I can finally say I have seen Willie Nelson perform. My fiance and I usually are very low key for the big V-Day but this year I was shocked to come home and find that he had bought tickets to see Willie Nelson at the Alabama Theater!
The show was on a week day so we had to leave right then to make the show and return that night because we both had class the next day. A little crazy- but we figured we could pretend we were 20 again make it to the show and chug several Redbulls afterwards to get back home to Athens.
Although we missed his classic opener, “Whiskey River,” the show was one of the best I have ever seen. He played some classics, payed tribute to his old friends, and autographed at least 100 cowboy boots and hats that people raced to the stage during the encore.
courtesy of Alabama Theater
Having opened in 1927, The Alabama Theater
looks damn good for her age. Originally constructed to show silent films, the theater features a Mighty Wurlitzer organ, one of only 25 organs of its type ever built. Threatened by demolition in the 1980s, so much interest surrounding the rare organ was enough to raise funds and support to purchase the entire building. The Alabama Theater experienced an excellent restoration in 1998; the grandeur of the space has been maintained with restored gold leafing and plush new drapery and seating, new carpeting, and decorative chandeliers lining the halls. Having gone to college in Bham, I have seen many shows and movies here and love being surrounded by the incredible architecture, rich colors and details within the space.
It was a whirlwind of a trip- but totally worth it.