Birmingham Music Venue Moonlight on the Mountain is currently in its 2nd reincarnation. Some of you may remember it from its days of acoustic live music splendor in Vestavia Hills area off Hwy. 31. Now it is located at 585 Shades Crest Rd., Hoover, AL 35226. It is my favorite venue and as I have local SEO skills, I will like to see this 2nd version of the venue last a while longer, so I’m asking y’all to yes, of course, check out Moonlight on Facebook & Twitter, but more than that, come to shows @ the Moonlight by checking the calendar on the website!. Bring cash only for payment and if you like you may bring whatever you may legally like to drink / eat while you are there – like a picnic. It’s a great place to take a date and the people are very friendly.
Now check out this interview I did with Moonlight owner Keith Harrelson.
Why the Moonlight is cool to me
by John Zachary Sullivan
I’m biased of course, but my wife and I went there (in its 1st incarnation – in Vestavia, back in 2004) on our 2nd date I believe and saw a really fantastic band called Red Hill, a folky band with soulful musical expression.
Sometimes when there was nothing to do in Vestavia I would just meander into the Moonlight and it was on just such an occasion that I discovered Tonal Vision, with the local legend Jason Bailey, whom I incidentally have just seen play a couple of times in really recent times, too. He’s a pro.
Moonlight has also had other big music acts that typically sell the place out, such as Act of Congress.
Over the years Moonlight has been one of the few places that satiates my affinity for Celtic / Irish music, periodically hosting such shows that I drive quite a way to see.
The Moonlight on the Mountain music club is one that only seats about 100 people, so it’s a bit exclusive, and a lot of times the people that may play there are people whom you would not otherwise know, so you take a chance on them, and the acoustics and magical and the music seems mystic. The atmosphere is clean and relaxed and unlike any other place around. For some, it harkens back to an age where acoustic music was the dominant, prevalent standard and it was about the lyrics, personal expression, and making the world a better place.
To go to the moonlight, get directions to the Moonlight.
The Moonlight is aptly named because it is mysterious, as moonlight tends to be. Yet there is truth in the mystery, and thus we have to get into the mystery to find the truth.
Here’s a sample:
Note: If you have played at the Moonlight or would like to support it, please do so. You can make tax-deductible donations @ the website or mail in a check by contacting Keith. Also, if you have a website, please link to it and entreat people to frequent the place.