The Mardi Gras season is a colorful celebration where art and life mingle on the streets of Mobile. The Azalea City’s collection of artists (both aural and visual) recognizes this as well and continues to make contributions to this holiday season. Devlin Wilson has established a reputation for making Mardi Gras balls an artistic experience with his eclectic décor. For the Mobile Museum of Art’s “The Art & Design of Mardi Gras” installation, Jillian Crochet was one of the artists who created a queen’s gown made of Mardi Gras throws, which was highlighted by an elegant corset made of Mardi Gras cups.
Art does not stop at the visual, and Portal Studio is a local artistic institution that recognizes this. With each event they hold, Portal always includes a band that matches the artistic ideology of the evening. With the mingling of sonic and visual art in mind, Portal Studio (163 N. Lawrence St.) will be holding their first annual “Artist’s Ball” on Fri., Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. with a parade by Lunatix & Co. at 9 p.m. Those wanting to attend are encouraged to come in costume. In addition to projection art, body painting and displays by Portal Artists, those in attendance can expect an unforgettable performance from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
While 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea classify their sound as “Psychedelic Surf Rock,” their music definitely exists in an undiscovered aural realm. This musical communal will be performing tracks off of their latest release “Patchwork of Light.”
“Dance, Dance Claire” is the album’s opening track and sets the tone for the album with its combination of jangling guitar, brash trombone and reggae-infused beat. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea also mixes elements of old school country into their unique style with tracks such as “Watching Cigarettes Burn” and “Street Kids.” Portal made the perfect choice in musical entertainment for their first Artist’s Ball.
Country coming to town
Over the years, country artist Corey Smith has maintained an extremely dedicated local following. Smith is joining forces with 95 KSJ to bringing a little country to Mobile’s Mardi Gras celebration. On Fri., Feb. 13, Smith will take the stage at the Soul Kitchen for an evening of country sounds in LoDa. Smith will be performing tracks off of his latest release “Maysville in the Meantime.” Strung Like a Horse will be the show’s opener. Tickets are on sale now ($18 adv. /$22 day-of) at Soul Kitchen, their website, Mellow Mushroom (WeMo/MiMo) and by calling 1-866-468-7630.