As the frontwoman and guitarist for Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard has become one of music’s most celebrated figures. The band has won four Grammys (out of nine nominations), and she has performed everywhere from the Obama White House to the main stage at Lollapalooza, where she sang with Paul McCartney at his invitation. For her solo debut, Jaime, Howard boldly decided to explore new directions, with diverse instrumentation and arrangements and intimate, revelatory lyrics. Her unique artistry on the album’s opening track, “History Repeats,” earned her two Grammy nominations this year, for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.
Howard was inspired by traveling across the United States, where she “saw beautiful things and heartbreaking things: poverty, loneliness, discouraged people, empty and poor towns.” She decided that she wanted her solo work to “help others feel a bit better about being” and to guide people toward self-love “as if it were an act of resistance.” Howard concludes, “It’s scary to mess with success, because the Shakes are doing so good. But I needed to shake it up—and if you’re going to do that, you better go all out and make it worth it.”
“Howard’s unorthodox fusion of acidic synth triplets, rapid drum fills, and her heavily filtered speaking is as energizing and out-of-body as the most fervent of Sunday services.”—Max Freedman, Paste
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Do you or a family member need a general accommodation for your visit? Contact visitor and member experience by email or at (919) 715-5923. See all concert policies and answers to frequently asked questions. Find a venue map here. Please note these updates for 2020: To better serve Museum members and fans, we doubled the number of reserved seats for each concert; all bench seating is now reserved seating, including some seats clearly marked as “limited sightline.” This year, no food will be for sale inside the venue. In lieu of a food tent, the Museum is hosting food trucks in the parking lot above the amphitheater.
Summer concerts and movies have been an NCMA tradition for two decades, and we’re excited to launch another season of great music and entertainment. Our venue—the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park—is situated in the heart of the Museum campus amid gardens, meadows, woodlands, and sculpture.