If you close your eyes, you might think the internationally acclaimed progressive rock band "Pink Floyd" is performing in Alabama. It's actually the tribute band, "Floyd Nation."

Music fans of the progressive genre can experience Floyd Nation in the northern and southern parts of the state.

On Saturday, Floyd Nation performs at 8 p.m. at the Saenger Theater in downtown Mobile. Details here.

They perform again at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Oxford Performing Arts Center (OPAC). Details here.

"Pink Floyd" is an English rock band formed in London in 1965. They were unusual in that they were the first British psychedelic band to gain popularity. Their live shows were known as much for their sonic experiments and elaborate live shows as their avant-garde music. They are considered by some to be the greatest progressive rock band of all time.

The official description of the "Floyd Nation" tribute as follows:

Floyd Nation concerts are an immersive experience beyond live music and light shows, fostering a deep connection with fans. Comprising dedicated US-based musicians and ardent Pink Floyd enthusiasts, the group meticulously recreates Pink Floyd's essence, delivering an impactful, personal, and authentic musical experience. Their performances cover an extensive catalog, including iconic albums like The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon, and more. Floyd Nation embodies Pink Floyd's artistry and legacy, paying homage to the awe-inspiring band's spirit. Through sound, lights, and a heartfelt journey, their live shows evoke emotional connections and nostalgic memories of some of the greatest music ever created. 

The two venues for Floyd Nation may be as interesting as the concert.

On Saturday, the historic Saenger Theater in downtown Mobile is the setting. It is at 6 S. Joachim Street in “LoDa,” the Lower Dauphin Historical District. It is a restored Mobile landmark established in 1927 – 97 years ago.

On Sunday, the restored concert hall in downtown Oxford is at 100 Choccolocco Street.

The City of Oxford took an unused historic building and turned it into the Oxford Performing Arts Center (OPAC). The classic building had been a city hall, fire station and city jail. Millions later, it is now a 1,200-seat performing arts theater.  

Other productions at OPAC in March include:

March 1. “An Evening with Marie Osmond.”

March 2. Dave Mason. ‘Traffic Jam’ tour.

March 15. “The American ELO.”

March 22.  “Son of Serendip” with the Atlanta Pops.

March 23. Travis Tritt.

March 26.  Dinosaur World Live.

March 28. “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” with Scot Bruce.

Notice that there is something for everyone. Classic lovers. Oldies rock. Children's programs. Current celebrities. Southern acts. Musicals. Country music. Tribute bands of popular acts.

Details on OPAC events and tickets here.

Details on Mobile's Saenger Theater events and tickets:  Saenger Theatre Mobile - Mobile, AL | Tickets, 2024 Event Schedule, Seating Chart (ticketmaster.com)

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at ZeiglerElderCare@yahoo.com

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