On Friday, Nov. 13, the second annual Footmarchers Ball will be celebrated at Soul Kitchen. The inaugural event at Moe’s was one of the most memorable of 2014. This year, the ball will also be the kick-off party for the 50th anniversary of the Joe Cain Procession.
Once again, the party will be a “bal masque in the tradition of L’Ancien Regime.” Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to wear anything from “a simple black mask to costuming in the manner of the Venetian Carnavale.”
The Blow House Band will open the evening with its brassy festive sounds. Afterwards, NoLa’s Debauche will take the stage. These exotic rockers introduced themselves to the Azalea City at last year’s SouthSounds Music Festival and describe themselves as a “Russian Mafia band.” With all the fury of the mightiest Cossack, Debauche delivers a matchless sound characterized by punk rock with traditional Russian overtones. Their live shows take on the attitude of a raucous celebration around the campfire in the shadow of the Ural Mountains.
Tickets are $20 (includes light hors d’oeuvres) and on sale now through Eventbrite. Judging from the overwhelming success of the first Footmarchers Ball, tickets will be going fast.
Coming up country
Local country artist Carla Williams gambled on Nashville a few years ago as a promising up-and-comer, and has made some great connections. Now she is the CEO of BelleFire Records. As boss of this new label, Williams decided to return to Mobile and help and sign Bruce Salters, a local artist who also has aspirations of establishing a national reputation.
Salters’ life has always been filled with music. Growing up in Satsuma, his first step toward becoming a professional musician was when he received a drum set at the age of nine. Eventually he picked up a guitar and began strumming country. He used venues such as the Bluegill, Saddle-Up Saloon and Top of the Bay to hone both his live performance and his original music. Salters is currently working on his first BelleFire effort with veteran Nashville producer/songwriter Ray Barnette.