Congratulations! You’ve wandered into the first ever Next Week, Today post. Aren’t you the lucky one?
Anywho, let me explain what’s what in this here column. Next Week, Today is a selection of our (mostly my) picks from the upcoming week’s events. We’ll give you juuuuuust enough detail to whet your whistle, and then let you do the digging.
In other words, these are the events we recommend giving a second, perhaps even third glance as you wend your way along the path to entertainment.
Wage War / The Plot in You / Gideon / Chamber (Iron City, 7 p.m., $29) — Ocala, FL metalcore band Wage War are bringing their brand of riff-heavy rock to the Magic City in support of their pandemic isolation album Manic. Backing them up are a trio of equally throat-destroying metalcore acts for y’all to thrash your anger out to. Rrrrrooooooooaaaaaaarrrrrrrr!!!!!
Do You Speak Mexican? (Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20) — Part of the Artworks@TheDJD Series at ASFA’s Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, this regional premiere and Alabama debut of Do You Speak Mexican? presents the comedic tale of a first-gen Cuban family making their way in the US. If you’re feeling munchy afterwards stick around for sweets and coffee with the cast.
The Hu: Black Thunder Tour / The Haunt (Iron City, 8 p.m., $31.50-$99) — The Hu answer a question no one was asking: “What if you crossed a metal band with Tuvan throat singers?” Turns out the answer is, “Something fantastic!” Combining the signature drone of throat singing and authentic Mongolian instruments with the more recognizable buzz of electrified axes earned The Hu a quick rise to the top of the Billboard charts in 2018, largely on the strength of two viral music videos. Their efforts even garnered them the Order of Genghis Khan, Mongolia’s most prestigious state honor.
Handsome Jack / Colleen Orender / Ramblin’ Ricky Tate (The Nick, 9 p.m., $7/$10) — It’s retro sounds at The Nick, with the self-described “boogie soul” of Handsome Jack headlining. Bluesy Nashvillian Colleen Orender and Birmingham’s own country folkster Ramblin’ Ricky Tate take up the slack.
Period Party (Cahaba Brewing Company, 6 p.m., Donations) — Cahaba Brewing Company and Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank bring you this shindig aimed at helping the women of Birmingham meet their needs while providing live music and Bingo for your enjoyment. Bring a pack of pads or sponsor a period for $10/month.
Symphonic Spectacular (Railroad Park, 8 p.m., Free) — For those looking to spend time with their fellow Bhamsters in the fresh air, there are few Birmingham delights more sublime than sunset at Railroad Park. Add to the mix a performance by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and you’re all set to relax. Tonight’s concert is the first of three this weekend, part of ASO’s A Century in Symphony series celebrating their 100-year anniversary. This evening’s works include a piece by Birmingham-native Brain Raphael Nabors, alongside works by Copland, Dvorak and more.
Saturn Summer Market (Saturn, Noon, Free) — Saturn’s seasonal markets are always a good place to find a few knick-knacks, check out cool art and throw back a brew from Bham’s Domestique Coffee, laid-back Saturday afternoon style.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream & More (Railroad Park, 8 p.m., Free) — Next up for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s A Century in Symphony series at Railroad Park is a trio of works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Sibelius. Bring that blanket and let the music of the masters envelop you.
Family Fun Day (Railroad Park, 6 p.m., Free) — This final installment of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s A Century in Symphony series at Railroad Park starts a little earlier so that the kiddos can get into the mix. Featuring a little something for everyone, including a tribute to John Williams, a Memorial Day tribute, and some Disney tunes for the littles.
Mood Room / TROOPER / Fauxdeep / Just Like Heaven (Saturn, 8 p.m., Free) — The locals take the stage at Saturn on Sunday, with a quartet of bands hailing from Birmingham. Headliner Mood Room call their brand of fuzzed-up rock “dreamo/doomgaze,” and that feels right to me.