Author: Stephen Centanni

After sorrow, a new release for Apollo Hero

Apollo Hero Album Release Party Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 p.m. The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., www.themerrywidow.net Tickets: Free Art is one method of immortalizing both the talent and memory of its creator. The release of Azalea City alt. rock outfit Apollo Hero’s self-titled debut not only fulfills an endeavor that began years ago but also memorializes a band member who left this world too early. Considering the history of this band, Apollo Hero has combined talent, emotion and innovation to create a unique collection of songs that the band planned to release years ago. All the while,...

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Locals only

Band: Catt’s “Radio Avalon” Live Locals Only Concert Date: Monday, Aug. 21, 6 p.m. Venue: Veet’s Bar & Grill, 66 Royal St., 251-694-3090 Tickets: Call for more info. For decades, radio personality Catt Sirten has served as a patron of the Mobile Bay music scene. From his radio programs “Radio Avalon” and “Catt’s Sunday Jazz Brunch,” both airing on 92ZEW, Sirten has always provided broadcast time for local sounds. Recently, he’s added a visual element via Alabama Public Television’s “Live from Avalon.” Catt’s “Radio Avalon” Live Locals Only Concert will celebrate the 5,000th episode of Sirten’s “Radio Avalon” series,...

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In memoriam

Band: Rick Raines Memorial Jam Date: Sunday, Aug. 20, 2 p.m. Venue: The Blues Tavern, 2818 Government Blvd., 251-479-7621 Tickets: Free Since the late 1980s, blues favorites Johnny Barbato & the Lucky Doggs have featured a number of great players in their lineup. Not long ago the group hosted a memorial jam for late band member and local music icon Luther “Blue Lou” Wamble. Now they’re playing a memorial to the late Rick Raines, the band’s original keyboardist. Before he moved to the Azalea City, Raines called Champaign, Illinois, his home. It was there Raines lent his talents to...

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From a land Down Under

Band: Sick Puppies Date: Tuesday, Aug. 22, with doors at 6:30 p.m. Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., www.soulkitchenmobile.com Tickets: $10 (21+ free), available at the door and via venue website Every once in awhile, Australia gives the rest of the world a taste of its obscure rock scene. From AC/DC to INXS, this continent has proven it has no shortage of thunderous rock sounds. Sick Puppies used their sophomore effort “Dressed Up as Life” — with its driving rock anthem “All the Same” — to gather a listening audience in the United States. The band followed “Dressed Up...

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A coming-of-age story

Band: David Shivers Album Release Party Date: Friday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com Tickets: Call 251-433-9374 for more info. On Aug. 11, David Shivers will celebrate his 17th birthday at Callaghan’s, with a live performance and release of his solo debut, “The Flood.” Younger than many of his local music peers, Shivers has created an album that radiates poignant honesty and a musical prowess even seasoned songsmiths are unable to capture. Shivers’ lifelong musical passion is a romance kindled by his fascination as a 6-year-old with the classic rock his parents...

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