When BayFest’s cancellation was announced, local venues and promoters began to scramble to see if they could secure performances from some of the bands already booked to play the festival. Soul Kitchen was successful in booking Shinedown for Friday, Oct. 2 (doors at 7:30 p.m.), a group that has been the darling of mainstream rock radio for more than a decade. Nine of its singles have shot to No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Mainstream Rock chart. Its current No. 1 single is “Cut the Cord” from its latest effort, “Threat to Survival.”

(Photo/ Facebook.com/Shinedown) Former BayFest artist Shinedown will play at Soul Kitchen after its performance at the festival was canceled.

(Photo/ Facebook.com/Shinedown) Former BayFest artist Shinedown will play at Soul Kitchen after its performance at the festival was canceled.

Shinedown fans have long awaited the release of this fifth studio album, which frontman Brent Smith touts as the band’s “most autobiographical.” With a tour itinerary full of arena and festival performances, Shinedown fans should recognize Soul Kitchen’s size and set-up will allow the audience to experience the band in a relatively intimate environment.

Tickets are on sale now and selling for $45 in advance and $50 day-of (if available). Side riser tickets are available for $75 (limited quantity). Tickets are available at Soul Kitchen, its website and Mellow Mushroom (both locations) or by calling 1-866-468-7630.

Steal your White Animal face
As news of BayFest began to spread far and wide, two shows served as reminders locals do not need a festival to see their favorite bands or experience a new one, especially if they’re local. On Friday, Sept. 18, White Animals reunited with Azalea City fans at the Spring Hill Swim Club. This unique event served as a reunion for many Mobilians. Wandering through the crowd, one would have caught a veritable snapshot of a scene from Mobile’s past. This magical atmosphere was conjured by the indie rock forefathers performing above them.

The public can embrace the anachronistic ‘80s tribute bands all they want, but White Animals are the real deal. Their jangling brand of classic indie rock was clean and tight. Time has not altered the band’s ability to bring the crowd into their world. Fans of modern indie music who didn’t attend this show missed an opportunity to witness the roots of their sonic fascination.

Across town on the same night, The Stolen Faces were jamming the night away at The Brickyard. This Nashville-based Grateful Dead tribute band features bassist Christian Grizzard (Grayson Capps & the Lost Cause Minstrels), guitarist Jack Silverman and numerous hired guns comprising Nashville’s top session artists. Their beautiful take on the Dead’s catalog has quickly made them the Southeast’s premiere Dead tribute band. Their show at The Brickyard legitimizes this description.

Vocally and instrumentally, The Stolen Faces successfully captures the energy of The Grateful Dead. Songs such as “Loose Lucy,” “Casey Jones” and “Sugar Magnolia” were played with crystalline accuracy. The group has also perfectly mastered The Dead’s vocal harmonies. The Stolen Faces packed The Brickyard, and their audience remained with them for the entire performance.