Derek Vincent Smith, the man behind Pretty Lights, has made a name for himself with his own brand of EDM. His dance club stylings have brought him a ton of notoriety on the electronic scene, especially on the Gulf Coast. Smith has taken his career to another level with the formation of the Pretty Lights Music label, and Gramatik is a powerful soldier in his electronic army.
Gramatik will fill the walls of Soul Kitchen with an impressive mélange of jazz, soul, funk and EDM. This creation of his sound began with an obsession with cool grooves during his childhood in Slovenia. As with many modern artists, Gramatik built his following through free file sharing, and his reputation as an EDM began to build across Europe and the U.S. Gramatik brings a fresh edge to the EDM scene with soulful grooves and vocals mashed up with an endless supply of electronic beats and funky cuts.
Date: Fri., Sept. 20 with doors at 9 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., www.soulkitchenmobile.com
Tickets: $12 adv. / $15 day-of avail. at Soul Kitchen, their website, Mellow Mushroom (MiMo and WeMo) and by calling 1-866-468-7630
Los Colognes is making their way into the national spotlight with a sound reminiscent of roots icons such as J.J. Cale and John Prine. Singer/guitarist Jay Rutherford and drummer Aaron Mortenson made their way from Chicago to Nashville in 2010. The duo immersed themselves in the local scene with a weekly jam at East Nashville’s The 5 Spot. Bassist Gordon Persha and keyboardist Micah Hulscher soon joined Mortenson and Rutherford as core members of Los Colognes.
Los Colognes will be bringing sounds of their debut album “Working Together” to the OGD. This album begins with the title track. Rutherford lays out honest lyrics and clean vocals on top of layers of pristine guitars and keyboards.
“My Doorway’s Open” conjures the ghost of J.J. Cale with its smooth country blues attitude and ghostly pedal steel. These guys will definitely provide an evening of laid-back grooves and storytelling for the Callaghan’s regulars.
Band: Los Colognes
Date: Sun., Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com
Tickets: $7 at the door
The late Hank Becker touched many lives. This talented musician embraced local music lovers with a signature sound that was one part Swamp Pop, one part blues and one part Azalea City. He was legendary as a solo performer, but his shows with his backing band The Boogie Chillin’ made for the most memorable performances that have ever been witnessed in Mobile. Veet’s and The Grounds (Home of the Greater Gulf State Fair) have joined forces with Veet’s to bring The Boogie Chillin’ back together to continue the preservation of Becker’s musical legacy for all Hankheads.
This reunion show will feature an all-star line-up. Guitarist Ben Jernigan, who trained under Becker’s tutelage, will be joined by Ricky Chancey (Wet Willie, Hank Williams, Jr.), John Anthony (Wet Willie), Harold Floyd (Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown) and Jimmy Roebuck. Donna Hall (Wet Willie), Randy Landers and Melissa Summersell will perform as the back-up singers for this performance. In addition, Becker’s album “Chillin’ At Play” will be available for purchase.
Band: The Boogie Chillin’ Reunion
Date: Tue., Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.
Venue: Veet’s Bar & Grill, 66 S. Royal St., www.veetsbarandgrill.com
Tickets: $5 at the door