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Mayor Battle strikes the right chord, proclaims September as Huntsville Music Month

Published on September 1, 2022

Music is in the air in the City of Huntsville as Mayor Tommy Battle has proclaimed September as Huntsville Music Month.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle stands at the podium and read remarks as several people look on.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle joins artist Deqn Sue and Huntsville Music Officer Matt Mandrella at the kickoff for Huntsville Music Month at Tangled String Studios at Lowe Mill. On stage is R&B group Element XI, which performed at the event.

The inaugural event, promoted by the Huntsville Music Office, is designed to build excitement around the City’s music culture, spotlight the music community, establish new events and champion Huntsville’s appeal to musicians and fans as a music‑friendly city.

“Music is a great quality-of-life amenity because music is for everyone,” Mayor Battle said. “We’re excited to have an opportunity to show how far we’ve come on our way to making Huntsville Alabama’s Music Launchpad.”

Huntsville Music Month features plenty of opportunities to celebrate live music, both on the stage and behind the scenes. The Huntsville Music Month webpage spotlights more than 60 concerts as well as a workshop, community expo and an instrument drive for schools.

Music lovers who participate in events this month can join the celebration by sharing posts on social media with the hashtag #hsvmusicmonth.

“This is a great month to show appreciation for our music scene by seeing a concert, buying music from a local artist or supporting a business or nonprofit actively engaged with our diverse music ecosystem,” said Huntsville Music Officer Matt Mandrella.

Events of note this month will include:

City Council meetings

The Sept. 8 Huntsville City Council meeting will feature the Huntsville Community Drumline outside and Sierra Hammond of Opera Huntsville performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the 1st Floor Chambers, City Hall. The Sept. 22 meeting will include music from the Jemison High School Band outside as well as 9-year-old violinist Laila Willis performing the national anthem.

Career development workshop

Grammy-award winning artists Ben Lovett and Kelvin Wooten will serve as panelists at a Career & Artist Development Workshop Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Lee High School Theater. Wooten has worked with artists like H.E.R. and Eric Clapton, while Lovett is a member of Mumford & Sons and the CEO of tvg hospitality, which operates Orion Amphitheater at Apollo Park.

Music Industry Career Fair & Community Expo

This free event will help connect members of the community to job openings and volunteer opportunities within Huntsville’s music ecosystem. The event will be Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at Von Braun Center’s East Hall.

Women in Music Weekend

A partnership between the Huntsville Music Office and Downtown Huntsville Inc., Women in Music Weekend will showcase the talents of over 30 local women. The weekend, Sept. 15-18, will culminate with the Girl Jam Finale at The Orion Amphitheater.

Jazz in the Park

Presented by Huntsville’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, this year’s Jazz in the Park free concert series returns to live audiences for the first time since 2019. Performances will occur at 5 p.m. each Sunday in September in Big Spring Park East, except for a Sept. 11 concert at The Orion Amphitheater.

School instrument drive

Because music education is a cornerstone of the Huntsville Music Office’s mission, it is hosting a monthlong school instrument drive in partnership with Huntsville City Schools, the Microwave Dave Music Education Foundation and the Maitland Arts Initiative. Instruments can be dropped off at the Fret Shop or the Maitland Conservatory.

Blast Music submissions

Blast Music, a free streaming service offered by the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, will be taking artist submissions all month. The platform features more than 80 North Alabama musicians that reflect the Tennessee Valley’s diversity and talent.

Visit the Huntsville Music Month webpage for more details.