Birmingham Culture Clash: Local artists, Ghost Train Brewing team up for new live music and art showcase

Harmony Cardenas

Birmingham Society Clash a dwell music and artwork showcase– is coming to the new campus of Ghost Practice Brewing in Avondale. Billed as a “collision of art, new music, and culture” Birmingham Society Clash will merge a variety of DJ sets, are living performances, games, artwork displays, and food stuff sellers for seven several hours of entertainment at Ghost Prepare Brewing’s large party room at 3501 1st Ave S.

Lifestyle Clash organizers explained the eyesight for the showcase in a press launch:

“As you take pleasure in the grandeur of Ghost Train’s latest venue area, enjoy interactive games with friends though ready on a consume at one of the 3 surrounding bars, or investigate an immersive art set up from a community artist. Birmingham Culture Clash serves as a place to explore, uplift and celebrate Birmingham’s flourishing arts, tunes and counterculture.”

Established to be a every month pop-up sequence, the very first edition of Birmingham Lifestyle Clash kicks off on Friday, Feb. 25. The showcase, set to operate from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. will feature 3 hour-very long DJ sets: a Household & Techno set from DJ Andrea Genuinely, Breakbeat and Latin from DJ Suaze, and R&B and hip-hop from DJ Like Deluxe. Substitute instrumentalist David Sheetz, R&B/Soul singer Kennie BLK and rapper Tia Raye will conduct in between every set.

Also on the rundown: electronic art projections and interactive digicam feeds by artist Travis Rice. Tickets for Birmingham Society Clash are accessible for buy on Eventbrite ( Tickets are $20 for normal admission and $70 for VIP, in addition support fees. VIP ticket contains two complimentary beverages, a ticket for a person totally free meal from the food stuff sellers, and entry to the Lifestyle Clash non-public VIP lounge).

Birmingham Tradition Clash is the brainchild of visible and accomplishing artists Carey Fountain, Jahman Hill, and Giani Martin. The target: emphasize Birmingham’s emerging expertise in the visible artwork and audio scenes.

Fountain, who is also the supervisor of general public applications for the Birmingham Museum of Artwork, claims the notion for Birmingham Culture Clash grew out of collaboration.

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Nathan Weaver and Aaron Inexperienced, who oversee booking and celebration manufacturing at the new Ghost Practice area, are alums of The Syndicate Lounge, the previous bar, stay audio, and comedy venue on 20th Avenue South, very well acknowledged for showcasing community artists. For 3 several years, The Syndicate was property to Lit Dwelling, an artwork and hip-hop showcase Fountain developed to spotlight emerging artists and musicians in the Southeast.

Previous 12 months, Weaver attained out to Fountain to check with if he would be intrigued in making an party sequence for Ghost Train’s new second site, a brewpub with a significant bar and an function venue with the capacity to hold 1,000 individuals.

The staff at Ghost Coach has experienced a longtime vision to broaden the brewery’s brand into a effectively-acknowledged stay party location. Since opening its Lakeview location in 2016, the brewery has hosted bands, solo performers, and DJ sets both equally within and exterior of its taproom with the aid of a cell phase. The brewery was also the stomping grounds for larger sized structure situations, which include a 2018 wrestling exhibit with Innovative Impartial Wrestling.

In 2020, Ghost Educate opened its everlasting out of doors function space: a 25-by-30-foot phase and a two-story outdoor bar and deck constructed from a few delivery containers. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic truncated most of Ghost Train’s 2020 celebration agenda, but Ghost Coach resumed dwell performances in May perhaps of that calendar year, continuing to e book both of those touring and nearby artists.

Shaheed and DJ Supreme

DJ Supreme and Shaheed complete on the out of doors phase at Ghost Practice Brewing in Avondale through a 2021 gain live performance for K.R.U their record label and new music instruction firm. (Shauna Stuart for AL.com)

Shaheed and Supreme at Ghost Train Brewing

Shaheed and DJ Supreme’s spouse and children and mates acquire a crack concerning sets at the duo’s efficiency in 2021 at Ghost Teach (Shauna Stuart for AL.com)

Musicians on Ghost Train’s roster incorporate artists and DJs from Birmingham’s hip hop and R&B scene.

“A lot of people don’t know what a excellent hip-hop scene we have listed here in Birmingham,” Aaron Environmentally friendly stated in a November 2021 posting in AboutTown Journal. “One of the issues I like to do is make certain those fellas have a house, and not just have a house, but a qualified quality knowledge for all those acts that we have that are up and coming–that prior to lengthy are going to be doing regionally and nationally. To get them that experience in a professional venue definitely aids construct that feeling of group, and which is definitely what I’m about.”

