J.J. Grey & Mofro, David Ramirez
Friday, March 11, with doors at 7 p.m.
O’Daly’s Irish Pub, 564 Dauphin St., www.odalysirishpub.com
Tickets: $22 advance/$28 day of show, available through Ticketfly
Since opening, O’Daly’s Irish Pub has undergone a dramatic evolution. Over the past year, this multi-bar complex has erected a stage in the back and featured a host of impressive musical acts. As spring ushers in fair weather for outdoor concerts, O’Daly’s welcomes crowds to enjoy Austin songwriter David Ramirez and J.J. Grey & Mofro.
As an artist who has spent the majority of his career touring alone, Ramirez understands the benefits of solitude. His periods of self-reflection are evident on his latest release, “Fables,” a smooth, mellow flow of emotional confessions. Before the album concludes, Ramirez delves into the upbeat with “That Ain’t Love” and “Hold On.”
J.J. Grey & Mofro have an extensive local fan base. The group’s brand of Southern soul jams embodies a positive vibe at their live performances. Their latest offering is “Ol’ Glory,” which has earned the love of both critics and fans. The tracks on “Ol’ Glory” are proof that the band’s musical formula remains consistent, with a dozen soulful rock tracks steeped in the funk.