Band: CBDB, Big Jam Space Driver
Date: Saturday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St.,
Tickets: $10 in advance/$12 day of show; available at or by calling 1-877-777-8932

Since the venue’s early years, Soul Kitchen has specialized in jam rock, and this show boasts two up-and-comers in the Southeastern jam scene: CBDB and Big Jam Space Driver.

Big Jam Space Driver will warm up the crowd. Taking its name from a rare guitar pedal, Big Jam Space Driver is a conglomeration of talent from Mobile and Pensacola. The Azalea City’s Christopher Spies (saxophone) and Johnathan Ashley (drums) mix their respective talents with Pensacola’s John Hart (guitar), Owen Finley (bass) and Adam Cooper (keys). Their set should be a freewheeling, eclectic romp filled with multiple layers rock, funk, jazz and blues.

Once again, CBDB will fill Soul Kitchen with their trademark “joyfunk.” This versatile jam style has made them a favorite with crowds from Mobile to Nashville. Lighthearted original tracks such as “She’s Mobile” shine from CBDB’s intricate, jazz-infused funk and syncopated lyrical flow. On the other hand, the heavy Southern rock of “Old Dog” pulls influences from Widespread Panic and Gov’t Mule.