The Hampton Jewish Mother is not a big space, but lately it's gone in big for local live music.
This past weekend, the restaurant and deli hosted two shows featuring Hampton singer-guitarist Johnny Trash (a.k.a. T.J. Linkous). Friday, Trash played there with his hot jazz-swing band The High Street Lowlifes. On Saturday, he was back there with The Johnny Trash Trio, his rockabilly and vintage country outfit.
"We set up right in the very back of the restaurant," Trash told me this morning. "It worked out well. I think they're trying to get the scene picked up around here, trying to find the right bands."
He described the High Street Lowlifes as an old-fashioned jazz band. "It's that 1920s sound, with a little bit of a modern twist, Tin Pan Alley stuff. It's a seven-piece band, with piano, trumpet, upright bass ..."
The Lowlifes aren't necessarily representative of what the Hampton Jewish Mother, located at the Hampton Town Center just down from AMC 24 movie theater, has been booking. A glance at the restaurant's schedule for the weeks ahead shows rock, ska-punk and reggae.
Here's what's on the schedule at the Jewish Mother's website:
Oct. 26 Jackmove
Oct. 27 Malt Liquor Sundae (Adult Halloween Party)
Nov. 2 Horehound Drops
Nov. 3 Session Rockers
Nov. 9 Murphy's Kids
Nov. 10 Homebrew
Nov. 16 Rude Zombies
Nov. 17 7/10 Oil
Nov. 23 The Reef
Nov. 24 Johnny Trash
Dec. 1 Alter Ego
Dec. 7 D.H.H.
Dec. 8 Union Picnic