The Orion Amphitheater is Opening Soon!

LANDMARK OPENING WEEKEND SET TO UNVEIL HUNTSVILLE’S NEW
ORION AMPHITHEATER
THE FIRST WALTZ SCHEDULED FOR MAY 13-15, 2022
THREE-DAY INAUGURAL CELEBRATION WITH PERFORMANCES BY JASON
ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT, BRITTANY HOWARD, ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN
BONES, MAVIS STAPLES, EMMYLOU HARRIS, DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS,
WAXAHATCHEE AND MORE.
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 Friday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m. Central Standard
Time via theorionhuntsville.com. 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.
About Venue Group:
Venue Group is a multinational hospitality company delivering the next
generation of music venues. Founded by Ben Lovett, serial entrepreneur and
multi-award-winning musician from the band Mumford & Sons, Venue Group
has developed the revered “third-space” concepts Flat Iron Square and Goods
Way in London, which incorporate the now iconic music venues Omeara and
Lafayette, respectively. With offices in Austin, Nashville, Huntsville, New York
and London, managed globally by specialists and experts, including Lovett’s
brother, Greg Lovett, who joined the team as CFO following many successful
years with the Soho House Group.
Venue Group currently has projects under development or in construction in
the United States and imminent announcements about new sites in the UK.
Venue Group is confident in a strong return for both Entertainment and
Hospitality in the forthcoming post-Covid environment.
For more information: theorionhuntsville.com

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