Weekend Wrap Up (a.k.a. Date With Myself)

I lost my voice this weekend and still haven’t located it. I found Barry White’s voice on Saturday and Donald Duck’s on Sunday. Mine, however, is still running amuck somewhere…

The husband was out of town for most of the week and weekend, so I feverishly searched for things to occupy my time. Determined to spend as much time away from home as possible, I quickly filled my calendar with anything and everything I could find. One of those fillers was Moonlight on the Mountain.

If you’ve never been, it’s 100% worth checking out. Don’t just breeze past that sentence… I’m giving it my seal of approval here! Would I steer you wrong? I’m pretty sure I never have.

It’s just like Gip’s Place, in that it’s a cash only, BYOB and BYOSnacks environment. However, nothing like Gip’s Place in that it’s smoke free and indoors, and there’s a parking lot. And it doesn’t look quite like the bomb shelter that Gip’s is. But I digress… Bottom line is it’s an informal atmosphere that caters to up and coming original acoustic artists.

So, I found myself on a random Saturday night, standing alone in a line that wrapped around the exterior of this tiny venue, wine, cheese and crackers in hand (plus a half eaten box of Junior Mints), waiting to hear a band that I’m dubbing “The Best Birmingham Has to Offer.”

The show sold out in a matter of minutes. So full, in fact, that I ended up front and center on the floor in front of the stage. Legs crossed and wine in hand… and…

I kind of had the best night I’ve had all year. 🙂

The only regret is that none of my friends were there to hear how absolutely amazing Act of Congress is. A quick shout out to the peeps who arrived after the show sold out.

The folks at the Alabama Symphony dubbed Act of Congress a “Timeless blend of tight harmonies, vintage instrumentation and deep musical roots.”

Somewhere along the way, their music was categorized as ‘bluegrass’ and that seems to have stuck. But it’s a lie! Nothing is further from the truth. I’m calling them a contemporary blend of music in its purest form; Harmonies, classical instruments and modern song choice.

Image courtesy of www.actofcongressmusic.com

The original songs are the meat and potatoes of the show. “Five Minutes of Fame” is the closest to bluegrass they get. 2 more of my faves are “Love Comes For Free” and “She Knows Her Way Around”. In between original pieces, are covers like “Paperback Writer” and a toe tapping rendition of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”.

I tend to get REALLY excited about great music. It’s what I look forward to on a regular basis. If I wasn’t already suffering from laryngitis, I would have lost my voice from the applause at the end of the show. I typically scream and yell when acts are fabulous – but due to my handicap, I could only clap VERY LOUDLY.

Sadly, I’ll be out of town for the next few shows. Those of you in or near Springville can check them out at Local Color on April 20th. In Hoover, you can catch them at Barnes and Noble in Patton Creek on April 21st at 7pm. And if you’re up for a BIG party, their CD Release Party is 6:30pm on April 27th at WorkPlay.

Genuinely good music is hard to find – but every now and then you stumble upon something that is just crazy fabulous! Act of Congress is that something.

So good, in fact, that when the show was over, I hardly noticed my butt had fallen asleep and that half my Junior Mints were on the floor. And turns out, driving home alone isn’t so bad when you’ve had that great of a time.


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