Oh my goodness, kids! I don’t know about you guys, but I just can’t seem to get into the swing of things this year. I feel about as bad as that poor mascot for Clemson looks. I mean, that thing looks like it was a dog toy for a couple of years, then someone donated it to Goodwill and a member of a Mardi Gras organization bought it, threw it off a float and then it sat in a mud puddle for a couple of weeks before Clemson found it and made it their mascot — without putting it in the washing machine first. I’m going to have nightmares about it for weeks! But now I sort of love that creepy-ass, crusty-looking “tiger,” so I hope they keep it forever!
Anyway, while I may feel bad, I do have some good, good scoop for you, so dig on in, my babies!
God friended who?
Many Mobilians are familiar with the musical stylings of John Milham, who has won the Nappie Award for “Best Drummer” multiple times but is also a very talented songwriter and all-around musician.
He has been a part of Haere Marue, The Bodhi Trio, Inner Mission Band and played with Molly Thomas and Grayson Capps, among many, many, many others. He also recently won the Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters award for “Best Album” for his debut solo offering, “Arden’s Garden.”
But last Sunday night, he may have achieved something with an even “higher power,” so to speak, as the title track from “Arden’s Garden” was featured on the hit CBS TV show “God Friended Me!”
OMG! Pretty dang cool, if you ask me!
You can check out the show on cbs.com and “Arden’s Garden” on your favorite music streaming service. Glad the world finally gets to hear the same great music we do!
Hop on the Soul Train!
It might be a new decade, but in one corner of downtown, Boozie stepped 50 years into the past at the funkiest throwdown we’ve seen so far in 2020. Lagniappe Arts editor Kevin Lee and Elizabeth “BZ” Wright put together a Soul Train dance party for their birthdays that was “lit and legit.” The soiree’s setting in historic Gulf City Lodge was ideal since it’s just off downtown’s beaten path and had its start as a 19th century brothel.
DJ Rhett Flowers spun classic wax for the bell-bottomed set and BZ’s beau, Carson Kennedy, put together hours of Soul Train dance line videos that loomed over the dance floor and lit the fuse on some boogie dynamite.
Dancers shimmied down the center of the room with moves that would have done Don Cornelius proud. And Cornelius would have been most proud of Klee’s Aunt Barb and Uncle Anthony who made the drive all the way from North Carolina to share their smooth moves with their nephew and the other guests. Aunt Barb made their costumes, and Uncle Anthony’s cape and bell-bottoms were a huge hit with the crowd!
The party was loaded with people from Mobile’s arts world in vintage attire and it got a late-night wave when BZ’s compadres from her years in the Mobile bar/restaurant scene flooded in after work. They were still going hard when Boozie’s sore feet limped out at 2 a.m.
Happy birthday, guys! What a way to celebrate!
Don’t let Gotcha gitcha
We’ve already received several reports from spies saying people have sustained some pretty nasty injuries on the new Gotcha scooters in Downtown Mobile. One spy said his friend broke her teeth and sustained cuts and bruises to her face. I saw the photos, and let’s just say it was not pretty! And this wasn’t a MARI (Minor Alcohol Related Injury) — she was completely sober!
So be careful out there on those things.
And just a quick note to suck up to my bosses: If any orthopedic doctors, cosmetic dentists or personal-injury attorneys would like to advertise to these victims, I hear Lagniappe’s rates are a great deal and heavily distributed around downtown where these people are rearranging their faces. (They pay me to say this!)
Well, kids, that’s all I got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous or some plain ol’ Soul Train lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!
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