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The Rundown

Are you going to Hippiefest, man?

By Steve Centanni

AUGUST 23, 2011



Band: Hippiefest
Date: Thurs., Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St.,
Tickets: $55/$42/$32 avail. through Ticketmaster and at the Saenger Box Office

Things will be getting far out at the Saenger for this show. Hippiefest promises to bring a cavalcade of talent from the groovy days of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, as well as a ton of peace and love.

Dave Mason will be headlining this line-up. This seasoned musician’s resume’ boasts his work with a number of rock & roll icons.  Mason was a founding member of Traffic and played acoustic on Hendrix’s version of "All Along the Watchtower.” His guitar can be heard on The Rolling Stones’ album "Beggar’s Banquet,” and he penned the timeless hit "Feelin’ Alright.” This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member promises to take the Saenger audience back in time with his legendary sounds.

Rick Derringer is also scheduled to appear. This man is considered by seasoned guitarists to be one of the greats. Derringer came on the rock scene with his band The McCoys and their hit "Hang on Sloopy.” He is most commonly associated with his hit "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.” From there, he has worked a number of impressive acts ranging from Ringo Starr to Steely Dan.

Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk), Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and Gary Wright are also schedule to appear.

HISB visits Callaghan’s

Band: Honey Island Swamp Band
Date: Sun., Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St.,
Tickets: $10 at the door

Hailing from New Orleans, Honey Island Swamp Band has experienced a steady rise in popularity, not only regionally but also nationally. This quartet formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Chris Mule’ (electric guitar, vocals) chose to evacuate to San Francisco when the levees broke.
One night at John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room, they met Sam Price (bass, vocals) and Garland Paul (drum, vocals). Both were fellow displaced Big Easy natives. Thus, the Honey Island Swamp Band and their Bayou Americana sounds were born.
Since then, they have brought their jam to venues and festivals including Hangout Fest and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Honey Island Swamp Band’s latest effort is "Good to You.” This album entices the listener with this group’s sonic mélange of jazz, blues and jam

Phunk Blue Moon and friends at SK

Band: Phunk Blue Moon, Mob Towne Revival, Crucial Rhyme
Date: Sat., Sept. 3 with doors at 9:30 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St.
Tickets: $7 at the door

This promises to be an evening of Third Coast organic rhythms and rhymes forged by some of Mobile’s most talented artists. The groups on this line-up accent their poetry with jam-inspired live instrumentation. For any local music fans who have not experienced this aspect of the local music scene, then this would be a perfect introduction.

Phunk Blue Moon began in 2005 with founding members Phil-E-Phil and Sir Nicholas performing as a duo. Later, they added live instrumentation to the mix courtesy of bassist Ben Tenhundfield (Slow Moses), guitarist Ali Asvilarad (formerly in Chifauco) and drummer Winter Baynes. Together, they have handcrafted impressive rhymes set to ethereal jams.

Mob Towne Revival could be considered one of the most ambitious and notable groups in the Mobile music scene. This legion of MC’s and musicians have made an impression in the Port City and beyond with their mix of mellow grooves and unbeatable rhymes.

 With the ESho’s Crucial Rhyme in the line-up, both side of the bay will be represented. This group will definitely add some sonic diversity with their mix of hip-hop and reggae.

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