J.J. Grey and Mofro at Cannery Ballroom 

One Bad Mofro

One Bad Mofro
Not long ago, Jacksonville, Fla.-based swamp soul, blues and jam band J.J. Grey & Mofro made a couple music videos that capture the essence of what they do in unexpected ways. One—paired with the sunny, bopping title track of their most recent album, Orange Blossoms—looks like a TV crime documentary about mob wars in the citrus industry. It has nothing to do with the song per se, but it seconds a point that Grey’s been arguing all along: Florida is a gritty, colorful locale with plenty to offer as a musical backdrop. The other video sets the rubbery funk of “On Fire” to a strip club scene produced entirely with Barbie dolls (Kens, too). It caricatures the juke joint ethos Grey & Co. often invoke in their songs (they know it’s over-the-top) and revels in the sheer physicality of it. In other words, they want you to dance. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit also play.
Fri., June 5, 9 p.m., 2009

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