Summer has crept around the corner and will be upon us before we even know it. In preparation for it, fun lovers from all over are looking for that one memorable experience to set the pace for a season of incredible memories and great times all around.
The search comes to a halt with the annual Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil held in Birmingham, Alabama.
The name of this unique festival strikes many questions of who, where, when and what exactly is a crawfish?
The festival pulls its roots as far as 20 years ago in the backyard of Aaron and Phylllis Beam who loved to entertain friends with about 50 pounds of delicious crawfish ( a crustacean seafood). Becoming an annual tradition that people enjoyed so much, word began to spread, and their crowd grew bigger and bigger to the point that guests began selling tickets!
Seizing the opportunity, Aaron began charging admission to his event and giving the profits to charity. But as things became more involved Aaron needed to expand. Enter Dr. Jack Schaeffer of the Schaeffer Eye Center and over the years the event grew from hundreds in attendance, to thousands, including a lot more crawfish, a bigger festival and eventually top musical acts with profits going towards various charities in the surrounding area of Birmingham, AL.
The festival has been a great success in its existence bringing in acts from Cheap Trick, Akon, Spin Docktors, Papa Roach, Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, 311, Shiny Toy Guns and more!
This year, from Friday May 4th to Saturday May 5th, is no exception.
Friday’s musical acts include Jane’s Addiction, The Cult, Brantley Gilbert, Childish Gambino, Blackberry Smoke and Drake White with gates opening at 4:00pm.
Saturday brings in Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Megadeth, Lupe Fiasco, The Head & The Heart, Futurebirds, and Moon Taxi with doors opening at 2:00pm.
As you can see from the lineup, this festival has something for every music lover in your crew, from heavy metal, to hip hop, to southern rock, music from all over can be enjoyed in a safe and fun environment.
The festival will take place in Birmingham, AL outside at The BJCC (Richard Arrington Jr. Drive between 22nd and 24th Streets)
As a chaser of festivals with our frequent coverage of some of the biggest including Mayhem Festival (Godsmack, Disturbed)
Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash (Lil Wayne, Keri Hilson, Rick Ross)
Warped Tour (Gym Class Heroes, Of Mice & Men)
Uproar Fest (Avengede Sevenfold), and the Peachtree Music Festival (Shiny Toy Guns, Freesol) the Chasing Squirrelz team has their eye on the 2012 Crawfish Boil and intend on bringing you stunning and energetic photo and video coverage of the event (just in case you can’t make it yourself).
Birmingham, Alabama is where you and all your friends need to be the weekend of May 4th-5th to catch all the sights, sounds, smells, and energy of the 2012 Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil.
Tickets are still available,
Friday Single Day – $30.00
Saturday Single Day – $30.00
Friday VIP Single Day – $75.00
Saturday VIP Single Day – $75.00
GA Weekend Pass – $49.50
VIP Weekend Pass – $140.00
Your best bet is to get the weekend pass, even for Georgia residents there’s a nice discount!
Tickets can be purchased at all America’s First Federal Credit Union Locations
or by clicking HERE
(edit) With less than 10 days remaining till the big festival, you don’t want to miss out on this chance to see your favorite artist in concert, discover a new favorite,or on all the delicious crawfish that will be available at your tastebud’s every desire!
DIRECTIONS to the Festival
From Atlanta and Gadsden
Take 22nd Street exit from I-20/59 west (125) At bottom of ramp go straight across 22nd Street. At the next intersection take a right on to Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North. The Sheraton Birmingham Hotel and Medical Forum are on your right and the Arena, Concert Hall, Exhibition Halls and Meeting Rooms are on your left.
From US Hwy 280
Take Carraway Blvd. exit. At the second light take left on to Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North. Go four blocks.
From Huntsville, Montgomery or Tuscaloosa
At the downtown interchange of I-20/59 and I-65 take I-20/59 east to Atlanta and Gadsden. Take the 17th Street exit (125A) and turn left on to 8th Avenue (first light). Take left on 19th Street, go under the interstate and the Arena is on the right side of the street.
Check out some of Chasing Squirrelz Inc’s past festival coverage!
Photo Gallery : Vans Warped Tour 2011
Photo Gallery : Peachtree Music Festival
Photo Gallery : Foo Fighters, Atlanta
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