Author: Stephen Centanni

Get Smart

Band: Jesse Daniel Edwards, The Smart Brothers Date: Thursday, June 29, 8 p.m. Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com Tickets: Call 251-433-9374 for more info While Callaghan’s hosts a wide variety of musicians, Americana has remained a staple for the neighborhood pub. Several years ago Nashville duo The Smart Brothers debuted at Callaghan’s, introducing the Azalea City to their classically influenced folk sounds. Jay and Lou Smart won over the crowd with their acoustic-based harmonic sermons forged from life experience. As they grew in popularity across the Southeast and beyond, The Smart Brothers regularly included Callaghan’s...

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Up and comers

Band: Acid Tongue, Universal Sigh, Deluna Date: Friday, June 23, with doors at 9 p.m. Venue: The Blind Mule, 57 N. Claiborne St., www.theblindmule.net Tickets: $5 (age 21+)/$10 (age 18+) Over the years, The Blind Mule has opened its arms to many new and up-and-coming alt. rock acts, both touring and local. This cozy venue has become a launching pad for many bands. For this show, an Azalea City group will be hosting two out-of-towners. Judging from their respective sounds, the lineup should feature an eclectic mix of music from three very different bands. Pulling influence from Brooklyn and...

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Remembering Ben

Band: Ben Walls Memorial Jam Date: Sunday, June 25, with doors at noon Venue: The Garage, 9 S. Washington Ave., 251-433-2223 Tickets: $10 at the door Ben Walls was a man who appreciated life. This familiar face on the downtown scene filled his days with his wife, Noretta, his boat and his friends. After losing his battle to colon cancer, Walls’ wife, his family, his close friends and numerous local bands decided to memorialize his life in the name of philanthropy through the Ben Walls Memorial Jam. Proceeds from this annual event traditionally are dedicated to an individual struggling...

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Dynamic duo

Band: The Dukes Date: Sunday, June 25, with doors at 8 p.m. Venue: Alchemy Tavern, 7 S. Joachim St., 251-441-7741 Tickets: Free Alchemy Tavern is bringing a taste of Van’s Warped Tour 2017 to downtown Mobile for an evening of free entertainment from a unique musical project — The Dukes. These days, guitar/drum duos are not uncommon, but this French duo has turned the combination into a sonic war machine that inundates, both visually and aurally. Francois “Shanka” Maigret and Greg Jacks bring rock fury, accenting their live set with a wave of light and animation. While the band...

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SouthSounds favorites The Sh-Booms return

Photo provided The Sh-Booms, The Broomestix Saturday, June 17, 7 p.m. The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., www.themerrywidow.net Tickets: $10, available through Ticketfly Each year, the SouthSounds Music Festival features not only established regional bands but also groups on the fringe of notoriety. Two years ago, The Sh-Booms used SouthSounds to expand their listening audience beyond its Orlando home. People who attended either their live show at The Merry Widow or their set in the “Lagniappe New Southern Music Showcase” received their first hit of The Sh-Booms’ “garage-soul” sound. The group’s progressive mix of old-school soul and garage...

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