Benny’s Boom Boom Room on Front Street, Hattiesburg, played host to Jackson Browne and the Flaming Lips during June 2012. After stops in Memphis, Clarksdale, Oxford, Jackson, The Lips planted a very early morning kiss on the Hub City.
Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne joined them on the Hub City stage as The Lips attempted to break a Guinness World Record title for The Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours in Multiple Cities.
The 6:58 a.m. show brought out fans of all ilks. As described by Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne in some of their early publicity, “the route through the South was chosen to elicit some sort of confrontation between the conservative, old-world America and the freaky, new-world Flaming Lips fans.”
Hattiesburg proved him right. The Lips were the circus, and it was meaningful to residents that it came to town.
Initial talks about the concert at the Boom Boom Room included the possibility of a rooftop performance. But organizers concerned about the band’s safety nixed that and packed people in as tightly as possible, with the benefit of morning sun to start the sweating.
The Guinness overseer started her stopwatch at 7:44 and Flaming Lips co-founder Coyne shouted out a Good Morning to the crowd gathered on North Front Street.
The Lips were joined by Jackson Browne for the least predictable cover of the tour, “These Days.”
The Boom Boom and its sister, The Dollar Box Showroom, have also played host to Big Freedia, Blackwater Brass, local favorites Vasti Jackson, Cary Hudson and Katrina Miller, David Allen Coe, Tim Reynolds of the Dave Matthews Band and Grace Askew from “The Voice.”
BBR has also had such acts as : Tim Reynolds TR3, Karl Denson Trio, Devon Allman, The Whigs, Stanton Moore Trio (Galactic) Trio, Billy Martin (Medeski Martin and Wood), Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), Johnny Vidacovich, PBS (The Funky Meters, Porter, Batiste,Stoltz), James McMurtry, Snarky Puppy, Charlie Hunter, Emmitt-Nershi Band (String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon), The Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels Brass Band, HOT 8 Brass Band, Gravity A, The Revivalists, Col. Bruce, Eric Lindell, George McConell, Papa Mali, Zoogma,The Pimps of Joytime, Moon Taxi, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Zack Deputy, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Big Sams Funky Nation, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, The Lee Boys. and hosted other acts in bigger venues: JJ Grey and Mofro, Webb Wilder, Keller Williams, Joe Crown Trio, Brian Stoltz and the I-10 Allstars, Donna Jean Godchaux, Luther Dickinson, Anders Osbourne, Leon Redbone, Randy Travis, Tracy Lawrence.