Birmingham’s longtime illustrious duo Shaheed and DJ Supreme have graced the Ghost Train stage. In late 2021, the brewery grew to become the stomping grounds for the hip-hop and R&B showcase “Magic Town Collective Provides.” A collaboration amongst Seem Fader Media founder Chris Anderson and creative collective The Kickback, the regular monthly collection fills Ghost Train’s Lakeview house with the seems of DJ sets, stay performances, and freestyle rap classes.

Magic City Collective at Ghost Train in Lakeview

“Magic Metropolis Collective Presents” is a monthly hip hop & R&B showcase at Ghost Coach Brewing’s locale in Avondale. (Shauna Stuart for AL.com)

Magic City Collective at Ghost Train

Chris Anderson, “I$H” Morgan, and Trenton Foston on stage at the January 2022 version of Magic Town Collective Provides: 3rd Coastline! at Ghost Train Brewing. (Shauna Stuart for AL.com)

When Fountain got term from Weaver that Ghost Coach was intrigued in forming some partnerships for events at its new campus in Avondale, he knew he wanted a staff. So he arrived at out to fellow visual artist Giani Martin, the brains guiding the Saturday evening silent tunes get-togethers at Birmingham’s Paper Doll cocktail bar and the popular Sunday Series working day events.

“I contacted Giani like ‘Hey, this is a massive space. How can we make this into one thing significant and to highlight the Birmingham society,” stated Fountain. “Jahman was the final piece of the puzzle. He arrived in as we ended up seeking to visualize what to do.”

“We have been all type of chatting about having a house in Birmingham now that factors are opening back up. There is nothing truly for regional artists anymore. There is not seriously a house for people today to learn new expertise. Just pondering back on Syndicate Lounge days, it was like this grungy hole- in- the-wall type of club. But you received in there, you have been constantly heading to find out some thing new,” Fountain ongoing. “We were kind of imagining about that, but on a larger scale. Then the thought arrived up for Culture Clash.”

Jahman Hill, Carey Fountain, and Giani Martin

Jahman Hill, Carey Fountain, and Giani Martin at Ghost Prepare Brewing’s new area in Avondale. (Courtesy)

So significantly, Ghost Train’s strategy is to make Birmingham Tradition Clash an ongoing celebration collection like “Magic Town Collective Provides.” Just after the February present, Tradition Clash is set for five extra dates: March 25, April 23, Could 20, June 24, and July 22.

“Basically it’s envisioning a collision of artwork, songs, and culture– a collision that involves a numerous collection of DJs and performances. And (we’re) just striving to get revolutionary and experiential,” said Fountain.

Martin hopes to see Tradition Crash expand step by step. He likens the principle to his Sunday Series day get-togethers, which begun previous summer time and “just rotated close to the city” from the patio and bar at The Pizitz building to The Roof, the leading flooring bar at the Redmont Lodge.

“It truly obtained beyond my hands,” mentioned Martin, laughing. ” It just variety of grew into a little something extra than what I could tackle. But I experience like I was equipped to use that as proof that the children genuinely are intrigued in a produced social tradition in Birmingham. And when Carey and I ended up speaking about this event, I was capable to look at Sunday Sequence and say ‘yeah, this is necessary.’”

“Basically truly owning a one particular-stop store for all factors resourceful,” explained Martin. “That’s just one matter. But then it is (also) really developing a genuine community with it. Like, a little something for our generation.”

With the eyesight for the space and DJ established, Hill brought in the 3rd piece of the undertaking– an substantial network of area performers.

Hill, a poet and playwright, is also the co-founder of The Prosper Alabama, a non-revenue firm devoted to nurturing and mentoring artists by initiatives, performances, and workshops. Established by Hill and fellow author and artist Eric Marable Jr., The Prosper hosts a range of situations close to the town which includes High Tea, a poetry and reside new music functionality series at the Minor London Pub in Homewood. The sequence has a mantra: “It’s tea time with a twist. Southern Black artists rockin’ the mic in unpredicted destinations.”

Vocalist Humble Le at High Tea

Huntsville-centered vocalist Humble Le pauses for a photograph throughout sound look at at the February edition of Significant Tea at The Minimal London (Shauna Stuart for AL.com)

High Tea open Mic

The Flourish’s Significant Tea party is a reside performance and open mic sequence devoted to showcasing Black, Southern society. ( Shauna Stuart for AL.com)

“With anything that we have performed with The Flourish Alabama– serving to artists bloom and figuring out methods to attribute artists in the metropolis in distinctive venues– one particular of the items that I form of painted was how can I use my compact artist database with the Flourish and those distinct forms of artists and definitely incorporate them into any celebration we’re likely to be performing,” claimed Hill.

So, what can persons be expecting so much from Birmingham Culture Clash? Martin sums up the collection as both an introduction and a reunion.

“I consider it truly is a discovery and also a rediscovery of what kind of makes up Birmingham’s expertise scene,” claimed Martin. “From discovering local artists you may not know about, to people that you know about but have not noticed in a while. So there’s an possibility for rediscovery of your preferred community artists.”

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