Band: The Listening Room of Mobile’s Third Anniversary Shindig
Date: Saturday, May 5, 8 p.m.
Venue: The Listening Room of Mobile, 78 St. Francis St.,
Tickets: $20; call 251-367-4599 for reservations

Three years ago, Jim Pennington established a haven for musicians and music lovers alike who prefer the serene clarity of a listening room experience. Since opening its doors, The Listening Room of Mobile has fulfilled its mission of providing night after night of music, delivered without the noise pollution of a typical venue, and its Third Anniversary Shindig promises to deliver nothing less.

The Listening Room of Mobile could not have such a celebration without featuring a set from singer-songwriter Abe Partridge, who has used the venue as a platform for promoting his visual and musical art. Those hearing Partridge for the first time can expect tunes filled with his unique perceptions of the modern South, delivered with a worn voice.

Brassy jazz of trumpeter Chip Herrington has also graced the venue. Herrington’s local music legacy includes both Wet Willie and the Mobile Big Band Society. However, his intimate shows at The Listening Room of Mobile have been jazz seduction at its finest.

Eastern Shore singer-songwriter Madison Grace represents a new generation embracing the listening room environment. Armed with a piano and a beautiful voice, Grace has gathered followers with a fresh local sound that falls somewhere between Norah Jones and Diana Krall. Anyone hearing her homegrown sounds will be overwhelmed by the amount of talent this young artist possesses.