Secret Stages

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Secret Stages is a music festival held in downtown Birmingham, AL the first weekend of August at venues in the vicinity of 1st and 2nd Avenue North, and between 22nd and 24th Street North. The festival, which bills itself as a "music discovery festival", features up and coming regional, national and occasionally international acts at venues in the Loft District. Held annually since 2011, Secret Stages was held on the second weekend of May in its first two years, but moved to the August date for the 2013 festival.

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[edit] Origin

Secret Stages takes it's name from a bham.fm sponsored showcase at Speakeasy in 2009 that was created as a response to the loss of the Homegrown Stage for the 2009 City Stages festival. When City Stages folded in 2009, Chuck Leishman, Jon Poor, Travis Morgan and Sam George began work on a new festival to fill the gap. Sam George, who was also an editor at BHAM.FM, and the other BHAM.FM editors Whitney Mitchell and Chris Mitchell agreed to let the new festival use the Secret Stages name.

[edit] 2013

The third annual festival was held August 1 and 2. The lineup included:

  • Adron (Atlanta, GA)
  • Amasa Hines (Little Rock, AR)
  • Ante Meridian (Atlanta, GA)
  • Banditos (Birmingham, AL)
  • Belle Adair (Muscle Shoals, AL)
  • The Birmingham Seven (Birmingham, AL)
  • Bit Brigade (Athens, GA)
  • Bodega Brovas (Dallas, TX/ Atlanta, GA)
  • Chris Fogg feat. Lovelight (Birmingham, AL)
  • Colossal Gospel (Leeds, AL)
  • Dead Gaze (Oxford, MS)
  • The Difference Machine (Atlanta, GA)
  • The Dirty Lungs (Birmingham, AL)
  • Fly Golden Eagle (Nashville, TN)
  • Foreign Fields (Nashville, TN)
  • The Great Book of John (Birmingham, AL)
  • The Grenadines (Birmingham, AL)
  • Gringo Star (Atlanta, GA)
  • Healing Power (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Holy Youth (Montevallo, AL)
  • JazzMine Garfield (Birmingham, AL)
  • L.F. Knighton (Mobile, AL)
  • Lazer/Wulf (Athens, GA)
  • The Log Ladies (New Orleans, LA)
  • Looksy (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • Mic Militia (Birmingham, AL/ Montgomery, AL)
  • Midnight Risers (Birmingham, AL / Atlanta, GA)
  • Mr. Invisible (Charlotte, NC)
  • New Madrid (Athens, GA)
  • The Ninjaz (Birmingham, AL)
  • No (Montgomery, AL)
  • Noble ArtRight (Atlanta, GA)
  • Nuckols, Carnaggio & Eaton (Birmingham, AL)
  • Pen Pals (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • Ponychase (Nashville, TN)
  • The Pyles (Muscle Shoals, AL)
  • Silver Tongues (Louisville, KY)
  • Supastition (Charlotte, NC)
  • Tedo Stone (Atlanta, GA)
  • Through the Sparks (Birmingham, AL)
  • Vulture Whale (Birmingham, AL)
  • W. Stewart (Nashville, TN)
  • The Weekend Kids (Jackson, MS)
  • Wussy (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Yamin Semali (Atlanta, GA)
  • Younger Siblings (Birmingham, AL)

[edit] 2012

The second annual festival was held May 11 and 12.

