Callaghan’s Irish Social Club was packed to capacity for Ben Jernigan’s collaboration with New Orleans’ Johnny Sansone and Mobile native Jabo Starks. Those in attendance also witnessed the birth of a new holiday in Mobile. March 29 was declared “Jabo Starks Day” in the Azalea City. Councilman Levon Manzie (District 2) was on hand to present the drummer with a physical declaration that gave him credit for bringing his audiences to a “fever pitch.” Known for his work with James Brown and Bobby Blue Bland, Starks told Lagniappe that he is looking forward to heading out to Hollywood for the premiere of the upcoming James Brown biopic “Get On Up.” Otherwise, his fans can catch him at his regular gig at The Red Bar in Grayton Beach.


In 2013, the beachside phenomenon known as The Flora-Bama decided to celebrate its decadent glory with the first ever Shindig in the Sand. This event focused on the musical side of The Flora-Bama persona, with a line-up that featured a plethora of the venue’s favorite musical acts. Those who attended this inaugural event must have had a good time, because The Flora-Bama is doing it again. The second annual Shindig in the Sand has been scheduled for June 6-8. With this state-line watering hole celebrating its 50th anniversary, this year’s Shindig will be bigger than last year’s, with Billy Currington as the weekend’s big headliner.

In addition to Currington, Shindig plans on delivering another line-up packed with Flora-Bama favorites. Currently, the line-up includes Fatty Waters, Lee Yankee & the Hellz Yeah, Betsy Badwater, Hotel Oscar, The Modern Eldorados, Brent Burns, Big Muddy, The Lucky Doggs, Sugarcane Jane, Ultraviolet, Wayne Toups and many, many more.

Tickets are on sale now at The Flora-Bama and its website. Purchasing a ticket not only gets the public in the door, but it also gives them the chance to help the Gulf Coast Musicians Assistance Fund, which provides help for Gulf Coast musicians in need of urgent medical attention.

It has been awhile since the Azalea City has heard from Venom. Recently, this rhythmic lyricist emerged from the shadows to release three new tracks. He could not have picked three better songs to represent his impressive verbal skills. However, “Grindtime” and “The Cypher” are the golden tracks in this trio. Venom spits lyrics at breakneck speed and flawlessly maintains the meter of each line. Venom has remained a constant in the local hip-hop scene. Hopefully, the Azalea City will get a full-length in the near future.