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.

2017 LINE UP

Saturday, November 5
11:00 am – Ritual Eyes
12:00 pm – Uptown Rounders
1:00 pm – Startle the Heavens
2:00 pm – The High Fidelics
3:00 pm – ASFA Jazz Ensemble
4:00 pm – Little Girl / Pink Pyramids

Sunday, November 6
11:00 am – Narradora
12:00 pm – JQ’s One Man Big Band
1:00 pm – The Matchcoats
2:00 pm – Cheshire Possum
3:00 pm – the Dizzy

Saturday Night Stars 
Startle the Heavens

Live Music coordinator 
Jess Marie Walker


Alabama School of Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble
Robert Janssen, Director

Flute – Kaylee Orr
Alto Sax – Mya Gibson, Tanner Bowman, Kmya Burrell, Lefarich Foy
Tenor Sax – Ivey Thomas, Sam Gravlee
Baritone Sax – Dwight Washington
Trumpet – Jakarius Hill, Charity Seltzer, Isaiah Martinez, Ryan Sawyer, Solomon Sigmon
Trombone – Jeremy Duke, Brandan Belser
French Horn – Alana Knowles, Alexandra Foreman
Tuba – Jaeden Henderson
Piano – Aidan Miles-Jemison, Gareth Hill, JT Morris, Emma Peng, Dima Gambino
Guitar – Justin Ritondo
Bass – Georgia Dussich, Zoe Johnson
Drum Set & Auxiliary Percussion – Patrick Morris, Cameron Clark, Kaylee Orr

Cheshire Possum is a five piece Folk/Americana band that plays an eclectic mix of original songs and cover that range from fiddle tunes to jazz and rock. The band is Ashley Hulsey Coutch, lead singer and songwriter of all originals, Melenie Mercer Johnson on mandolin, Paul Walters on guitar, Kevin Bokus on violin, and Michael Callahan on bass. For Booking contact Ashley Hulsey Coutch at

the Dizzy is a band from Birmingham intent on displaying overt signs of aggressive dance. As a four-piece, they are portable and unleaded, and come prepared for at least an hour of hard-hitting, stilted and singable romantic pop before they heed their own message and drink to be footloose. The group consists of Jordan Rickerson, (vocals), Jacquie Cotillard (piano, vocals), Yancey Hill, (bass guitar, vocals), and James Elliot (drums, vocals). Formed then reformed in early 2016, the Dizzy went about making an impact in the heart of Birmingham at venues like Marty’s PM and the Syndicate Lounge before releasing their first full-length record, Wrapped in Plastic, in November of the same year. The album, released on CD in a eye-catching faux-vinyl-flooring format, caused minor incidents throughout the major Birmingham metro area and has since been adored by freaks and haunted niches as well as the popular kids.

The High Fidelics – Have you heard The High Fidelics yet? This “retro fresh” all instrumental band has started the chattering-class chattering and the toe-tappers’ toes tapping. When you’re at a High Fidelics show, you’ll feel like you’re basking on a California beach, hanging out in a no-wave NYC club, and eating grits at a Memphis soul club — all at the same time. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, this group burst into the public eye in October 2010 and has not slowed down yet. They released their first album — a self-engineered, self-produced eponymous blockbuster in 2012, available online at and in CD format at Look for their second album later in 2017 or early 2018. Also Check Out: Interview by Noel Squitieri and

JQ’s One Man Big 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.

Little Girl is a solo femme/synth pop project by Lindsey Shante fka Helen of Coi based in Birmingham, AL. Sometimes ambient, sometimes dancey, always dreamy. Holding a bachelors in music from the University of North Florida, she blurs genres with her classical/avant-garde past and interest in underground, experimental electronic music. She has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has been featured in Birmingham Magazine’s 2016 music edition, Auntie Bellum southern femme blog, and aired on Spice Radio Huntsville & Birmingham Mountain Radio & FOTW Sydney. Be on the lookout for her new EP, Outside, set to be released late Fall 2017.
“Shante, classically trained yet utterly eclectic, composes a dreamy, synthy witch’s brew of sounds and beats that are infectious, soothing, and even anthemic. It’s also somehow a bit unsettling, which, to me, is a good thing.” –, Oct 2016

The Matchcoats – “Oh, we move along/In life you learn so many songs,” so starts the first track of “Coming Up” off Birmingham-based acoustic duo, The Matchcoats’ debut EP, Blanket Tricks. Saturated in brilliantly simple lyrical truisms and painted with delicate strokes of bluesy folk-driven melody and harmony, the musical relationship between husband and wife Gabriel and Sarah Akins overflows into the life of anyone who treats themselves to the duo’s experiences in song. In most cases, the Matchcoats put the listener’s well-being ahead of their own in hopes that what was once specific and personal to the songwriters can be expounded upon and ingrained into the fabric of their audience’s day to day living, a relational approach to storytelling that is becoming rare in a culture driven by self-serving art.
If you’re wondering about the band name, it refers to a garment worn in the 17th and 18th centuries – basically, a blanket fashioned into a coat – that was simple, practical, and effective. Can music cover, protect, and warm the listener in a similar way? The Matchcoats certainly think so.” — Mary Colurso, The Birmingham Sessions, The Matchcoats 2/10/2014

Narrador is a duo consisting of Ashley Hulsey Coutch and Stephen Franks. They play original songs written by Coutch and have begun to co-write songs together that are deeply personal, melodic, and hold a tight balance between darkness and light. For booking contact Ashley Hulsey Coutch at

Pink Pyramids is an intimate retrospect duo consisting of Caleb Gallman & Bobby Gill, offering nostalgic, lighthearted 80s Synth-Pop intertwined with neo-genres “sub-tropic goth” & “dolphin-punk”. Their dancey and unique soulful melodies as well as catchy riffs keep the pink party goin.

Ritual Eyes

Startle the Heavens is the project of Ben Leopard from Birmingham, Alabama. Started as a side project in 2007, it is music that is inspired by nature and independent film. Ben’s first album was released in 2008 and since then he has completed six albums with more on the way. His music has been featured in a wide range of projects over the years, with his biggest achievement being included in the television show CSI: Miami. It wasn’t until this year (2017) that the music was played live thanks to the help of some close friends who were committed to making it possible.

Uptown Rounders is a Birmingham based folk/Americana group. The Rounders use a traditional string band lineup of upright bass, guitar, banjo and fiddle to craft a sound that pulls from bluegrass, country, swing and pop music influences. The group has recently began live performances of their original folk music story, Promise of Day, which is a look at southern agricultural beginnings of the region, the introduction of modernization led by rail lines and the challenge of fusing a fast paced, technology driven world with a connection to the land, our food system, and our communities.