Music

The Mobros w/ Billie Fountain

When: Tue., May 24, 8 p.m. 2016

Brothers Patrick and Kelly Morris grew up attending the Lady of Perpetual Help church in Camden and fell in love with the acoustics churches can provide — so much so that they intend to record the Mobros’ new album inside one. “Several of the churches we’ve seen around Columbia are very acoustically treated,” Kelly says. “And the bigger the room, the more control we have over the sound.” Making the yet-to-be titled LP will be a welcome break from the nonstop touring the band, including bassist Canaan Peeples, has done over the past two years. THE MOBROS are also in the middle of filming a documentary based on their lives as a DIY operation. “We want to show people that they can do everything in house, and you don’t have to have money to go on the road,” Kelly says. “We start some tours with $20 in our pockets, enough to get to the first gig.” Prior to hitting the road two years back, the brothers worked for a spell here in Charleston and lived on America Street, where they’d pass by the shuttered A Touch of Class, a one-time popular jazz and R&B nightclub, at 504 Meeting St. on the regular. “Plus we grew up going to Charleston and driving past it, and I always wondered what that place is all about,” says Kelly. Now THE MOBROS, a funky rock ‘n’ roll-soul outfit, will fittingly get a chance to perform inside the venue, which recently reopened its doors as the Commodore, where the vintage spirit of A Touch of Class has been preserved by the new owners. “I always imagined who was playing there during the ’50s and ’60s,” Kelly says. “So playing there is like a dream come true. Now we can play all of our retro songs and feel at home.” —Kelly Rae Smith

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