Author: Stephen Centanni

Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Buried Treasure’ includes Mobile gems

Parrotheads represent one of the most zealous subcultures in modern music. These Trop Rock enthusiasts have dedicated their lives to reaching the worry-free beachside fantasy found in the verses of Jimmy Buffett’s extensive catalog. Buffett will give Parrotheads a musical prequel to the creation of Trop Rock and the Margaritaville phenomenon with the Nov. 17 release of “Buried Treasure, Volume 1.” The father of Trop Rock uses this unique release to give his avid followers a guided tour of his first year as a professional musician, taking listeners to 1969, before Buffett discovered Margaritaville. “Buried Treasure, Volume 1” is...

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Outsiders Ball’s pre-holiday feast

Band: The Outsiders Ball Date: Wednesday, Nov. 22, with doors at 6 p.m. Venue: Mobile Civic Center Theater, 401 Civic Center Drive, www.mobilecivicctr.com Tickets: $60.50-$98.90, available at Mobile Civic Center box office and through Ticketmaster Before the turkey and dressing are served, local jam fans will be served up a musical feast courtesy of Jake Peavy and his Outsiders Presents concert entity, as the Mobile Civic Center plays host to the inaugural Outsiders Ball. Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and his Terrapin Family Band will headline this sonic soiree. While this alone will have many local mouths watering, The...

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Yellowhammer rock

Band: The Hallers, King’s German Legion Date: Friday, Nov. 17, 9 p.m. Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., www.themerrywidow.net Tickets: Call 251-380-8020 for more info The Merry Widow has filled out Friday night’s lineup with rock sounds from the Yellowhammer State. The Azalea City is offering up a set from The Hallers. This local indie rock trio draws its inspiration from the early days of alt. rock. Based on their single “For You,” The Hallers use a driving rhythm filled with bottom-end sounds to create a stout, commanding form of modern rock. Earlier this year, The Hallers entered the studio with engineer Curry Weber, who spent time behind the boards at Memphis-based studios such as Ardent and Sun. King’s German Legion will conquer the crowd with a raw form of rock ‘n’ roll that gives no quarter. This Tuscaloosa trio’s sound lies in an electrifying limbo somewhere between garage rock and progressive blues. King’s German Legion captured this sound on their five-song debut release, “Marching Orders.” With overpowering beats and blazing guitar runs, this quintet of songs is a perfect delivery of this band’s intense rock...

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Fort Defiance mixes folk, country

Band: Fort Defiance Date: Friday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m. Venue: The Listening Room of Mobile, 78 St. Francis St., www.thelisteningroomofmobile.com Tickets: $15 artist donation at door or reserve by phone 251-367-4599 While Nashville continues to be a hotbed of eclectic sounds, some Music City bands still embrace the genre that made this town an epicenter of Southern music. Fort Defiance is a group that is filling its catalog with warm, classic country sounds riddled with folk overtones. Three years ago, Jordan Eastman and Laurel Lane solidified a bond that is both marital and musical. As they began their married...

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Southern rock’s next great hope

The Vegabonds Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com Tickets: Call 251-433-9374 for more info From its beginning, Southern rock has been one of the richest and most versatile subgenres in modern music. Throughout the ‘70s, a number of now iconic bands such as The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band pioneered this musical style, which is shaped by rock, country and blues. While Southern rock has maintained its popularity, there have been very few new bands to take this genre into the future. However, the “Alabama-born, Nashville-bred” band...

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Variety show

Band: Big Deal Burlesque, Underhill Family Orchestra, Bantam Foxes Date: Friday, Nov. 10, 9 p.m. Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., www.themerrywidow.net Tickets: $15, available at The Merry Widow and its website New Orleans burlesque and Gulf Coast modern rock will combine their efforts for this memorable evening. The Big Deal Burlesque troop is a regular visitor to the Azalea City. Led by Roxie Le Rouge (aka “The Best Booty in the Big Easy”), this collective of beautiful performers practice burlesque in its classic sense. Big Deal Burlesque performances are a skillfully choreographed tasteful tease that is...

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Danzig Band reunion

Band: Danzig Band Reunion Date: Friday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m. Venue: Manci’s Antique Club, 1715 Main St. (Daphne), www.mancisantiqueclub.com Tickets: $10 at the door Halloween marked 30 years since Danzig Band took shape. This group brought together the talents of Kevin Danzig (guitar/bass/vocals), Kelly Danzig (keyboards/vocals), John Hamilton IV (drums) and Jim “Raul” Coman (guitar/bass). In the ensuing years, Danzig Band became a regional favorite and a regular at classic area venues such as The Lumberyard. In addition to crowd favorites, this group used original material to establish a loyal following. The mellow rock song “Happy Today” even found...

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Songwriter showcase

Band: Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival Date: Nov. 9-19 Venue: Visit www.frankbrownsongwriters.com for more info Tickets: Cover charge may apply at some venues. The Northern Gulf Coast serves as both a haven and a destination for songwriters from around the world. However, one specific event — the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival — has become almost a rite of passage in the international songwriting community. For 33 years, the festival has served as the premiere outlet for songwriters to showcase their handcrafted songs at venues from Silverhill to Pensacola. While there is a long list of artists and venues...

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