Live Music and Entertainers will be spread all over the downtown John Henry Celebration area. Musicians and activities are scheduled at the Depot, the Gazebo on 9th Street, Leeds Threatre & Arts Center, the library and also Roaming Musicians will be on the streets.
About the Performers
A country artist with a twist would be the best way to describe Erica Ryleigh, a Leeds, AL native that is fairly new to the music scene. Although Ryleigh has been playing her guitar and singing for almost a decade, she took her first steps into the performing world in June of 2018 when she competed in the Singing Showdown in Oneonta, AL, placing in the top ten. Despite being raised on country music, Ryleigh doesn’t always stick to her traditional roots, and her indie-twang is one that stands out from the rest. Ryleigh loves music and the ability to express herself by “pushing the envelope” and connecting with the audience; and she finds inspiration in her writing and performing from artists like Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and Jade Bird. While sharing her stories, Ryleigh hopes she will be able to show those listening that life is what you make it, and you are never alone in what is thrown your way.
Brooks & Stegall
Brooks & Stegall are sure to please with their blend of Americana & Folk Rock
Charity Bowden, as featured on The Voice, will perform at the John Henry Celebration. Charity is a fresh, young face on the country music scene with an old soul. Her voice has that traditional southern twang that began country music.
Birmingham Youth Fellowship Choir
We are excited to announce that the Birmingham Youth Fellowship Choir will perform. This choir was formed in June 2015 and directed by Ahkeem R. Lee, a recent graduate of Birmingham-Southern College. The choir has performed at the Gospel Music Workshop of America, the annual MLK Unity Breakfast, and opened up for Senator Doug Jones and Bishop Marvin Winans.
Gabriel Atkins will perform original and traditional country blues and folk music
Elizabeth Vander Kamp
Elizabeth Vander Kamp is a professional storyteller who charms everyone with her magical gift of storytelling. Elizabeth tells stories for all ages and all sizes of audiences and looks forward to seeing you at the John Henry Celebration & Leeds Fall Festival.
John Garst is the author of John Henry and his People. You can meet him personally at 10:00 am in the historic train depot.
Guy Hubs is an Alabama 200 author and speaker who is scheduled to speak at 1:00 pm at Leeds Jane Culbreth Library as part of Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebration.
Branko Medenica is an International Sculptor who has just completed a rendering of the proposed John Henry statue. Mr. Medenica has created masterpieces all over the world. The essence of his work evolves from an exploration of both the physical and psychological movement in man in interaction with the spectrum of influences in inherent nature. He aesthetically redefines the emotional impact of nature on man in motion. Mr. Medenica will be available in Leeds Arts Council lobby from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Come by and see the beautiful John Henry rendering.
Historic Train Depot Tours
Historic Train Depot Tours will be conducted with railroad memorabilia and artifacts from Birmingham’s Iconic Terminal Station hosted by Mid-South Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society
The historic stagecoach will be on display at the Depot
Roaming Street Musicians
Roaming Street Musicians will make their way up and down Parkway Drive from 8th Street to 9th Street periodically throughout the day.
Rails and Ales - Watch Football Games
Rails and Ales will shuttle people back and forth from the festival to their business for anyone who desires to hang out and watch the football games.
High Striker for Adults & Children
Test yourself with the High Striker to see how high you can drive! High Striker is for adults and children – a great addition to the John Henry Celebration!