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Sloss Music & Arts Festival – Tent Transformation!

The Southern Accents Team was hard at work last week in preparation for our latest BIG adventure! Garden & Gun Magazine contacted Mason & Dixon and SA and asked us to design/build an Artist Lounge and portrait studio for last weekend’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. We worked to transform a large event tent into a very cool, yet functional, relaxing lounge for the artists. With each new project our goal is to turn our creativity up a notch. We did a little research and came up with something unique for this festival!

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesShou-sugi-ban is a Japanese term that means “burnt cedar board.” The term is commonly used to describe a centuries old Japanese technique of charring wood planks for use as siding. While this method of wood treatment was originally used to make the wood less susceptible to rotting and insects, today it is more often used for aesthetic purposes. We thought the charred wood would pair perfectly with our painted white, 10 foot tall salvaged Gothic windows, vintage fireplace mantels and decorative 10 foot tall copper mirror. The lounge, which was equipped with charging stations, had an “old southern church” feel to it. The interior of the tent housed our salvaged wood farm tables and two large bars reminiscent of the ones that once graced the old general stores.

In addition to the artist lounge, Southern Accents constructed a faux studio for Garden & Gun, which was used for artist photography sessions throughout the event. A Vanity Fair photographer was on site to capture candid shots as well.

The two day festival at the historic Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, featured three music stages and included an incredible lineup of over 30 bands and musical artists including The Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and many more. Attendees enjoyed Nick ‘N Friends BBQ Experience, Iron Pouring, API Poster Show, Piggly Wiggly Craftly Beerly Tent, Regional Art and Food Vendors and more.

We hope you were following our social media accounts for updates throughout the weekend! Here’s a few pictures that show the incredible tent transformation!

This picture shows a before and after shot of the large event tent. The after picture was taken late Friday. A few finishing touches were added the next morning to the air conditioned tent and the lounge was ready to host all the guest artists, providing a welcome refuge from the summer heat!

This picture shows a before and after shot of the large event tent. The after picture was taken late Friday. A few finishing touches were added the next morning to the air conditioned tent and the lounge was ready to host all the guest artists, providing a welcome refuge from the summer heat!

Southern Accents was honored to have been given the opportunity to design/build the artist lounge for Garden and Gun.

Southern Accents was honored to have been given the opportunity to design/build the artist lounge for Garden and Gun.

The salvaged wood walls completely disguised and transformed the white event tent, turning it into an inviting living area.

The salvaged wood walls completely disguised and transformed the white event tent, turning it into an inviting living area.

The white cathedral windows looked incredible set against the black charred wood walls. Zippers in the side panels of the tent allowed us to  let in some natural light through the windows but still keep the tent cool via use of a large air conditioner.

The white cathedral windows looked incredible set against the black charred wood walls. Zippers in the side panels of the tent allowed us to let in some natural light through the windows but still keep the tent cool via use of a large air conditioner.

We would like to thank everyone who was involved with this project: Mason Dixon, Garden & Gun Magazine, Ivory Exchange Rentals, Mary Clayton Carl, Cullman Sign and Banner, Red Mountain Entertainment, Shin Dig Catering, JAH Woodworks, Pepper Place Pop Up, Lisa Jones Photography, Sully Sullivan, and the incredible, amazing, talented, hard working, Southern Accents Team!! It takes a village!! There were many throughout the week who stepped in to lend a hand. If we have failed to mention you specifically, please accept our apologies but know that no act went unnoticed! THANK YOU!!


2013 Alley Party

Our 2013 Alley Party held Saturday night, July 20th was a huge success! This event, in it’s third year, was first held after the devastating tornadoes in April of 2011 ravaged Cullman, Alabama. The first Alley Party was planned during a time when folks were physically and emotionally weary. The community had come together to help with the clean up efforts after many homes and businesses had been heavily damaged or totally destroyed by the F4 tornadoes. Southern Accents owner, Garlan Gudger, Jr., saw the need to bring everyone together for a few hours to rest and rekindle spirits.

Word quickly spread about the first Party which was planned in the alleyway running between Southern Accents showroom and warehouse. “Folks showed up for a much needed break,” Garlan stated. “We visited with one another and enjoyed a time of food and fellowship. It was a short period where we could relax and not think about the massive amount of work that still lay ahead. Everyone had such a great time that we decided to make this an annual event.”

This year’s party was the biggest and best yet! We would be remiss to not offer our thanks to those who made this year’s event possible.

The Southern Accents team put in several weeks worth of hard work preparing for the party. From cleaning and decorating the alley to constructing the stage and promoting the event, the Alley Party could not have happened without all of our team members help.

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Cullman Sign and Banner. They provided the awesome welcome and social media banners as well as all the fun koozies we gave away to our guests.

Bill and Liz St. John worked hard baking incredible gourmet pizzas in their portable wood burning pizza oven for all the early arrivers. Folks are still talking about the pizzas and we are all coveting that oven on wheels! Clifton Holt of Little Savannah Restaurant was responsible for the mouth watering ribs. Declarations were heard from throughout the crowd that they were the BEST ribs they had ever had. Please visit Clifton at his restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama. Thanks to Shindigs food truck, also from Birmingham, for driving up and feeding all the hungry party goers late into the night. The food was delicious!

Amber and Carl from Southeastern Attractions did an outstanding job booking the entertainment for the night. Thanks to Cliff Fountain for all his hard work with the staging. Cliff hung with us and was a tremendous help all night! You can visit Cliff at Cullman Quick Copy.

Banditos… you guys ROCK! We had a blast! The band entertained the crowd until well into the night with their mix of classics and original tunes. Not only are these guys super talented but also incredibly nice. We can’t wait to have you back!

Thanks to Julia Masters for the incredible job creating the artwork for our limited edition t-shirts. We would also like to thank Jason White from The Final Touch for stepping in and doing a tremendous job printing the tees and having them ready in time for the party. If you missed the opportunity to pick up a t-shirt, we have just a few left. You can order them directly from our website.

Lisa Jones and Sharon McCormick Tucker did an outstanding job photographing this year’s event. If you have not visited our Facebook page, please stop by and flip through the 2013 Alley Party photo albums. If you attended the Alley Party, please look for your picture and tag yourself and your friends.

Thanks to our sponsors JCR Recycling and Bark-ley Contracting.

We would also like to say a special thank you to the Cullman Police and Cullman Fire Department. You guys are the best!

Southern Accents 2013 Alley Party

Welcome to Southern Accents third annual Alley Party

Bill St. John feeds early arrivers slices of gourmet pizza baked on location in his wood burning oven!

Bill St. John feeds early arrivers slices of gourmet pizza baked on location in his wood burning oven!

Clifton Holt of Little Savannah Restaurant serves up pizza and ribs.

Clifton Holt of Little Savannah Restaurant serves up pizza and ribs.

Guests arrived early to enjoy great food, music, and fun fellowship.

Guests arrived early to enjoy great food, music, and fun fellowship.

The Gothic chandelier that hung from a crane was a huge hit with party goers...especially as it lit up the night sky.

The Gothic chandelier that hung from a crane was a huge hit with party goers…especially as it lit up the night sky.

The Banditos entertained the crowd with their eclectic mix of Americana and Folk music.

The Banditos entertained the crowd with their eclectic mix of Americana and Folk music.

All good things must come to an end! Thanks to everyone who attended the 2013 Alley Party! We can't wait for the next one!

All good things must come to an end! Thanks to everyone who attended the 2013 Alley Party! We can’t wait for the next one!


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