When Alfred Lion, Max Margulis and Francis Wolff formed Blue Note Records in 1939, they wanted to support beloved art. The label became one of the most storied in jazz, patterning their availability to artists’ desires. They supplied alcoholic refreshments and recorded in the hours after working musicians finished their paying gigs in clubs and bars.

Blue Note embraced the bebop revolution, was a hard bop staple and welcomed the avant-garde. Its unique album covers embodied simple yet stylized midcentury graphic design that embodied an era.

The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) salutes the label with “A Night at the Blue Note” on Monday, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m. at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.) in a show postponed from May due to inclement weather. Performances by trumpeter Chip Herrington and Friends will be featured.

Entrance is $15, $12 for students and military and $10 for MOJO members. A light jambalaya dinner is included and a cash bar is available.

For more information, call 251-459-2298 or go to mojojazz.org.


MAC Throwdown breaking ground

There’s only a month until the Mobile Arts Council’s annual Throwdown on Sept. 20, 6-9 p.m. The live art competition and silent auction has changed up a few things this year without missing a step.

Its location has moved to 23 East on the Brookley complex, MAC’s first time out of the Henry Aaron Loop. MAC Executive Director Shellie Teague is upbeat, reporting ticket sales as better than in previous years. She also reports inquiries from new parties, something she credits to the release of a promo video earlier this month.

Teague said this year’s silent auction will feature more than just the standard art items. As MAC’s single biggest fundraising event, the hope is it will raise the bar on bids.

The other big change? Their notorious Red Rooster adult beverages will be replaced by a Frosé machine from O’Daly’s. 

For more information, call 251-432-9796 or go to mobilearts.org. 


Folk artist Partridge on display

Abe Partridge’s creativity pushes every outlet it can. His musical work, particularly his album “Cotton Fields and Blood for Days,” won him scrutiny in local media but he’s adept with a paint brush as well as a pick.

Partridge’s exhibit “Rethinking Preconceived Notions” will be on display at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer (7125 Hitt Road) through the end of August. He works primarily with acrylic paintings on tar board and linocuts/ink. He has shown not only in Atlanta but has been commissioned for a mural at Haint Blue Brewing.

The exhibit may be viewed by appointment by calling 251-767-8362. For a look at his other work, visit abepartridge.com.