Where to discover new favorite bands.

This town might be the South's best-kept music secret.

The Bottletree
This cafe and concert hub is ground zero for the city's bubbling music scene. On nights when indie bands such as The Great Book of John and Jesse Payne aren't playing to sold-out crowds, you'll find musicians there spinning records and brainstorming new projects over PBR. 3719 3rd Avenue South; thebottletree.com

The Nick
This grimy dive was the only venue around in the 1980s when vocalist Duquette Johnston started playing in town. 2514 10th Avenue South; thenickrocks.com

Ona's Music Room
Ona Watson, a former member of The Commodores, helms this must-visit jazz club. 2801 2nd Avenue South, Suite C; onasmusicroom.com 

Secret Stages
Dubbed "Birmingham's Music Discovery Festival," this event is a testament to the vitality of the music landscape. The $20 weekend pass gives access to two days of live tunes, spanning from rock to country to hip-hop at venues such as The M Lounge (matthewsmlounge.com) and Pale Eddie's Pour House (paleeddiespourhouse.com) in the Loft District. secretstages.net 

Workplay and Iron City
These days larger spaces draw national acts like Band of Horses and The Lumineers. workplay.com; ironcitybham.com