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JJ Grey & Mofro at Pavilion in August

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published February 28, 2019

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It’s time for us to break open our piggy banks. I highly suggest you consider the show the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion is hosting on Sunday, Aug. 11.

That evening, a special co-headline show featuring the blue-collared spirit and bone-deep grooves of JJ Grey & Mofro and the bluesy contemporary Jonny Lang live in concert.

Over the course of six albums 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. Grey and his band Mofro are a perfect pairing with Lang who is no stranger to the Fort, having performed here on a few occasions since his first platinum album at the age of 15. Since then, he has continued his ferocious fretwork and even progressed his music into a modern R&B style closer to Stevie Wonder and contemporary gospel music. Now 36 years old, Lang is back to his bluesy roots with his latest effort, Signs, which I’m sure we’ll get a taste of that evening.

In any event, the pairing of JJ Grey & Mofro and Jonny Lang is a must see and at the great sounding Pavilion to boot. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at the Sweetwater campus and at

Twins of Evil to haunt Coliseum

If you’ve been paying attention to recent concert announcements, then you’re aware that Aug. 11 is also the night Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson will bring the Twins of Evil: Hell Never Dies tour to the Memorial Coliseum. The pair teamed up last year for a successful tour and with things going so well, why break it up?

You can expect an evening of high-energy rock, visuals, and devil horn-worthy anthems. Despite the tour, both shock rockers are working on new albums and Zombie is also wrapping up work on his new flick, 3 From Hell. Tickets for this show are currently on sale.

Wrestling star flexes at Mitchell’s

Wrestling fans will be stoked to hear that WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “The Mouth of the South” Hart will be in town to meet his fans on Friday, April 19. Everyone is welcome to come out to Mitchell’s Sports Bar that evening to get a photo and autograph or perhaps give Hart a good old-fashioned handshake.

In addition, there will be a 50/50 drawing, giveaways, raffle, food and drinks, and live music by Helicon’s Peak at 9 p.m. Proceeds from the event go to the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center.

This is an all-ages event, but minors can be in the restaurant only until around 9 p.m. on the weekends so plan accordingly. However, you shouldn’t have any issues because Hart will be there a few hours prior to the band starting. In addition, Hart has been known to grace a stage or two so we might be treated to him singing with the band that evening.

Punk out at Welch’s

Two of our elite punk rockers, Flamingo Nosebleed and Rehab After Party, will join forces with Madison, Wisconsin’s, own Masked Intruder on Wednesday, March 27, in the Tiger Room at Welch’s Ale House.

Comprised of Intruder Yellow, Intruder Green, Intruder Red, and Intruder Blue, Masked Intruder are known for the gimmick of wearing different colored ski masks on stage, never revealing their identities in public. You can get a good glimpse of the band on their recent video for the tune “All of My Love.” Tickets are $10 through

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