Author: Stephen Centanni

Affinity for All People launches Unity Fest

Affinity for All People is a company that uses colorful T-shirts with inspiring messages to create more positivity in the world. Now, Affinity for All People is taking another step in its mission. On Saturday, Oct. 21, the company will hold the first Unity Fest on the beachside stage at American Legion Post 199 in Fairhope. Organizers want Unity Fest to be a “celebration of unity and diversity through the power of music.” To strengthen the festival’s philosophy, Unity Fest will donate 10 percent of all profits to Fairhope Sisters Unite. Through a variety of events and community gatherings,...

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Bringing the beach to the plantation

Band: The Blueberry Sessions featuring Charlie Mars Date: Thursday, Oct. 5, with doors at 6 p.m. Venue: Weeks Bay Plantation, 12563 Mary Ann Beach Road (Fairhope), www.weeksbayplantation.com Tickets: $29, available through Weeks Bay Plantation website Those wanting to extend their musical experience for the TenSixtyFive weekend should look across Mobile Bay to Weeks Bay Plantation. In addition to growing delicious, organic blueberries, Weeks Bay Plantation serves as the Alabama Gulf Coast’s most scenic outdoor venue. Situated on the shores of an idyllic pond, the stage faces a natural incline that envelops the crowd with sound. When the sun goes...

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Ol’ Glory

Band: JJ Grey & Mofro plus Southern Avenue Date: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Venue: The Steeple on St. Francis, 251 St. Francis St., www.thesteeplemobile.com Tickets: $28-$49.50, available through Ticketfly The unique setting and high-quality acoustics of The Steeple on St. Francis have made this downtown venue a favorite with local music lovers. The Steeple will soon polish its reputation with an evening of music that begins with Southern Avenue. This Memphis five-piece has been spreading the blues and soul of its self-titled debut on Stax Records. From old-school blues to modern soul, each track serves as a different...

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Brass after hours

Band: Blackwater Brass Band Date: Saturday, Sept. 30, 10:30 p.m. Venue: Pinky’s Bar & Grill, 659 Dauphin St., 251-432-2453 Tickets: Free Over the past year, OK Bicycle Shop has experienced a tiny bit of growth in the form of Pinky’s Bar & Grill. This open-air, downtown watering hole maintains its reputation as “the smallest bar in Alabama” with pride. With its position near the Jake Peavy Foundation Stage, Pinky’s is looking to celebrate TenSixtyFive with post-festival entertainment sure to draw standing room only crowds. Blackwater Brass Band’s eclectic brass set will begin after festival headliners Cage the Elephant conclude....

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Meanwhile, at The Mule

Band: The Woolly Bushmen, The Shunnarahs, Lung, Cookies & Cake Date: Friday, Sept. 29, 9 p.m. Venue: The Blind Mule, 57 N. Claiborne St., www.theblindmule.net Tickets: $5 (21+) and $10 (18+), available at the door When it comes to post-TenSixtyFive music offerings, Mobile’s choices are practically endless. The Blind Mule, however, will feature an interesting lineup of bands throughout the weekend. Friday kicks off the venue’s festival weekend as Orlando’s The Woolly Bushmen make their triumphant return to the Azalea City. This group specializes in classic garage rock that is both fun and infectious. With raunchy vocals and old-school...

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Songs from the shed

Band: USA’s Independent Music Collective presents Wild Ponies Date: Friday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. Venue: Satori Coffee House, 5460 Old Shell Road, www.satori-coffee.com Tickets: $5 donation at the door (free with USA student ID) Even though Americana duo Wild Ponies claim Nashville, Doug and Telisha Williams know their hearts are in Galax, Virginia. The Williamses grew up just down the road from this Blue Ridge mountain town, but their regular visits to Doug’s grandfather over the years led this couple to embrace the sights and sounds of Galax. According to Doug, Galax is a music-rich town that has been...

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The Isbell sound

Band: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls Date: Wednesday, Sept. 27, with doors at 7 p.m. Venue: Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St., www.mobilesaenger.com Tickets: $31-$47, available through Ticketmaster Ten years ago, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell traded a spot in the Drive-By Truckers’ lineup for a solo career. In those early days, Isbell brought his original material to a small crowd at Callaghan’s. The first show had such an impact on Isbell that he has made Mobile a regular stop on his tour itinerary. Isbell admits his local fans are the main...

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What’s bred in the bone

Band: Lilly Hiatt Date: Sunday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com Tickets: $15 (limited number) available at Callaghan’s or by calling 251-433-9374 Carrying on the family business isn’t unusual in the world of music. It’s even sweeter when the progeny’s output is on a par with that of their predecessor — in this case, father. Singer-songwriter Lilly Hiatt, daughter of John Hiatt, adds to her family’s musical legacy with an infectious mix of alt. country and alt. rock, inspired by the same eclectic muse that drove the first rock ‘n’ rollers. Hiatt...

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