Our 4th annual Hot Strings is about music, food, fun, family, friends, and it all benefits The Foundry. Hot Strings is a fun, family-focused event ideal for clients, customers, or employee appreciation. We will offer fantastic musicians and bands, activities for kids including our Wal-mart kid's fun zone, and many local choices for Great Food. Hot Strings is alcohol free and directly supports The Foundry's recovery programs. We offer sponsorship opportunities, including packages that can be tailored to accommodate your company's specific needs. Feel free to contact us directly with any questions regarding a sponsorship.
You are invited to join us on October 6th, 2013, from 12-6p.m., at Colonial Brookwood Mall to share with us the amazing atmosphere that has become Hot Strings!
Matthew Mayfield (4:30pm) is an American singer-songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama. In 2010, Mayfield independently released his first full-length studio album, "Now You're Free." The album broke the Top 20 charts in the iTunes rock category in the first week. Since that time, Matthew and his band began a heavy touring schedule with artists including Needtobreathe and Will Hoge. Several of the tracks of "Now You're Free" have been featured on ABC, MTV, and CW network programs. In June 2013 Mayfield released his latest album, “Irons in the Fire,” and is now touring in its promotion.
Act of Congress (3pm) is a Birmingham, Alabama based singer-songwriter group. They play only acoustic instruments in their music, giving them a sound that is unique, meshing several genres of music together. The group's founding members, Chris Griffin and Adam Wright, met in college. Wright, a pianist, and Griffin, a guitar player, were interested in converging the sounds of progressive bluegrass with softer pop melodies on acoustic instruments. In 2006, Tim Carroll, an upright bass player, was added to play instrumentation and in 2007, Bethany Borg joined the group after leaving several years performing in Branson, Missouri.
Act of Congress has also played alongside several Symphonies, including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in their annual "An Alabama Christmas" concert. The group has also been the opening act for Toby Keith and John Mayer.
Mandoline Orange (2pm) is a duo, sometimes band, led by songwriter Andrew Marlin and vocalist/instrumentalist Emily Frantz. The duo ornaments lyric and harmony-focused tunes with acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle and mandolin. As a band they are joined by rhythm section Jeff Crawford (bass) and James Wallace (drums). Over the last few years, Mandolin Orange has shared bills with Rosanne Cash, Chatham County Line, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Abigail Washburn, and traveled as far as the UK to perform at festivals, including Ulster's 21st Annual Bluegrass Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots, and Hopscotch Music Festival. "Mandolin Orange carries an understanding of tradition and shape it into a thing of beauty. They craft simple songs that go beyond chord progressions and vocal harmonies, leading somehow toward something pure. Using acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin and a hand-me-down fiddle, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz allure with a heart-worn sensibility. Last year's Haste Make/ Hard Hearted Stanger combines bluegrass, rock and country for lullabies that swoon." - Ashleigh Phillips, Independent Weekly
Three on a String (1pm) is a long-lived bluegrass trio that was founded in 1971. The band consists of banjo player Bobby Horton, guitarist Jerry Ryan, and bassist Brad Ryan. Throughout their existence, Three on a String have acted as ambassadors for Birmingham, playing for two presidents and with nearly a dozen symphony orchestras. Introducing each show with "We're here to have fun!”, they pepper the act with comedic banter and even occasional skits. They have made numerous television appearances, including several for Tom York's "Morning Show" and have been inducted into both the Birmingham Record Collectors Hall of Fame, the Alabama Blue Grass Hall of Fame, and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.