Zodiac parties have been all the rage in New Orleans for decades. All of them take place on weekends and feature bands culled from the favorites of the party planners. The Pisces party takes a different approach. The event is during the week allowing more musicians to attend, and they feature only musicians born under the fish sign. The organizers also emphasize “Fish-anthropy,” with all proceeds donated to an area non-profit each year.
This is also the first year that the group has a true headliner—the one and only Alvin Youngblood Hart (pictured at top).
Doors at the Blue Nile will open at 8 PM with DJ Black Pearl kicking off the night, followed by a short set and spiritual blessing by spirit-led vocal group, the Yemayayas (featuring Michaela Harrison, Sula Evans, Monica McIntyre, Thea Bashful, Martha Alguera, and Margie Perez).
On Saturday (2/28), expect to spend the whole day in the Faubourg Marigny as everybody’s favorite record store presents live music from 1-6 PM along with lots of camaraderie and freebies.
The Louisiana Music Factory has been around since 1992 and this is their third location after over twenty years in the upper French Quarter. The business is settling into a neighborhood teeming with music and music fans.
A recent visit last Saturday was a typical afternoon of in store performances. I arrived in time to catch the whole set from the 79ers Gang—a new Mardi Gras Indian group featuring chiefs from the seventh and ninth wards (hence their moniker). A large crowd swayed and clapped as the two chiefs alternated vocals and raised a mighty racket despite the fact that Carnival was already in the rear view window.
The Blue Nile helps you get a head start on festival season with two shows this week from artists with releases on Royal Potato Family Records. Marco Benevento plays Thursday night with Mike Dillon opening and Wil Blades returns on Saturday night.
Benevento is an adventurous keyboardist who is no stranger to New Orleans. Though his appearances tend to be around Jazz Fest, the last time I saw him was in late September 2013, which was a sold out show at the Blue Nile. He played with DaveDreiwitz on bass and Andy Borger on drums. Both will join him again on this tour.
During that performance, he mostly stuck to piano, but added some interesting effects that added up to a really big sound.
Mike Dillon opens the show tonight. He will feature Claude Coleman Jr. and JJ Jungle.
Though the weather outside shows no indications of an early thaw, signs of spring are in the air. Louisiana citrus has disappeared from area farmer’s markets and the Young Leadership Council announced on Tuesday the eagerly awaited lineup for its perennially popular Wednesday afternoon concert series.
Marc Broussard, Irma Thomas, Dumpstaphunk, Marcia Ball (pictured at top), and The Revivalists are among the headliners for the 12-week concert series, beginning Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
Digging a little deeper into the lineup reveals some interesting combinations of performers. On Wednesday, May 6, Meschiya Lake opens for Earphunk. Read More
Bonerama, the world’s only trombone-fronted rock band, has a unique take on just about anything from New Orleans funk to Black Sabbath combined with their own danceable and crowd friendly originals.
The group will be stepping it up a notch by presenting an entire set of Led Zeppelin spanning the range of the classic ’70s band and spitting out a mix of incredibly arranged classics via their brass and guitar hybrid funk rock sound.
Bonerama’s take on Zeppelin always makes for the most unique, yet crowd friendly, and most talked about sets of any festival they play. The “Getting The Led Out” show usually contains one set vintage Bonerama, one set entirely Led Zeppelin.
Back in November of last year, we premiered the first video off of Yojimbo’s current album, Ghost Birthdays. Today, in celebration of Valentine’s Day we are proud to present their latest phantasmagoric creation.
Bandleader Carly Meyers had this to say about the new song, “’This Love’ is about how you can fall so deeply in love with someone it actually scares you. That ‘hopelessly devoted’ feeling that an independent, strong person like you is NOT supposed to feel! Its scary feeling like your world would fall apart without them. I mean what would you do if no one were there to tell your fly was down or you had cilantro in your teeth.
I’m sure we can all relate to this feeling on some kind of level, even if it’s not for anyone in particular but for what you do or how you live. I know I would loose my mind and be thrown in a straitjacket without my trombone. The love we’re talking about is unconditional love that can get so intense it’s frightening.”
Amid all of the hoopla surrounding Carnival, a show is happening on Thursday night at Gasa Gasa that will put you into the true spirit of Mardi Gras. The guitarist and vocalist June Victory will be reuniting with the rhythm section that defined Mardi Gras Indian funk in the 1990s along with a very special guest.
I have run into June a few times since he returned from a self-imposed exile for health reasons in the wilds of Minnesota. He played a set at Chickie Wah Wah with the other screaming lead guitarist named June. That of course, would be Yamagishi or as Victory calls him, “Japanese June.”
I also had a long chat with him waiting for Big Chief Bo Dollis’ funeral procession to commence. He reported that a new album is in the works and that he has over 300 (!) new songs ready for eager ears.
The Mid City nightclub will be presenting an unprecedented run of performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for the month of February. The concerts are in conjunction with Valentine’s Day and Carnival.
Highlights include some wonderful shows brought to you by the fine folks at Family Fish Productions.
February at the club includes “A Mali Mash Up,” “The Unlucky In Love Revue,” Clint Maedgen’s One Man Show, Susan Cowsill Does Cat Stevens, the Bandicoot 4, and the “The Reconstituted Gourds.” The full schedule is below the jump.
The Maple Leaf Bar is the place to be to support a great cause and see a reunion of two of the lesser sung bands of the 1990s second wave of funk/jam bands in New Orleans.
Jonas Risin’ will be appearing with special guests Papa Mali, Joe Krown, Leslie Blackshear Smith, Adam Crochet, and Calvin Johnson. Pocketfoxx, another rocking band from the era, reunites to open the show.
Proceeds from the concert benefit Grow Dat Youth Farm. It is an urban farm, located in New Orleans City Park, that works with high schools and youth organizations throughout New Orleans to recruit a diverse and committed group of youth who develop leadership and life skills during their intensive, hands-on work experience.
Friday night, Snug Harbor is the place to be to hear one of the most inventive guitarists out of the New York City scene. He will be appearing with an all-star group of New Orleans musicians featuring Rex Gregory on tenor saxophone, Chris Severin on bass, and Ricky Sebastian on drums.
Harrison will be performing songs off his new album, Mother Stump. Though recognized as a respected composer, this new recording focuses on his guitar work.
The set list is a mixed bag of unconventional songs including cuts by Luther Vandross, Buddy Miller, George Russell, Blind Willie Johnson, Paul Motian, Leonard Cohen, plus several Harrison originals. “It’s all about the melody and emotion on this record,” says Harrison.