- General admission tickets for the 7 p.m. Garden Glow are $10 at asf.net
Friday’s Garden Glow outdoor concert at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival will be a celebration of songwriters.
Shakespeare Garden guests will be treated to original songs and the stories behind them from three local artists – Lara Oshon, Thomas Bowers (of the band Sea of Fog) and Amon Robinson.
“They’re going to talk about the songs and the writing process,” said ASF sound manager Russell Bush.
This will be Robinson’s first time performing at a Garden Glow, although he has previously been to the beautiful Shakespeare Garden. It is located to the right of the ASF Theater in the Blount de Montgomery Cultural Park.
Robinson is no stranger to ASF, however. Earlier this year he was in the live band for their production of “Little Shop of Horrors”.
“It was bittersweet, because I was actually in that room when I was in high school as a factory,” Robinson said.
In addition to his own works, Robinson plans to bring some family history to Garden Glow.
“I think I’m going to do one of my grandfather’s songs that he wrote,” said Robinson, who is Wilbur Terrell’s grandson.
“He played with Clarence Carter’s band for eight or nine years,” Robinson said. “He also co-wrote some of the songs, some of Clarence’s greatest hits.”
This includes the 1968 song “Slip Away,” which Carter and Terrell co-wrote with William Armstrong.
Robinson said music is like therapy.
“We want people to have a good time,” Robinson said. “But at the same time, it’s all about the healing aspect of music for me.”
In addition to his sound duties at ASF, Bush appeared on the opening night of Garden Glow on June 8 as a member of folk rock band Electric Blue Yonder, along with Johnny and Beth Veres.
“It turned into a really good night,” Bush said. “It was a really good crowd. I played, so it’s hard to tell from the audience’s perspective, but it seemed like everyone was really into it.”
Doors open Friday at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. Bush encouraged people to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at asf.net/garden-glow. Packages with entree and a box of cold cuts or a box of cheese are available for $30, but must be pre-ordered by 2 p.m. Thursday.
Southern Writers Festival on Saturday
Garden Glow takes place a day before the Southern Writers Festival on Saturday, which will give ASF a stage reading of three new plays: Donnetta Lavinia Grays’ “Kudzu Calling”, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s “Zelda in the Background” and “Trouble on Vista View mobile home areas” by Audrey Cefaly.
Tickets for this can be purchased at asf.net/southernwritersfestival for individual readings, or $50 for all three including lunch.
“One thing we really focused on this year was showing off local talent,” Bush said. “With this one, the songwriter’s (Garden Glow), we’ve intentionally associated it with the Southern Writers Festival weekend, because it’s all about storytelling. That’s what’s going to make this one special.”
More Glow coming July 22
The third and final Garden Glow of the month is a jazz and gospel evening with Coleman Woodson III.
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