Take 6: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

A cappella sensation Take 6 are a perfect representation of what Duke Ellington called "beyond category." Take 6 has earned the distinct honor of "the most Grammynominated vocal group in history" and is truly unique in its sound: six angelic and refined voices united in crystalclear harmony, against a rip tide of syncopated rhythms, ornate arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop flavor.

The Take 6 story began in 1980 at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, when Claude McKnight formed a quartet known as the Gentleman's Estate Club. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in the campus bathroom, he joined in the harmonies and performed on stage with the group that same night. Mervyn Warren joined shortly after, and the group briefly took the name of Alliance, performing locally for several years, as older members graduated and new voices arrived on campus. In 1987, the group signed with Warner Bros. and changed its name to Take 6. Its selftitled debut album, released the following year, scored two Grammy Awards and landed in the top 10 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian charts. Take 6 has garnered 10 Grammys, 10 Doves, a Soul Train Award, and two NAACP Image Award nominations.

Artplay's Take 6 Community Sing at 3pm.


  • Sunday, December 15, 2013 · 7 PM
    A: $54.50 · B: $45.50 · C: $35.50


  • Jemison Concert Hall


Give the gift of holiday cheer to those in need by donating a few small items to the ASC and you can purchase a ticket to see Take 6 live at the ASC on December 15 at 7 pm for only $15! Learn More


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University of Alabama at Birmingham
August 2015
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Saturday 8/15
Robert Randolph and the Family Band 08/15/2015
$, 20.00, 29.00, 30.80, 32.60, 38.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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They’ve rocked some of the biggest stages in the business. Finally, Robert Randolph & The Family Band are bringing
their intense, good-time funk, and brilliant pedal steel guitar playing to the ASC. » First, let’s talk guitar. Randolph’s
unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”
list. Rolling Stone called the group “one of the most intense live acts in all of jamdom,” making their appearance at the ASC one that should not be missed. Robert Randolph & The Family Band will be a show that will have you dancing in your seat!

B.B. King Tribute
Monday 8/17
B.B. King Tribute 08/17/2015
SHOW 7:00pm
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The ASC is honored to host a tribute to one of the greatest guitarists and musicians of all time as we pay homage to B.B. King. Over a dozen musicians from Birmingham and around the Southeast region are coming together for one night to honor the blues legend in this free concert. Join Elnora Spencer, Ona Watson, Chad Fisher, CeCe Phillips, Sean Michael Ray, PJ Spraggins, Joseph Stallworth, Joey Sommerville, Marc Phillips and GrooveDaddy, Microwave Dave, Norris Jones, Tim Boykin, and UAB's Artist-in-Residence, Eric Essix.

Rickie Lee Jones
Friday 8/21
Rickie Lee Jones 08/21/2015
$29.00, 39.00, 49.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Finally. Rickie Lee Jones is coming back to Birmingham! The ASC is thrilled to present the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter for an evening of musical reminiscing and exploration. Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1979 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. A cultural phenomenon, she graced the cover of Rolling Stone twice in two years, and performed an unprecedented three songs during her second appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” Her latest album and first new music in over a decade, The Other Side of Desire was written, recorded, and rooted in New Orleans.

Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band
Thursday 9/03
Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band 09/03/2015
SHOW 7:00pm
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Hosted by UAB Artist-in-Residence Eric Essix, The Essentials is the ASC’s innovative series devoted to honoring the rich history of jazz. The fourth installment will explore the complex, multinational musical fusion known as Latin jazz. » The evening begins with a survey of the history of Latin jazz, the music, and the artists — led by Essix and legendary percussionist Poncho Sanchez. » The second set features Grammy-winner Sanchez with his fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa, and other infectious grooves colliding and churning in a fiery swirl with dazzling results.

The Indigo Girls
Wednesday 9/23
The Indigo Girls 09/23/2015
$45.50, 55.50, 63.50
SHOW 7:00pm
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If you were in college during the 1980s, you probably saw the Indigo Girls in some small, smoke-filled basement pub and were convinced you’d stumbled into folk duet heaven. More than 30 years later, those two Georgia ladies with their husky voices and intimate, poignant lyrics are still going strong. While most artists who launched their careers in the 1980s have slipped from our collective memory, the Indigo Girls are still writing and recording, championing a number of social and environmental causes, and filling halls with devoted, multi-generational audiences.

Gleb Ivanov
Friday 9/25
Gleb Ivanov 09/25/2015
$, 20.00, 28.63, 30.40, 32.18, 37.50
SHOW 7:00pm
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The ASC is proud to treat our patrons to Gleb Ivanov, an internationally accomplished young pianist The New York Times said “is a cut above the usual, a young super-virtuoso, with musical sensitivity and an appreciation of style to go with the thunder and lightning.” As a young man in Russia, Ivanov was a protégé of Mstislav Rostropovich, appearing as soloist under the famous maestro with the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic.