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[Natalies's Notes] Fly The Musical Freak Flag

The past two weekends, I let my musical freak flag fly by catching four great concerts.

My first stop was Hal & Mal's to see J.J. Grey and Mofro. I'd never seen its southern swamp-stomp live, and I'm glad I did. At Fire, I saw Mushroomhead. The band has taken heat in the past for being terrible, but its live show was anything but. Then at Martin's, I saw George McConnell and the Nonchalants, which does a great job at making Mississippi homemade music and blending in rock, country and good ‘ole soul. Last, but not least, I saw Hank Williams Jr. and Jamey Johnson as part of the Rowdy Friends tour. Williams is probably the least talented of the Williams bunch, but he really gets a crowd going. The next time any of these bands plays in town, you've got to go check them out. I'll give you the heads up.

On to this weekend—Halloween—and my second favorite holiday (the Mal's St. Paddy's Parade is my first). Many of the bars and restaurants in the Jackson metro area are having awesome costume contests with great bands providing the music.

The Houston-based band Dead P.A. brings its unusual dynamic interaction of live percussion, guitar, keyboards, vocals and programmable audio to Sam's Lounge Saturday night, 9 p.m., $10 cover. Read all about them at http://www.deadpa.com.

If you want to get your motor running, head out to Raymond bright and early at 8 a.m. Saturday for the Hambone's 2010 Run Through The Woods Motorama Jamboree. The music lineup is stellar. Ryan Baucom of Goodman County fame has a new band called The Swamp Babies that will perform at the Motorama Jamboree, as well as his fellow bandmate Cody Cox's bands Furrows and the always-intriguing Liver Mousse. Prepare to be entertained. Don't miss it. The more motorcycles the merrier, and admission is free. There is a $10 show fee, if you're interested, however. Sign up at http://www.hambonesmotorkulture.com.

Starting Wednesday at Underground 119, Mississippi bluesman Eddie Cotton performs weekly. If you haven't heard Eddie play before, he's the real deal. He's super nice and humble, too.

For any of you planning to be in Oxford the Saturday night before Halloween, the Kudzu Kings take the stage at Proud Larry's. Doors open at 8 p.m.; the show starts at 9 p.m; tickets are $10. And one of my favorite bands, MGMT, plays at The Lyric, 7-10 p.m.

There's plenty to do, see and hear. Also, be sure to check out the music listings online at http://www.jfpmusic.com for more help planning. If you're bored this coming weekend, I have to be honest: It's your fault.

If you happen to know of any upcoming concerts or music events you would like the JFP nation to know about, send the info to {encode="[email protected]" title="[email protected]"}, and I'll do my best to get you listed.

Let your musical freak flag fly this weekend in the City of Soul.

While you're out and about looking for new music, here are a few new and re-releases I suggest you check out.

Crowded House "The Very Best of,"
Bryan Ferry "Olympia,"
Good Charlotte "Cardinology,"
Keller Williams "Kids,"
Fred Schneider "Destination. Christmas,"
Buddy Guy "Living Proof,"
Dixie Chicks "Essential,"
Stryper "The Covering" (the band covers some of their ′70s and ′80s hard-rock musical inspirations),
Elvis Costello "National Ransom,"
Brian Eno "Small Craft on a Milk Sea,"
Matt and Kim "Sidewalks,"
Autumn Defense "Once Around",
Jamiroquai "Rock Dust Light Star,"
Weezer "Death to False Metal/Pinkerton: Deluxe Edition,"
Brad Paisley "Hits Alive,"
Keith Richards "Vintage Vinos,"
Huey Lewis and the News "Soulsville,"
Paul McCartney "Band on the Run Deluxe Edition,"
King's X "Live Love in London 2009,"
Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth "The Big Four, Live in Sofia, Bulgaria."

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Jamiroquai is my group, been on their tip since "Emergency on Planet Earth" back from my days at DJ'ing at WJSU - I would actually play some of their stuff on air without my managers permission, lol! Heck it's acid jazz. Another album I recommend by them, is their "Late Night Tales" inspirational album, have fun finding it for the low low. Amazon sells out of it all the time.

Duan C.

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