Soul Kitchen is known for their extravagant Halloween soirees. A mass of costumed music junkies fill the confines of this LoDa venue, where they are treated to an evening of festive sounds. For Halloween 2013, Soul Kitchen is bringing local favorite JJ Grey & Mofro back for an evening of musical thrills and chills.

Since its 2007 debut “Country Ghetto,” the Azalea City has watched this Florida band’s popularity grow with each visit. Last time Grey rolled through town, he was promoting his 2008 Southern groove masterpiece “Orange Blossoms.” The Tampa-based Rock Brothers Brewing Co. has even crafted a “JJ Grey’s Nare Sugar Brown” beer. When he takes the Soul Kitchen stage this time, he will be giving the crowd a live taste of his latest release “This River.”

Grey’s sound has grown exponentially since “Orange Blossoms.” “This River” is tasty blend of soul overdose and Southern rock revival. Big horns mingle with classic rock guitar throughout the album, and Grey accents the situation with raw, powerful vocals. Producers Grey and Dan Prothero must have felt this vibe as well. The overall old school sound of “This River” is matched perfectly with the vibe created by Grey’s new tracks.

Band: JJ Grey & Mofro with Thomas Wynn & the Believers
Date: Thurs., Oct. 31 with doors at 8 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St.,
Tickets: $18 adv./ $22 day-of avail. at Soul Kitchen, their website, Mellow Mushroom (MiMo and WeMo) or by calling 1-866-468-7630