The Capitol Theatre Kicks Off the Weekend with JJ Grey & Mofro

March 18th, 2016

JJ Grey (vocals, piano, guitar and harmonica) grew up outside Jacksonville, Fla., with twin interests in surfing and music. That second one eventually blossomed into a band— currently with Anthony “AC” Cole (drums), Jeff Dazey (sax), Anthony Farrell (organ), Dennis Marion (trumpet), Todd Smallie (bass) and Andrew Trube (guitar)—playing a stew of North Florida influences: country, blues, gospel, funk, R&B and Southern rock, turning JJ Grey & Mofro (above, doing “Every Minute” for Jam in the Van) into cult favorites in the process, thanks to their gritty, soulful performances. Their most recent studio album, Ol’ Glory (stream it below) came out last February, and it finds the band in fine form: “Ol’ Glory is as satisfying to admire in close careful listening as abandoned dance, those dual reactions a clear depiction of the versatility at the command of JJ Grey & Mofro,” according to Glide magazine. And PopMatters calls the album “a reminder of the otherwise forgotten glory of a uniquely American hybrid, one that’s been all but buried in the swell of contemporary trends and oddball artists that have forsaken what remains of their roots and gone headfirst into realms that have little regard for feelings and finesse.” See how it all plays live when JJ Grey & Mofro and special guests North Mississippi Allstars hit the Capitol Theatre tomorrow night. Singer-songwriter David Ramirez opens the show.