Though I haven’t had a chance to check out these guys playing live yet, they are getting rave reviews including being listed in Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” They play an in-store set at 2 PM.
NPR’s Ann Powers said, “The Nashville instrumental group Steelism stands out for its ability to blend vintage styles—steel-guitar jazz, surf rock, the cool vibe of 1960s movie soundtracks—in ways that don’t feel dated.”
Their new video “Marfa Lights,” a track from their Single Lock Records’ debut 615 to Fame, was inspired by vintage educational shorts and the British BBC comedy show “Look Around You.” The video was filmed in Nashville and directed by Nashville filmmaker/musician Stewart Copeland. You can also check out a live vid here.
Followers of local media are beginning to see coverage about the various art projects which are part of Prospect 3+—New Orleans’ international art biennial. However, most of it has focused on visual art and experimental installations. Music fans need to check out DD214—the latest effort from the musician known around town as WATIV.
DD214 is a sound composition that makes use of audio samples recorded by William A Thompson, IV while on a one-year military tour of duty in Baghdad during 2004. These audio samples range from various field, or “found sound,” to interviews with other combat veterans after deployment. The chief goal of this project is the creation of a body of musical works that express the thoughts, conditions, and inner lives of combat veterans from all wars.
In the composition, WATIV makes use of audio speech samples he collected and recorded. These speech samples are analyzed according to inherent pitch, rhythm, and implied harmony. The composition’s results vary accordingly. This “found sound” process of composition was first employed by WATIV in his 2005 release, Baghdad Music Journal. To read an NPR “All Things Considered” piece about Baghdad Music Journal, click here.
Thursday afternoon, music fans have a chance to hear one of the city’s iconic performers in a beautiful, but underused setting. Young Audiences of Louisiana and NORDC are sponsoring the event in partnership with the Better Than Ezra Foundation as part of the national Lights On Afterschool celebration.
LeBlanc is a banjo player, guitarist, and singer who has been an important part of the New Orleans music scene for over 30 years. His style has evolved as he has matured. It encompasses a broad range of influences from free jazz to bebop and includes a modern approach to traditional jazz.
Young Audiences is working along with along with Better Than Ezra foundation to bring local awareness to the National Lights on Afterschool celebration. Lights On New Orleans is part of a national celebration that calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America’s children, families and communities.
Winter Circle Productions and the Joy Theater present the first installment of this free monthly event series, which is an effort to build and showcase the emerging contemporary culture of New Orleans.
Besides HFTRR, This is NOLA will feature performances by Coyotes, the Deslondes, DJ OttO, visual art installations, street food, and craft cocktails that represent the city’s more progressive side.
The motivation for launching This is NOLA came from a lack of centralized support for the contemporary arts, cocktail, and culinary scenes in New Orleans.
While the city continues to support and preserve the traditional local culture for which New Orleans is known and loved around the world, very little is being done to cultivate and capitalize on the emerging, progressive set of New Orleans music, art, and hospitality. This is NOLA is meant to trumpet this cause and share these bands, chefs, artists, and mixologists with the local New Orleans community.
For the at least the next three Thursdays, the world’s only guitarpist will be performing solo at Chickie Wah Wah from 6-8 PM.
DeGruy is best known around town for performances with various guitar ensembles including Twangorama, but his solo performances place him in another musical dimension because of his instrument. The guitarp is a custom contraption which features a seven-string guitar with a ten-string high register harp located beneath the standard strings where a pick guard might usually be placed.
There is no separation between the guitar and harp parts, enabling the right hand to do a 17-string arpeggio. Though DuGruy generally eschews loud playing, he can make quite a racket with this instrument.
Nancy Viégas and Tadeu Mascarenhas, producers of a new Brazilian TV series called Routes & Roots, are chronicling iconic people and places, sounds, history, and traditions along well-known routes. They will be in New Orleans this week to film the pilot episode called, “Where is Route 66?”
Viégas and Mascarenhas are also the leaders and producers of Radiola, a highly regarded and critically acclaimed band from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Performances are scheduled for October 15 and 16, 2014 at Chickie Wah Wah. On Wednesday, Tom McDermott will play a set, followed by a set by Nancy Viégas and Tadeu Mascarenhas. McDermott will also perform with the Brazilian musicians. On Thursday, Viégas and Mascarenhas will perform with Jimmy Robinson. Other local musicians are expected to perform as well including Helen Gillet.
Routes & Roots features tips on interesting places to visit and stay, local and regional food specialties, cultural and community events, and musical influences as well as musicians and artisans at every stop along the way.
Though they have been begging off the moniker of “supergroup” in some recent stories, the New Orleans Suspects are still a super group. Their latest release features ten brand new, all original songs, which call to mind the members’ influences while remaining true to their New Orleans roots.
Ouroboros is the band’s third release and the follow-up to their 2012 live CD, Caught Live At The Maple Leaf.
It defines the band’s sound, which is one that puts their own twist on the traditions of New Orleans music–fever-inducing funk, irresistible R&B rhythms, Longhair rhumbas, dancing-in-the-street second lines, jazzy soul-drenched horns, mind-melting swamp hoodoo, and feet-don’t-fail-me-now Carnival music.
On Saturday night one of the most adventurous, forward-thinking groups to emerge in the last twenty years makes their first appearance at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro. For fans of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, this is a chance to hear them in one of the best sounding rooms in the city.
The gig is in advance of the release of Worker, their 26th (!) album, which arrives via Royal Potato Family next Tuesday (10/14).
It’s a major shift in focus for the band, which recently dropped its horn section and recorded as a trio—Brian Haas (keyboards and founding member), Chris Combs (guitar, lap steel), and Josh Raymer (drums).
Friday night, One Eyed Jacks is the place to be to celebrate the release of the first album from the all-star rockabilly band led by musical polymath Aurora Nealand.
Taking a page from Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes (two of the members of that band are also members of the Danger Dangers) and select other groups, each band member has a nom de musique. Nealand is of course, Rory Danger, and sings and plays saxophone.
Here’s how they define themselves: “New Orleans Premier Rockabilly Band, Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers met in the Belly of the Beast and since then, have never left. With an epic premier show at Chaz Fest 2010, (quickly followed by a legendary farewell show and a heroic reunion show), the Danger Dangers quickly overtook the New Orleans Rockabilly scene and have been dominating ever since.
This Thursday night, Chickie Wah Wah will present a very special show organized by the most peripatetic musician in New Orleans. Keyboardist Charlie Dennard has assembled an all-star cast of musicians to pay tribute to the late, great keyboardist and composer who passed away on September 12, 2014.
Joe Sample was a groundbreaking Houston native who led the bebop-oriented, Art Blakey-inspired Jazz Crusaders to critical acclaim. He became a popular stylist when the group relocated to Los Angeles, shortened their name to the Crusaders, and began pursuing a more original approach which merged soul and jazz.
Charlie Dennard was a well-known member of the New Orleans musical community in the 1990s before literally running off to join the circus. He has been a keyboardist and musical director for Cirque du Soleil for twelve years. This is his second return to New Orleans before he finally retires from the world-famous troupe to devote his energies to New Orleans.
The band includes drummer Doug Belote, guitarist Todd Duke, bassist Pat Casey, and saxophonist Jason Mingledorff. Special guests are expected.