This town never has music -- ever -- or rarely anyway. Or the publicity for it is so bad that I don't ever hear about artists being here until they are gone. They'll advertise only on the radio and I don't listen to the radio -- they talk too much. This Saturday there was a music festival in town that I spent all day at listening to some bands I hadn't heard of, plus the subdudes (they did some older stuff and songs from their latest cd, Behind the Levee) , Will Kimbrough, and Dr. John doing his Nighttripper show. I was in heaven. Normally, if I want a concert, I end up in Atlanta, which is 6 hours away. I'm still smiling inside because of it.
Music shows in Mobile are a lot stranger to me than shows in Atlanta; they don't attract diverse crowds. For example, I saw Rachelle Ferrell in Atlanta and people of all colors were there. I saw her here, and my husband and I were two of three white people at the show. The festival yesterday was mostly white people with two or three black people who weren't working the show. Having attended most of my concerts in Atlanta, I'm surprised by this and find it odd. What is it about this city that separates people that way?