Tuscaloosa, Alabama will be celebrating its Bicentennial, or 200th Birthday in 2019, and Alabama’s own Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will be headlining a free concert in the city to celebrate the occasion. Isbell is originally from Green Hill, Alabama near Muscle Shoals and the Tennessee border. The “Bicentennial Bash” will be taking place at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on March 30th, 2019.
Jason Isbell is one of numerous performers for the event, all of whom are from Alabama. Also scheduled to perform are St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Commodores, Moon Taxi, and multiple local bands yet to be named on a 2nd stage. Gates open at 1 p.m., and Isbell takes the stage at 8:00. A fireworks display will proceed the music. There will also be rides, inflatables, and activities for kids.
“When we began planning Tuscaloosa’s 200th anniversary, our Bicentennial Commission’s leadership challenged us to think big and create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all citizens,” said Elizabeth McGiffert, chair of the Tuscaloosa 200 Events Committee. “We are so excited to announce this fantastic family-focused day that will help set the tone for a year of education, outreach and special events for our entire community.”
The music concert is the centerpiece of an entire year of activities celebrating Tuscaloosa’s bicentennial. As one of the few opportunities to see Jason Isbell for free, and with other bands worth perusing, you may want to make plans now if you’re within driving distance.
Bicentennial Bash Schedule
• 1 p.m.: Gates of the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater open
• 2-2:30 p.m.: Local Act on Main Stage
• 2:30-3 p.m.: Local Act on B Stage in East Plaza
• 3-3:45 p.m.: Blind Boys of Alabama on Main Stage
• 3:45-4:15 p.m.: Local Act on B Stage in East Plaza
• 4:15-5 p.m.: Moon Taxi on Main Stage
• 5-5:30 p.m.: Local Act on B Stage in East Plaza
• 5:30-6:15 p.m.: The Commodores on Main Stage
• 6:15-6:45 p.m.: Local Act on B Stage
• 6:45-7:40 p.m.: St. Paul & the Broken Bones on Main Stage
• 8-9 p.m.: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on Main Stage
• 9:15 p.m.: Fireworks