Brittany Howard, Drive-By Truckers, Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Mavis Staples all confirmed for The First Waltz

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Monday, November 15, 2021

The Orion Amphitheater, Huntsville’s newest live entertainment destination, will celebrate its opening weekend May 13-15, 2022, with The First Waltz—a landmark event featuring many of music’s most beloved artists, all of whom have deep ties to the North Alabama region. Across the momentous three-day event, there will be performances from Brittany Howard, Drive-By Truckers, Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, John Paul White, Mavis Staples, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Waxahatchee with more guests to be announced. The weekend will wrap on Sunday with special performances from Huntsville’s own vibrant musical community including The Aeolians of Oakwood University, Kelvin Wooten & Deqn Sue, Translee and Huntsville Community Drumline.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, November 19 at 10:00am CT via Multi-night packages will be available.

The First Waltz is just the first of many iconic events that will take place at the amphitheater next year. Further details are to be announced soon.  
“I can't believe it’s finally happening,” Ben Lovett, Venue Group CEO said. “So many hours of work by so many people to get to this point and we're just now announcing our first event! This venue will be a significant new addition for the people in and around Huntsville as it serves as a beacon of the community, it will also stand tall amongst the live performance community as one of the best venues in the world. There are artists performing at The First Waltz who have never played in Huntsville before alongside others who have lived and breathed this special region of Northern Alabama their whole lives. I couldn’t be more excited and grateful to both the artists and the City of Huntsville and the people of Huntsville for their sustained commitment and belief in doing something magical here.”

“The Orion Amphitheater will be an impressive quality-of-life addition to complement our thriving arts and entertainment community,” Tommy Battle, Huntsville Mayor said. “We anticipate this amazing venue will help attract and recruit new people and ideas to our community from across the Southeast.” Located adjacent to the emerging MidCity District and designed by a team led by Ben Lovett, Mike Luba and David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc., The Orion Amphitheater reinvents the concept of a major event space. By expanding usage beyond hosting live music, The Orion Amphitheater will provide year-round community programming with seasonal markets, food and film festivals, regional theater productions, environmental symposiums, and family friendly events. “The Orion Amphitheater is an architectural landmark different from others in the city, and together with the elevated hospitality, we are re-setting the tone for Huntsville’s cultural future,” said Ryan Murphy, The Orion Amphitheater General Manager.

The Orion Amphitheater is firmly committed to becoming a leader in sustainability for North Alabama with plans to roll out its comprehensive sustainability platform early next year.