JJ and Mofro perfoming Friday night at Mustang Music Festival

 

It was a great first night for the Mustang Music Festival. In its new digs at the Whalehead Club in Corolla, the yearly event seems to have even more energy than it has it the past . . . and that’s saying something.

There’s lots more room to spread out than in previous years when it was held at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room at Timbuk II. Along with more room there are a lot more food vendors and craft booths.

The music, though, is what is at the heart of the festival, and once again Mike Dianna managed to some great acts—groups that in many cases are just about to hit the big time.

The last three groups in tonight’s lineup were particularly strong.

London Souls take classic hard rock songs and really make them their own. Great sound and lots of energy.

They were followed by local band TR3 (Tim Reynolds Trio). Reynolds is the lead guitar for Dave Matthews and he wails on the instrument—bit it’s a controlled wail. Backed up by Mick Vaughn on bass and Dan Martier on drums, their sound is hard, edgy and absolutely compelling.

The headliner for the evening, JJ Grey & Mofro were great. Polished, professional performers, their sound is almost big band with hefty dose of rock and a touch of country. 

Great show, great evening and there is more tomorrow—followed by the Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday.