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Over the Causeway and Through the Tunnel

By Sarah McCartan

It’s not just that we live to hold our breath while driving through the tunnel, although that’s certainly part of it. Ultimately, it’s the diverse mix of music and the community’s steadfast dedication to up-and-coming local and regional artists that keeps us returning to Mobile for more.

In addition to special events such as SouthSounds Music Festival held in the spring, local flagship venues—including the Alabama Music Box and Callaghan’s Irish Social Club—consistently host a variety of artists.

While the Alabama Music Box setting is that of a more typical venue, it is a locale that allows for up-close stage standing, hosts a capacity that is manageable, offers a balcony view, and even a quaint back patio. Situated nearby, just outside of the heart of downtown, is Callaghan’s. The pub offers a close-knit setting, allowing patrons to be entirely immersed, both within the pub’s relaxed environment, and the music at hand.

Here are a few acts worth lending your ears to this weekend and next. And who knows, maybe if Pensacola makes a showing, next time the bands will venture a little bit further east. Fingers crossed.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Rooted both in the gospel and glory of the South is Birmingham, Ala. six-piece, St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Frontman Paul Janeway’s Pentecostal roots are said to shine through on stage in the form of healthy shaking and soulful shouting. Although their debut EP “Greetings from St. Paul & The Broken Bones,” has only been out for a matter of months, the band has shared their gospel quickly. Their first full-length album—a primarily live performance recorded with friend and keyboardist for the Alabama Shakes, Ben Tanner—is pending release in the foreseen future.

ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES
WHEN: Doors at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10
WHERE: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St.
COST: $12
DETAILS: callaghansirishsocialclub.com or (251) 433-9374

The Underhill Family Orchestra
Although their painted faces make them easy to spot, the Underhill Family Orchestra’s bonds run far deeper than these unifying signature marks. The Mobile-based band began as an acoustic project but has grown into an orchestra of electrifying instruments—tambourine, mandolin, drums, guitars—sustained by a melodious family of vocals.

The band kicked off the New Year with a bang, performing on stage at the Alabama Music Box while friends and fans danced in a rain of confetti. They have since kept their momentum going and have recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to record their new album. They have just released a video for their first single from the upcoming album, “The Showdown at St. Lawrence.” To watch the video and learn more about the new album and Indiegogo campaign, visit www.theunderhillfamilyorchestra.com.

THE UNDERHILL FAMILY ORCHESTRA
WHEN: Doors at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11

WHERE: Alabama Music Box, 455 Dauphin St.
COST: $5
DETAILS: alabamamusicbox.net or (251) 441-8934

The Tontons
If you happened to make it to Hangout Fest this year, you more than likely spotted this Houston indie quartet floating about between one of their multiple performances. Not only does the leading lady strikingly resemble the delightfully talented and stylish Solange Knowles, but she is equally as charming—as is the rest of the band. The band’s upbeat, welcoming demeanor allowed them to quickly earn the undivided attention of festivalgoers.

The Tontons are making Mobile one of the first stops of their Summer 2013 tour. For their upcoming appearance at the Music Box, they are joined by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

THE TONTONS
WHEN: Doors at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17

WHERE: Alabama Music Box, 455 Dauphin St.
COST: $8
DETAILS: alabamamusicbox.net or (251) 441-8934

Great Peacock
All it takes is seeing Great Peacock once and you will walk away bellowing, “Take Me to the Mountain,” the leading track on their first EP. The Nashville-based band, consisting of best friends Blount Floyd and Andrew Nelson, soothingly tell its story through both word and sound. The duo carries with them the free spirit of birds, and the charm of the South. This engaging act thrives off of feeling like they are one with the crowd; making a return to Callaghan’s more than warranted.

GREAT PEACOCK
WHEN: Doors at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18
WHERE: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St.
COST: $8
DETAILS: callaghansirishsocialclub.com or (251) 433-9374