The Vomit Spots reunion show last weekend at Alchemy Tavern introduced Mobile to Sazerac. Taking its name from a potent New Orleans cocktail, Sazerac may be new on the underground scene, but its lineup features familiar faces. Front man George Kennedy has spent time with such bands as the Cunning Runts, Pain and The Hormones. Drummer Tuan Titlestad provided beats for The Hormones and Berkeley-based Stiff Richards. Bassist Cliff Brown Jr. laid down bottom-end tones for The Hormones, and guitarist Jeff Dunnam’s licks have been heard in such bands as Breccia and Self-Inflicted.
This quartet has been creating its soon-to-be-released debut, “Absinthe Minded,” an album exploring “the close connection between Mobile and New Orleans both musically and socially,” according to a press release. The band has been previewing tracks for through social media. Filled with roughneck metal guitar mixed with Southern rock sensibilities, “Baby Jane” is a track that begs heads to bang. Funk-driven metal accented by spontaneous rhythmic drops dominates “Who You Mad At?” With their debut show in the books and a debut album on the way, the Azalea City could be seeing a lot more of Sazerac.
Campo Santo Summer Concert Series
Speaking of New Orleans influences in Mobile, the city of Mobile Office of Special Events and the Downtown Mobile Alliance have created an event in the spirit of NOLA’s Wednesdays in the Square. The groups have partnered with Blue Moon Brewing to bring local music lovers the Campo Santo Summer Concert Series on Thursday evenings at Cathedral Square.
Campo Santo was an 18th century cemetery at what is now Cathedral Square. Beginning June 11 from 5 until 7:30 p.m., the Campo Santo Summer Concert Series invites the public to enjoy beer and free music. Organizers hope attendees will also support local businesses while enjoying LoDa.
Multi will be featured July 11; singer-songwriter Lisa Zanghi performs June 18; Emerge will perform June 25 and Stereo Dogs is slated for July 2. Entertainment for the final two weeks will be announced. The Campo Santo Concert Series runs through July 16.