JJ Grey & Mofro

JJ Grey & Mofro
Date: January 2, 2021
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32800
Price: Starting at $45.00 and may change.
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JJ Grey & Mofro are performing at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando, Florida on Saturday, January 2, 2021.

From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human. When you see JJ Grey and his band Mofro live—and you truly, absolutely must—the man is fearless.

For devoted listeners, there is something fitting, even affirmative, in Grey’s commitment to the land of his north Florida home. The farms and eddying swamps of his youth are as much a part of Grey’s music as the Louisiana swamp-blues tradition, or the singer’s collection of old Stax records.

As a boy, Grey was drawn to country-rockers, including Jerry Reed, and to Otis Redding and the other luminaries of Memphis soul. Run-D.M.C., meanwhile, played on repeat in the parking lot of his high school (note the hip-hop inflections on “A Night to Remember”). Merging these traditions, and working with a blue-collar ethic, Grey began touring as Mofro in the late ’90s, with backbeats that crossed Steve Cropper with George Clinton and a lyrical directness that made his debut LP, Blackwater (2001), a calling-card among roots-rock aficionados.

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