Welcome the season Dec. 13 with Eric Essix and Holiday Soul at LIVE Drive-in

Get in the spirit with Eric Essix in a LIVE Drive-in concert and virtual event, presented by UAB’s Alys Stephens Center.
Written by: Tehreem Khan
Media contact: Shannon Thomason

EE.2Savor the holiday spirit with guitarist Eric Essix at a LIVE Virtual Drive-in concert, Sunday, Dec. 13, on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus.

“Eric Essix and Holiday Soul” is presented by UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $25 per person; children under 12 are admitted free. Virtual Arts Pass subscribers can watch the concert at home with a live-stream link. Become a Virtual Arts Pass subscriber starting at $29 per month and enjoy this concert and other exclusive VAP events from the comfort of your couch. For full event information, or to purchase tickets, visit AlysStephens.org or call the ASC Box Office at 205-975-2787.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will be in the parking lot adjacent to the Hill Student Center and across from the Campus Green on University Boulevard. The lot will open at 6:30 p.m., and vehicles will be parked in order of arrival. Chez Fonfon is the official drive-in restaurant partner for the ASC’s LIVE Drive-in concert series. The Alys Stephens Center wants you to show your holiday spirit; arrive early to sing carols, wear your holiday gear, decorate your car and get a car photo with Santa.

Through more than 30 years and 25 full-length album releases, Essix has maintained a steady flow of new music that continues to push the boundaries of contemporary jazz, and he has no intention to stop. That is evident with the most recent album release, “Songs from The Deep,” nine compositions all written, arranged and produced by Essix. This latest effort revisits the artist’s favorite theme, his Birmingham, Alabama, Southern roots. It is a project that reveals the soul of the man and his music as he continues to reconcile love for his homeland, its culture and people with its history, according to his artist’s bio. He takes pride in his Southern roots, which inspire a lot of his compositions. His music reveals his life’s many passions: faith, celebration of heritage and culture, and racial and gender equality. Essix draws on the power of his faith and music to create moving, spiritual jazz.

For the last 24 years, his primary melodic voice and trademark sound have emerged from his red Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion model guitar. Essix is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.

“My mindset has shifted dramatically and is light-years away from when I was a young guitarist, focusing on being flashy and showing people how fast I could play,” Essix said. “But as I have grown as a musician and especially as a person, I have developed as a composer and songwriter of maturity and depth as well as a guitar player.”