Live Music Is Back In The City With Soul

Steve Earle & the Dukes play Duling Hall July 13. Image: Steve Earle

During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 (and beyond), one thing we sorely missed was live music. There’s nothing quite like being in the same room with your favorite bands – and the fans who love them just as much as you do.

As live music returns to the City With Soul, we profile three venues and a selection of their upcoming summer shows. 

Duling Hall

Celebrating ten years as a live music venue, this once elementary school auditorium at Duling School – built in 1928 – has found a new purpose under promoter Arden Barnett. Bands who play Duling Hall call it one of their favorite rooms in the country. Fans love it for its intimate vibe, excellent sound and proximity to all things Jxn.

July 7
Fans of The Revivalists take note: artist, producer and the band’s frontman, David Shaw, will play a solo show this Wednesday. Shaw told Billboard his record is “meant to feel familiar to fans of The Revivalists, noting ‘I wanted this album to be that steadfast old friend that you can always turn to when everything around you feels like it’s too much.'”

July 13
Steve Earle is one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation, a worthy heir to Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, his two supreme musical mentors. Earle has distinguished himself as a master storyteller throughout twenty studio albums, and his songs have been recorded by a vast array of artists, including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, the Pretenders, and more. 

August 20
Gaining national acclaim as the winner of season five of American Idol, Birmingham, AL-born Taylor Hicks has been singing and performing since his teen years. For this show, Hicks and the Delta Funk Revival Band are in town to benefit Friends of Children’s Hospital.

August 23
Lifelong friends and deep-north natives, musical group Michigan Rattlers play “heavy-hearted folk-rock with an aching dose of Midwestern nice.” Their self-titled Michigan Rattlers EP attracted glowing reviews from No Depression, Bluegrass Situation, B3 Science, and Rolling Stone, who named the band one of their “Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know” in 2016.

Find tickets to all shows at Duling Hall here

Living Colour plays Hal & Mal’s July 7

Hal & Mal’s

Hal & Mal’s was conceived by brothers Hal and Malcolm White, “the most-talked-about upscale honky-tonk in all of Mississippi, where art is made, music plays, and folks gather to share community and celebrate the very best of Mississippi’s creative spirit.” From the Red Room to the Big Room and their annual Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, music is a central focus of this Jackson institution.

July 7
Led Zeppelin-inspired “Cult of Personality” band Living Colour is in town Wednesday. Mixing funk, hip hop and straight-up rock ‘n roll, the groundbreaking double-platinum band is joined by “The Reason” 90s rock band, Hoobastank

July 18
The first-ever Sunday Summer RockFest featuring Faster Pussycat (three decades of “sleeze rock”) with special guests Lillian Axe (“a fine amalgam of infectious rockers and hard-edged pop tunes”) & Enuff Z Nuff (colorful pop-metal outfit with a sizable cult following) is a unique festival for the whole family, featuring stages indoors and out. Arts vendors, as well as food and beer trucks, will be featured. 

August 2
A hard-driving Southern rock unit based out of Palestine, Texas, Blacktop Mojo’s fiery blend of post-grunge, classic rock, and metal falls somewhere between Soundgarden, Black Stone Cherry, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. 

August 20
Las Vegas rockers Adelitas Way found mainstream success in 2009 with the song “Invincible,” which appeared on their eponymous major-label debut and served as the theme song for the weekly World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars show. The band is joined by Them Evils.

Find tickets to all shows at Hal & Mal’s here

The Molly Ringwalds play at Martin’s Downtown August 28. Image: The Molly Ringwalds

Martin’s Downtown

Opened at Silas Brown and State Street in 1953 by Martin Lassiter, Martin’s Downtown moved to its current spot in 1984. By day, Martin’s is a local favorite dining spot with daily blue-plate specials, nightly drink specials, and, of course, live music multiple times a week.

July 9
Formed in 2013, Still Standing is the modern visual and musical Elton John event, bringing all the timeless classics to your venue with the attention to detail that his music deserves. Fronted by Ben “Almost Elton” Frey, the show has been referred to as the “closest representation of Elton’s vocal” on the tribute circuit.

July 23
The Grateful Dead continues to have one of the most rabid and loyal followings of any band in history, and deservedly so. The Stolen Faces deftly capture the spirit of the Dead, covering a wide variety of songs from the band’s expansive catalog and delivering them with the sort of energy and spontaneity that might have you thinking you were standing in the Fillmore West in 1971. 

July 29
New Orleans’ pioneering voice in “alt-rocka countrybilly serial killer blues,” Shawn Williams sounds like the result of a dirtier-minded Elvis deciding to get it on in the back of some roadhouse saloon with one of those sad-eyed cowboy types that would instead be drinking alone.

August 28
Those who have seen them know The Molly Ringwalds take every stage they step on with force. Covering the gamut of 80s hits, The Mollys dazzle and engage audiences with energy and passion while taking you on a musical journey filled with all the hits that transcended the decade and defined a generation.

Find tickets to all shows at Martin’s Downtown here