Author: Stephen Centanni

The Haints come marching in

Band: Joe Cain Day Celebration featuring The Pine Hill Haints, Sister Sister and The Shunarrahs Date: Sunday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., www.themerrywidow.net Tickets: $10 in advance/$15 day of show, available at venue and its website For many years, The Pine Hill Haints have made an annual pilgrimage to the Azalea City and provided a soundtrack for those celebrating Joe Cain Day. Formed in Auburn in the late ‘90s, The Pine Hill Haints specialize in what they call “Alabama Ghost Music.” Created years before the modern Americana craze, this truly unique, eclectic...

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Bigger and badder

Band: Boosie Badazz, Yung Bleu, B. Will Date: Monday, Feb. 12, with doors at 9 p.m. Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., www.soulkitchenmobile.com Tickets: $35 in advance, $45 day of show, available at venue, its website, Mellow Mushroom and by calling 1-866-777-8932 Many denizens of the Azalea City use Lundi Gras to recuperate from Joe Cain Day in preparation for the madness of Fat Tuesday. After the Infant Mystics roll through Downtown Mobile, Soul Kitchen will feature a lineup of hip-hop acts that will make it hard to resist keeping the party going into Mardi Gras Day. Hailing from...

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Grayson Capps continues his Joe Cain tradition

Band: Grayson Capps Date: Sunday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m. Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com Tickets: Free Mardi Gras in the Azalea City is filled with traditions, and Grayson Capps’ Joe Cain Day performance at Callaghan’s has become a beloved tradition for many Mobilians. After the madness of the Joe Cain Day procession, this singer-songwriter keeps spirits high with a performance that tends to fill the corner of Charleston and Marine. Capps satisfies his audience with favorites such as “Poison” and “Ol’ Slac,” his musical tribute to the namesake. Capps will also entertain the crowd with...

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Collectively speaking

Band: Jon Dee Graham with special guest Ben de la Cour Date: Sat., Feb. 10, with doors at 7:30 p.m. Venue: Satori Coffee House, 5460 Old Shell Road, www.satori-coffee.com Tickets: $5 donation at the door/free to USA students Those wanting to wind down after the Mystics of Time parade should look no further than Satori Coffee House. The University of South Alabama’s Independent Music Collective will be holding an intimate performance by Austin-based singer-songwriter Jon Dee Graham. From roots rock to punk, Graham boasts a versatile career. He is also the only musician to be inducted into the Austin...

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Trip through Milham’s ‘Arden’s Garden’ of delights

Band: John Milham Album Release Party Date: Friday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. Venue: Cedar Street Social Club, 4 N. Cedar St., www.cedarstreetsocialclub.com Tickets: $30, available through Brown Paper Tickets and www.johnmilham.com John Milham is not an unfamiliar name on the Mobile Bay area music scene — in fact, he is one of its most sought-after drummers for a variety of musical projects. Over the years, this percussionist has provided the heartbeat of bands such as Haere Marue, Kung-Fu Mama, Vibration Configuration and Grayson Capps & the Lost Cause Minstrels. He’s also worked with a long list of artists ranging...

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Merry after-party

Band: Futurebirds, Neighbor Lady, South Carlen Date: Thursday, Feb. 1, with doors at 9 p.m. Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., www.themerrywidow.net Tickets: $10 in advance/$12 day of show; available through Ticketfly After the sultry gypsies of the Order of Polka Dots roll through downtown Mobile, The Merry Widow will host an after-party with Futurebirds headlining. This five-piece from Athens, Georgia, has used performances at regional events such as Hangout Fest and SouthSounds to collect a bevy of listeners in the Mobile Bay area. Futurebirds’ sound is a smooth, dreamy delivery of twang-infused, harmony-laden country rock that...

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Blue-eyed soul

Band: Stephen Sylvester Date: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m. Venue: Fairhope Brewing Co., 914 Nichols Ave. (Fairhope), www.fairhopebrewing.com Tickets: Free Fairhope will be getting in the spirit of the season courtesy of the Knights of Ecor Rouge. Before this festive group of maskers showers downtown Fairhope with trinkets, Fairhope Brewing Co. will be providing the masses with a lineup of local brews and a performance by Stephen Sylvester. Sylvester’s journey into the music world can be traced back to his father, who performed in a church worship band. Even though Sylvester’s life has taken him down many roads, these...

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ESho Mardi Gras kickoff

Band: Johnny Hayes Date: Thursday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. Venue: Manci’s Antique Club, 1715 Main St. (Daphne), www.mancisantiqueclub.com Tickets: Free This first weekend in February, the Eastern Shore will celebrate Mardi Gras with the Apollo’s Mystic Ladies and Knights of Ecor Rouge parades. Manci’s Antique Club will be hosting a pre-parade party for this jovial weekend, featuring Gulf Coast favorite Johnny Hayes. While attending the University of Alabama, native Mobilian Hayes began performing in a variety of watering holes in the area. Afterward, he made the move to Nashville to nurture his music career. After spending five years in...

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