Riley Green to Take Center Stage at 2021 APEA Evening of Fun
Updated: May 3, 2021
Country music sensation and Alabama native Riley Green will be the headline performer of Alabama Poultry and Egg Association’s, or APEA, 2021 “Evening of Fun” June 12.
Set at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, or BJCC, concert hall, this year’s concert comes at a much-anticipated time after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. With hits like “Bury Me in Dixie” and “I Wish Grandpas Never Died,” Green is sure to bring the show.
“2020 brought on numerous delays, postponements and cancelations with many events around the world,” APEA CEO Johnny Adams said. “We’re very excited to once again bring back our annual ‘Evening of Fun’ concert for members and their families, especially with a leading singer like Riley Green. This concert is important to our organization as well as continuing to serve our members.”
According to APEA President Jason Shell, the BJCC has doubled the seating capacity for the concert to around 1,600 seats. The concert will be the first in more than a year at the venue.
“I’m thrilled we’re on track for a great ‘Evening of Fun’ this year,” he said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience through the past year as we had to ultimately cancel the concert. We’re looking forward to an enjoyable evening filled with great times, friends, family and poultry industry supporters.”
The performance is slated for 7 p.m. with doors opening one hour prior. Due to continued COVID-19 requirements, masks will be mandatory.
Tickets can be purchased by calling APEA at (334) 265-2732 or through a ticket salesman.
About Riley Green: Born in Jacksonville, Alabama, Green was raised on the sounds of traditional Country, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. He learned the spirit of songwriting and performing at a young age while spending time with his grandfather, Bufford Green, who ran the Golden Saw Music Hall. Green shared the stage with him and other men of his generation, laying a foundation for the songs he’d craft in the years to come, reflecting on the experiences of a young Southern man trying to find his place in the world.
The chart-topper released his full-length debut album Different ‘Round Here via BMLG Records, which produced a No. 1 hit, “There Was This Girl.” Highlighting his Southern roots and relatability, he co-wrote each track offering a perspective Rolling Stone describes as, “Drinks-in-the-air Nineties country at an Alabama vs. Auburn tailgate.”
Named an “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone Country, Taste of Country, Whiskey Riff, Sounds Like Nashville and iHeart Radio, Green was also selected as the Academy of Country Music’s “New Male Artist of the Year’” in 2020. Wrapping up Brad Paisley’s 2019 world tour, he joined Jon Pardi’s Heartache Medication Tour in the fall of 2019 and was in the middle of his Get That Man a Beer Tour before the impacts of COVID-19.