Lil’s Gigs for April

If you’re a Lil Greenwood fan, get out your calendar. For the uninitiated, Lil is an incredible jazz/blues vocalist and songwriter. She was discovered by Duke Ellington at the Purple Onion (the one in the other LA, not here in Mobile) in the 1940s, and she spent three decades touring with the jazz/blues greats including The Ellington Orchestra, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn and others. We’re lucky she calls Prichard home, and she performs regularly in the Mobile area.

Lil performs with Hosea London, leader of Mobile’s legendary Excelsior Band. Below is their schedule for April. Here’s the amazing part: these are all free events (at least I think so; call to avoid disappointment). Continue reading

Behind the scenes at the Saenger: April 9

One of my goals with this blog is to dig out fun things to do on the Gulf Coast that you won’t learn about other places. Here’s a good example. Next Friday the Mobile Symphony will host guided tours of the Saenger Theater and provide a behind the scenes peek of their dress rehearsal of Vivaldi’s Four Season’s concert. Tours are 6-9pm April 9th. No other details yet (do you just show up?) but I’ll see what I can find out and share it here. Check back or subscribe for updates.

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JAMmin’ with Jazz Appreciation Month in April

If you think March was jammed packed with things to do, wait until you see April. On top of Arts Alive!, it’s Jazz Appreciation Month and there’s a full calendar of jazzy events. The weather will be great, and events are either free or very inexpensive. So don’t tell me there’s nothing fun to do in Mobile, you can’t afford it or Mobile isn’t artzie. Get out there!

Originally I’d planned to post just a few of the “best” events from the list. I couldn’t choose so I’ve included the entire calendar. Here’s Sharman’s Q&D Guide to help you make your selections (details in the full list that follows):

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Speak the JAMmin’ language, daddy-o

The MOJO (Mystic Order of the Jazz Obssessed) meeting last week was the bomb. Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Jazz Band  and the Swingin’ Dick Traceys were bad (meaning really good in jazzspeak, of course). Jim Vail did Sinatra proud and Erma Granat – wooeee, that lady has some pipes. Continue reading

Get your MOJO workin’ on Monday nights

If you love jazz and you’ve never been to a MOJO meeting, you’ve really missed something. MOJO stands for the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed. The group meets on the 4th Monday of each month, and you don’t have to be a member to attend. Each meeting features a live performance and a light jambalaya dinner for $10. Yes, $10! And it’s only $7 if you join! Don’t tell me you can’t afford that. Continue reading

Oakleigh’s biggest party of the year tomorrow

Callaghan’s Irish Social Club will celebrate St Patrick’s Day tomorrow, March 13th. If you’ve never been to Callaghan’s St. Patty’s Day party and you’re picturing a quaint celebration in a cozy Irish pub, this isn’t it. This is more like Mardi Gras with no gold or purple and more drunks.

The party starts at noon with traditional Irish music followed by bands all afternoon and into the evening.

There’ll also be live music at Callaghan’s on the real St. Patrick’s Day. For more information, go to the Callaghan’s web site.

Need a little healing after Mardi Gras?

Who doesn’t? My church, Conscious Mile Center for Spiritual Living, has two unique concert events coming up to help you renew and regroup after the over-indulgences of Mardi Gras: A Tibetan Bowl concert on Feb. 21 and a Didgeridoo concert on Feb 24. If you’re into meditation (or even if you’re not), read on… Continue reading

Catch a rising star at Serda’s

Serda’s Coffee Shop downtown is another business I like to plug. It offers something for everyone: great coffee, good food, adult beverages, comfy sofas in a laid-back atmosphere and yoga on Thursday nights. What more could you ask for?

How about some of the best local music in town? Continue reading

Blind Boys of Alabama on PBS 2/11 – Listen, you’ll love ’em

I love the Blind Boys of Alabama. If you haven’t ever heard them, you’re missing something. I think of them as gospel (not, btw, a music genre I’m overly fond of). Pandora seems to think they’re blues – my Blind Boys channel plays B.B. King (one of my favorites) and other blues artists, as well as Eric Clapton (another fav).

Thery’re playing at the White House on February 11 (along with a few other musicians you may have heard of: Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson and more) in honor of Black History Month. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to watch or hear this event. Continue reading

Singalong with a jazz legend at Serda’s 1/22

A few weeks ago I wandered into Serda’s only to discover Lil Greenwood playing in the small back room. Unbelievable. Even more unbelievable, there was no cover. I sat there entranced for the next hour. Continue reading