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  posted on 8/28/2010 at 08:37 PM
He is coming to town next Friday and I'm thinking of taking this girl I know to see his show. The only time I have ever seen him was when he popped out on stage with the Allman Brothers a couple years ago for one song.

Does he put on an enjoyable show? How long does he tend to play? Show starts at 10PM.

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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 07:56 AM
He is friggin awesome. You won't be disappointed. He owns the stage, is very talented, and grooves - you'll have a great time.
 

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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 07:59 AM
I've only seen JJ Grey and Mofro once, at The Santa Cruz Blues Festival, 2008. I thought they were GREAT. Just very good songs throughout and a very good band........swampy, bluesy type stuff. Here's a tidbit for you: I was on a blind date that day and it was a bummer, really...........she didn't like much of anything music-wise and it was cold in Santa Cruz as well to the point that she wanted to leave during Bonnie Raitt's closing set (I told her "no way"). The only act she got into was JJ Grey and Mofro and I don't know how much of a compliment that is considering the source but as noted I really dug them as well. You asked how long they play and I couldn't give an accurate estimate because earlier Festival sets are of course always shorter, I think they gave him an hour.

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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 08:01 AM
Puts on a great high energy live show. I saw him for the first time about a month ago and I too have been wanting to see him after he sat in with the ABB during Smokestack Lightning . Plus Chief White Horse is now on bass.
 

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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 08:09 AM
His band is great! The horn section is outstanding and reportedly Todd Smallie will be playing bass this tour. His long time guitar player is out on his own, so there should be a new guitar player in the band this go round...

J.J. himself is a talented fellow and an excellent songwriter. His schtick gets pretty old, pretty fast for me though. For a one night show it is ok, but I don't have the urge to follow him around ala ABB, Mule or DTB.

I should mention that the last two times I've seen Mofro have been the best, the band seems to really be hitting its stride.











 

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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 08:15 AM
He is awesome! Great entertainer and he's finally getting his due. He'll go from playing guitar to keys to harmonica in a matter of minutes.

I was at the show when he sat in with the ABB for Smokestack Lightening in North Carolina. Highlight of the evening.

Can't wait for the Chicago show this fall!!!

 

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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 10:18 AM
I've seen Mofro at least 5 times and never disappointed. JJ Grey has so much soul!! I love him!!!

 

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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 12:13 PM
Great band! You'll have a great time!

 

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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 07:06 PM
Good enough to follow NMAS w/HCR Sitin at Wanee.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 07:23 PM
quote:

J.J. himself is a talented fellow and an excellent songwriter. His schtick gets pretty old, pretty fast for me though. For a one night show it is ok, but I don't have the urge to follow him around ala ABB, Mule or DTB.



I plan to see them at least once in NC, mostly 'cause I want to see Todd play, admittedly -- But, I've been really digging the new album ---

Anyhow, was wondering if you could elaborate on "his schtick" - do you mean talking b/t songs, or ?? I've just watched a few YT videos (and never seen 'em live) ............ so I'm just curious what you mean, more specifically.

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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 07:43 PM
Yeah, JJ can go on with stories as intros to songs. Todd better be ready to vamp for about ten minutes on the intro to "On Fire"...at least, that's the way they did it in RVA last month.

Lee, JJ only played guitar and very little harp at that recent show--no keys. Actually, he played very little guitar because the band had three guitarists that night: JJ, Darryl (Mr. Happy--who's now on his own), and another guy who took many solos and was pretty good. I don't know this third guy's name, though.

I enjoy their shows, but I've only seen them every couple of years, or so. Have fun!

 

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  posted on 8/29/2010 at 07:48 PM
"Here's a song I wrote about Florida, while I was in Florida... Did I mention I'm from Florida?"

It's good that he identifies so strongly with his home state, but after the first four songs I get it already...

I've seen him (probably too many times in a row) opening for a lot of bands in the last couple of years. He is an ok storyteller, not a great storyteller, and his between song banter and constant commenting on his Florida-ness just got really, really old with repetition.

Like I said, the last couple of times I've seen him have been the best! Of course they were fairly short opening slots and he didn't have a lot of time to remind us that he was, and still is, a proud resident of Florida.

As a side note, we were listening to a local Charleston bar band while waiting for Scrapomatic to play at the Pour House. One of the songs they did had me really grooving and getting into the vibe! I knew that I had heard that song somewhere, but couldn't for the life of me remember who did it originally... It was Lochloosa by J.J. Grey. The dude can write some seriously good songs.











 

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  posted on 8/30/2010 at 07:05 AM
Some mixed reviews here but to the original poster's questions, yes he puts on a good show in my opinion. Entertaining and talented. As to how long he plays, that probably depends on the club and how many sets he does. I've gotten out of clubs in a little over an hour and as late as 4:00 AM. I would call the place. Hope you enjoy it!

 

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  posted on 8/30/2010 at 08:29 AM
Yeah, definitely a good show. 99.9% of every crowd I've seen him with absolutely loved him. It is a good choice for taking a date to...

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  posted on 8/30/2010 at 08:54 AM
I went last year to see the warm up band (Shooter Jennings) and JJ was the headliner. Maybe I just didn't "get it" , but for me it did nothing. Sure their good musicians, but the whole show didn't appeal to me, but that's just my taste. The same goes for any band, sometimes you do, sometimes you don't.
 

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  posted on 8/30/2010 at 11:21 AM
I heard them once opening for DBT and ABB and have been hooked ever since loved the live show like the studio stuff just the same

 

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  posted on 8/30/2010 at 11:28 AM
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"Here's a song I wrote about Florida, while I was in Florida... Did I mention I'm from Florida?"




haha ... Thanks for the elaboration. Maybe I'll shout out "Where are you from?" during a quiet passage in the first song.

 

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  posted on 8/30/2010 at 02:10 PM
yeah, but what part of florida?

 

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  posted on 9/4/2010 at 12:11 AM
Well we both had a great time at the show.

JJ is just plain cool as hell, no two ways about it...and his band was smokin'. It was nice to see Todd up there on bass, too.

Thanks for the encouragement to go!


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  posted on 9/4/2010 at 01:52 AM
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yeah, but what part of florida?


An old joke when my dad was over in Japan for 3 years in the Air Force.

A Japanese girl greets a soldier one morning "Ohio."

Soldier looks at her and says "yeah, what part?"

 

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  posted on 9/4/2010 at 01:56 AM
Oops, sorry back to the subject matter. GO!!!
 

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  posted on 9/4/2010 at 05:02 AM
Thanks for starting this thread as I was curious too. A couple of months ago they played this Mofro song on The Deadliest Catch when they air lifted Captain Phil after his stroke .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_r1sBR5us4&feature=related
 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 10:16 AM
i always like seeing JJ Grey and Mofro, they put on a great show and really get the crowd going.

here's a recent solo show from SoSMP, if anyone wants get a feel for the schtick, i am only on track 5, and theres been 3 or 4 FL mentions (maybe more than usual as its a home town show). i kind of like it though.

http://www.archive.org/details/JJGrey2010-08-27.matrix.flac16

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 10:26 AM
Thank you for posting that show, a_shell - gonna give it a listen.



edit: Hey, it could be a "drinking game" - every time he mentions Florida.....

[Edited on 9/6/2010 by Rob_in_NC]

 

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