January 06, 2017
By Angye Morrison
The new year kicks off with some great bands coming to the Boro. Starting the month off is the Chris Mitchell Band, appearing at Gnat’s Landing on Jan. 7 at 9 p.m.
CMB is made up of the finest musicians in the South, forming one of the busiest party bands on the road currently. In addition to Chris Mitchell on lead guitar, Jake Hallman plays keyboards and performs on backing vocals, while Ryan Kelly, grandson of the legendary Emma Kelly, holds down the bottom on bass. Percussion is manned by Matt Fallin, and Ashley Mitchell, wife of the band’s namesake, is the band’s lead singer.
The band has been at work on a solo album for Chris, which offers a nod toward edgy “Americana.” Chris says it points toward his small town roots.
Jacob & The Good People’s Jacob Blazer and Matthew Clark describe themselves “ just two guys who like to make noise.”
Natives of Atlanta, Blazer and Clark play to sold-out shows all over the country. Blazer handles vocals and plays guitar, while Clark plays drums and vocals. The duo’s music – as well as their show – operates on the ideal that less is more. They create a simple style of music that is sparse, quirky and addictive.
Blazer has said, “I promised myself to make music that was close to me and honest.”
Jacob & The Good People will also appear at Gnat’s Landing. Their show is set for Jan. 12 at 9 p.m.
On Jan. 13, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at South City Tavern, the Welcome Back Bash welcomes students back to town. Presented by Airbound Entertainment and The Forum at Statesboro, the event will kick off with The Vegabonds, who take the stage at 9:30 p.m.
At 11:15, Morning Fatty takes to the mic.
Morning Fatty has been described as a punk/ska turned reggae-funk band, and true to their ever-evolving nature, they’re changing it up again. The group recently added Tim Mulberry on drums, who previously toured the world with The Black Eyed Peas.
The band also features Andrew White on guitar and lead vocals, Miller Joyner on guitar, and John Pop on bass.
Each member of the group brings some jazz, funk, soul, blues, rock, electro and gospel to the mix, and that energy has helped Morning Fatty to find a distinctive sound that pays homage to each band member’s unique style. The new sound is being described as Funk Rock Electro Dub, or FRED.
The band is based in Gainesville, Florida.