Azalea City country fans have solved a Mystery at The Steeple. In late October, local radio station WKSJ 94.9 FM announced that they would be collaborating with Mobile’s newest venue The Steeple to bring an enigmatic Grammy nominated country act that has won awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.
Proceeds from this concert would be given to the Mobile Bay area philanthropic organization Fuse Project, which “invests in initiatives promoting the health, fitness, education and social responsibility” for area children. Even with little information, this show had no problem selling out.
After Markus Fox finished his opening set, the mystery band took the stage to satisfy the audience’s rampant curiosity. When the lights brightened on stage, concert-goers discovered that The Band Perry had returned home for a relatively intimate show at a venue with a 550 plus capacity. Last time they were in Mobile, the Perry siblings were celebrating the release of their self-titled debut album. With their third full-length imminent, The Band Perry’s impromptu show seemed like a chance for the trio to reunite with their hometown fans before the madness of promoting a new album ensues.
“I know this is a secret show, but I’m bad at keeping secrets,” vocalist/guitarist Kimberly Perry explained to the crowd. “I’ve been having to keep this one all week. We only have one rule at our shows: the wilder, the crazier, the louder, the better.”
When Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry took the stage, the trio exploded with a charismatic volley of homegrown country with a duo of percussionists joining the Perry siblings on stage to open their set. As they revved up their “Chainsaw,” the trio sent an electricity through the crowd that lasted throughout the night.
Armed with an acoustic and an endless amount of energy, Kimberly Perry had every voice singing along to “You Lie.” The Band Perry also thrilled with a medley that included “Sweet Dreams” (Eurythmics), “Sexy Back” (Justin Timberlake) and “Crazy” (Gnarls Barkley). From crowd favorites to new material, both the crowd and The Band Perry experienced an epic homecoming. In all, the night left their audience hungry for their upcoming release.