Mofro is the type of homegrown southern blues-rock group whose live shows are reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy. With five albums under their belt and constant touring, Mofro has easily become underground blues rock's hottest sensation. Whether you are discovering them for the first time, or you have been fervent fans; make sure to stay on top of Mofro tour dates as they are updated. Use Eventful as your source for Mofro tour dates and venue information.
Mofro was founded by JJ Grey, a native of Jacksonville, Florida who, by his own admission, comes from several generations of storytellers. JJ Grey has been praised by the New York Times and Billboard for his traditional southern blues-rock performances. A JJ Grey & Mofro concert performance is an experience that transcends decades, reminiscent of the bayou soul of yesteryear.
Since debuting in 2001 with, Blackwater, JJ Grey & Mofro has released a total of five albums. Their most recent album, Georgia Warhorse, was released in 2010 and they have been on the road to support the effort ever since. Don't miss a Mofro concert date using Eventful as your concert calendar.
As pioneers of Chicano-Rock, Los Lobos has garnered Grammy-Awards, a #1 single, and nearly a dozen rock hits over their thirty-plus year career. Originally dubbed Los Lobos del Este (de Los Angeles), the East Los Angeles group shortened their name and released their first independent release in 1978. The original line-up has been touring and recording ever since and Los Lobos tour dates are scheduled throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the Los Lobos concert schedule and stay on top of Los Lobos tour dates using Eventful.
Los Lobos achieved critical success with their 1984 release, How Will the Wolf Survive, which was produced by super-producer T-Bone Burnett. The album produced two top-forty rock singles and Los Lobos tour dates were scheduled on a national small venue tour. In 1987 they hit #1 with "La Bamba" from the bio-pic of the same name. Los Lobos earned two Grammy Awards in 1983 and 1987 in the Best Mexican-American Performance category.
Los Lobos continued to tour and record throughout the '90s Most notably, they released Papa's Dream in 1995 whose single "Mariachi Suite" won the band another Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Los Lobos has stayed busy releasing several albums throughout the 2000s and their concert schedule will have them touring for the rest of 2011. Stay on top of Los Lobos tour dates using Eventful as your concert calendar.
The Marcus King Band:
Call him the next Duane Allman or Jimi Hendrix, but whatever you do, don’t call Marcus King a child prodigy. Sure, the 18-year-old guitar shredder’s talent shimmers with the same resonance as his heroes, but he’s been wielding an axe since he learned to talk – he started playing when he was 2.
Marcus was born into music, gifted with steel-string DNA and two generations of men before him who nurtured the boy’s musical nature. Marcus’s dad, the slyly talented Marvin King, has been a force in Upstate South Carolina’s music heritage for as long as anyone can remember. Marvin’s father and Marcus’s granddad, Bill, played a big part, too. It was only natural, then, that the boy who got his first guitar (a Squier Strat) at age 7 would land his first paying gig a year later.
When he was 11, he joined his father’s Marvin King & The Blues Revival to open for Muddy Waters’s onetime bassist Mac Arnold at The Handlebar, the storied venue in their Greenville, S.C., hometown. Around that time, he also played on his dad’s critically acclaimed album, Huge in Europe. And when he was 15, the Marcus King Band opened for the legendary Johnny Winter. MKB’s most recent achievement came with the September 2014 release of Soul InSight.
The album’s 12 original tunes, including three instrumentals, showcase a literal lifetime of virtuosity, along with vocals as clear and as soulful as Marvin Gaye’s and as nuanced as Amy Winehouse ’s. Adding to all that, Marcus knows jazz. That’s because he built on his Southern-rock foundation with lessons from one of the best instrumentalists around: Steve Watson, the formidable guitarist renowned for his performance on TV’s seminal Hill Street Blues theme song.
Marcus still continues to grow, to experiment, to share his passions, although he’s not much of a talker. He lets his guitar do that, using it to tell the same story we all tell, to share emotions we all feel. “I can say more truthfully in song what I can say in words,” he says. “Music breaks down the awkward barrier.” (For the record, whenever he hears the shopworn “teen angst,” Marcus recoils with the same allergic reaction that he has to “child prodigy.”)
Still, Marcus is the youngest member of his own band. Jack Ryan, 21, plays drums with a musicianship that brings to mind Ginger Baker and Charlie Watts. Bassist Stephen Campbell’s the old man of the trio, a 24-year-old who drives MKB the same way that Garry W. Tallent keeps Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band on course. In total The Marcus King Band travels as a 5 piece ensemble with Marcus King on guitars and vocals, Jack Ryan on drum kit, Stephen Campbell on bass, Matt Jennings on keys and Jason Phillips on percussion.
Through it all, Marcus gives his mates plenty of breathing room to jam. The result is a fusion of wildly eclectic genres, offering a live experience as mesmerizing as it is dance-inducing. Marcus himself lists an intriguing roster of favorites and influences: Duane Allman, of course, as well as Warren Haynes, Little Feat and Aretha Franklin, to name a few, and his band on any given night plays covers from Bob Marley to Lauryn Hill and from Les McCann to Black Sabbath. That’s Marcus – an engaged and engaging young man with a lifetime of experience, still coming into his own, still carrying his guitar with him, and promising us all a promising future.
North Mississippi Allstars:
The North Mississippi Allstars were founded in 1996; a product of a very special time for modern Mississippi country blues. RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Otha Turner and their musical families were at their peak touring the world, making classic records, and doing the all-night boogie at Jr’s Juke Joint and Otha’s BBQ Goat picnics -- the music and the culture rich as the black Mississippi dirt.
We used to drive down wide-eyed and open-eared to watch and listen to these giants among men, the kings of the hills playing their music with their people for their people. The musical traditions passing from generation to generation. Down at Otha’s we used to boogie in the dirt, dust, and gravel. Old ladies teachin’ the young girls how to shake ’em on down. The sweaty walls of Jr’s Juke Joint used to vibrate and amplify the all night long moonshine madness. The corn liquor inspired a very unique psychedelic trance blues. The multi-generational musical families gave the old-field hollers a very aggressive, loud edge, modern, electric, country blues. Young, outsider musicians couldn’t just hang out and hide in the corner, you had to play. It felt like it was an insult not to. The elder’s requesting you to play their own songs. You had to come on with the come on.
For us, the experience goes back another generation. In the middle 60s, at the Memphis Country Blues Festivals, Mudboy and the Neutrons, our father Jim Dickinson, Lee Baker, Sid Selvidge and Jimmy Crosthwait experienced the cultural collision of wise blues men and crazy white kids with Furry Lewis, Bukka White, Sleepy John Estes and Hill Country master Mississippi Fred McDowell. This is the World Boogie.