Giveaway: Birmingham’s New Music Festival

October 9, 2013 | By | Comments (26)

promo posterA lot of music festivals come across our desks, but this Birmingham one has especially caught our attention. Cask & Drum, sweeping over Birmingham this weekend, has a lineup that reads like an influential music producer’s catalog with everyone from Dwight Yoakam to Shovels & Rope taking the stage. “We didn’t pick any of the artists because we thought they would draw a huge crowd,” says one of the producers Will Lochamy of Birmingham Mountain Radio. “These are music-fan artists.”

The inaugural festival (which we hope will be a longstanding annual affair for the city) runs from 11am to 11pm with nearly a dozen acts playing on two stages. The shows won’t overlap, so you won’t have to worry about missing a thing.

Aside from the lineup, which also includes Railroad Earth, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Lord Huron, the fest brings in a food and wine component with eight local food trucks such as Off The Hook and Cantina On Wheels providing the fare, and a wine-and-beer tasting tent with hundreds of sipping options.

Cask & Drum couldn’t come at a better time as the city’s music and food scene continues to pick up speed. It’s location in the Lakeview District serves as yet another notch for Birmingham’s downtown revitalization. “The city has been thirsty for something like this for years,” Will says. “We are so proud to be able to host this event where the downtown skyline is really the backdrop.”

We want to send you to be a part of the first-ever Cask & Drum. Tell us what new Southern musical act you love in the comments below for a chance to win a pair of tickets! See official rules here

And check out our Birmingham city guide to find the best places to eat, shop, and drink while you’re in town!


  1. Stephanie Granada

    Congratulations Erin B. and Christopher Davis on winning our Cask & Drum giveaway. Thanks for submitting everyone! Lots of great acts mentioned here.

    October 11, 2013 at 8:30 am
  2. Natalie

    The Weeks are a group of guys from Mississippi that I started listening to a few years ago. They have relocated from Mississippi to Nashville and have been signed to the record label owned by the Kings of Leon (Serpents and Snakes). The Weeks epitomize Southern Rock, and they have some serious soul for a group comprised primarily of white boys. Even though these guys aren’t playing the Cask & Drum festival I feel they are an integral part in what I think is a time of rebirth for music in the South.

    On a side note, as a long-time Dwight Yoakam fan I am thrilled to see him playing a festival with one of my current favorites, Shovels and Rope.

    October 10, 2013 at 11:16 pm
  3. Anna robertson (@Reddirtword)

    I would drive my electric car all the way from Atlanta to Birmingham to see Rising Appalachia. Leah and Chloe are a sister duo from Little 5 Points that specialize in making mountain music with an edge. They are known to breathe fire at shows in between melting hearts with amazing harmony.

    October 10, 2013 at 9:58 pm
  4. Schaeffer C.

    John and Jacob

    October 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm
  5. Katie

    Would love to attend this new event! I’m not sure of any new Southern artists, but I will always have a love for Dwight Yoakam!

    October 10, 2013 at 8:53 am
  6. Erin B.

    Like many here, I’m a big fan and proud of Alabama’s great musicians making waves in the music industry: Alabama Shakes, Jason Isbell, and most recently St. Paul and the Broken Bones (so much soul in this group!)
    Yet my brand new favorite is Dillon Hodges of Muscle Shoals, AL. This young guy is not only an amazing guitar player, winning major awards in flat-top guitar picking, but he also has this fresh, beautiful voice that carries something old and something new. Blue grass is ever-present in his sound, but the lyrics and passion are some hybrid of Southern rock, blues and folk. When a song gives you that chill down your spine, you know it’s good. And he’s very good.
    I don’t think it’s coincidence that the South breeds such masterful musicians — it’s in the air, the food, our way of life. I love experiencing new and old music and would be thrilled to see the artists on the Cask & Drum lineup.

    October 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm
  7. guymcc

    Many thanks to Southern Living for highlighting Cask & Drum! It’s going to be a magical Saturday in The Magic City, without a doubt.

    October 9, 2013 at 6:33 pm
  8. Chris Lee

    I’m not sure if Houndmouth qualifies as southern but I love their most recent album. Jason Isbell’s last album was an instant classic for me as well.

    October 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm
  9. Kathy

    Luella and the Sun and St. Paul and the Broken Bones! Can’t wait for Saturday.

    October 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm
  10. Amber Ritchie

    I used to watch Shovels Rope back when they played at The Nick! I love them and I’m so happy that they’re becoming so popular!

