Band: Futurebirds, Neighbor Lady, South Carlen
Date: Thursday, Feb. 1, with doors at 9 p.m.
Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., www.themerrywidow.net
Tickets: $10 in advance/$12 day of show; available through Ticketfly
After the sultry gypsies of the Order of Polka Dots roll through downtown Mobile, The Merry Widow will host an after-party with Futurebirds headlining. This five-piece from Athens, Georgia, has used performances at regional events such as Hangout Fest and SouthSounds to collect a bevy of listeners in the Mobile Bay area.
Futurebirds’ sound is a smooth, dreamy delivery of twang-infused, harmony-laden country rock that is reminiscent of the early days of My Morning Jacket. The band is currently on tour in support of its four-song, digital EP, “Portico II.”
Futurebirds will also introduce its Azalea City fans to the sounds of Atlanta band Neighbor Lady. Fronted by singer-songwriter Emily Braden, this quartet comes from the same ethereal school of Americana rock as Futurebirds. However, Neighbor Lady freshens this musical style with an infusion of indie rock. The band’s debut, “Maybe Later,” is slated for release in May. Until then, those wishing to sample Neighbor Lady’s sound can listen to the wistful single, “Consider Me Mean.”
Azalea City indie rockers South Carlen will open the show. Last month, this group introduced its hometown to the debut effort, “Playing the Ghost.” Clean, seductive vocals and catchy rhythms highlight South Carlen’s sound. The opening spot should provide an energizing experience lasting through the night.