[edit] Bands

  • A.J. Haynes (Shreveport, LA)
  • Adam Faucett (Little Rock, AR)
  • Alvin Fielder Houston Quartet (Houston, TX)
  • Androcles and the Lion (Athens, GA)
  • Arablak (Atlanta, GA)
  • Au Ras Au Ras (New Orleans, LA)
  • Baby Baby (Carrollton, GA)
  • Bare Essentials (Atlanta, GA)
  • Black Tusk (Savannah, GA)
  • The Black Twig Pickers (Blacksburg, VA)
  • Brainworlds (Atlanta, GA)
  • Buffalo Killers (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Cities Aviv (Memphis, TN)
  • City Champs (Memphis, TN)
  • Cortney Tidwell (Nashville, TN)
  • Davey Williams (Birmingham, AL) & Andrew Raffo Dewar (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • David Dove (Houston, TX) & Damon Smith (Houston, TX)
  • Dead Fingers (Birmingham, AL)
  • The Deep Dark Woods (Saskatoon, Canada)
  • Dennis González Yells at Eels (Dallas, TX)
  • The Dirty Streets (Memphis, TN)
  • Dope Body (Baltimore, MD)
  • Dorado (Birmingham, AL)
  • Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel (Atlanta, GA)
  • Fargo (Mobile, AL)
  • FisherGreen (Birmingham, AL)
  • Floating Action (Asheville, NC)
  • Floco Torres (Macon, GA)
  • Frank Fairfield (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Furrows (Jackson, MS)
  • Future Virgins (Chattanooga, TN)
  • Hail the Titans (Montgomery, AL)
  • Hartle Road (Columbus, MS)
  • Hiss Golden Messenger (Durham, NC)
  • Invisible Hand (Charlottesville, VA)
  • James Wallace & the Naked Light (Nashville, TN)
  • Japanese Women (Montgemery, AL)
  • Jeff McLeod (Montgomery, AL)
  • Junior Astronomers (Charlotte, NC)
  • Justin Peake (New Orleans, LA)
  • K.L.U.B. Monsta (Birmingham, AL)
  • Kenosha Kid (Athens, GA)
  • Kid Daytona (The Bronx, NY)
  • Kill Baby Kill (Anniston, AL)
  • The Lackadaisies (Shreveport, LA)
  • Lambchop (Nashville, TN)
  • Lauderdale (Muscle Shoals, AL)
  • Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires (Birmingham, AL)
  • Lost and Found (Birmingham, AL)
  • Lucy Dreams (Atlanta, GA)
  • Lydia Burrell (Louisville, KY)
  • Lydia Loveless (Columbus, OH)
  • Machines Are People Too (Chattanooga, TN)
  • MackONE (Birmingham, AL)
  • Marina Orchestra (Knoxville, TN)
  • Mr. Invisible (Charlotte, NC)
  • Natural Child (Nashville, TN)
  • Nightmare Boyzzz (Muscle Shoals, AL)
  • The Poison Kitchen (Birmingham, AL)
  • Preston Lovinggood (Birmingham, AL)
  • The Reneaus (Nashville, TN)
  • Rev. John Wilkins (Memphis, TN)
  • River City Tanlines (Memphis, TN)
  • Robert Ellis (Houston, TX)
  • Shooting Out The Lights (Oxford, MS)
  • Shovels & Rope (Charleson, SC)
  • SKIP (Orlando, FL)
  • Social Studies (Atlanta, GA)
  • Solid Sender (Birmingham, AL)
  • St. Paul and The Broken Bones (Birmingham, AL)
  • Sunbears! (Jacksonville, FL)
  • The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt (Murfreesboro, TN)
  • Terry Ohms and Them (Birmingham, AL)
  • Tetsuo (Murfreesboro, TN)
  • Twin Tigers (Athens, GA)
  • The Urns (Birmingham, AL)
  • Vicious Cycle (Dallas, TX)
  • Water Liars (St. Louis, MO)
  • Wisdom Teeth (Birmingham, AL)
  • Wooden Finger (Jackson, MS)
  • Younger Siblings (Birmingham, AL)

[edit] Comedians

  • Jason Roche (Birmingham, AL)
  • Jermaine “Funny Maine” Johnson (Birmingham, AL)
  • Martin Morrow (Chicago, IL)
  • Mike Kaiser (Atlanta, GA)
  • Rivers Langley (Auburn, AL)
  • Sam McLeroy (Huntsville, AL)
  • Scott Eason (Huntsville, AL)
  • Tanner Inman (Atlanta, GA)
  • Terry T. (Birmingham, AL)
  • Tollie Jones (Birmingham, AL)
  • Wes Van Horn (Kansas City, MO)

[edit] 2011

The first festival was held May 13 and 14.

