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BIRMINGHAM – St. Paul and the Broken Bones will perform at Iron City (513 22nd Street South) on Thursday, Jan. 11, in a benefit concert for Children’s of Alabama, the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m., and will be available through Iron City (IronCityBham.com). General admission tickets are $40 (standing room only), and VIP tickets are $100 (includes a seat).
The Concert for Children’s is presented by Buffalo Rock Company – Pepsi. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the all-ages show will begin at 8 p.m.
The concert benefits the Child Life program at Children’s. Iron City and Children’s of Alabama created the Artists Care partnership to bring visiting artists to perform at the hospital for patients and also to raise awareness and funds for the Child Life program at Children’s of Alabama.
Music is more than just entertainment for patients at Children’s. Child Life specialists use music and play to help reduce patient stress and anxiety while in the hospital. Child Life specialists also help create opportunities for kids to just be kids despite difficult circumstances and use music as medicine to:
• soothe infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and help with sensory stimulation
• help toddlers learn to dance their way to gross motor skill development
• distract children undergoing difficult treatments
• give teenagers the chance to connect and express themselves in the hospital.
“Music has many benefits for our patients and families,” said Jennifer Deneke, director of family services at Children’s. “Music provides a sense of normalcy while reducing stress and anxiety during their hospitalization.”
The concert is a homecoming for Birmingham’s St. Paul and the Broken Bones. The band’s second full-length album, Sea of Noise, features an expanded eight-piece lineup of the widely praised soul-based rock unit. Longtime members Paul Janeway (lead vocals), Jesse Phillips (bass, guitar), Browan Lollar (guitars), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), and Allen Branstetter (trumpet) are joined by Jason Mingledorff (saxophone, clarinet, flute), and Chad Fisher (trombone). The band’s debut album, Half the City, was released in 2013.
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at childrensal.org.