Alabama’s own Jason Isbell wowed a packed house at the Saenger Theatre last Friday night as he neared the end of his summer tour. Those who’ve seen Isbell before said this show was as good as it gets. He performed almost all of the must-play songs from his last three albums and a couple of gems from his days in the Drive-By Truckers.
Overall my spies said there wasn’t much drama to report. They only saw the security guards telling people not to take pictures or videos with their cell phones — although one spy did say he saw a couple dancing in the aisle who wouldn’t listen to the security guard about moving, so a police officer came over and set them straight.
Another spy was lucky enough to get to meet Isbell backstage after the show and reported he is still a kind and humble Alabama boy. My spy also said the scene backstage wasn’t one the Rolling Stones would endorse. As Isbell no longer drinks, the only fluids available were bottled water and, mysteriously, a carton of half-and-half. Maybe someone was waiting for The Dude to show.
After the show Isbell headed to Veet’s downtown and played a few tunes with the famed Family Jewels band for a while, before his tour bus headed out at 4 a.m. for New Orleans to play the final two shows of his tour.
The new Hollywood
Our neck of the woods is beginning to turn into a mini Hollywood. More movies than I can count have been filmed here. I mean, why wouldn’t they? It’s beautiful, we are nice people and the area has a lot to offer as far as variety of scenes. I mean, it’s so great that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wanted to buy a house around here. I guess everything works out for a reason … Anyway, no one I have heard of is buying a house but there is a movie being filmed over in Point Clear.
Carla Gugino (“Night at the Museum”) and Bruce Greenwood (“Thirteen Days” and playing the president in a lot of movies) are around filming an adaptation of Stephen King’s suspenseful novel “Gerald’s Game” — which, if you haven’t read it, is a about a couple trying to spice up their marriage while away at their lake house (I am going to guess this “lake” is Mobile Bay). Things take a turn for the worst and the husband dies, leaving his wife handcuffed to their bed. What happens next? Well, you’ll have to wait and see when the movie comes out!
Oh, and thinking of movies coming out, the movie “Get Out” is set to come out in February 2017. What’s that got to do with anything? Well, “Get Out” was filmed in — you guessed it — our neck of the woods. A lot of the film was shot in Fairhope but there was also filming in the Ashland Place neighborhood in Midtown as well as Barton Academy.
In “Get Out” expect to see Allison Williams (HBO’s “Girls”) and Keith Stanfield (“Short Term 12”). The trailer can be found online but just a heads up, Boozie could hardly get through it because it was scary. Then again when it comes to movies or TV shows, I’m a scaredy cat. Enough with horror and suspenseful movies being filmed around here, we need a rom-com!
Who let the dogs out
Boozie’s four-legged spies were in Bienville Square Sunday for the Animal Rescue Foundation’s 11th annual Woofstock. Hundreds of dogs of all breeds and their best friends were represented, along with dozens of business partners and sponsors. In addition to being a great fundraiser, it was also a chance to see and be seen in some of the latest canine fashions, including seasonal sweaters, Halloween costumes, tutus, scarves and Hawaiian shirts.
A border collie named Bandit was wearing prison stripes. A Jack Russell terrier named Sweet Pea was made up with eyeliner and lipstick and a Dalmatian whose name we didn’t get was dyed pink for breast cancer awareness month. The owner of one particularly excited shepherd mix apologized for him allegedly “humping everybody,” and a chow mix actually tried to start a beef with one of the police dogs onsite. But overall it was a festive atmosphere and everyone got along. Appropriately, the Stereo Dogs provided musical accompaniment with their blistering classic rock set.
Last week Mobilians headed over to Biloxi to catch Chris Stapleton while he was in the area one last time before this tour heads north. Like his show at The Wharf, Boozie’s spies said the Biloxi show was awesome and that he sounds even better live than he does on the radio.
But that’s not all! One of the spies was on their way to the concert when they spotted Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top in the lobby of a casino. Needless to say, seeing those two in one night made for an awesome Thursday!
Well, kids, that’s all I’ve got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ Jason Isbell lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!