Birmingham Arts and Music Festival

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The Birmingham Arts and Music Festival (BAAM) was an annual multi-venue music festival held in August from 2010 to 2014.

The first festival was held on the weekend of August 20-22, 2010. That inaugural event had 75+ acts performing at 11 venues around the city. It was organized by Sharrif Simmons and Dafina Ward.

Venues for the first festival included Rogue Tavern, Wine Loft, Old Car Heaven, WorkPlay, Bottletree, Rojo, Parkside, Stillwater Pub, Zydeco, Flirt and Metro Bistro. In addition to musical performances, belly dancers, painters, comedians and poets were showcased.

In the festival's second year, cultural venues such as the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Birmingham Museum of Art became part of the weekend's offerings.

In 2013 the festival moved to the Avondale district, with events at Avondale Park, Avondale Brewery, Parkside Cafe, and Bottletree. Additional shows were staged at Stillwater Pub.

The 2014 festival was the last of the series.


  • Harvey, Alec (August 1, 2010) "New Birmingham multi-venue music festival to showcase city talent and clubs." The Birmingham News

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