Category Archives: TVD New Orleans

TVD Recommends: Super Sunday Showdown and 6th Annual Black and Gold Kickoff Party on Saturday, 9/19

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.

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Charm by John Ellis & Double-Wide in stores tomorrow, 9/18


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.

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TVD Recommends: Daria & The Hip Drops album release party at Chickie Wah Wah, 9/12

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.

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TVD Recommends:
Hill Country Picnic Reenactment at Chickie Wah Wah, 9/4–9/6

The fine folks at Family Fish Productions and Chickie Wah Wah are bringing North Mississippi’s Hill Country Picnic to the Crescent City this weekend with great shows Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Acts include Grayson Capps, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Blue Mother Tupelo, Jimbo Mathus, Hill Country Hounds, and more.

Former New Orleans resident, Grayson Capps kicks off the weekend on Friday, September 4 with a set of scintillating blues based rock ‘n’ roll.

On Saturday, September 5, the Hill Country Hounds will get the evening started early with a Happy Hour performance between 6-8 PM. Alvin Youngblood Hart will follow with a solo set at 9 PM. The evening’s headliners, Blue Mother Tupelo, will play two sets beginning at 10 PM.

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Jon Cleary kicks off
2015 Jazz in the Park
fall series, 9/3

Hot on the heels of the release of his first album since 2004, the keyboardist/singer/songwriter will be appearing with his longtime band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Thursday evening. Charmaine Neville opens.

Jazz in the Park brings killer New Orleans talent to Armstrong Park free every Thursday afternoon through the week before Halloween. The full schedule is available here.

Acclaimed Grammy-award winner, John Porter, produced Go Go Juice. Porter has become a New Orleans cottage industry of sorts since relocating here. He has produced a wide variety of new projects including Rickie Lee Jones (another new New Orleans transplant), Stanton Moore and the Honey Island Swamp Band.

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TVD Recommends: Ed Volker’s Jolly House at Chickie Wah Wah, 8/29

There’s a lot going on Saturday night including the Krewe of OAK’s Midsummer Mardi Gras parade, so the fine folks at Chickie Wah Wah have pushed back their usual schedule. Phil DeGruy and Emily Robinson open the show at 9 PM.

Dubbed “Where Were You When the Lights Went Out,” this incarnation of Jolly House will present “Deep Fishhead Blues” on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Keyboardist and singer/ songwriter Ed Volker, aka Zeke Fishhead, gathers two of his longtime musical partners, bassist Reggie Scanlan and percussionist Michael Skinkus, to perform with former James Brown bandleader and Scanlan’s partner in the New Orleans Suspects, saxophonist Jeff Watkins.

Guitarist Phil DeGruy and vocalist Emily Robertson will open the show with “Gone With the Wind Chimes, “ their Katrinaversary musical satire. Phil said expect to see his giant set of chimes, tuned to the key of G flat.

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TVD Recommends: Cuban legends Los Van Van at the House of
Blues tonight, 8/27

This gig tonight at the House of Blues may be flying under the radar amid all the Katrina 10-year anniversary hype, but for fans of Cuban dance music or international music of any genre, I highly recommend checking out this legendary group. They are on their first U.S. tour since the two countries have begun normalizing relations.

Arguably one the most important bands to form in Cuba since the Castro revolution, Los Van Van was formed in 1969 by bassist Juan Formell. Formell passed away last year at 71, but the group, which has gone through many personnel changes over the years, forged on. Fans says, “the train keeps a rollin’” referring both to the continuation of the group and their highly syncopated dance music.

Like many international acts formed in the late 1960s including many members of Brazil’s Tropicália generation, Los Van Van sought to reach the youth movement by tapping into the burgeoning sounds of rock music. This hybrid style is called timba and has grown to include other elements as well including funk and R&B.

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The Batture Boys offer free download to commemorate Katrina

Tommy Malone of the subdudes and Ray Ganucheau of the Continental Drifters have a brand new musical collaboration called the Batture Boys. They have quietly been recording a new album produced by Grammy award winner Jim Scott and are offering a free download of the first single, “The Mighty Flood.”

The two musicians have been working together for over twenty years beginning with the subdudes’ 1996 release, Primitive Streak. Ganucheau also recorded and toured with Malone for his two solo releases, 2001’s Soul Heavy and last year’s critically acclaimed Poor Boy.

Over the past month, the two musicians have joined drummer Johnny Vidacovich for two of his trio nights at the Maple Leaf Bar. I was in attendance both nights and marveled at the near-telepathic ability of the three to musically communicate.

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TVD Recommends: Gravity A, Sonic Bloom free at Tipitina’s, 8/21

There are only three weeks left of Tipitina’s Foundation Free Fridays series at the uptown club. Friday night is a killer double bill.

Electro-funkateers Gravity A headline and they are presenting a special show. For only the second time (the first was a Lundi Gras show earlier this year), they will be performing Pink Floyd’s classic 1977 album, Animals in its entirety.

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Zeke Fishhead releases new full-length, No Fun

Zeke Fishhead, aka Ed Volker, the leader of the Radiators, has released his latest collection of songs called, No Fun. It is available as a download here.

Volker had this to say about the release, “I spent from October 2013 to April 2015 playing a good bit of gigs—with Mollusc, The Rads, The Suspects, and with The Iguanas (as Los Reyes de Lagardo) when my gear was getting some upgrades …after Jazz Fest, in May, with all the recording gear working well, I returned to writing and recording and I’ve currently being gifted with very generous streams of Inspiration …”

The music is dedicated to memory and spirit of Eric Vandercar. He was a taper and major part of the Radiators’ community who was killed in a horrific train wreck in Connecticut.

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