Author: Stephen Centanni

Serendipity helped Bonnie Bishop find her true voice

Band: Bonnie Bishop with special guest Ross Newell Date: Wednesday, May 31, 7 p.m. Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com Tickets: $25 (limited to 50), available at Callaghan’s Bonnie Bishop was an accomplished Nashville songwriter and performer. She’d penned “Not Cause I Wanted To,” and Bonnie Raitt’s performance of the song earned Bishop a Grammy. Her tune “The Best Songs Come From Broken Hearts” was performed by actress Connie Britton’s character Rayna James on the NBC television show “Nashville.” Even in the light of success, Bishop was not satisfied with her career or the effects it...

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Back home

Band: Alabama with Charlie Daniels Band Date: Saturday, May 27, 8 p.m. Venue: The Amphitheater at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road (Orange Beach), www.alwharf.com Tickets: $27-$79.50, available through Ticketmaster Memorial Day marks the official beginning of the summer beach season. Hundreds of thousands of people will flock to the Alabama Gulf Coast until Labor Day brings seaside travel to an end. With its reputation for hosting country music’s hottest acts, the Amphitheater at The Wharf is starting summer with two legendary country bands. With his trademark cowboy hat and fiery fiddle work, Charlie Daniels emerged from the ‘70s country...

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Island holiday

Band: Slide Bayou Date: Saturday, May 27, 8 p.m. Venue: Fins Bar, 1600 Bienville Ave. (Dauphin Island) Tickets: Free Fins Bar has been attracting more and more people to Dauphin Island with frozen drinks, a versatile menu and live musical entertainment to gather throngs of dedicated patrons. For Memorial Day weekend, Fins will be treating its crowd to the soulful jams of Slide Bayou. Slide Bayou is the Mobile Bay area’s newest supergroup, pooling the songwriting and instrumental talents of Ryan Balthrop, Lee Yankie and Harrison McInnis. Together, this trio is taking their respective songs and placing them into...

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Get glamorous

Band: Skid Row, Kix Date: Friday, May 26, 8 p.m. Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 777 Beach Blvd. (Biloxi), www.hrhcbiloxi.com Tickets: $71-$134, available through Ticketmaster This Friday the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will feature a double dose of ‘80s glam metal. Kix will serve as the lineup’s opener. Its release “Blow My Fuse” spawned two stellar hits that included the ballsy “Cold Blood” and the quintessential ‘80s power ballad “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” Headliner Skid Row will provide the climax to this ‘80s metal flashback. This New Jersey band brought a little darkness to the world of...

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The Suffers’ welcoming party

Band: The Suffers Date: Friday, May 19, 12:30 p.m. Venue: Surf Stage The Surf Stage will open Hangout Fest with a blast of sweet, versatile grooves from Houston band The Suffers, who pride themselves on being purveyors of what they call “Gulf Coast Soul.” According to vocal powerhouse Kam Franklin, this trademark sound is a reflection of the collective musical personality of the band. All the members are Houston natives influenced by the city’s variety of cultures. While the band’s sound is built upon a foundation of soul, overall there’s an obvious classic rhythm and blues influence. This concept...

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