Good nights at The Blues Tavern are a wonderful thing. As the cold libations flow, the crowd exerts an infectious energy, and the dance floor is full. The Bush League was able to make its performance at The Blues Tavern a good night for both the audience and the venue. This blues outfit from Virginia brought its powerful sound to “Mobile’s Only Blues Room,” and the crowd loved every note.

The diversity in age in The Bush League’s line up definitely helps mold its sound. While the band maintains its blues sound, youthful, modern influences cannot be ignored. The band maintained its charismatic energy for the entirety of its performance, which created that symbiotic relationship shared between band and audience. This resulted in a crowded dance floor for most of the night.

The Bush League’s live performance of original material was impressive, but it also did an excellent job paying homage to America’s blues legacy. The band’s love for Hill Country Blues shined brightly, with its version of Hambone Willie Newburn’s “Rollin’ & Tumblin’.” It also paid tribute to Muddy Waters with its rendition of “Rollin’ Stone” (also known as “Catfish Blues”).

(Photos/ Widespread Panic is currently on a theater tour with a stop in Mobile in February.

(Photos/ Widespread Panic is currently on a theater tour with a stop in Mobile in February.

Widespread Panic coming to Mobile
As news of the potential demise of the Mobile Civic Center reverberates throughout the city, local jam rock enthusiasts were surprised by the announcement Widespread Panic will play the Mobile Civic Center Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Typically an arena/festival band, Widespread Panic’s performance in Mobile falls in the midst of several theater dates. The smaller theater gives Spreadheads the chance to catch the band in a relatively intimate environment. Given the smaller venue, this show should sell out quickly. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m.

AfterSchock, Venom team up
When AfterSchock had his album release party during Ten Sixty Five, the public didn’t know his duet with fellow Azalea City rapper Venom was a preview of things to come. Recently Venom sent Lagniappe a “rough draft” of a cut called “Turn It Up,” which will be featured on an AfterSchock/Venom mixtape. The track begins with a heavy rock guitar followed by head-bobbing drumbeat and Venom’s trademark rapid-fire flow. AfterSchock falls into the second verse with his smooth baritone vocals. Judging from this song, the two are a perfect combination with two different styles blending into one. If the rest of this mixtape is anything like this cut, the Azalea City can expect great things from this duo.