Tuesday night, the Seventh Ward hotspot best known for many epic brass band and trad jams back in the day, will be getting considerably more electric when this new band welcomes special guest Greg Thomas, the saxophonist for Parliament/ Funkadelic, to the bandstand. Sidney’s Saloon is located at 1200 St. Bernard Avenue and it’s very close to where N. Rampart Street splits and turns into St. Claude Avenue.
Full Orangutan came into being this past summer after a casual conversation between bassist Bru Bruser, best known around town for his work with Gov’t Majik, his Fela-inspired Afrobeat orchestra, and now with trombonist Corey Henry’s Tremé Funktet, and Raja Kassis, the guitarist for Antibalas and recent New Orleans transplant. Kassis also plays in Pirate’s Choice for those keeping track.
Thomas, the longtime sax man for George Clinton, is sticking around town after the P-Funk show at the House of Blues this past Saturday night. He will have his hands full as the band will also feature Rex Gregory on sax. Gregory wears numerous musical hats around town and plays with who’s who of young musicians as well as impressing the veterans with his versatility and impeccable tone.
TVD is proud to present another exclusive world premiere video. The tune is the single off Bantam Foxes’ new EP, “Loser.” It drops on October 30, 2015. The band will also being playing that day at the Voodoo Music Experience and opening for Desaparecidos, Conor Oberst’s band, at the Republic on November 3.
“Loser” is their follow-up to “Give Us a Raise,” which was released this past April. Recorded over the same sweaty New Orleans weekend as its more poppy predecessor, “Loser” dives into darker territory.
Tracks like the ‘70s-esque, riff-heavy “Rip” and set-closer-slash-death-march “Left for Dead” show that the band isn’t all simple melody and garage-pop polish.
Long before vinyl records came back into vogue, before record stores starting proliferating in New Orleans, even before TVD started bringing you the best writing about vinyl, the fine folks at the Ponderosa Stomp were creating a cottage industry based on crate-digging.
Now an every-other-year event, the festival returns this weekend for two long-playing concerts at Rock ‘n’ Bowl as well as other great events around town.
The lineup at Rock ‘n’ Bowl is incredible. There’s too much going on for me to even begin listing the acts scheduled to perform. Just click the link to read all about it and/or watch the vid. This is not music for the faint of heart, nor is it for any moldy figs missing rock ‘n’ roll stamina. The shows begin at 6:30 PM and extend until close to 3 AM.
The virtuoso seven-string guitarist is in town for three separate performances with drummer Johnny Vidacovich. The stretch begins Saturday night evening and ends Sunday night.
Charlie Hunter has made a name for himself with his unique way of playing guitar. He essentially plays all the bass parts on his unique instrument allowing him to stretch out in uncommon ways. It also allows him to create a full band sound when accompanied by a single drummer.
Of course, if that drummer is Johnny Vidacovich, the sound will be even fuller as the Crescent City veteran, who has played with a veritable who’s who in every genre imaginable, is a monster on the kit.
TVD presents an exclusive track off the landmark tenth studio album, Made For Pleasure, from The New Mastersounds. The cut, “High and Wide” captures the funky band at its most infectious. It is a brisk, up-tempo tune that evokes the punchy, buoyant horn-driven funk of classic American R&B.
The New Mastersounds are a British band who are heavily influenced by American funk and soul.The new album was recorded at The Living Room, a New Orleans studio built in a converted wood-frame church directly across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans.
The quartet—guitarist Eddie Roberts, drummer Simon Allen, bassist Pete Shand, and keyboardist Joe Tatton—invited several guests to join them in the studio. Longtime compatriot percussionist Mike Dillon recorded with the band for the first time, while former American Idol semi-finalist and Native American activist Charly Lowry brought her powerfully soulful vocals to three tracks.
We’re proud to present the exclusive world premiere of the first official video from Daria & The Hip Drops’ brand new album, Hipnotic.
The band is on a roll since the album dropped two weeks ago. They sold out the release party at Chickie Wah Wah and welcomed numerous special guests to the stage.
The video was shot in an old Coca-Cola factory in Quincy, Florida and was produced by Los Angeles group Chaos Labs, the same company that brought you the most recent Pepsi ads featuring David Beckham and Sophia Vergara.
Chaos Labs teamed up with the Hip Drops to create a “down the rabbit hole” theme featuring the band’s core members, songwriter and front woman Daria Dzurik and producer/bassist Graham Robinson.
During the first two iterations of HIP (Hosting Improvising Performers) Fest, the most prominent names for casual jazz fans were the local performers who are typically paired in inventive configurations with the visiting artists. The guest musicians have all been well-known in the esoteric field of improvised jazz, but with a couple of exceptions, virtually unknown to all but the most ardent fans.
This year, two of the four guest musicians are household names in the jazz world. Pianist Vijay Iyer is a MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, multiple Downbeat magazine award winner, and a Harvard professor. Drummer/ composer/ multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey (pictured at top) tears up every performance and is musically associated with such jazz greats as Wadada Leo Smith, Steve Coleman, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Dave Douglas. Saxophonist Steve Lehman, a young musician who has been turning ears, and Italian pianist Fabrizio Puglisi round out the list.
With the Saints first home game scheduled for Sunday afternoon, Tipitina’s is the place to be on Saturday night for amazing night of live music and to support a great cause. The event is a fundraiser for the Bo Dollis, Sr. (pictured above) Memorial Fund of the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation. A huge roster of musicians and special guests will be on hand.
The Wild Magnolias, the groundbreaking band founded by Dollis Sr., and now fronted by his son, Gerard “Bo” Dollis, Jr., are the headliners. Poet and spoken word artist Chuck Perkins is the Master of Ceremonies.
The Bo Dollis, Sr. Memorial Fund was set up in conjunction with the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic to support the health needs of the black Indian community of New Orleans. The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans are iconic culture bearers who have struggled for decades with health care. The proceeds from the show go to the Bo Dollis, Sr. Memorial Fund, which has been established by the Dollis family and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic to ease financial burdens of active, masking Mardi Gras Indians in times of dire need.
Saxophonist John Ellis has deep roots in New Orleans. He is now a well-regarded player on the New York scene, but stays connected to the Crescent City through his work with Double Wide. Charm, their third album, drops tomorrow.
Double Wide is a super group of sorts with a local rhythm section—Jason Marsalis on drums and Matt Perrine on sousaphone. Gary Versace is on keys and accordion and Alan Ferber, a killer trombonist who appeared as a special guest on the group’s second release, Puppet Mischief, round out the group under the leadership of Ellis.
I have written before about the two previous Double Wide albums, mentioning the circus music-like vibe of some of the songs and the fun-loving approach the band takes to the groove. I feel the same way about the new album.
The band will celebrate the release of Hipnotic, their debut full-length album with an epic dance party at Chickie Wah Wah on Saturday night. Bate Bunda, a Brazilian dance and drum troupe, opens the evening.
Daria Dzurik fronts the band as vocalist and steel drum player—and was featured in a TVD 5 Questions in 2012. Daria & The Hip Drops have been performing for the past five years in their home base of New Orleans and at major festivals and venues across the region. The band blends rocksteady, pop, and funk styles into a unique amalgamation.
Since forming the Hip Drops, Dzurik has played with Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, the Mike Dillon Band, and Disney’s Imagination Movers. Bassist and producer Graham Robinson tours with Grammy nominee Zachary Richard and members of the Radiators.