TenSixtyFive – The Music of Mobile

By Sophie Sebastiani


Over the weekend, the second annual Mobile music festival- TenSixtyFive- was staged in downtown Mobile. The festival was completely free and hosted over twenty-five acts.


Headliners included Cage the Elephant- an alternative rock band from Kentucky that reached international success with songs such as “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” and “Come A Little Closer”. Their 2013 album Melophobia merited them a Grammy Award nomination and their 4th studio album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, earned them a Grammy for Best Rock Album in 2017.


Other acts included newcomer Elley Duhe from right here in Alabama. Her debut single, “immortal”, premiered exclusively on Billboard and has earned quite a lot of praise for its hard, electronic beat and powerful message. Judah and the Lion draws inspiration from many different genres including folk, rock, hip hop, and pop. Popular songs include “Take It All Back” and “Suit and Jacket” just to name a few.


The main theme of the festival, at least during Saturday’s performances, was “the show must go on”. Either that or “rain or shine” because it certainly poured down. During the acts of Judah and the Lion and Cage the Elephant, there was such a concentrated amount of rain that anyone in the crowd was immediately soaked, as the many ASMS students who attended can attest to.


For myself, the energy of the crowd was infectious and the music was great, so what is a little (or a lot) of rain when you are having fun?

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