While Austin City Limits is traditionally regarded as Festival Season: Fall Edition’s unofficial kick off, this year fans of local independent rock can get a running start on one of the most awesomely jam packed stretches on the Gulf South music calendar. Fantastic arts and culture blog ModMobilian, in conjunction with Fishbowl Records and progressive radio station WZEW, are bringing together the rising stars of music scenes stretching from New Orleans to Pensacola for the inaugural LoDa Live Music Festival.
Over a dozen bands will take over the area around downtown Mobile’s Lower Dauphine Street on Saturday, September 10 for a South-By-Southwest-style block party featuring regional up-and-comers of almost every stripe. Hometown heroes The Underhill Family Orchestra will be joined by Birmingham rockers Lee Baines III & The Glory Fires and The Great Book of John, the latter of whom is perhaps the year’s most talked about Alabama-based band. Tuscaloosa’s Callooh! Callay!, Pensacola’s Johnny Apple Eyes and many more round out a full schedule that also includes New Orleans’ own Sun Hotel, Native America and Coyotes.
In an interesting twist, most bands will be doing double duty over the course of the day, playing once on the festival’s main Cathedral Square Stage and again at one of the smaller venues that dot the LoDa area. In addition to the electric-acoustic satellite showcase and any number of official and unofficial after-parties, this cool scheduling quirk should give attendees plenty of chances to catch some of the region’s most exciting bands. Music starts at noon, wristbands are only $10 and a portion of net proceeds will be donated to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation supporting families of firefighters and the military.