Mobile, Alabama is full of history and is the birthplace of Mardi Gras despite its sister city New Orleans’s popularity with the event that takes place every year. Before the war, Mobile was founded as the capital of colonial French Louisiana in 1702, so the connection between the two cities is very strong. Yet in the midst of its historical roots, the beautiful port city, like its sister city, has a very popular jazz community. This year the city kicked off its first Neo-Soul Experience event hosted by the founder, award-winning journalist Tanisha Davis and co-hosted by Recording Artist Bernard Henry II, known by his stage name, Young S.I.C. 

“I started this event because I love live music and as a singer myself it has always been a part of me. I wanted to create an event that allowed local jazz musicians and bands to come out and showcase their talent to the citizens of Mobile. This was an opportunity for jazz musicians, bands, and even spoken word artists to come out and represent the beautiful jazz scene along the Gulf Coast. This is the first year of the event and I plan to do it again next year because people need to see the talent we have here.” –Tanisha Davis

The event kicked off this past weekend on November 9th in Mobile, Alabama off of Dauphin Island Pkwy and opened up with performances by local jazz musician Steven Johnson, and spoken word performances from Eterniti, Roslyn Spencer, Dalonta Jones, and Reyna Banks, all members of Powerlines Poetry. 

While attendees were able to enjoy poetry, music, chicken and waffles with complimentary wine, they also had the pleasure of shopping with local vendors who also took part in the event. 

Vendors at the event included Ashley Biggs (BodyGirl Boutique), Whitney McCrea (Skin Kissed), Ashley Cox (Fashionably Late), and Marisa Harris (Paparazzi Jewelry), and Gregory Bettis (Gregory Bettis Photography). 

Special Thanks to Coastal Security, and to local business owner Marc Jackson of Kazoola Eatery & Entertainment for contributing to the event as well as Gregory Bettis Photography for all the beautiful images captured at the event.  

“I look forward to doing this event again next year in Mobile and seeing more musicians, and poets come out and take part in the event. It’s going to be bigger and better and my vision is to see the port city’s jazz scene get more recognition. We are looking for some local businesses to team up to help sponsor the event and make it the talk of the city every year!” –Tanisha Davis

If you are a musician, singer, spoken word artist or band looking to perform next year at the 2020 Neo-Soul Experience, you can email to get further details. Any business looking to help sponsor the event can reach out to Tanisha Davis at

Be sure to keep up with The Neo-Soul Experience by joining its group on Facebook!

All images by Gregory Bettis Photography.