Some music asks you to speed up, others to slow things down.
JJ Grey and Mofro’s music is usually part of the latter group. With their bluesy jam-band style, they often have crowds swaying rather than line dancing.
Tonight, Grey and the band will be taking their soulful songs to Upstate Concert Hall. Grey lives near Jacksonville, Florida and takes a lot of inspiration from his roots, often singing about growing up in the Florida swamps and in a “redneck triangle.” Their first album, “Blackwater,” came out in 2001, and was named best album of the decade by Amazon. Here are a few fun facts about the band and what you can expect if you go on Thursday:
- When he’s not on tour, Grey tends to his family’s pecan grove, where he garners a bit of inspiration for his songs.
- The tour supports “Ol’ Glory,” the band’s latest album. But you can also expect to hear songs from previous albums like “Brighter Days” and covers like “Hey Jude.”
- Grey likes to go to be in a state of mind where there’s a “joy with no opposite.” And he tries to take other people there with his music. “It can happen to anybody: you sit still and you feel things tingling around you, everything’s alive around you, and in that a smile comes on your face involuntarily, and in that I felt no opposite. It has not part of the play of good and bad or of comedy or tragedy. I know it’s just a play on words but it feels like more than just being happy because you got what you wanted — this is a joy. A joy that doesn’t get involved one way or the next; it just is,” Grey said.
JJ Grey and Mofro
WHEN: 8 p.m., Thurs. Oct. 19
WHERE: Upstate Concert Hall
TICKETS: $25 in adv., $28 day of
MORE INFO: upstateconcerthall.com