Friday, October 14th, 2011… another night, another jam packed show from The Alabama Shakes in Tuscaloosa. The band came into Egans as part of the birthday celebration for Tuscaloosa counter-cultural ambassador Bo Hicks, and they did not disappoint. They put on another sizzling show in front of a ridiculously large crowd, especially for a confined space like Egans.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. The band has so much “it” when they perform. All the buzz they are generating isn’t out of line or an overreaction. The way they carry themselves during a show and hook the crowd is something special. You can’t really teach it, and the bands that have that ability are the ones that do rise to the top. If you get a chance to watch them, do it. I think everyone in the bar realized they probably won’t be playing many more free shows in the near future as they progress into bigger venues and different markets. Still, it has been great to watch them grow a fan base locally in Tuscaloosa.
For the full gallery from this show, please check out http://www.dsmithimages.com/site/music/the-alabama-shakes-10-14-11/1/