Presented by: Birmingham Mountain Radio

The Crescent Stage spotlights live music from local talent all weekend under a blanket Fall colors. Grab a spot on The Village Green for a great line up of entertainment, or catch the traveling sound waves as you explore the festival’s diverse offerings.

2019 LINE UP

Saturday, November 2
11:00 am – Urban Sound
12:00 pm – JQ’s One Man Swing Band
1:00 pm – ASFA Jazz Ensemble
2:00 pm – Shannon McNeal
3:00 pm – MUAD (Modular Units of the Analog Domain)
4:00 pm – NAPS

Sunday, November 3
11:00 am – Gabriel N. Akins (The Matchcoats)
12:00 pm – Maka Lue
1:00 pm – Ashley Hulsey Coutch
2:00 pm – Resort Realism
3:00 pm – Corél

Saturday Night Stars 
JQ’s One Man Swing Band

Live Music coordinator 
Jess Marie Walker


Alabama School of Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble
Robert Janssen, Director

Flute – Olivia Knowles
Clarinet – Voe Elle Jones
Alto Sax – Andrew Robertson, Nyla Jones
Tenor Sax – Ivey Thomas, Kah’lin Jordan, Jasmine Young
Baritone Sax – Shayla Abrams
Trumpet – Isaiah Martinez, Marek Ledvina, Nathan Garret, Jordan Wright
Trombone – Parker Hull
French Horn – Alana Knowles, Alexandra Foreman, Sophie Sikorski, William Edberg
Piano – Gareth Hill, JT Morris, Max Coryell, Conrad Feng
Guitar – Owen Dismukes, Wesley Patterson, Mac Spencer, Rayaan Muhammed
Bass – Zoe Johnson, Lauren Erwin, Mac Spencer
Drum Set & Auxiliary Percussion – Amber Rocker, Truman Francher

Gabriel N. Akins (The Matchcoats) was founding member and guitarist of the former southern roots/folk duo, The Matchcoats. Gabriel’s fingerpicking guitar style is comfortably in the neighborhood of Mississippi John Hurt and Doc Watson. If you enjoy these blues and folk revival greats, you’ll be in for a treat with Gabriel’s storytelling with alternating bass guitar accompaniment. Instagram: @bumpingums

Ashley Hulsey Coutch


JQ’s One Man Swing Band 
was developed by Jim Quakenbush as a way to play upon and promote his love of Big Band Swing & Jazz Classics. Accompanied by JQ’s Box Band, Jim uses Voice and Horn to pay homage to such artists as Duke, Count, Ella, Frank and, of course, the incomparable Louis Armstrong.

Maka Lue – Emo. R&b. Pop. Edm. Hip hop. Name a genre and Jada “Maka Lue” Penick has a versatile style that fits into any category. Just three years ago, Maka was in the 10th grade and solely focused on music production. Her interest in singing changed after joining the IAmGreatness mentoring organization. Her Beautiful Loser EP was released a month before senior year began. She produced all the instrumentals on the project. A month away from her 20th birthday, Maka has continued to make great strides in her growth as both a musician & producer.

MUAD – Modular Units of the Analog Domain was born of the love of the sounds that were possible from analog synthesizers.  Friends for decades, James Carr and O.Z. Hall have shared a devotion to music technology going back to the heyday of the analog synthesizer in the 1970s.  Reflecting this interest, James and O.Z. have purchased a number of instruments, many from each other.

James has performed solo original music with synthesizers for decades.  O.Z.’s performance experience has been mostly on drums.  With the “analog” revival of the last decade, the two of them began buying/trading/building analog synthesizer modules.  As a natural extension of this, they began to share creating music with these organic instruments.  Thus was born the synth duo named MUAD.

Their influences include seminal works by Walter (now Wendy) Carlos, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, as well as hits from the synth-pop revolution of the 80s.

NAPS was formed in early 2016 by guitarist Deontae’ Payne and drummer Shaquille De’Andre. With the addition of Rance Burnham on bass, NAPS have been making waves on the Birmingham music scene. Their eclectic blend of Indie, R&B, & Hip Hop with a funk element continues to distinguish them from other musicians.

Naps is gearing up for the release of their debut project in March of 2020 that will sure to be full of danceable grooves and memorable lyrics everyone can relate to. Keep an eye out for NAPS coming to a venue near you and follow on all social media platforms NAPS_205

Resort Realism is a Lo-Fi Downtempo project from Birmingham, Alabama. Drawing from the slow ominous beats of 90s Trip Hop and the warped jazzy textures of Vaporwave, the duo creates multilayered instrumental music that is cinematic and danceable, melancholy and smooth.

Shannon McNeal – Alabama native and Nashville resident Shannon McNeal combined her love of poetry and music early in life and has developed a knack for wrapping relevant life experiences into catchy lyrics. With her soft-pop melodies and witty words, she is sure to captivate both your ears and your thoughts.

Urban Sound