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The Alabaster Arts Council and our title sponsors Central State Bank and Coca-Cola are proud to announce Black Jacket Symphony as a headlining act at the 15th Annual Alabaster CityFest on June 3, 2017. They will perform on the Main Stage at 7 PM.

The Black Jacket Symphony returns to Alabaster CityFest to perform Queen’s “A Night at the Opera.” The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience by recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. The album is performed in its entirety by a group of hand-picked musicians specifically selected for each album. With no sonic detail being overlooked, the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. Following the album and a brief intermission, the Black Jacket Symphony returns to the stage to perform a collection of greatest hits by the evening’s artist.

“We always go to great lengths to find ‘the guy’ who can make these albums come to life,” says Black Jacket Symphony founder J. Willoughby. “We’ve had our eye on this one for a while, and when we say we’ve found ‘the guy’ to do Freddie Mercury, we’ve found THE GUY!”

Marc Martel is THE GUY. Martel, a singer-songwriter in his own right, is a 5-time Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) winner with Downhere, a Christian rock band that he fronted until 2012. He performed in The Queen Extravaganza with Queen drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May to great acclaim. “It was as if Freddie (Mercury) was in the room,” Taylor said today during a conference call with journalists. “It was uncanny.” His album “Impersonator” and his Christmas project “The Silent Night EP” are available online.

Queen’s “A Night at the Opera” has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide, and features the classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” as its setpiece. A worldwide chart-topper, the album and Queen’s “Greatest Hits” collection still make occasional appearances on the Billboard Top 200, and “Night at the Opera” has been remastered and re-released recently on Blu-ray audio in 5.1 channel surround.

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