We have a wide range of Theatrical Productions, Concerts, and Events to accommodate a variety of artistic tastes this season at the Historic Shoals Theatre. Take a peek at our schedule to see all that we have in our upcoming repertoire! Just click on any photo to purchase tickets to that event!
August 5-8, 2021
Tickets available now.
The Stanley Awards
July 17, 2021
This year’s Stanley Awards are slightly different. Instead of individual awards this year, we are honoring the success of all of the shows that participated in the 2020/2021 season. Join us as we honor the following shows that were performed:
The Miracle Worker at Ivy Green
Love Letters at The Shoals Theatre
Smoke On The Mountain at Ivy Green
Oleanna at The Shoals Theatre
White Christmas at Muscle Shoals High School
Almost, Maine at Florence High School
Chatroom at UNA
Silent Sky at Colbert Heights High School
Willie Wonka, Jr. at Deshler High School
Your A Good Man Charlie Brown at Colbert Heights Highschool
Hunchback Of Notre Dame at Muscle Shoals High School
The Little Mermaid, Jr. at Shoals Christian School
The Sound Of Music by Central High School performed at The Shoals Theatre
Split In Three performed at the Tennessee Valley Museum Of art Commons
General Admission Tickets are just $10.
July 29, 2021
Over a period of more than 30 years and 25 full length album releases, Eric Essix has not only maintained a steady flow of new music that continues to push the boundaries of contemporary jazz throughout his career, he appears to have no intention of stopping. This fact is evident with the release of 9 compositions, all written, arranged and produced by Essix called, "Songs From The Deep". This latest effort by Eric, revisits the artist's favorite theme, his Birmingham, Alabama southern roots. It is a project that reveals the soul of the man and his music as he continues to reconcile love for his homeland, its culture and its people, with its history.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Anxious to return to the road, The Boxmasters’ J.D. Andrew and Bud Thornton are pleased to announce dates for their Summer 2021 “Light Rays” Tour. Stops will be made from coast to coast in both band and fan favorites such as Knuckleheads in Kan-sas City and The Hi-Fi in Indianapolis. New venues in Massachusetts, Ohio and Ne-braska are among those eagerly anticipated on this tour in support of their 10th album.
Released in October of 2020, Light Rays led off with the single “Breathe Easy” which was a song that was very personal to Bud. “I wrote it to my daughter Bella, explaining that someday she’ll understand why I’m so over-protective. I think it is a song any par-ent can relate to.” Light Rays also includes the cuts “Satellite Guy”, a song that owes a sonic debt to the legendary Los Angeles band War, the title track “Light Rays” - about a person in an institution singing to the object of their infatuation, and “Learn To Be”, a song that says people are not born to hate.
The lone cover on Light Rays is “Come What May” written by The Yardleys’ Larry Byrd and Bucky Griggs, an Arkansas band that was popular when Bud was young. The Yard-leys have been featured in the classic compilation Lost Souls (1960’s Garage and Psy-chedelic Rock’n Roll from Arkansas). Byrd is set to join The Boxmasters as the keyboard player on the “Light Rays” tour.
During the time between the 2019 “Speck” Tour and 2021’s “Light Rays” Tour, J.D. and Bud made the most of their time recording 4 new album’s worth of material, including Light Rays. “As soon as restrictions were loosened enough to let us go back into the studio, we got back in to record as quickly as possible.” J.D. said. “Life was so uncom-fortable and we needed to get to the one place that made sense to us, the recording studio. One of the more enjoyable records we made was a new Christmas album for 2021. We really loved the experience because there weren’t any restrictions on what we could do or the sounds we could make. Christmas is in every title so we think folks will get the point!”
About The Boxmasters
· Grammy Award-winning recording engineer whose credits include The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, The Pussycat Dolls, Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack, Guy Clark, and more.
· Mixer of Documentaries “Iron Will, A Veteran’s Battle with PTSD” (2016) and “It’s Not A Race: The Scooter Cannonball Run” (2015).
