Author: Stephen Centanni

Double dose from Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet

Photo Edward McGrath / Imogene Theater Two years ago, the Azalea City got its first glimpse of Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet as the band rapidly established a dedicated fan base. Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet’s style is a grab-bag of goodness. From slow modern rock anthems to catchy rhythm and blues-influenced grooves, the band’s fans cannot seem to get enough of their music. By the end of the month, the local band will reveal its first batch of studio material in the form of two new albums. For guitarist/vocalist Mike Jernigan, this twofold professionally recorded and manufactured debut provides a...

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Who’s the ‘Boss’

Band: Flow Tribe Date: Saturday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com Tickets: $10 at the door While Callaghan’s is known for hosting an ongoing lineup of up-and-coming, modern-day troubadours, this neighborhood pub/venue is also known for bringing in some of the most charismatic bands on tour. New Orleans outfit Flow Tribe fits into that category. Flow Tribe’s energetic mix of funk, rhythm and blues, and hip-hop fills the corner of Charleston and Marine with a throng of dancing patrons. On this visit, the band will be giving fans a taste of its...

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Happy birthday

Band: 2nd anniversary Shindig Date: Friday, May 12, 8:30 p.m. Venue: The Listening Room of Mobile, 78 St. Francis St., www.thelisteningroommobile.com Tickets: $20 artist donation at the door The Listening Room of Mobile is celebrating two years of providing a clean music experience to local music lovers. When this quaint venue opened its doors, many fell in love with both its featured artists and its living room vibe. Since then, The Listening Room Mobile has expanded its repertoire from exclusive “unplugged” shows to full-band experiences. This celebration will return the audience to the venue’s roots, with performances from three...

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Still smokin’

Band: Smokey Robinson Date: Saturday, May 13, 8 p.m. Venue: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, 875 Beach Blvd., www.beaurivage.com Tickets: $59.95-$75.95, available through Ticketmaster Singer-songwriter and record producer Smokey Robinson, 77, will take his Biloxi audience on a musical tour through modern music history. Robinson’s legacy begins with Motown legends The Miracles, who ruled the airwaves during the ‘60s with hits such as “Shop Around,” “Tracks of My Tears” and “Tears of a Clown.” As the ‘70s arrived, Robinson began working on a successful solo career, maintaining his audience with the singles “Baby That’s Backatcha” and “Cruisin’.” Thanks to...

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Rest in peace: Col. Bruce Hampton, 1947-2017

On Monday, May 1, one of jam rock’s founding fathers, Col. Bruce Hampton (born Gustav Valentine Berglund III), released his soul to the cosmos during a birthday celebration in Atlanta. He was 70. Hampton’s passing proved to be just as glorious as his rich musical career. The legendary musician was in the encore of “Hampton 70: A Celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton” at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The concert brought together a plethora of family, friends, fans and fellow musicians, including Warren Haynes, John Bell of Widespread Panic, Derek Trucks, Jeff Mosier and Mobilians Jake Peavy and Ben Jernigan. According to the music website JamBase, Hampton and his festival cavalcade of musicians were in the midst of performing the show’s finale, “Turn On Your Lovelight,” when Hampton collapsed onstage. A regular in Mobile known for his onstage antics, Hampton lay unconscious onstage for several minutes before it became evident he was not acting. After news of his passing spread, social media came alive with a number of positive memories from a multitude of people whose lives Hampton touched. “People thought they were going to Col’s birthday party,” said Soul Kitchen co-owner Brad Young in a Facebook post. “They were going to his funeral and death day. How poetic is that? I’ve known Col for 17 years. He was THE most interesting man I’ve ever met.” Young continued with...

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