Author: Stephen Centanni

Meanwhile, on Mars

Band: Charlie Mars Date: Wednesday, March 29, at 8 p.m. Venue: The Listening Room, 78 St. Francis St., Tickets: $25 artist donation Situated on a quiet section of St. Francis, The Listening Room caters to local music fans who want to experience music in an aurally pristine environment. However, The Listening Room’s loyal patrons are not the only ones enjoying this downtown venue’s ambiance. Singer-songwriters such as Charlie Mars have also enjoyed its intimacy. Last year, this Oxford, Mississippi, troubadour rolled into the Azalea City with tracks from his album “The Money,” the final installment in his “Texas...

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Hearing voices

Band: Johnny Hayes & the Loveseats Date: Saturday, March 25, 10 p.m. Venue: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Drive (Pensacola), Tickets: $5 (21+)/$15 (18+) at the door Those familiar with the NBC talent competition “The Voice” will know Johnny Hayes. As a member of Adam Levine’s team, Hayes has been introducing the world to the soulful goodness of his vocals. Fans of “The Voice” are just now discovering what the Southeast already knows. Whether solo or with his backing band, the Loveseats, Hayes has spent several years spreading his original music from Music City to the Azalea City. While...

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The Steeple will rock

Band: Class of ‘85 Birthday Bash with The White Animals Date: Saturday, March 25, 6 p.m. Venue: The Steeple on St. Francis, 251 St. Francis St., Tickets: $50 (limited number), available through Ticketfly 1985 brought us Ronald Reagan’s second term, the space shuttle Atlantis, the Nintendo Entertainment System and the advent of Southern alt. rock. During this time, The White Animals roamed freely across their home region, using their college rock to establish a dedicated fanbase that took root in the Southeast and branched into the national scene. The band enjoyed opening for bands such as Talking Heads,...

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Get ready to shamrock out!

Over the years, local St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have become just as epic and decadent as any day during Mardi Gras. Irish pubs and local watering holes alike have established traditional festivities that pack their interiors and exteriors with green-clad revelers imbibing whiskey and green beer. In addition to festive libations, great musical entertainment is a must for any local St. Paddy’s Day celebration. A number of venues, stretching from the Eastern Shore to north Mobile County, have lined up a number of great performers to provide background music for this annual wave of St. Paddy’s Day parties. Considering...

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Beautiful offerings

Big Daddy Weave, We Are Messengers, Zach Williams Thursday, March 16, with doors at 6 p.m. Dauphin Way Baptist Church, 3661 Dauphin St., Tickets: $20 (early entry, group and VIP tickets available), available at Mobile’s Big Daddy Weave is considered by many to be one of the greats in the Contemporary Christian music scene. Originating at the University of Mobile, Big Daddy Weave has spent over a decade spreading its musical inspiration and releasing a number of studio albums, which has earned the band a number of Dove Awards in various categories. Currently, Big Daddy Weave is...

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About The Author

Stephen Centanni

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With the exception of two years spent at Auburn University, Steve Centanni has spent his life in Mobile County while focusing on his two passions: music and the written word. As soon as he was issued his driver’s license, Centanni began to explore the local music scene in the early ‘90s. He filled his weekend with visits classic local venues such as the Four Strong Winds Coffee House, Vincent Van Go-Go’s and Culture Shock, all of which welcomed those who had yet to reach 18. After high school, Centanni traded Mobile for Auburn to complete his B.A. in English with an emphasis on general writing. While at Auburn, he had the honor of studying under the Pulitzer-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, who served as the nation’s Poet Laureate in 2012 and 2014. After receiving his diploma, Centanni quickly moved back to Mobile and completed the University of South Alabama’s graduate program with a M.Ed. Eventually, he was tapped by the nationally distributed Volume Entertainment Magazine to serve as the magazine’s managing editor/senior writer. His time with Volume allowed him to exercise his love for both music and writing. As Volume began to fade, Lagniappe recruited Centanni as their Music Writer and later their Music Editor, where he has remained for a little over a decade. As far as his involvement in the local music scene, Centanni organized Cess Fest at the Langan Park, which was a mini-festival focused on original local music in a time when original local music was veritably taboo in Downtown Mobile. For a short time, he brought original music to Downtown Mobile as the in-house promoter for the now deceased venue Cell Block. He managed local underground powerhouse Fry Cook, until the members parted ways. Centanni has lent his bass to bands such as Keychain Pistol and The F’n A-Holes, and he toured nationally as a member of Abstract Artimus & the Torture Children. Currently, he provides vocals for the garage blues rock outfit Johnny No. Ultimately, Centanni’s experience in the local music scene as both a participant and an observer has allowed him to witness the ever-changing persona of Mobile’s enigmatic music scene, which continues to leave him with more questions than answers.

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