· Co-founded The Boxmasters in 2007.
· Recorded four solo albums “Private Radio”, “Edge Of The World”, “Hobo,” and “Beautiful Door.”
· Performed on numerous recordings including Warren Zevon’s GRAMMY winning album “The Wind,” the legendary Earl Scruggs’ “Earl Scruggs and Friends,” and “Anchored In Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash.”
· Recently co-wrote the song “The Middle of Nowhere” with Tony Joe White on his album “Rain Crow.”
The Secret Sisters "Saturn Return" Tour
December 11, 2021
The Secret Sisters—Laura and Lydia Rogers—grapple with love and loss on new album Saturn Return, due out February 28, 2020.
Saturn Return is the Alabama-based duo’s second release for New West Records. Like its predecessor, 2017’s Grammy-nominated You Don’t Own Me Anymore, the record was produced by Brandi Carlile and Phil and Tim Hanseroth.
The elements that made listeners fall in love with the band’s 2010 self-titled debut album—sweet, strong voices, carefully crafted musical arrangements, and soul-baring songwriting—are still present, but there’s also newfound confidence and individuality. The album is named after an astrological occurrence in which the planet Saturn returns to the same place in the sky that it occupied at the moment of a person’s birth. During this phase, which happens approximately every 29 ½ years, said Laura, a woman “comes into her own and has this awakening in herself about who she is as a person. It can also be a very traumatic time where your whole world just seems to radically shift.”
“When this is happening, you begin to feel the pressure of time and awareness of your own mortality,” Lydia added. “It brings the important aspects of life into sharper clarity and it centers your mind on what’s really important.”
Recorded in Carlile’s home studio in Washington state, Saturn Return heralds the arrival of a new era of The Secret Sisters, who both experienced their first Saturn returns while making the record. Carlile challenged the sisters to sing as individuals instead of relying solely on close harmony singing, and for the first time, Laura and Lydia performed separately in the studio. This is also the first album in which The Secret Sisters composed all the songs without any co-writers.
Death and life entwine like newlyweds’ fingers throughout Saturn Return. Shortly after the sisters began writing for this album, both of their grandmothers passed away within a week of one other. At the same time, the sisters were preparing to start families of their own.
The record begins with “Silver,” a prescient meditation on motherhood and the beauty found in the hard-won wisdom that comes with age, and the sisters share one another’s sorrow in closing track “Healer in the Sky,” an understated ballad—written by Lydia and sung by Laura—that builds into a moment of catharsis.
First single “Cabin,” written from the perspective of a woman who has been assaulted, haunts listeners long after the song’s final notes fade away. The song—a battle cry for the mistreated and mishandled—was written while Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings dominated the media. “He did not have permission / But he had his way / If I tell his secret, they won’t believe me anyway,” the duo sings over wailing guitar.
During The Secret Sisters’ live performances, “Cabin” has become a battle cry for those who have been mistreated or struggle with the long-lasting impact of trauma. Said Laura, “This song was our way of saying, ‘We hear you, and we know it hurts…we know you’re not over it and that’s okay.’”
Grief never fully disappears, and the joy found in its wake is sweeter because of it. After recording Saturn Return, both Lydia and Laura welcomed their first children. “Hold You Dear,” a tender ballad laced with piano and strings, was written in fifteen minutes by a thrilled and terrified Laura the day she learned she was pregnant. Infectious “Hand Over My Heart” captures the freewheeling thrill of finding true love, while “Late Bloomer,” written by Lydia, is an anthem celebrating those who, like The Secret Sisters, ignore trends and flourish their own way, at their own time.
With Saturn Return, The Secret Sisters have truly come into their own as artists, songwriters, and singers. “I’ve come to feel like this is what we were meant to do,” said Lydia. “That’s a really good feeling.”
Tickets go on sale now at the Shoals Theatre Box Office.