With a steady schedule nearly every night of the week, Wednesdays at the Maple Leaf Bar have been the wild card. July featured a “no smoking” residency by the latest “buzz band,” Tank and the Bangas. Expect to see some of the best slide guitarists in town in August. Free BBQ Sliders will be on the menu.
Brint Anderson (pictured at top) of George Porter, Jr’s Runnin’ Pardners is featured every week. The series kicks off on August 6 with Chris Mulé and John Lisi. August 13th, Camile Baudoin and John Fohl join him. Fohl returns on August 20 with Colin Lake.
The series culminates on August 27th with Jake Eckert and Papa Mali.
Saturday night, July 26, one of the leading lights of modern jazz piano appears with his band for the first time in New Orleans at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro. Show times are at 8 and 10 PM.
Sosa is a native of Cuba and was trained in two of the island nation’s rigorous music academies, the Escuela Nacional de Musica and the Instituto Superior de Arte. Both institutions are located in Havana and have produced countless numbers of talented musicians.
Given the close affinity between the music of New Orleans and Cuba, it comes as a surprise that this is Sosa’s first time in New Orleans.
Tomorrow night, July 25th, The Den at the Howlin’ Wolf will host New Jersey based reggae group Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why. On the road in support of their fifth studio album It’s Only Change, we caught up with the band to find out why they are especially excited to stop in New Orleans and why they are inviting local musicians to jam.
“We’ve never been to New Orleans before,” said Quincy, the front man and primary songwriter for the Reason Why, “and we all love New Orleans music so much. The Neville Brothers, the Meters, Jon Cleary, these are all major influences on me. I grew up listening to New Orleans funk and I think the super jam portion of our set will be incredibly special here if we can get the local musical community on board.”
He continued, “We really enjoy playing with other musicians and there are so many great players in New Orleans. We dig brass bands, so we’re hoping we can get some horn players on board. It’s a musical community we would love to get familiar with.”
This weekend (July 18-19), the group will feature Big Chief Juan Pardo on Friday night and former Radiators’ keyboardist and singer/songwriter Ed Volker on Saturday night at the Maple Leaf Bar.
The band has been going through some reorganization according to bassist Reggie Scanlan including working on a record deal with Louisiana Red Hot Records and recording a new album, which will feature Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat.
Saxophonist Jeff Watkins took advantage of the time off the road with the Suspects to go on a three-week European tour with soul singer Joss Stone. When the chance to play two nights at the uptown club came up, the boys in the band decided to bring in the special guests to make up for Watkins’ absence. Read More
Saturday, July 19, The St. Jude Community Center will hold its 4th annual Sounds of New Orleans Benefit Concert. The Community Center houses working homeless women and volunteers rebuilding the city, serves breakfast and lunch on weekdays, distributes food for Second Harvest Food Bank, and collaborates with Responsibility House in serving addicts. Last year the event raised over $50,000, and so far the center has utilized more than half of the funds to pay its insurance ($21,00) and fund salaries.
The concert doesn’t just have a great cause though. It has a great line-up too! Local greats Paul Sanchez, John Boutte and Shamarr Allen; Broadway star Michael Cerveris, singer and June OffBeat magazine cover Erica Falls, and the legendary Allen Toussaint will all grace the stage at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.
We chatted with Shamarr Allen, who was recently named a cultural ambassador for the State Department, to talk about the upcoming gig and his connection to it.
Beloved uptown music venue Gasa Gasa is celebrating its first birthday this weekend! On Saturday, July 19, there will be an art market in the courtyard (or artyard in this case) to celebrate the occasion. The market starts at 2 PM and runs well into the evening.
Booths will include a vinyl sales pop-up curated by DJ Brice Nice and the folks at Inner Recess Studios, the Warehouse District recording facility that has released work from a diverse group of artists from Nigerian born singer-songwriter Blessing Tangban to beat maker Nessy Phips.
The videos above and below are part of a mix curated by the staff at Gasa Gasa and are representative of some of the music and artists you might find at the pop-up. More details are here.
The acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist is returning to New Orleans after a successful reunion run with his long running band, the subdudes, for a rare show at the spacious new venue.
Malone has been on roll of late. His latest recording, Poor Boy, which was released by M.C. Records in late April, has been garnering rave reviews and sales have been growing. It is currently the Number 1 album on the Roots Music Report’s Roots Rock Albums chart.
He appeared on the Americana Music Show with Calvin Powers playing tracks from the new album, talking about the subdudes’ reunion, and other personal tidbits. You can listen here.
Everyone’s favorite record store, which recently moved to fine new digs at the gateway to the Frenchmen Street Cultural District, recently started a campaign to purchase equipment for their much-lauded in-store performance series. Details are here.
I have been attending these in-store performances since the business opened decades ago. Shameless self promotion: numerous stories about the music in the early years are featured in my book, Up Front and Center: New Orleans Music at the End of the 20th Century.
But enough about me. Performing at the “Factory” is part of the development of many of New Orleans finest musicians. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews played there numerous times before he was even a teenager.
The acclaimed San Diego-based singer/songwriter recorded two cuts off of his critically lauded new album, Twelve Tales, under the direction of producer Allen Toussaint.
In keeping with his all-inclusive approach to music, he will be performing in three entirely different settings. Tonight, the show will be at the Maple Leaf Bar. The set begins at 8 PM and will be over in time for the Rebirth Brass Band’s regular 11 PM set.
The Maple Leaf Bar is one of the last remaining live music saloons in New Orleans where smoking is still allowed. Croce’s set will be non-smoking.
The hip-hop duo known for soulful, R&B flavored tracks that showcase Nicolay’s conscientious beat making and Phonte’s spitfire rapping and heartfelt vocals, will be performing at Tipitina’s.
Last Monday, Pont:Productions and TVD co-hosted a listening party for the album at Gasa Gasa in preparation for the show. We gave out stickers, t-shirts, and tickets to Sunday night’s performance. Additionally, attendees were given free invites to Nicolay’s DJ set at Eiffel and enjoyed happy hour drink specials. There was a great turn out, with a full dance floor grooving to the tracks off the album.
DJ RQway, who will be opening the show, also spun a bunch of funk, house, R&B, and hip-hop numbers from artists as diverse as Curtis Mayfield, Nas, and his own homemade beats.