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 face of the Memphis music scene.
Local favorites JJ Grey & Mofro recently released “Ol’ Glory,” with music reflecting Grey’s knack for mingling a variety of Southern genres. But “Ol’ Glory” earns its individuality through production tweaks.
“The Island” is filled with haunting, soulful vocals that reverberate into slides on the dobro. “Hold on Tight” is a classic ‘70s street groove filled with funky guitar plucks and Grey’s vocal echoes. These new tracks combined with crowd pleasers from the band’s catalog should make for an interesting evening at The Steeple.