Monday, March 6th saw another opportunity for me to pull a double shot and cover two distinctly different concerts in one Birmingham, Alabama evening. The first was the performance by City and Colour at Iron City. The second was Deafheaven at Saturn Birmingham. The only things the shows had in common were they both featured charismatic front men and both provided the Magic City some pretty good musical options on a Monday night.
Things started out with a very chill and relaxed vibe at Iron City. This was evident with the crowd and the performers on stage when City and Colour began their set. The primary focus, of course, was singer and guitarist Dallas Green, who belted out some serious notes while also shredding some impressive chords. Based on the crowd assembled and their reaction, City and Colour definitely registered a strong performance. From the little bit I saw, I would have to agree. It was an impressive display all around.
I quickly departed Iron City and made the short trek to the Avondale neighborhood and Saturn Birmingham just in time to see Deafheaven take the stage. I knew I was in store for a mix of black metal and shoegaze, but I did not expect lead singer George Clarke to be as energetic and as dynamic as he was. He was all over the stage and really upped the intensity of the set quite a bit. The performance was exactly what the Birmingham metalheads in attendance came to see.
I am not sure when my next double shot will happen, but I will welcome it with open arms like I did with this one and the one on Saturday, March 4th that featured Dropkick Murphys and Japandroids. Seeing such contrasts in shows and audiences is always a treat, and it's an extra special treat when it happens in the same evening.
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