2007 City Stages

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The 2007 City Stages was the 19th annual edition of "Birmingham's World-Class Music Festival". The festival took place on nine stages around Linn Park and 5th Avenue North on June 15-17, 2007. Ticket prices were $28 for a one-day ticket (the same as 2006) and $45-$50 for a three-day pass (compared to $35 in 2006).

The opening night of the festival was impacted by rain showers. Several acts were delayed and two performances were canceled. Even so, over 30,000 day tickets and nearly 20,000 weekend passes were sold, numbers which came close to meeting organizers' expectations. Nevertheless, the festival fell short of breaking even by $186,000 while still carrying $44,000 in debt from previous years.

Line-up

Friday

Saturday

  • John Scalici
  • Jared Faires & Shannon Kee
  • Tyrone Vaughan Band
  • Adam Hood
  • David DiMuzio
  • Aretta Woodruff
  • Rocket City Jazz Orchestra
  • Clear Blue Sky
  • Little Nashville
  • Voice of the South
  • Selling Mary
  • Will Kimbrough & Tommy Womack
  • Total Assets
  • Ages Apart
  • Billy & Bobbye Keyes
  • After Class
  • Lost Bayou Ramblers
  • Colin Armstrong
  • Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's
  • Sarah Green
  • Matthew Perryman Jones
  • National Convention of Sacred Harp Singers
  • Feijoada
  • Red Halo
  • Zelda Rose
  • J. Paul, Jr & the Zydeco Nubreeds
  • Anderson Brooks
  • Mambo Gris-Gris
  • Michael & Carol Patilla
  • Looney Mill
  • Randall Bramblett
  • Dead Confederate
  • Anthony Pattin
  • Rinsel McIntosh & Patt Abbott
  • In Between Worlds
  • Victoria Williams
  • Vallejo
  • Lynam
  • Within Reason
  • Montana Skies
  • Leaderdog
  • Marcia Ball
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Ratt
  • Tranz Am
  • Dr John
  • Poison
  • Caddle
  • The 17th Floor
  • The Sam Bush Band
  • Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

Sunday

Finances

A campaign launched in September 2006 involved City Stages organizers partnering with Catalyst 4 Birmingham to raise $1 million to retire its debts and create a cushion for ongoing operations. Six major donors have pledged $600,000 so far, while about $150,000 has been raised in smaller increments by Catalyst. Another $300,000 for the next three years is sought from public sources.

In early June 2007, City Stages reported that it had cut it's overall debt by $795,000 to slightly more than $60,000 as it continued fund raising in the private sector. Public funding from Jefferson County Community Arts Fund was reduced by $15,000 while the city of Birmingham provided $50,000 in direct funding as well as a police security detail.

Birmingham police made 81 arrests during the festival, 64 of which involved alcohol in the hands of minors. Four attendees were arrested for drug-related charges, and four on outstanding warrants. There were three arrests for disorderly conduct and two for public intoxication.

City Stages
Site: Linn Park and Downtown Birmingham
By year: 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998
1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009
Miscellaneous: Gallery of City Stages posters

References

  • Colurso, Mary (February 23, 2007) "Music fest paying off its debts." Birmingham News
  • Colurso, Mary (June 10, 2007) "City Stages cuts deficit by $795,000." Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Walter (June 19, 2007) "Most City Stages arrests alcohol-related." Birmingham News
  • Colurso, Mary (June 22, 2007) "City Stages near ticket goal; some outlets yet to report." Birmingham News
  • Colurso, Mary (November 18, 2007) "Birmingham's City Stages organizers hire Bonnaroo co-producer." Birmingham News

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