No one would argue that New Orleans always has room for one more festival. Tonight at the Howlin’ Wolf, a new monthly brass band series begins featuring the divergent styles and songs of seven brass bands in one powerhouse evening. It is also the kick off party for Brass Fest, an all day brass band party, which will happen in the Fall.
Expect to see the Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band, Red Bull Street King Competition winners The Original Pinettes, The Free Agents, To Be Continued, Most Wanted, Legacy, and Young Pinstripe brass bands.
“New Orleans defines brass more than any other city, state, or country,” says Brass Fest founder and producer, Ersel “Garfield” Bogan III. “Brass Fest creates a means of strengthening our music community while we bring something worthwhile to people who love our music.”
The Swedish electronica band will be performing at the Republic in support of their new album Nabuma Rubberband. The album draws from a host of R&B influences such as Prince and Janet Jackson, as well as continuing to push forward with their new wave influenced sound that took the world by force after their chart topping 2011 release Ritual Union.
Nabuma rubberband also showcases the group’s newfound maturity. The synth pop sound their fans are familiar with is given depth with a darkness the group says was inspired by the cold Swedish winter.
Last Monday, June 2 Gasa Gasa on Freret Street hosted a listening party for the new album. The Vinyl District worked the crowd and got some feedback from fans. The consensus among those present was solid approval, with singles “Klapp Klapp” and “Paris” being real crowd pleasers.
For the past seven years, the festival celebrating the beginning of creole tomato season in New Orleans and the surrounding area has shared the intimate environs of the French Market with the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, which is presented by the fine folks at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.
This year, the Cajun Zydeco Fest is next weekend, so the Tomato fest has lower Decatur Street all to itself.
This is the 28th iteration of the festival dedicated to showcasing the abundance of fruits and vegetables from Louisiana. Of course, this being New Orleans, it also will be putting a spotlight on local music.
With Johnny Vidacovich out of the country and George Porter, Jr. without any scheduled gigs until this weekend’s performance at Tipitina’s with his longstanding Runnin’ Pardners band, the lineup for tonight at the Maple Leaf is an exciting one featuring two New Orleans musicians used to being on the road.
The gig is being billed as both the Terence Higgins Trio and Trio Electric. But with keyboardist Brian Coogan on board, along with guitarist Cliff Hines, I am dubbing it the Tour Warrior Band.
Higgins, as many readers know, was the longtime drummer for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Since exiting that New Orleans institution, he has been incredibly busy. He is Ani DiFranco and Tab Benoit’s go-to drummer. He has also toured extensively with John Scofield.
The Wednesdays at the Square series continues this afternoon with a headlining set by Anders Osborne. Osborne’s incendiary live performances are a known quantity, but readers may be interested in hearing a bit about Stainback (pictured at top).
Along with his recently formed band, Roosterfoot, Stainback plays electric blues rock and writes original music inspired by his heroes in southern music. His influences run the gamut between country, folk, and the blues.
In a twist on the usual formation of a band, Roosterfoot features Stainback’s father Keith along with guitarist Larry Berwald, Steven Yewcic on bass, and drummer Jason Bruner.
The fine listening establishment on Canal Street is teaming with Family Fish Productions to bring some of the best New Orleans musicians to the intimate space on the four Saturdays in June.
Seeking to buck the trend of typical summer slowdowns which have bedeviled local clubs for decades, Chickie Wah Wah recently announced these very special shows.
Anchored by the Summer Solstice Party on June 21, the series has something for everyone.
June 7, Twangorama, led by Jimmy Robinson and featuring Cranston Clements and Michael Skinkus with special guests, is scheduled to appear. The legendary guitar supergroup has been reconfigured for this special summer show.
While the rest of the local buzz about this evening’s concert at One Eyed Jacks revolves around alt-country favorites, the Old 97s, we’re especially pumped about the opening act.
Rolling Stone featured Lydia Loveless as one of their “10 New Artists You Need to Know” this past January on the strength of her new album, Somewhere Else. Fans of the alt-country genre should make it a point to arrive early for the show.
Consider the magazine’s description: “Sounds like: Loretta Lynn and Patti Smith slamming shots at a Midwestern dive bar while cowboys and punks brawl out in the back.” Sounds like a killer party.
Every now and then some music crosses my threshold that makes me appreciate the depth of the New Orleans scene. I have seen the name Jon Roniger numerous times in listings over the years, but never had the opportunity to see him live. You can check out his music here.
From reading his bio, it turns out he has been playing around town and on the road for years. He describes his style as, “American songwriting, blending New Orleans style jazz and blues with folk story telling.”
I agree. But I must add one caveat, which for me at least, makes for even more compelling listening. The first seven songs on his latest release, Gypsy Land, are sung in French.
One of the advantages of listening to pop music in another language is you can’t tell if the lyrics are weak unless you speak the tongue. So in general, and I listen to a lot of Brazilian pop, I am able to enjoy the music regardless of what the song is actually about.
The President of the Money Wasters Social and Pleasure Club and Flag Boy of the White Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe was honored with a jazz funeral on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
Following a mass at Our Lady of Guadeloupe Church on the edge of the French Quarter, Mardi Gras Indians from all over the city crowded around his casket and sang the traditional black Indian hymn, “Indian Red” as white-gloved pallbearers loaded a horse-drawn hearse.
A brass band struck up another traditional tune and members of the Money Wasters fell in line to honor their longtime president with lively dancing. A vintage car, adorned with a giant, diamond encrusted dollar sign (the symbol of the Money Wasters) on its hood, led the way onto Basin Street followed by the band. A group of Mardi Gras Indians brought up the rear, tambourines ringing and voices chanting for the longtime flag boy.
The environmentally conscious festival on the banks of Bayou St. John, which kicks off Friday afternoon and continues through Sunday evening, has something for everyone. An art market, yoga and kids’ activities make it a very inclusive affair. But what I like most about the festival is its continuing focus on new and up-and-coming bands.
Of course, everyone is excited about headliners like Ed Volker and Trio Mollusc, Big Freedia, and Eric Lindell, but the fest also gives more casual listeners a chance to hear bands other people have been talking about.
Three bands that have been featured on TVD in the past—Tank and the Bangas, Sweet Crude, and Daria and the Hip Drops, represent the future of New Orleans music.