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. Onepaired with the sunny, bopping title track of their most recent album, Orange Blossomslooks 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 Greys 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 its 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