Earlier this year, the University of South Alabama’s Marx Library presented photographer Vincent Lawson’s “Our Neighbors” collection. These poignant black-and-white photos gave viewers an emotional look at Mobile’s local homeless population and currently are on display at the History Museum of Mobile. Laawson’s exhibit also inspired the minds behind the online magazine The Southern Rambler to organize “A Ramblin’ Night at Callaghan’s.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, music lovers will have a chance to help the homeless in a local showcase. Ryan Balthrop and Friends will be opening the evening. Balthrop has been recording with Wet Willie’s Rick Hirsch at his Studio H2O. If the crowd is lucky, Balthrop might perform some new tracks from his upcoming release.

Deluxe Trio, comprising Steve “Duck” Varnes, Phil Proctor and Stan Foster, could be considered a local super group and the Azalea City’s masters of Americana. In addition to their modern take on old-timey favorites, Deluxe Trio will perform cuts from their debut album “Nobody Don’t Know.”

Admission for this event is $10. For those who bring a blanket or coat, admission will only be $5. All monies, blankets and coats will go the 15 Place homeless shelter. Those who want to donate but are unable to make the show may leave coats and blankets at the Ashland Gallery (2321 Old Shell Road) or 15 Place (279-B N. Washington Ave.).

“Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas” seeks sponsors
The “Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas” has become one of Mobile’s most beloved yuletide traditions. Each year, a cavalcade of local musicians and a group of special guests help brighten the holiday season with this Christmas spectacular. This year’s “Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas” will take place at the Saenger Theatre Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

The evening’s focus is the John Milham Trio’s interpretation of Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack for the classic television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Milham, keyboardist Chris Spies and bassist Chris Severin have built a following for this show through their excellent take on Guaraldi’s soundtrack. As of now, the show will also include renditions of Christmas favorites by Jennifer Hardwick (Trey Anastasio Band) and local saxophonist Chris Spies Jr.

(Photo/ MCE Photography) The “Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas” featuring Chris Spies, John Milham and Chris Severin is seeking sponsors to help continue a delightful annual tradition.

(Photo/ MCE Photography) The “Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas” featuring Chris Spies, John Milham and Chris Severin is seeking sponsors to help continue a delightful annual tradition.


The public also has the chance to support this year’s show through five levels of sponsorship.  Besides helping to bring Christmas cheer to Mobile, sponsors will receive numerous perks, including autographed posters, admission to meet-and-greets, tickets and ad space in a variety of capacities, depending on sponsorship level. For more information, visit the “Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas” website, www.cbjazzchristmas.com.