The longest-running music festival in Birmingham, AL kicks off tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with a parade. No, it’s not the one you think it is.
While the Schaeffer Eye Center CityFest (the festival formerly known as the Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil) also takes place tomorrow with a heavy-hitting line-up — one that includes The Roots (a.k.a. Jimmy Fallon’s house band on The Tonight Show) and American Idol winners Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks — we’re talking about The Function in Tuxedo Junction.
This year’s edition of Function in Tuxedo Junction, its 29th, will take place on the 100thanniversary of the birth of the famous song’s composer, Erskine Hawkins. It was founded in 1985, with Hawkins performing every year until his death in 1993. This year’s lineup featuresThe Manhattans (best known for their 1980 hit, “Shining Star”).
We realize every year we see a tremendous spike in traffic as folks try to find the schedule — which is why you’ll find it below. Please note the start times listed are approximate only and may change. You may also download this PDF of the schedule.
|10 a.m.||Grand Parade|
|11:40 a.m.||The Christian Heart Gospel Group|
|12:20 p.m.||The Golden Humming Birds of Birmingham|
|1 p.m.||Sherry Reeves & Group|
|1:45 p.m.||Halo & The Rubber Band|
|3:15 p.m.||Birmingham Heritage Band|
|4:05 p.m.||Recognition of Neighborhood officers, dignitaries & scholarships|
|5 p.m.||“Billy Ocean” Witherspoon|
|6:20 p.m.||Force Five Band|
|7:10 p.m.||Season to Please|
|8 p.m.||The Manhattans|