Music Hall tonight at 9 PM (doors @ 7:30).
An Evening With Austin
Southern Craft Beer magazine is excited to announce their new signature event “An Evening With” and will launch with Austen Kroll star of Bravo tv docuseries, Southern Charm at Hotel Indigo in Tuscaloosa tonight from 5–8 PM. “An Evening With” is a new event series in which Southern Craft Beer magazine pairs a celebrity or VIP that has a craft beer connection with a fabulous venue in a Southern city. “An Evening With” allows craft beer, celebrity and pop culture lovers alike the opportunity to interact and socialize with celebrities, VIPs and influencers.
Austen is a graduate of The University of Alabama Business School, and Kroll appears on Southern Craft Beer’s fall cover. Kroll’s company, King’s Calling Brewing Co., has released a new beer, Trop Hop. For the time being, Trop Hop is only available in Charleston SC, but that won’t stop him from sharing as much as he can about his brand. “An Evening with Austen” is free and open to the public, but guests will need to RSVP to email@example.com. There is a cash bar, and guests will be able to order hor’s d ‘oeuvres and a few entrees as well as beer, wine, and cocktails.
Tuscaloosa Runs for Veterans
The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama Veterans Affairs Committee’s 4th Annual Tuscaloosa Runs for Veterans will be held to provide support to local charities. These include the Tuscaloosa Veterans Memorial Park, the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center Homeless Shelter, and the University of Alabama/Shelton State Community College Emergency Relief Fund. 100% of entry fees will benefit these military-affiliated organizations. Registration will start at 7:00 AM, and the run will begin at 8:00 AM.
The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa creates an environment where children can explore, design, and discover every time they visit. When you hear “hands-on”, they really mean it! This Saturday, CHOM is hosting a rock painting event to leave around town. The plan is to brighten someone’s day by finding a beautiful rock on their walk around town. Learning through play is what the exhibits are all about, and kids are encouraged to touch, feel, and play in the displays. Three floors of fun wait for families and offer newborns through 13 year old’s a space perfect for them.
Alabama Football vs. LSU
Times have changed. This won’t be the 9-6 battle of 2011, but don’t be stunned when the two defenses rise up and keep this from turning into a track meet. Bama has beaten LSU five of the last six times by double-digits and hasn’t lost in the series since that 2011 regular-season classic. But this is a much, much different Tiger team than anything Nick Saban’s program has had to face. The winner will assume front-runner status in the SEC West, the QB will enter the driver’s seat of the Heisman race, and stay in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings. The loser will leave its margin for error razor-thin in the race for the meaningful postseason.
We have a lot going on throughout the upcoming fall months and are excited to share more. Give us a follow on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and future events. We can’t wait to see you around Tuscaloosa!