Just a quickie item here to remind you about a show tonight that kind of snuck in under the radar. It’s the return of J.J. Grey and Mofro at Buster’s.
Admittedly, Florida songsmith Grey and his band of soul/swamp rockers have become semi-regulars around these parts in recent years. But in a summer season that has a good chunk of the coolest concert action taking place out of town, it’s great to have Grey help usher in the holiday weekend.
Mofro introduced itself to Lexington in early 2002 by playing Lynagh’s Music Club during its last few months of operation. Word quickly spread on the band’s earthy funk and soul sound and Grey’s equally R&B savvy but folk infused songs. A Kentucky fanbase grew, but it was primarily centered in Louisville. It wasn’t until Grey played a solo set for WoodSongs in early 2009 and subsequent performances at The Dame that the Mofro following began to firmly take hold in Lexington.
The bottom line: tonight will be a guaranteed grand time. Soul, funk and jam band fans will dig Mofro’s groove in a big way. But novice fans can also expect an evening of no-frills, unforced Southern soul. Even if the holiday weekend wasn’t at hand, Mofro’s return is something of a little summertime oasis for Lexington concert-goers. Soak it in.
JJ Grey and Mofro performs at 8:30 tonight at Buster’s Billiards and Backroom, 899 Manchester St. Tickets are $20. Call (859) 368-8871.