Author: Stephen Centanni

Charod Jones’ ‘Destiny,’ live and in studio

The Azalea City’s army of hip-hop artists is one of the richest aspects of the local music scene. Mobile is populated with numerous up-and-coming emcees and producers with an abundance of passion for their music. For local artist Charod Jones, hip-hop has become a way of life. Over the years, hip-hop artists such as Outkast and 2Pac kindled within Jones a passion to explore the music world. The would-be rapper began to hone his skills while establishing a personal ideology that pushed him forward. Jones began to see hip-hop as a form of personal expression, allowing him to transport...

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Hotlanta

Band: Elements Hip-Hop Showcase Date: Friday, June 30, with doors at 9 p.m. Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., www.themerrywidow.net Tickets: $8 advance/$10 day of show, available through Ticketfly Each month, Poet Tree Entertainment collects some of the freshest lyricists on the Southeastern hip-hop scene for its Elements showcase. This installment will bring Rod McCoy as one of two hip-hop ambassadors from the ATL. McCoy’s verbal flow is a smooth, hypnotic delivery of eclectic rhythms switched with skillful spontaneity. J-Coop will also be representing Hotlanta. With his smooth Dungeon Family-esque grooves, he’s picking up where Atlanta hip-hop...

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Get Smart

Band: Jesse Daniel Edwards, The Smart Brothers Date: Thursday, June 29, 8 p.m. Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com Tickets: Call 251-433-9374 for more info While Callaghan’s hosts a wide variety of musicians, Americana has remained a staple for the neighborhood pub. Several years ago Nashville duo The Smart Brothers debuted at Callaghan’s, introducing the Azalea City to their classically influenced folk sounds. Jay and Lou Smart won over the crowd with their acoustic-based harmonic sermons forged from life experience. As they grew in popularity across the Southeast and beyond, The Smart Brothers regularly included Callaghan’s...

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Up and comers

Band: Acid Tongue, Universal Sigh, Deluna Date: Friday, June 23, with doors at 9 p.m. Venue: The Blind Mule, 57 N. Claiborne St., www.theblindmule.net Tickets: $5 (age 21+)/$10 (age 18+) Over the years, The Blind Mule has opened its arms to many new and up-and-coming alt. rock acts, both touring and local. This cozy venue has become a launching pad for many bands. For this show, an Azalea City group will be hosting two out-of-towners. Judging from their respective sounds, the lineup should feature an eclectic mix of music from three very different bands. Pulling influence from Brooklyn and...

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Remembering Ben

Band: Ben Walls Memorial Jam Date: Sunday, June 25, with doors at noon Venue: The Garage, 9 S. Washington Ave., 251-433-2223 Tickets: $10 at the door Ben Walls was a man who appreciated life. This familiar face on the downtown scene filled his days with his wife, Noretta, his boat and his friends. After losing his battle to colon cancer, Walls’ wife, his family, his close friends and numerous local bands decided to memorialize his life in the name of philanthropy through the Ben Walls Memorial Jam. Proceeds from this annual event traditionally are dedicated to an individual struggling...

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