Alumni return to play at Gallette’s on gameday


Margaret Wilbourne

The weekend football scene in Tuscaloosa, especially on the day that the Tide plays the LSU Tigers, would be incomplete without a fair amount of Rotel, smack-talk and live music. Teenage Daddy, a Birmingham-based band, is ensuring that last component isn’t forgotten.

“I’m honored to be sharing the stage with this group of friends and musicians, especially at this venue,” said Matt Wiley, a jazz piano instructor at The University of Alabama.

Wiley will be joining seven of his friends Saturday on the stage of Gallette’s as the keyboardist for Teenage Daddy, which will be complete with a horn section. Teenage Daddy is a classic cover band that specializes in 1980s, 1990s and rock hits, covering artists like Bon Jovi, Lynard Skynard and the Rolling Stones.

The group is not just another garage cover band. Members of Teenage Daddy have played with acts like Dr. John, The Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers Band, not to mention countless weddings. Despite the members’ success, the band can trace its roots back to Gallette’s, which Wiley calls a Tuscaloosa football tradition.

“Gallette’s is a Tuscaloosa landmark and one of the only clubs on the strip today, along with Egan’s, that was around when we were in school,” Wiley said.

Wiley said the band’s members took more than just good memories from their times at the bar.

“Most of us cut our teeth there. We all played there when we were in school at UA, and learned how to play on that stage,” he said.

Teenage Daddy’s setup is designed to atract a variety of music lovers, Wiley said.

“Gameday crowds obviously vary in age and musical tastes, so we try to keep it as eclectic as possible,” Wiley said. “There will be something for everybody.”

Jeff Sirkin, the owner of Gallette’s, said Teenage Daddy should have no problem getting people in the door with their variety of music.

“They do about everything: country, rock, bluegrass,” Sirkin said.

Teenage Daddy will be playing from 3-6:15 p.m. Saturday at Gallette’s. There will be a $5 cover.