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Sloss Fest returns to Bham

22 Jun 2017

written by Croma

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Sloss Fest returns to Bham

by Tim Borland

Sloss Fest began in Birmingham, Ala. during 2015 with an impressive inaugural lineup. The two day city festival has been successful enough to deliver an equally stacked lineup for 2017, consisting of over 40 bands. With headliners like Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic, Odezsa, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Spoon, there is a little something for lovers of every genre.

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The festival puts Bham’s old Sloss Furnaces facility to good use, providing both a unique locale for the festival while also making use of what would essentially be wasted space if it were not for events such as this. At only two days, the festival is a perfect weekend get away for anyone in the regional area. While there is no camping, there are a multitude of reasonable hotels within the Birmingham area.

_MG_1601 copyBritt Daniels of Spoon

Many throughout the Southeast have witnessed the meteoric rise of Alabama Shakes first hand. Having the Athens, Ala. act make a triumphant return to headline in their home state should result in an amazing performance with an enthusiastic crowd. Regional act Spoon recently started their current tour in support of their album “Hot Thoughts” at Mobile, Ala.’s  Soul Kitchen Music Hall. Mod Mobilian interviewed bassist Rob Pope prior to the event, which can be read from the link below:

http://modmobilian.com/2017/04/a-talk-with-spoon/

MG_8193Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff performed to a huge crowd at Bonnaroo 2016, and will likely draw the same numbers at Sloss 2017. The songwriter and his backing band The Night Sweats have been making waves all across the country. Phantogram is another notable act, having collaborated with The Flaming Lips to perform Dark Side of the Moon at Hangout Festival 2012. Sturgill Simpson will also be a big draw, bringing his alternative country stylings to a Southeastern audience.

IMG_0757John Bell of Widespread Panic

Regional act Widespread Panic has legions of festie followers who stalk the band around the country. It is safe to say the Georgia jamband will have many fans within the crowd who are not from the Birmingham area, but made the trek to catch the band on another big stage. Mod Mobilian has been documenting Widespread Panic concerts for years, having photographed the band at Wakarusa 2013, Wanee 2014 and 2016, and Forecastle 2015. Mod Mobilian will bring readers even more coverage to document the music events at this year’s Sloss Festival, which will hopefully continue to grow for many years to come.

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