Football, Music, and History in Tuscaloosa this Weekend
Buckle up for another exciting weekend in Tuscaloosa! The entertainment kicks off with country artists Chris Lane and Adam Hambrick at the Druid City Music Hall. Right down the block, Lola Montez will be bringing her pissed-off punk riffs, brazen vocals, and raucous drums to Egan’s Bar. In case you were unaware or in need of something to do on Saturday, football is back in Tuscaloosa! The Alabama Crimson Tide is taking on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, hoping to improve to 4-0 for the 2019 season. The Tuscaloosa Bicentennial also ramps back up as they put on their Community Book Experience in celebration of the bicentennial book, Tuscaloosa – 200 Years in the Making.
Want to start the weekend on a high note? Look no further than Druid City Music Hall on Friday night as Chris Lane brings his unique blend of contemporary country to Tuscaloosa! Part of a wave of singers who rode the R&B-friendly wake left by Sam Hunt in 2014, Chris Lane specialized in smooth yet lively love songs. His first major tour was supporting Florida Georgia Line in 2014 and played effervescent country-pop tunes, but by the time he released his full-length major-label debut Girl Problems in 2016, he lightly emphasized a softer touch, as evidenced by the singles “Let Me Love You” and “For Her.” Joining him is special guest Adam Hambrick who will start the tunes at 9:00 pm. Doors open at 7:30 pm and tickets can be purchased online as well as at the box office.
If country love songs aren’t your thing, head down the block to Egan’s and prepare to rock. Fresh off the recording of their debut release, Lola Montez is intent on hitting a raw nerve with music fans far and wide. Their jangly guitars and syncopated beats are woven through wide-open choruses. Lola asserts plenty of muscle but with its pop sensibilities firmly in tow. You get hooks alongside a brooding, drop-tuned guitar coated with an icy edge. For this band, the attitude is in the authenticity. One of the members said “We aren’t just three people who have come together by accident. It’s kismet. We listen. We react and become one. We are one.”
Alabama returns to action in Bryant-Denny as they go up against the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. This matchup surprisingly will come down to special teams. On TideSports.com, Brett Hudson says “Jaylond Adams took the opening kickoff of Southern Miss’ season back for a touchdown and has not slowed down since, now leading the nation with two kickoff return touchdowns as the only player in the nation to have returned a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown this season. He now has No. 2 Alabama’s full attention.” And Coach Saban mentioned “This is one of the most explosive teams that we’ve played on special teams. This is not a time for us to be thinking that we don’t have to prepare well and work to focus on the things that we need to do to play well in our preparation for this game. We need to go to work on that.”
The Tuscaloosa Bicentennial wraps up our weekend this Sunday with the Community Book Experience. You can enjoy an afternoon of education featuring the author of “Tuscaloosa – 200 Years in the Making,” Guy Ward Hubbs. This event takes place at the Tuscaloosa Federal Building and United States Courthouse from 2 – 4 P.M. This comprehensive history of the city of Tuscaloosa is the first of it’s kind. The afternoon will also feature a book signing by the author!
UPDATE: The bicentennial event has been postponed.
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!