Live on the Green feat. Alabama Shakes, The Apache Relay & Fly Golden Eagle

When: Thu., Sept. 27, 5 p.m. 2012

Hailed as an authentic version of the imitation soul bands of the late ’60s, Alabama Shakes deserve their success. It’s fitting that the quartet from Athens, Ala., are Americana favorites — their simulated verisimilitude suits the needs of the category. Some critics have compared Shakes vocalist Brittany Howard to Janis Joplin, and Howard does overdo it by the standards of actual soul music, as did Joplin. Still, Joplin had a hard, planed vocal approach that match=ed the lumpen-prole drive of her backup band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and she also had far better material to sing. Howard sounds a bit like Mavis Staples, and she can definitely roar. Guitarist Heath Fogg slips in a few rhythm-guitar tricks in the Muscle Shoals-to-Memphis style, and the band does resemble Big Brother — they’re a bit crude, but they essay 12/8 ballads and uptempo numbers with panache. 5

Edd Hurt

Price: Free

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