Orion Amphitheater set for grand opening in Huntsville

Jason Isbell, Emmylou Harris, Brittany Howard among performers

Huntsville’s Orion Amphitheater has its grand opening May 13-15. (Orion Amphitheater photo/Eliah McCutchen)

Huntsville’s new $46 million Orion Amphitheater is planning its First Waltz Grand Opening weekend May 13-15.

Performers over the three days will include Brittany Howard, Drive-by Truckers, Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, John Paul White and Mavis Staples.

Designed by David M. Schwarz Architects, the 175,000-square-foot, 8,000-seat amphitheater is a project of Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett in partnership with Huntsville Venue Group.

The City of Huntsville owns the amphitheater, and it will be available to the community for farmers markets, festivals, graduations and other public gatherings throughout the year.

“More than an amphitheater, this facility will help us grow our music and culture economy,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “It will allow us to become a community of curators, where we can develop our own creative content that is unique to Huntsville that we can share globally. In addition to arts festivals, markets and world-famous musicians, we’ll be able to incubate our own talent, showing that our next great entrepreneurs don’t all have to be in space and missile defense.”

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