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Taylor Hicks at WorkPlay Theatre: The Party’s On!

Photo of Taylor Hicks with UAB Gospel Choir by NolaMar; all other photos of the 2009 WorkPlay shows are previously unreleased and now graciously shared by Louise/4tay.


On Thursday, December 9, Taylor Hicks and band will host a music party at Birmingham’s WorkPlay Theatre.  You’re invited. 

Oh yes, you have questions.  What kind of party is this?  Who else is coming?  What should I wear?  Should I bring an appetizer?

If the September 2009 shows are any indication, we believe that the upcoming 2010 concert will be a surprise party.  We’re expecting to hear the signature mix of country, rock and blues represented on Taylor’s most recent album, “The Distance”, but we’re ready for the unexpected.  The 2009 shows provided several unanticipated pleasures; the duet performance of “Woman’s Gotta Have It” by Taylor Hicks with local music legend Ona Watson comes to mind.  Then there were the collaborative efforts of guitarists Billy Earl McClelland and Josh Smith paired with Taylor Hicks’ vocals on “Dust My Broom”.  The lovely Donna Hall added her voice to the evening’s version of the album’s title track, “The Distance”.  Both sold out shows were surprising, and satisfying.

The people coming to this party like music, and they like to have fun.  They’ve got that dance without any steps; they let the music move them around.  If you decide to join them at WorkPlay, wear loose, comfortable clothing because you’re going to be doing some moving and grooving, too.

There is no need for you to bring an appetizer.  We expect that the Taylor Hicks band will provide a full course musical meal and a sweet dessert.  Last year’s encore showcased the University of Alabama Gospel Choir with a memorable performance of “New Found Freedom”.

WorkPlay Theatre has held several noteworthy parties recently.  During the month of October alone, the venue featured Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, JJ Grey & Mofro, among other national and regional acts.  While the venue has recently felt the impact of the national recession, the music is still going strong.

Tickets for the December 9, 2010 Taylor Hicks show at WorkPlay Theatre are available online at or by telephone at (205) 380-4082.  Join the party.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Gr8fulheart #

    There is No reason why this years concert won’t provide the same level of entertainment as last years: ‘Surprising and Satisfying’! Count On It!!!♥

    October 29, 2010
  2. I’ve never seen a show at WorkPlay. It seems to be a “must see” venue for Taylor because, as you said, anything can happen. It’s his home turf and he’s got a lot of connections there. Really wish I could go, but it’s an expensive plane ride from Alberta, Canada. Have fun, everyone!

    October 29, 2010
  3. Louise #

    Great article! Thanks for this great read. So excited to hear Taylor is still on his ‘summer’ tour and he is making a stop in Birmingham.

    October 29, 2010
  4. tishtx #

    I’m dying because I can’t make it to Workplay this year. We were there for both nights last year. Some people might think it’s crazy to see the same band 2 nights in a row, but with Taylor Hicks each night is different.

    Everyone that gets to make it this year…..have a blast!!

    October 29, 2010
  5. jonibug #

    Last year’s shows were fantastic. I am so looking forward to this year’s version. I just wish there were two shows this time around. One can never see too many shows by Taylor Hicks and his band!

    October 29, 2010
  6. juliegr #

    Exciting news that Taylor Hicks and his band are not only bringing a tour stop to the south but are bringing that stop to Work Play. Last year’s concert stop was the crown jewel of the tour — full of exciting music, spectacular guests, and dynamic performances and I expect this year to be just as much fun.

    I hope everyone has a good time and look forward to reading about many happy experiences and comments.

    November 3, 2010

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