Band: Johnny Hayes
Date: Thursday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m.
Venue: Manci’s Antique Club, 1715 Main St. (Daphne),
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 Music City, Hayes took his chances on the NBC vocal talent series “The Voice.” His electrifying stage presence and soulful vocal work led to nationwide exposure and a legion of new fans.

These days, Hayes has been performing with his band, the LoveSeats, but for his Manci’s performance will be performing an intimate solo show. However, his powerful vocals and danceable collection of original material should still maintain this artist’s reputation as one of the best showmen in the Southeast. This show should be the perfect way to celebrate Mardi Gras on the Eastern Shore.