Alumni Concert wows crowd

Steelism performs at the Alumni Concert Oct. 3

Muscle Shoals label Single Lock Records ushered in homecoming at the Homecoming Concert Oct. 3.

Steelism, a Nashville instrumental group, christened the evening, bringing a steel guitar-driven funk and playing multiple short sets throughout the concert. 

“Steelism was my favorite group to play tonight,” said freshman Dustin Colvard. “I heard about the concert through one of my music industry classes. I thought most of the music would be slow. All of it has been very jazzy – definitely a Muscle Shoals sound.”

 Shoals native Carmen Erdmann said she loved every part of the show.

“The amount of talent that’s here – it’s just fabulous,” Erdmann said.

Muscle Shoals based bands The Pollies and Belle Adair continued the evening with soulful sounds and smooth rock.

“I really enjoyed the eclectic mix of the different groups,” said Shoals resident Joe Snowden. “It was different how they played together at different parts.”

Female vocal-driven band The Bear wowed the crowd with its dynamics and lead vocals.

Senior Hayden Behel said The Bear was her favorite group of the night.

“(Louisa Murry’s) voice is magical. I had already heard their music on the radio months before the concert at UNA,” she said.

 John Paul White played several solo songs and was joined by Shoals songwriter Donnie Frits.

The Single Lock family took the stage at the end to finish out the night in unity.

Student Megan Kaziol said she enjoyed the finale.

“I liked the very end where they all came and sang together,” Kaziol said.