JJ Grey and Mofro

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
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Over the course of six albums on Alligator Records and a decade of touring, JJ Grey's grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and back again. Beating the streets on nearly every continent, he and his band Mofro have sewn a continuous thread of laying-it-on-the-line shows that move folks to dance and at times to tears.

The New York Times describes the music of JJ Grey & Mofro as a mix of "impassioned singing, riff-based Southern rock, cold-blooded swamp funk and sly Memphis soul."

JJ's sixth studio album, This River was released in 2013. Named for the St.
John's River -- a centering point for his childhood near Jacksonville, Florida -- This River flows from freewheeling celebrations ("Florabama") to dark inner journeys ("Somebody Else"), from late night, beer-soaked testimonials ("Your Lady") to heartfelt ballads of the
almost-forgotten ("The Ballad Of Larry Webb"), and ends with the title track and a singularly devastating vocal performance.

JJ's band Mofro has also been a decade in the making. Over that time, great players
have come and gone, but according to JJ, the present incarnation - with Art Edmaiston
on saxophone, Dennis Marion on Trumpet, Anthony Farrell on organ and piano, Todd
Smallie on Bass, Anthony Cole on drums and Andrew Trube on guitar - is - the creme
de la creme." "These musicians I get to play with make it look easy. I've learned so much from them about music and about life in general. I truly hope to keep these guys together as long as possible."

JJ Grey is from Jacksonville, Florida. He made his recording debut in 2001 with
Blackwater, following up in 2004 with Lochloosa (both albums reissued by Alligator). In 2007 Grey released his Alligator debut, Country Ghetto, followed by 2008's Orange Blossoms. With the release of 2010's Georgia Warhorse, Grey stepped further into the mainstream view with the AAA radio breakout single The Sweetest Thing. In 2011 the full fury of the bands live show was captured on the live CD/DVD Brighter Days. 2013 brought the release of This River.

JJ has played countless festivals, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Austin
City Limits Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival (Australia), Montreal Jazz Festival and
Fuji Rock (Japan). Over the course of his career, Grey has shared stages with the likes
of Lenny Kravitz, B.B. King, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Los Lobos,
Jeff Beck, Ben Harper, Booker T. Jones, Mavis Staples and many others. In 2011 the
band extensively toured the UK. That same year, back in the USA Grey embarked on
his first-ever solo tour, playing packed-to-capacity clubs. The band returned to Europe
in 2012, playing multiple dates in the UK, Germany and The Netherlands. Grey and his
band, who continue to play over 125 shows a year, toured Europe in 2013.

JJ's songs have appeared in film and network television including House, Flashpoint,
Crash, Friday Night Lights, The Glades, The Deadliest Catch and the film The Hoot. In
November 2009, JJ wrote his first film score for the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award winning documentary The Good Soldier that appeared in theatres and on Bill Moyers'
Journal on PBS. In 2010, JJ played piano, sang and contributed a song ("The Wrong
Side") to Buckwheat Zydeco's Grammy-winning Alligator Records album Lay Your
Burden Down
. JJ also appears on Shemekia Copelands' Grammy-nominated 2012 CD
33 1/3.

Find more info at: jjgrey.com

Opening Performance by Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen is a blues guitarist and singer-songwriter from New Brunswick, Canada.

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