Over the past few weeks, Soul Kitchen has been busy announcing numerous impressive shows that will be coming to the large LoDa venue over the next few months. Owners Brad Young and Maggie Smith are definitely trying make 2015 the biggest year yet at Soul Kitchen.
On Sunday, Jan. 18, 92 ZEW’s “Free Concert Series” continues with two impressive acts. Bahamas is the stage name of Alfie Jurvanen, a Canadian who has reached superstar status in the Great White North through his work on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records label. Now, he’s bringing sounds from his self-explanatory album titled “Bahamas Is Alfie” to the Gulf Coast. Bahamas will be joined by Field Report. Led by Chris Porterfield, Field Report has been earning praise from critical outlets such as NPR, Rolling Stone and Time Magazine.
Soul Kitchen also recently made one of its biggest artist announcements ever. On Thursday, Feb. 19, The Flaming Lips will be making their Azalea City debut. Known for psychedelic sounds and a theatrical stage show, the band has also been a regular performer at Hangout Fest, where they tend to be a crowd favorite. Their shows are a multimedia experience filled with audience participation and enough eye candy to push the limits of sanity. Compare to their usual venues, Soul Kitchen will provide Lips fans a much more intimate experience.
On Saturday, Feb. 28, Marc Broussard will return to Mobile. Mobile has been a regular stop for the “King of Bayou Soul” since his early career. The last time Broussard rolled through town, he was performing with the Southern Soul Assembly. This time, he’ll bring cuts from his latest release, “A Life Worth Living.”
Soul Kitchen has not forgotten about fans of the underground. Currently, ‘90s alternative metal masters Helmet are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their legendary album “Betty,” and they will bring the party to Soul Kitchen Sunday, March 1. Helmet fans can expect to hear “Betty” performed live in its entirety.
Drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, plans to bring his Led Zeppelin Experience to Soul Kitchen. The show will feature many of Zeppelin’s classic tracks. Through the wonders of modern technology, the younger Bonham is also known for his live duet/battle with his father, who passed away in 1980.
Tickets for all the shows (except the ZEW’s free concert) are available now through the Soul Kitchen website and various outlets including Mellow Mushroom (WeMo/MiMo). Local music junkies are encouraged to purchase tickets now and avoid possible sell-outs.