    October 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm
  11. Ashleigh

    Shelly Colvin! She has the best music for relaxing and porch sitting!

    October 9, 2013 at 6:08 pm
  12. Greg Tice

    I really like the new Jason Isbell album.

    October 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm
  13. Lianna Brewer

    I really love the band Shovels & Rope. They have a unique sound and they pull off seemingly effortless harmonies. I would really love the chance to see them at Cask & Drum, along with several of my other favorite artists & several that I have yet to discover.

    October 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm
  14. Natalie Laseter

    I would love to see Shovels and Rope at Cask & Drum. As far as Southern musicians go, I love Jason Isbell and the Alabama Shakes.

    October 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm
  15. Michael Nipp

    I have loved everything that spawned from Wild Sweet Orange. Preston Lovinggood’s solo album through Comm Vess is phenomenal and The Great Book of John is just simply amazing.

    Another singer I was turned onto recently is Justin Turberville. His songwriting is outstanding and the earnestness he sings with is unheard of.

    October 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm
  16. Valarie Sellers

    My current fave local music group is Roxie Watson, all female bluegrass band, first saw them at Eddies Attic in Atlanta and they are AMAZING! Even though they arent playing at this event they should be! Would love to see Railroad Earth again , saw them at Red Rocks and loved the show!

    October 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm
  17. Robert Hilson

    My favorite southern band is Luella and the Sun. I first heard their soulful southern rock at Good People and have been debating ever since how the 90-pound lead singer and wail like Etta James. I’d love to go to Cask & Drum and check out some other local bands!

    October 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm
  18. Christina Hammett

    I would love the opportunity to see Shovels & Rope live. I’ve had the song “Birmingham” stuck in my head for weeks. 🙂

    October 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm
  19. Amy Williams

    I love Nashville’s Kings of Leon!

    October 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm
  20. Chris Hemphill

    If music from Texas counts as southern, The Octopus Project. If not, of Montreal, Jesse Payne, and The Super Nice Brothers.

    October 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm
  21. Christopher Davis

    The Clay States is a great duo! Stephen Collins and Lauren Little have such beautiful, haunting voices. There’s this subtly operatic and bluegrassy mix to Lauren’s voice and a smooth, mournful and eloquent tone to Stephen’s. When they harmonize over the strings of Stephen’s mandolin or guitar, it’s some of the most beautiful music you’ll hear. The Clay States make a simple mix of two people and one instrument sound like the most wonderfully complex mixture and at the same time, majestic in it’s simplicity.

    October 9, 2013 at 11:56 am
  22. Penny Clark

    The best new southern act today to me is Florida Georgia Line. They are currently rising in the charts at top rate speed. These guys are young and ambitious, and they are hungry for fame.
    This band has a fifth sense of what works when it comes to selling records. They also know how to draw in a crowd with their charisma !
    Florida Georgia Line was recently number one on the top 20 countdown on CMT with their new number one single.
    These boys are young and really pour on the charm with country sex appeal. The girls go wild for them and really love their sound. As do I.
    In conclusion this group loves to play and plays for love. Super potential stands behind these two and they are destined to go far with a long career in front of them.

    October 9, 2013 at 11:44 am
  23. Marci

    There are SO many great acts from Alabama. I love The Great Book of John, Shovels and Rope, Jason Isbell and St. Paul and the Broken Bones. My favorite band playing at Cask & Drum is Lord Huron!

    October 9, 2013 at 11:25 am
  24. Elizabeth Wix

    I love Shovels and Rope! Lochamy hit it on the head with his term “music- fan artists.” I follow a lot of artists on Twitter, and these guys are always super supportive of fellow southern musicians like Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Dawes, and Alabama Shakes. This group has that soulful folksy feel that just fits right here in Alabama.

    October 9, 2013 at 10:12 am
  25. Nicole

    I absolutely love the Birmingham-based band Through the Sparks. They’re like a Thanksgiving feast for the ears! My fave.

    October 9, 2013 at 10:07 am
  26. WWilliam P Cochran

    the black rebel motorcycle club is currently my favorite musical group. I would be so excited to be given the opportunity to see them live. Also it would be a attend this inaugural Bham musical event and to be a part of revitalizing.downtown Bham. If chosen to attend I will be getting a room downtown since.Im feom Atlanta.
    Bham has amd continues to be one of my favorite.southern cities and it would be an honor to be able to attend the music festival and to spend some time in my favorite southern city.

    October 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

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