According to legend, there was a time in the mid ‘70s when Mother’s Finest was “the most dangerous opening act in rock ‘n’ roll.” Paired with the likes of Aerosmith or Ted Nugent, Georgia’s mighty funk machine invariably stole the show and became the literal interpretation of a hard act to follow.
Fronted then, as now, by vocal powerhouses Joyce Kennedy and Glenn Murdock, Mother’s Finest set the hardest funk grooves into a nightly death–match with the riff–heavy rock ‘n’ roll that was the bread and butter of white English bands – and nobody knew what hit them. Some used to say the band was like Led Zeppelin playing a set of Sly & the Family Stone material.
Coach’s Corner kicks off its Rock ‘n Roll Marathon tribute weekend with a Nov. 3 concert from Mother’s Finest. Both Kennedy and Murdock are still out in front, tearing the roof off the sucka, along with bassist Wyzard and guitarist Mo, who were there for the band’s classic ‘70s records Mother’s Finest and Another Motha Further.
Tickets for the Nov. 3 performance are $20 advance (at coachs.net) and will be $25 day of show. The Atlanta band Hero will start the show at 7 p.m.
Ah, but there’s more! One of Georgia’s favorite alt–rock bands, Drivin N Cryin, plays the ‘Corner at 7 p.m. Nov. 4. Singer/songwriter Kevin Kinney’s a seminal player in the ongoing evolution of our state’s fertile music; Savannah’s Listen 2 Three opens the concert. Tickets are $15 advance, and $20 the day of.
Radio station WFXH–FM, Rock 106 celebrates its 10th birthday Nov. 5 at Coaches, with an appearance by its top–rated syndicated “rock jocks” Lex & Terry. Tickets are $10 at Sunset Novelties, Uncle Harry’s, the Hide–a–Way Sports Grill, Savannah Hydroponics and Okatie Organics, and they’ll be $15 at the door.
Apparently the last time Lex & Terry were in town, it was a major event. This one is “21 and over,” and knowing the bawdy stuff they talk about on their radio show, it’s not hard to understand why.
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