The drop-dead funk band that stirred things up on the music scene in New Orleans in the late 1990s is playing the late show at the Krewe du Vieux ball on Saturday night after the irreverent krewe’s annual parade. The parade route is here.
Of course, you will have to pace yourself and stay up late since a brass band jam and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux with special guest Ivan Neville are playing first.
I’ll let the band describe themselves for those not fortunate enough to have seen them in their heyday: “The ‘Skull is a sonic gumbo that is one part Funkadelic and one part Black Sabbath with generous helpings of Zappaesque runs and jazzoid horns.” That about sums it up.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, health care is getting a lot of attention in the United States with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. However, some long-established programs are in danger of losing funding. Among them is the critically important NOMC.
So, some local musicians are taking the cause into their own hands. Led by members and management of the New Orleans Suspects, Shakedown is a new concert series to raise funds for the clinic. This is the second installment. All proceeds of the show at the Howlin’ Wolf go to the clinic’s efforts to support the health of local musicians and members of the music community.
The Hot 8 Brass band will open the show. The group of ace musicians are intimately aware of the health care needs of local musicians considering trumpeter Terrell Batiste lost both of his legs as the result of an automobile accident after Hurricane Katrina.
Are you ready for Carnival? A new organization is getting the festivities started a week before Krewe Du Vieux. This Saturday night, Raw Oyster Cult and Dave Jordan and the Neighborhood Association will provide the musical entertainment.
The idea behind the party is to get every in the mood for Mardi Gras by throwing a costume bash. You must wear some feathers to get in the door.
But don’t dismay if you aren’t quite ready for the season. Some good folks will be waiting for you with decorative pins, fascinators, and other accoutrements to help you feather up!
On December 23,2013, longtime House of Blues monitor engineer Gary Druilhet experienced a stroke while running monitors for a multi-band show. He was taken to the hospital where he suffered another stroke. At the time, his health insurance was not yet in effect. The benefit concert, scheduled for tonight, will raise funds to help cover his medical expenses. It features a rare solo performance by Dr. John.
Dr. John, aka Mac Rebennack, has been a storied figure on the New Orleans music scene for decades. However, his solo performances are few and far between.
His last several gigs in the New Orleans area have featured a new band and a new sound. While an acoustic piano has been part of his stage rig for years, his recent performances and recordings have focused on the organ.
It’s been a long time coming, but Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law Lounge has finally reopened under the auspices of another Tremé legend. Tonight, Mervin Campbell brings his sophisticated song stylings to the intimate club.
Kid Merv got his start in the legendary musical neighborhood coming up under greats like Harold “Duke” Dejean and Milton Batiste. He played mostly traditional brass band music until, as a founding member of the Soul Rebels, he began branching out into more contemporary sounds.
Though his most recent efforts don’t represent a return to his brass band roots, the songs in his book are considerably more traditional than anything the Soul Rebels have been playing lately. He accompanies himself on trumpet, but lets his pianist and bass player set the tone for his stylish vocals.
You know that one of your favorite bands is on the major upswing when National Public Radio’s acclaimed First Listen program features their new music. Though Small Town Heroes doesn’t come out until February 11, 2014, you can stream the whole album here. There’s also a great story which accompanies the program.
For local fans, Euclid Records will have a listening party on the night of the of the release at 6 PM, and the official release party is at One Eyed Jack’s on February 14.
ATO Records, the home of numerous well-respected artists, is releasing the group’s sixth album and first on a major, albeit, independent label. A huge national tour opening for Shovels and Rope follows.
Anticipation is growing for the hottest new festival to grace the Crescent City since the final pieces to the puzzle were added last week. The BUKU Music + Art Project is scheduled for March 21-22, 2014.
The addition that is getting the most buzz across the nation is the first-time performance by iconic hip-hop act Nas. He will present his ground-breaking album, Illmatic in its entirety in celebration of the work’s 20th anniversary.
Sleigh Bells, Chance the Rapper, Carnage, GRiZ, Clockwork, Dan Deacon, Classixx (LIVE), Treasure Fingers, and Young & Sick have also been added to the lineup.
I first saw Carly Meyers, the trombonist of Yojimbo, performing with the Mike Dillon Band at Tipitina’s late last year. Due to that commitment, this is their first engagement in New Orleans in a while, though the band has been together about four years.
Yojimbo takes their name from the classic Japanese film by iconic director Akira Kurosawa. The group was formed by Meyers, Adam Gertner (drums), and Doc Sharp (keys). Bassist Patrick McDevitt joined about a year ago. McDevitt and Gertner also play in the Mike Dillon Band.
Meyers is a dynamic front woman; a whirling dervish on stage who wields her trombone like a dance prop when she is not blowing long tones and fat solos. She plays through a variety of effects including a wah wah pedal.