Band: Motel Radio, The High Divers
Date: Sunday, March 12, 7 p.m.
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St.,
Tickets: $15 at the door

SouthSounds 2017 hits downtown Mobile in just a few weeks. To get locals in the mood, Callaghan’s is bringing two crowd favorites from last year’s festival, which marked the birth of Lagniappe’s New Southern Music Showcase. Ultimately, judges chose New Orleans indie rockers Motel Radio as the best band from the array of regional performers.

In December, Motel Radio used part of their showcase prize package to record several demo tracks with Rick Hirsch at his Studio H2O. When the band returns to Callaghan’s, Motel Radio will entertain the crowd with a setlist filled with their genteel brand of modern alt. rock.

The High Divers, another memorable band from SouthSounds 2016, also returns to the Azalea City. As with many other contemporary groups, The High Divers have been lumped into the broad world of Americana, but their sound goes beyond the label’s confines. With songs that brim with vocals and instrumentation, The High Divers’ latest effort, “Riverlust,” offers 11 tracks that trip wildly across rhythms and emotions. From Southern rock to soul, The High Divers easily weave diverse influences into great tracks.