Alabama

Stars and Strikes Breaks Ground in Huntsville

PR Newswire – Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment  has begun construction and.is on schedule to open in September of this year. This marks their tenth location and their first one outside the State of Georgia. The 54,000 square foot facility will house 24 bowling lanes, 8 of which are VIP lanes in the signature Main St Lounge; will feature a 7,000 square foot arcade housing more than 100 video and redemption games; a two-story laser tag arena, and bumper cars. The 7/10 Grille restaurant and a large full-service bar will be surrounded by big screen TVs for sports viewing. The Company’s newest attraction, Escapology, will be prominently featured in the new facility. Escapology is an entertaining, interactive amusement concept where you use your powers of deduction to solve a mystery. Our room themes (“Budapest Express” on a train, “Under Pressure” in a submarine, and “The Code” in an apartment), will immerse you in the experience of a real-life mystery adventure game designed for small groups of friends, families and co-workers. Your team is on the clock and must solve the puzzles and figure out the clues to earn your freedom and “Escape from the Room”.

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio named Alabama’s Attraction of the Year for 2017

 Ass. Press article  by Jay Reeves:

A fabled music studio where acts including the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan recorded hits hasn’t even reopened following an extensive renovation, yet it’s already being named Alabama’s No. 1 tourist stop of 2017.

Located in the northwestern Alabama town of Sheffield and once a sought-after recording location for some of the world’s best-known musical acts, the concrete-block building fell into disrepair years ago after being used for other things, including an appliance store. Inspired by the 2013 documentary “Muscle Shoals,” officials from Beats Electronics provided nearly $1 million to renovate the studio. It is now open for tours and the tourism agency expects it to become a major draw for visitors. The main studio has been revamped with a 1970s feel that includes bright colors, retro chairs and a metal ashtray; the sign over the front door is once again bright blue. Vintage recording equipment fills the production booth.

“Muscle Shoals Sound is revered worldwide as one of the most influential and iconic studios,” said tourism director Lee Sentell. “The film introduced the Shoals’ musical heritage to a new generation of travelers.”

The Muscle Shoals Music Foundation owns and will operate the studio. Built around 1946, the building already is on the National Register of Historic Places. It opened as a studio in 1969 after a group of local musicians known as “The Swampers” — David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins and Barry Beckett — broke away from nearby FAME Recording Studios, another recording landmark.

During its heyday, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio drew the likes of Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Willie Nelson and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Rolling Stones recorded “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses” there for their “Sticky Fingers” album. The studio also played host to Joe Cocker, Levon Helm, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Cat Stevens, the Staple Singers, and others. The small building became known widely as 3614 Jackson Highway after Cher titled the first album recorded at the studio in 1969 by its address. It was also featured in the Stones’ 1970 rockumentary “Gimme Shelter.”   >MORE