Art Jam tickets on sale

Published 9:56 pm Thursday, December 3, 2015

The countdown to the Blackbelt Benefit Group’s third annual Art Jam is under three weeks away and tickets are expected to go quickly.

Country singers Will Kimbrough and Grayson Capps and guitarist Corky Hughes headline the concert on Dec. 23, which has become one of the nonprofit group’s biggest events over the last few years. The Dead Fingers, who performed at the Riverfront Park Music and Arts Festival, is also a special guest performer.

“It’s one of those things where people like to get together and have a good time,” said Carl Bowline with Blackbelt Benefit Group. “It’s a very intimate setting because the theatre is so small, and we try to make it Selma friendly where you get a chance to talk and meet the artist and ask them some questions and do that kind of stuff as well as enjoy some great food.”

In past years, Jason Isbell and Patterson Hood have rocked the theatre and really helped make the Art Jam the annual hit it is now. Bowline said both artists bragged about how great the acoustics are at the theatre.

He said the event helps bring people together, which is what he enjoys the most. At the last two shows, Bowline said people have come from across the country.

“When somebody comes into Selma and it’s not about Civil War and it’s not about civil rights, it’s about fun, I think that’s the aspect in our city that has been missing,” Bowline said.

All proceeds from the event are going to the Blackbelt Benefit Group’s Grow Selma community garden project.

“We are really working hard to get the support necessary and some grants to help us out with that,” Bowline said.

General admission tickets are $25 and are available at Doors are scheduled to open at 6 p.m. and music will start at 7 p.m.

To stay up to date, visit the Art Jam at The Walton Theatre page on Facebook.

The Blackbelt Benefit Group is also hosting a Shuck n’ Jive event on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m at Bowline’s pool. The event will consist of shucking oysters and enjoying the sounds of the Kenny Brown Band, who also appeared at the Riverfront Park Music and Arts Festival earlier this year. Music is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. that night.

The admission cost is any donation or buying a T-shirt. Donations from the Shuck n’ Jive will also go toward the community garden project.