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#SouthernMakers 2017 Revisited

Southern Makers 2017 found us in a new city, a new venue, and a few new additions to our celebration! Despite storms earlier in the week and high temperatures, the weather held out for us all weekend and the viaduct at Sloss Furnaces was the perfect retreat from the mid day heat.

The festivities got underway Friday night at Pepper Place Market with a one-of-a-kind dining experience featuring the culinary delights of 5 southern chefs and special guests Natalie Chanin and Mike Wolfe. The food and drinks were delicious and the company divine! The dinner was a perfect introduction to the weekend festivities at Sloss.

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Attendees lined up early outside the 19 feet tall x 32 inch wide custom made, salvaged wood entrance. The gates opened at noon and the crowd poured in, ready to enjoy the offerings of around 100 makers. Event goers were able to sample goods, participate in demonstrations, and interact with some of the most talented artists and makers from throughout the state of Alabama. Maker booths and tents were lined up both sides the length of the viaduct. One end of the viaduct supported one of this year’s new features, a craft beer garden, while the other end was home to live musical performances as bands took to the makeshift stage to entertain the crowd.

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Another new feature this year was the addition of graffiti artist Moses Pressnell. Moses painted the side of this trailer Saturday and Sunday during Southern Makers. This beautiful work of art is titled “Fly First”. You can follow Moses and see more of his incredible art on Facebook at facebook.com/mosespressnellart.

The other new addition was the Urban Arts Dance Competition and Demonstration sponsored by Alabama Dance Nation. Watching the highly talented dancers battle it out for the big prize was highly entertaining! And… we can’t forget about the concert Saturday night at Avondale Brewery by Single Lock recording artists including John Paul White and Mia Dyson.

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Coming through a jam packed weekend, we have to take this opportunity to say a heart felt THANK YOU!! There is no way we can name everyone by name without leaving someone out, as it took a countless number of people to pull off an event of this magnitude. Every single person who played a part in this event, large or small, was needed and appreciated. Our thanks goes out to all of the Makers, Sponsors, those who have worked tirelessly over the past year to help plan every aspect of this event, the Southern Makers and Southern Accents Team, our venues; Sloss Furnaces, Pepper Place Market and Avondale Brewery, the Volunteers, the Chefs, Brewers, the Security and those involved from the City of Birmingham who helped make this happen, and of course our media sponsor Garden & Gun Magazine. Most importantly, we want to thank the attendees! Without you, all the effort would be in vain. We realize your time is precious and we appreciate you choosing to spend some of it with us!

We’ll be posting photos on our social media accounts in the coming days so keep watch! We also want to see YOUR photos! Please post your photos from this past weekend and tag us with #southernmakers2017 or @southernmakers.

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The demonstrations throughout the weekend were a huge success! Casting artists from Sloss Furnaces, pizza making with Bill St. John and broom making with George Jones were but a few of the crowd pleasing demonstrations!

The VIP lounge was hopping all weekend as VIP ticket holders were treated to culinary delights and refreshing drinks in the decked out air conditioned tent!

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The Pine Hill Haints returned this year, along with other musical guests, to entertain the crowds.

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The Beer Garden was a popular new feature as craft beers from over a dozen Alabama brewers were offered throughout the weekend.

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Happy faces from makers and guests alike were common under the Sloss Furnaces viaduct! We hope to see you all again next year!!


Urban Arts Dance Competition at Southern Makers!

We are excited to announce a new addition to the Southern Makers line up this year! There will be an Urban Arts Dance Competition on Saturday, August 12, followed by an Urban Arts Dance demonstration and presentation on Sunday, August 13 at the Historic Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. These fantastic displays of art in the form of dance are included as part of your Southern Makers ticket price!!

Urban Arts Dance Competition at Southern Makers 2017

Take It To The Streets is a 5 Year Running Urban Arts Open Styles Tournament Dance Competition where dancers from Alabama Dance Nation invite other artists from across the country to come to the Magic City and battle for the loot, $300 Cash to be exact, and the crown! This Tournament will be part of Southern Makers 5th Annual Event on Saturday, August 12. With over 35 accomplished street dancers coming from six different states across the South to compete for the prize, this battle is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Judges for Saturday’s competition will be Ladia Yates, Benji Porter and Michael ‘Kaotic’ Phillips. Music provided by DJ New Era, MC for this event is Jag War.

Sunday, August 13, experience Urban Arts in Motion at it’s finest! Alabama Dance Nation will bring to Southern Makers the best of the best as they explore the Past, Present and the Future of Street Dance. Special Guest Appearances Sunday by Dance Legends: Boogaloo Shrimp aka Turbo (The Movie Breakin), Honey Rockwell (Legendary B-Girl), Kid Dynamo (Legendary Locker) and Orko Romero (Zulu Nation). We are also excited to announce that a presentation of the First Annual Christopher Herndon Exceptional Artist Award will be made to a deserving member of Alabama Dance Nation who has been a consistently, positive force in the street dance community, in addition to being a phenomenal artist.

What an honor it is to have such a prestigious line up and display of dance as part of #southernmakers2017. Join us at Historic Sloss Furnaces August 12 & 13. TICKETS ARE ON SALE AT: SOUTHERNMAKERS.COM


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