There’s a big Southern soul show outdoors at the grounds of Lamonts, in Pomonkey, Maryland near the Wilson Bridge, today, Saturday, at 2 p.m. featuring veteran r’n’b performer Clarence Carter (“Patches,” Slip Away,”and “Strokin’ fame), Roy C. , Miss Jody , locals the Hardway Connection and more. You won’t find this event in the listings in the Washington City Paper, the Washington Post, or Brightest Young Things. Online I could only find one mention, a Ticketmaster link. I first heard about this show via a flyer I picked up at a big Southern Soul gig at the Showplace Arena I wrote up here a little while back. The Saturday afternoon WPFW 89.3 blues and soul programs have also mentioned the concert. However, Lamonts has no website. Once when I called there, Lamont himself said he would mail me flyers. Yes, mail as in postal snail-mail. According to WPFW, Saturday will be Miss Jody’s first local appearance. This Mississippi vocalist’s 2008 cd I Never Take a Day Off was one of my faves for the year. While lyrics like “I’ll be your part-time lover but not your fulltime fool” may be formulaic, there is no denying the upbeat catchiness and sassy melodic power of “It’s the Weekend,” “Lonely Housewife,” and “Miss Jody’s Thing.”
Sunday night longtime James Brown tribute artist, Little Royal, will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Forestville, Maryland. A friend alerted me to the website for this event. I have seen no other publicity for this show.
Sat. May 23 at 2 Roy C., Clarence Carter, Miss Jody, Hardway Connection and more at the grounds of the Lamont’s Entertainment Complex, 4400 Livingston Road, Pomonkey, MD 301-283-0225
Sunday May 24 at 7:30 Little Royal with comedian Ernie Field & Cockroach at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3611 Stewart Road, Forestville, Md 301-735-8855. $25