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Review: Ten Sixty Five

22 Oct 2015

written by Croma


Review: Ten Sixty Five

by Tim Borland

Emerging in the wake of Bayfest’s cancellation, Ten Sixty Five introduced a new concept to downtown Mobile. With a scaled back lineup, free admission, reduced number of stages, and a larger focus on regional musicians, the new event promised a completely different experience, which for the most part delivered._MG_5631

A major headliner anchored each day, such as George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Three Days Grace, and Sublime with Rome. Instead of a gated off area, the inspired open layout amongst Dauphin Street businesses allowed guests to venture wherever they pleased, supporting local businesses.

 The Jake Peavy Foundation stage was located directly beside Moe’s BBQ, facing OK Bicycle Shop. Many fans enjoyed the concerts from the rooftop of the former business, providing a unique perspective. The other stage, which featured primarily local musicians, was located directly in Cathedral Square, providing plenty of grassy space for fans to spread out and enjoy the night.


P-funk kicked the party off the first night of the weekend with their trademark sound. Pioneers of the funk genre, the band’s bass heavy grooves complimented scantily clad dancers and the grandmaster of funk himself George Clinton. The music was audible even a block away, and not a single body in the crowd was still as the band urged people to get up and move their “sexy bodies.”_MG_5527

Meanwhile, on the Windcreek Casino stage Mobile musicians Kristy Lee and Eric Erdman performed. Lee crooned “Baby of Mine” sweetly to the crowd and proved that quality regional musicians can draw a significant audience of their own. Sublime with Rome drew arguably the largest crowd of the weekend, with fans overflowing well past the stage area. People were packed shoulder to shoulder to sing along with several well-known hits, including an encore of “What I Got,” and “Santeria.”_MG_5675

Original bassist Eric Wilson is the sole original member of the band. Rome took over the vocal and guitar duties formerly held by deceased frontman Bradley Nowell. Providing a faithful rendition of the band’s catalog, Sublime with Rome allowed many audience members to experience their music live for the first time, introducing a whole new generation to the ska-punk aesthetic.


The music did not stop once the main stages closed down. Places such as Azalea Manor hosted free after parties for guests. Sunday night featured Mobile band Fat Man Squeeze, who performed an acoustic set including guitar, mandolin, and upright bass.


Many local businesses reported a positive boost in their business during Ten Sixty Five. Additionally, the event introduced new ideas as to what a downtown music festival in Mobile could be. Hopefully, the festival will become a new yearly tradition, providing yet another great attraction to enrich the culture of the Azalea City.


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