In the midst of the ‘90s alt. rock movement, a band emerged from Omaha, Neb., with a sound that was truly unique. 311 blended rock, reggae and hip-hop and created a sound that was truly unique at that time. The band established a cult-following (The Hive) with their debut “Music” and its follow-up “Grassroots.” When their self-titled third effort hit, 311 hit superstar status with songs such as “Down,” “Don’t Stay Home” and “All Mixed Up.”
Almost two decades later, 311 is still touring and putting out albums. “Stereolithic” (their eleventh studio album) was released last March. Now, the band will be bringing fan favorites and new cuts from “Stereolithic” to Soul Kitchen for their Azalea City debut on Monday, July 28. Earphunk will be opening the show. Earphunk could be considered NOLA’s masters of prog. funk. Their eclectic set should be the perfect opener for 311. This show is guaranteed to be a quick sell-out. For tickets, check out soulkitchenmobile.com.
The Viridian Sons have been earning some well-deserved attention in the Mobile music scene. This three-piece keeps their rock n’ roll straight and powerful, which can be experienced through their debut singles “Russian Spy” and “These Deep Pockets.” While power pop overtones may be heard throughout both singles, the group’s rock influences are too heavy to group their music in this genre. These two singles provide this band with their street creds, and the Azalea City should expect more music from this group.
Recently, this trio has been spreading their original sounds at local venues and online. Otherwise, The Viridian Sons have been peddling their music to the world through various electronic outlets ranging from iTunes to Google Play.
Azalea City Spreadheads received some good news. Before anyone gets too excited, they are not returning to the Mobile Civic Center, but Widespread Panic is coming back to the Gulf Coast. In recent years, Widespread has made The Amphitheatre at The Wharf their chosen venue for entertaining their local fans. This time, they will be taking things west of Mobile for their upcoming date. On Sunday, Oct. 12, J.B. and the boys will be jamming the night away at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 18. For all the die-hard Spreadheads out there, the band’s fall tour will finish in Broomfield, Co., with their annual Halloween celebration, which will be a three-nighter starting on Halloween.