Shed Hopes To Bring The Big Guns

Lake Martin Amphitheatre in Alexander City, Ala., is hoping to draw some top-name acts this summer to perform on its recently renovated stage.

The 6,000-capacity shed, built in 1998, has artists including Jett Williams and Bobby Vee on the books so far, in addition to the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

Developer Russell Lands Inc. completed renovations to the former dome-shaped amphitheatre last year. An enclosed stage has made the venue more artist-friendly.

“I think the new stage is nothing short of incredible,” Tommy Tucker, member of Vince Vance & The Valiants , told the paper. “The thing I liked most about that stage, other than it being outdoors, it was very user friendly. It was very easy to load onto, and get equipment onto.”

Other upgrades include state-of-the-art lighting, air-conditioned dressing rooms, sound board and orchestra pits.

The 40-by-60-foot stage can be moved out of sight via a 100-yard railing system when it’s not in use, providing a clear view of Lake Martin, according to the Advertiser.