Summer Concerts at the Phenix City Amphitheater

Concerts Phenix City AmphitheaterFor years, the Phenix City Amphitheater’s Summer Concert Series has presented a wide range of musical acts in a festive, intimate setting. The 2013 lineup promises to be one of the best yet. Make plans now to grab a lawn chair or blanket and get together with friends to catch these great shows:
Mark Farner (Saturday, May 25)
Cap off a day of celebrating Memorial weekend and whitewater rafting with a strong shot of rock and roll. Mark Farner, founding member of Grand Funk Railroad, delivered lead vocals and guitar riffs for classics like “Footstompin’ Music,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” and “We’re an American Band.” His post-Funk career has included solo recordings and collaborations with Ringo Starr. Expect a mix of GFR’s greatest hits and newer material, with a fireworks display after the show ($10 admission: free for ages 12 and under).
Natalie Stovall and Brandon Giles (Saturday, June 8)
Two of Nashville’s young guns, Natalie Stovall and Brandon Giles, take the amphitheater stage. At age 10, Ms. Stovall was playing fiddle and singing at Opryland. Today, she tours extensively, attracting fans with her blend of traditional country and rock. Nashville-based Brandon Giles gets back to rockabilly basics with vocals and piano playing heavily influenced by early Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis records. Giles has performed in the Fifties-themed musical, “Million Dollar Quartet” ($10 admission: free for ages 12 and under).
“Legends Tour” Starring Ambrosia, Firefall, Poco and Pure Prairie League (Saturday, June 29)
A mini-festival featuring four classic rock outfits. Ambrosia formed in Los Angeles, turning their blend of progressive rock and blue-eyed soul into big hits like “How Much I Feel” and “Biggest Part of Me.” Firefall’s soft-rock style graced Top 40 charts with songs like “You Are the Woman,” “Just Remember I Love You” and others. Poco pioneered the country-rock sound starting in the late Sixties, releasing several acclaimed albums before scoring hit singles with “Crazy Love” and “Heart of the Night.” Pure Prairie League’s vocal harmonies and tight musicianship have entertained fans for four decades with memorable songs like “Amie” and “Let Me Love You Tonight” ($20 advance, $25 day of show).
Food and drinks will be available for purchase during amphitheater shows: no coolers are allowed. Also, please leave your pets at home and keep in mind that the amphitheater is a smoke-free facility. For more information, visit Phenix City’s website or call 334-291-4711

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  1. A Proud Prairie Dog says:

    The Legends show should be nice. I’ve been to a few so I’ll add a few remarks on Pure Prairie league who have been nothing short of remarkable .

    Pure Prairie League is not only one of the earliest bands in the history of country rock, it is one of it’s most successful, influential and critically acclaimed. Inspired by various folk and rock acts, most notably The Byrds and The Beatles, PPL formed in Waverly , Ohio in 1969. The pioneering band boasts numerous critically acclaimed releases from the 70’s and 80’s, which many have praised as the greatest country rock ever recorded. The self titled debut LP, Bustin’ Out, Two Lane Highway, Live ! Takin’ The Stage, Firin’ Up and the most recent, All In Good Time, are among the PPL releases hailed as classics by critics and why fans today are still clamoring for more.

    The band rose to the top of the country rock world in the 70’s and stayed there into the 80’s accomplishing what no other country rock band did: 5 consecutive releases in the 70’s and another in the 80’s that hit Top 40 LP charts. Credited with advancing the country rock genre into the national music mainstream, PPL was the first of the genre to hit Billboard’s Country Top 40 charts, merging rock and roll and country music. While The Eagles turned to a decidely more rock oriented approach, it was Pure Prairie League who ignited the country rock torch and kept it burning brightly as the music scene changed abruptly in the mid 70’s. The trail of success which PPL blazed widened the road for their country rock contemporaries as the spark lit by PPL kept the genre alive and provided a path for others to follow.

    The legacy of PPL and it’s influence on both it’s peers and future recording artists is extraordinary. It’s music appears on well over 150 CD compilations, a true testament to both the level of excitement and respect the band generated. Cited as influential by Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, Ricky Skaggs, Travis Tritt, Rascall Flatts, Keith Urban, Patty Loveless, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, former member and Country Music Hall of Fame superstar Vince Gill and numerous others who have played and recorded their work, PPL continues to forge ahead. Not content to rest on their laurels, the band added their most recent release in 2005, All In Good Time, hailed by Goldmine Magazine as “ an unlikely but potent candidate for CD of the year.” Heady praise, yet it’s come to be expected from PPL. Obviously PPL is far more than nostalgia, it is still a force to be reckoned with 42 years since it’s inception.

    Today’s PPL boasts a lineup that rivals it’s storied past. Founding member and pedal steel sensation John David Call is back, thrilling fans with his pioneering style that earned him the reputation as one of the greatest and most influential pedal steel players of all time. His performances have been phenomenal, and the sold out crowd at The Grand Ole Opry last year raved about him.It’s no surprise they’ll be back there again this year for two shows. Mike Reilly, who joined during PPL’s 2nd LP and has been there ever since, is at the helm on bass and vocals , igniting the crowd much like he’s done for decades, directing PPL around the country. Rounding out the band are drummer, vocalist Scott Thompson, and a superb guitarist and vocalist Donnie Lee Clark, now in his 8th year with the band. Founding member Craig Fuller has toured with the band full time for several years and today still appears on occasion.The band presents a powerful lineup, one which has proven to be a major force even in today’s scene, selling out venues all over the country.

    A PPL show will showcase some new tunes as well as bring back many of the songs which took PPL to the top of country rock world. The immortal Amie, Tears, Two Lane Highway, Let Me Love You Tonight, Kansas City Southern , Pickin’ To Beat The Devil, I’m Almost Ready, I’ll Be Damned, Misery Train and Woman are just a few of the classics which liven up a PPL show. The fiery licks of Call and Clark elevate this band to a place only they can still reach.This is a band not to be missed. It’s country rock at it’s best .

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