Happy Monday y'all. I hope everyone's weekend went well. We have a home show coming up this weekend and I can't help but think back to when we first started playing shows in our hometown of Cullman, Alabama.
We have played at many different venues in Cullman, but we started out playing the small side rooms at the Civic Center. We would mainly play to our friends and family starting out, but the more we played, the harder we promoted and our shows grew larger and we moved our shows to a bigger place called the JC Arena. The JC served us well for a while and we had some incredible shows there. We would always make it a point to bring in bands from out of town to introduce new bands to our scene.
Eventually the shows got to the point of almost being out of control at that venue. It was a dry county, meaning there was no sale of alcohol, but people would show up with coolers full of alcohol and have a tail gate party outside and the cops would show up and rain on their parade and ours as well. We decided that it wasn't worth the risk of getting in trouble with the law and quit having our shows there.
Now we have moved our shows to the concert hall at the Civic Center, which is newly renovated, and an extraordinary venue. Cullman has been a growing city for the past few years with the sale of Alcohol now being legal. We have a vastly successful festival every summer and restaurants and bars are opening right and left! It is still. We to us, though, to be able to play our hometown and for people to be able to show up and buy beer legally and carry on like everywhere else in America and it is nice to see how things have came together and are set up for a thriving music scene.
We fully intend on building on what we have and making the rock scene in Cullman a desirable stop for both fans and bands. It has been a long road but has shaped up nicely. The way it keeps building is by getting out to a show and supporting the scene whether it is local, regional, or national acts. I cannot wait for this weekends show and I know we have a lot of people traveling from out of state to be a part of the show. I wish everyone safe travels, no matter the distance to attend the show. Long live Rock N Roll!