Mardi Gras is only a month away, and the Jewel on Joachim will be ushering in the season with a performance from one of the jam scene’s most legendary bands. After the Pharaohs and Conde Explorers roll on Sat., Feb. 15, Gov’t Mule will take the Saenger stage for LoDa’s biggest post-parade party. Fronted by guitar maestro Warren Haynes, this rock outfit has been bringing their blues rock jams to the masses. The Mule is currently touring in support of their 2013 release “Shout!”

mule2The group waited four years to release this follow-up to their 2009 release “By a Thread.” However, the release of “Shout!” was well worth the wait for Gov’t Mule fans. This double-album features 11 cuts exclusively from Gov’t Mule on the first disc. The second disc is 11 more cuts featuring Gov’t Mule and a cavalcade of collaborators. Guest appearances on this album include Elvis Costello, Jim James, Grace Potter, Dr. John, Ben Harper, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Ty Taylor, Dave Matthews, Miles Kennedy and Steve Winwood. Tickets are on sale now for this show, and they can be purchased through Ticketmaster and the Saenger Box Office.

America fell in love with the late Ricky Nelson in the 1950s. With bandleader Ozzie Nelson for a father, it was natural for young Nelson to carry on the family’s musical legacy. His debut performance on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” catapulted him to superstardom and established him as a heartthrob with the young girls of that generation. Hits like “Teenager’s Romance” and “Lonesome Town” allowed him to transcend the generations and create a permanent niche in rock history.

The Nelson musical legacy continued with the success of his twin sons Matthew and Gunnar. Under the band name Nelson, Matthew and Gunnar ushered in the ‘90s with their hit single “Love and Affection.” The brothers continued to release albums into the new millennium, with 2010’s “Before the Rain” being the most recent. However, their latest tour is literally bringing the Nelson brothers back to their roots.

On Jan. 20-21, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson will bring their “Ricky Nelson Remembered” tour to the Ernie H. Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores. This performance will be a multimedia extravaganza featuring hits from their father such as “Hello Mary Lou,” “Travelin’ Man” and “Garden Party.” This show will be a celebration of not only their father but also the three musical generations the Nelson Family has produced. Tickets are $37 and available through the City of Gulf Shores’ website (