With students returning to school and college football on the horizon, fall will be here before we know it. Though we’ll certainly be stuck with Alabama heat for at least another month, this is the perfect time for Alabama music fans to plan for the next concert season.

From mid-August to Thanksgiving, Alabama music venues have a packed lineup from country legends to alt-rock superstars.

For your conscience, 1819 News compiled the top 10 concerts this fall from the Tennessee Valley to the Gulf. 

James Taylor

  • City: Huntsville

  • Venue: Orion Amphitheater

  • Date: August 22

  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter James Taylor is one of the best-selling musical artists in history. He rose to stardom in the early 1970s with his singles “Fire and Rian” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”

Taylor had to reschedule shows in Ohio and Alabama initially booked for this summer after he contracted a severe case of laryngitis in June. Taylor’s doctors ordered him to rest his vocal cords not to risk permanent damage.

Jason Aldean

  • City: Orange Beach

  • Venue: The Wharf Amphitheater

  • Date: August 26

  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

Following the release of the controversial single “Try That in a Small Town,” which drew the ire of left-wing progressives nationwide, Aldean is venturing into the heart of his fanbase. Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon already assured his constituents that Aldean will always be welcome, no matter what the mainstream media thinks of his message.

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening

  • City: Mobile

  • Venue: Saenger Theatre

  • Date: September 1

  • Time: 8:00 p.m.

We all know who John Bonham is: the late Led Zeppelin legend commonly regarded as one of the most influential drummers in rock and roll history. Jason Bonham is his son and carries on his father’s legacy. 

Jason Bonham has performed with the surviving member of his father’s band several times. Since 2015, he has been touring North America with his band Led Zeppelin Evening. 


  • City: Pelham

  • Venue: Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

  • Date: September 16

  • Time: 6:30 p.m.

You either love them or you hate them. Canadian rock band Nickleback, known for its Hot 100 singles, including “Photograph” and “Rockstar,” is coming to Pelham’s Oak Mountain Amphitheatre on September 16. 

Thomas Rhett

  • City: Birmingham

  • Venue: BJCC (Legacy Arena)

  • Date: September 28

  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

As September approaches, pop-country singer and Georgia native Thomas Rhett will perform at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center’s (BJCC) largest indoor venue, the Legacy Arena, starting at 7:30 p.m. 

The Beach Boys 

  • City: Birmingham 

  • Venue: Alabama Theatre

  • Date: October 5

  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

Also coming to Birmingham this fall is The Beach Boys. The Beach Boys rose to prominence in 1960s Southern California with the hit “Surfin’ U.S.A.” Almost 60 years later, the band is still performing. They will play at Birmingham’s Alabama Theatre on October 5.

Zach Bryan (Auburn Rodeo)

  • City: Opelika

  • Venue: Sistrunk Farms 

  • Date: October 7

  • Time: 10:00 a.m.

The Auburn Tigers will be off on Saturday, October 7, preparing for the following week’s match-up with LSU. Nevertheless, Auburn students will flock to Sistrunk Farms near Opelika to participate in a timeless Auburn tradition: Rodeo.

The rodeo began in 1965 and has since featured country artists such as Riley Green, Koe Wetzel and more. This year, country songwriter and Navy veteran Zach Bryan will take the stage at 10:00 a.m.

Willie Nelson (Outlaw Music Festival)

  • City: Orange Beach, Huntsville, Pelham

  • Venue: Amphitheater at The Wharf, Orion Amphitheater, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

  • Date: October 8, 11 & 15

  • Time: 4:05, 5:50 & 4:20 p.m.

Classic country legend Willie Nelson is playing not once but three times in Alabama in October as part of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour to celebrate the year of his 90th birthday. The tour features an incredible lineup, including Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Bobby Weir & the Wolf Bros, Whiskey Myers, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and more.

Travis Tritt 

  • City: Birmingham

  • Venue: Alabama Theatre

  • Date: November 16

  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

Grammy award-winning 90s country music star Travis Tritt is coming to Birmingham on November 16 to take the stage at the Alabama Theatre at 7:30 p.m. 

The Marcus King Band

  • City: Mobile

  • Venue: Soul Kitchen

  • Date: November 18

  • Time: 8:00 p.m.

South Carolina native and blue guitarist Marcus King, accompanied by his talented band, will conclude our list on November 18 at Mobile’s Soul Kitchen, a popular live music venue on Dauphin St. King, and his band will start playing at 8:00 p.m.

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