Author: Stephen Centanni

Lights out

Band: Luke Bryan with special guest Brett Eldredge Date: March 17-18 Venue: The Amphitheater at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road (Orange Beach), Tickets: $33-$286, available through Ticketmaster Most beach towns consider Memorial Day weekend the beginning of the vacation season, but The Amphitheater at The Wharf typically uses spring break as an excuse to start the concert season well in advance. While this venue hosts a variety of artists, it is widely known for bringing the hottest country acts on the road, such as country superstar Luke Bryan. This mainstream country artist’s scheduled performance proved so popular he...

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360 degrees

Band: Loretta Lynn • Date: March 17-18 Venue: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, 875 Beach Blvd. (Biloxi), Tickets: $34.95-$49.95, available through Ticketmaster The Coal Miner’s Daughter is returning to the Gulf Coast. Country music icon Loretta Lynn’s contributions to modern music history make her a national treasure. Her reign as country music’s queen began in the mid-20th century and continues to this day. Lynn’s life has also been a source of inspiration for many female up-and-comers in country music. Her life story was recorded in the autobiography “Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which was made into a successful...

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Muscle Shoals icons take part in Bayside’s music showcase

High Tide Southern Music Showcase March 9-10 Bayside Academy, 303 Dryer Ave. (Daphne), Tickets: $15 ($10 for students and senior citizens), available at Bayside Academy and its website Students at Bayside Academy on the Eastern Shore are required to take the usual history, language arts, science and arithmetic courses. This year, however, Bayside is shaking things up with the institution of its “Understanding the Southern Mystique” interdisciplinary class. This course requires students to explore Southern culture in an effort to provide a defining analysis of the region’s rich and diverse personality. March 9-10, this unique course will delve...

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SouthSounds vets return

Band: Motel Radio, The High Divers Date: Sunday, March 12, 7 p.m. Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., Tickets: $15 at the door SouthSounds 2017 hits downtown Mobile in just a few weeks. To get locals in the mood, Callaghan’s is bringing two crowd favorites from last year’s festival, which marked the birth of Lagniappe’s New Southern Music Showcase. Ultimately, judges chose New Orleans indie rockers Motel Radio as the best band from the array of regional performers. In December, Motel Radio used part of their showcase prize package to record several demo tracks with Rick...

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East of SXSW

Band: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires Date: Saturday, March 12, with doors at 8 p.m. Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., Tickets: $10 advance/$12 day of show, available at venue and its website Each March, a host of bands from around the world descend upon Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest (SXSW), an event that provides up-and-coming bands a chance to showcase their music for music fans and industry figures. Fortunately for Mobile, some of these bands make a pit stop here en route to SXSW. Alabama rockers Lee Bains III & The Glory...

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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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