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December 20, 2013

Alabama Shakes plays benefit at Bama Theatre

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama Shakes headlined the Tuscaloosa Get Up 2 benefit on Thursday night at the Bama Theatre, not far from where the Athens band used to play downtown bar gigs prior to skyrocketing to worldwide fame in the past two years and becoming a four-time Grammy nominee.

The Shakes, which spent part of this month touring in Florida, played a 90-minute, high-energy set that featured crowd favorites “Hold On," “Always Alright” and "Hang Loose," along with a few slower-paced tunes in which lead singer Brittany Howard shared her take on the ups and downs of relationships.

Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, drummer Steven Johnson and keyboardist Ben Tanner also headlined the inaugural benefit show in March 2012, with more than $20,000 raised for charity.

Both opening acts for the 3 1/2 hour show played six-song sets, with Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil, a Shoals-based country/rockabilly group, opening the show. St. Paul and The Broken Bones of Birmingham followed with their unique blend of big-band music, gospel and James Brown-style soul.

According to event organizers, 100 percent of the money from Thursday’s show will go toward tornado relief efforts in Moore, Okla., the theatre’s restoration fund and The Red Barn Foundation.

For more about the show, please see Sunday’s online and print editions of The News Courier.

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