Update, 10/8: One day before the show, it has sold out. Not the kind of instantaneous ticket grab the Pageant often sees, but it's still an impressive leap for Alabama Shakes. Original post follows...
Alabama Shakes has just announced a show on October 9 at the Pageant. Tickets are $22.50 in advance or $25 day of show -- the advance tickets go on sale this Friday at 5 p.m.
As recently as December, this band was playing the Old Rock House. That's a quick jump and the sort of upgrade that tells you a lot about a band's trajectory -- the Shakes' debut Boys and Girls is finding some of the year's most solid footing among both fans and critics. Don't be surprised if the buzz is deafening by October.
After an opening interlude, Brittney Howard and her Athens, Alabama, bandmates launched into their first single "Hold On" as the arena-sized crowd sang along with every word. Howard seemed humbled by the size and enthusiasm of the audience yet confident in her ability to keep it satisfied, particularly in the undulating "You Ain't Alone". At one point, Howard looked at the crowd in wonder and shouted "I love ya'll!!". The feeling is mutual, Brittney.
Famously touted by the likes of Jack White, Alabama Shakes has received a great deal of buzz in the alternative music blogosphere. The Shakes' strong debut album Boys and Girls, combined with last night's epic performance proved them more than worthy. With an undeniable poise and a stage presence that belies her youth, Howard's ability to mix her deep, soulful voice with high-pitched wails made Alabama Shakes the definite high point of Day One at Bonnaroo.