[edit] Bands

  • 13ghosts (Birmingham, AL)
  • Action! (Nashville, TN)
  • Adam Guthrie (Birmingham, AL)
  • Andy Asteroids (Decatur, AL)
  • Ahleuchatistas (Asheville, NC)
  • Baak Gwai (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • The Bandar-Log (Auburn, AL)
  • Banditos (Birmingham, AL)
  • Barnstormers (Decatur, AL)
  • Barton Carroll (Seattle, WA)
  • The Bear (Muscle Shoals, AL)
  • Belle Adair (Muscle Shoals, AL)
  • The Biters (Atlanta, GA)
  • The Bohannons (Chattanooga, TN)
  • The Booze (Atlanta, GA)
  • Boss Tweed (Birmingham, AL)
  • Brad Lyons (Birmingham, AL)
  • Brass Bed (Lafayette, LA)
  • Canago (Bowling Green, KY)
  • Cannomen (Nashville, TN)
  • The Chad Fisher Group (Birmingham, AL)
  • Church of My Love (Montgomery, AL)
  • Crooked Fingers (Asheville, NC)
  • Dangermuffin (Charleston, SC)
  • Dat2 (Birmingham, AL)
  • Dawes (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Delicate Cutters (Birmingham, AL)
  • The Deloreans (Louisville, KY)
  • Dr. Zhivago (Birmingham, AL)
  • Dylan LeBlanc (Muscle Shoals, AL)
  • Electroliner (Birmingham, AL)
  • Empress Hotel (New Orleans, LA)
  • The Fervor (Louisville, KY)
  • Fighting Meeces (Birmingham, AL)
  • Futurebirds (Athens, GA)
  • G-Side (Huntsville, AL)
  • Glossary (Murfreesboro, TN)
  • Grandaddy Ghostlegs (Birmingham, AL)
  • The Great Book of John (Birmingham, AL)
  • The Green Seed (Birmingham, AL)
  • The Grenadines (Birmingham, AL)
  • The Gum Creek Killers (Birmingham, AL)
  • Hammer No More The Fingers (Durham, NC)
  • Hibachi Stranglers (Mobile, AL)
  • Howlies (Atlanta, GA)
  • HROM (Birmingham, AL)
  • Jack Oblivian (Memphis, TN)
  • Jacuzzi Boys (Miami, FL)
  • Jasmin Kaset (Nashville, TN)
  • Johnny Bertram & the Golden Bicycles (Jackson, MS)
  • John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives (Memphis, TN)
  • Jon Poor Band (Birmingham, AL)
  • Kovacs and the Polar Bear (Asheville, NC)
  • The Love Language (Raleigh, NC)
  • Madeline (Athens, GA)
  • The Magic Math (Birmingham, AL)
  • Manray (Athens, GA)
  • Mind Powers (Columbus, GA)
  • Model Citizen (Birmingham, AL)
  • Moniker (Birmingham, AL)
  • Moonlight Bride (Chattanooga, TN)
  • Night of the Wolf (Chattanooga, TN)
  • Nightmare Waterfall (Birmingham, AL)
  • The Non-Commissioned Officers (Nashville, TN)
  • Noot d’Noot (Atlanta, GA)
  • Only Thieves (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Oryx and Crake (Atlanta, GA)
  • Pujol [solo] (Nashville, TN)
  • Rubys (Birmingham, AL)
  • The Rumble Fish (Birmingham, AL)
  • Sanders Bohlke (Oxford, MS)
  • Sanyasi (Birmingham, AL)
  • Scrollworks (Birmingham, AL)
  • The Seedy Seeds (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Seraphim (Tupelo, MS)
  • Shaheed and Supreme (Birmingham, AL)
  • Skewby (Memphis, TN)
  • Sovereign (London, UK / Miami, FL)
  • The Sunshine Factory (Mobile, AL)
  • Taylor Hollingsworth [solo] (Birmingham, AL)
  • Thomas Function (Huntsville, AL)
  • Through the Sparks (Birmingham, AL)
  • URI (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • Velvet Kente (Little Rock, AR)
  • Venice is Sinking (Athens, GA)
  • Vulture Whale (Birmingham, AL)
  • William Tyler (Nashville, TN)
  • Wooden Wand and the Briarwood Virgins (Lexington, KY)
  • Yardwork (Charlotte, NC)

[edit] Comedians

  • Andy Sandford (Atlanta, GA)
  • Charles Ezell (Nashville, TN)
  • Chris Crofton (Nashville, TN)
  • Christopher Davis (Birmingham, AL)
  • Connor Barrett (Atlanta, GA)
  • Eunice Elliott (Birmingham, AL)
  • Gilbert Lawand (Atlanta, GA)
  • Hank Lazard (Birmingham, AL)

[edit] 2009

Main article: Secret Stages 2009

The original BHAM.FM showcase featured seven bands, and was held June 19 to June 21 at Speakeasy.

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