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Danny Barker Fest is
set for January; Prelude
is Friday night, 10/3

It seems like a no-brainer—a festival honoring the legacy of the great banjoist/ guitarist/ vocalist/ teacher/ writer/ songwriter. Though plans have been in the works for a while, a date has finally been set—January 16-17, 2015. Friday night at the U.S. Mint will be a prelude. The event features a discussion and performance. There is also a kickstarter set up for donations.

For decades during the early part of the 20th century, Barker was a sideman living in New York, performing with countless jazz greats. The list is epic. Click the link to have your mind blown.

Though he labored in relative obscurity through those years, when he returned to his hometown of New Orleans in the 1960s, his star began to shine as brightly as his agile mind. He performed around town—incredible concerts showcasing his nimble fretwork on banjo and guitar, irascible vocals, and ace storytelling.

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Yojimbo plays Wednesdays in October at the Maple Leaf Bar

Carly Meyers has made a name for herself as the high-energy trombonist with the Mike Dillon Band. The pint-sized player will bound around the stage, dancing and jumping. Her horn becomes not just an instrument but also an appendage that she incorporates fully into her wild moves.

While everyone will concede that Dillon is awesome, it’s hard to leave one of his shows without being enamored by Carly. If you are one of the many who has fallen in love, you’re in luck! The first four Wednesdays of October, Ms. Meyers will have a residency at the Maple Leaf with her band Yojimbo.

Along with Carly, the trio features Doc Sharp on keys and Adam Gertner on drums, both powerful musicians with a clear punk influence. Fans that have come to expect Carly’s crazy-fun antics will not be disappointed. She will wield her trombone like a samurai sword, she will put on scary skull masks, and she will play with streamers. The punk rock energy and infectious melodies will leave all in attendance powerless to do anything except dance and maybe grin uncontrollably.

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TVD Recommends:
The Head and The Heart
at the Civic Theatre, 10/1

This Wednesday, the Seattle favorites will be bringing their indie-folk rock to the Crescent City. The roots rockers are arguably the biggest grassroots success story in recent memory.

After recording and releasing their debut album on their own dime in 2010, the band was able to sell 10,000 copies by word of mouth alone. This is an impressive feat for any unsigned band, especially given the fact that so many people no longer buy music. And these fans weren’t just some teenyboppers.

They garnered the respect of such varied acts as Vampire Weekend, the Dave Matthews Band, Death Cab for Cutie, and My Morning Jacket, touring with many of the big names while they were still an unsigned commodity.

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Mississippi Rail Company drops September single, lends talent to Touro Infirmary Fundraiser

Mississippi Rail Company has been releasing their new album a little differently. Their first album Coal Black Train (2012) debuted as a traditional record, but the dapper quartet decided that the format wasn’t suitable for their sophomore effort. Since January they have dropped one single each month, which are available free on their website (although a donation is suggested).

Regarding their untraditional release schedule, keyboardist and bandleader Travers Geoffray said, “We want listeners to hear each track individually rather than hear the songs in relation to each other as a collective work.” With twelve months of new tunes planned, the band is exploring new ground and featuring various genres including blues, swing, gospel, big band, and more.

The September single, “Redwood Jones,” was released last week just in time for their homecoming show at the Blue Nile. After a triumphant summer tour, the stylish group took the stage with Colin Lake and Jonny Sansone (both musicians were guests on the previous single “Three Little Girls.”)

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TVD Recommends:
Live Animals at the
Old U.S. Mint, Friday afternoon, 9/26

Heads up folks with free time and/or night schedules. One of the most exciting new bands to emerge on the scene is playing a 2 PM set in the aurally pristine performance space on the third floor of the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter.

Live Animals is the latest project from drummer Kevin O’Day. The band also features Smoky Brown on guitar, Josh Paxton on piano and Dr. Jimbo Walsh on bass.

The group plays eclectic original songs inspired by a wide range of performers from classic New Orleans funk to the avant-garde jazz of Sun Ra. The connection between the four musicians is their membership in Michael Ray’s Cosmic Krewe, the beautifully deranged band led by the former Sun Ra trumpeter and current member of Kool and the Gang.

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Soul Serenade Live debuts at Gasa Gasa

Marc Stone will premiere an exciting new live DJ and concert series this Thursday, September 25 at the uptown club. Based on the DJ and bandleader’s Soul Serenade radio program on WWOZ 90.7 FM, Stone will bring together the best of Louisiana’s world-class musicians, as well as spin from his personal vintage vinyl collection.

The series will be unique and multifaceted, almost like a late-night television program, but with more focus on music. This week Stone will welcome New Orleans’ number one nouveau-traditional chanteuse Meschiya Lake and the unparalleled organ master Joe Krown. The two guests will give interviews, contribute to the DJ sets, as well as play solo, with each other, and with the Marc Stone Band.

Although she may be known for her brassy and nuanced interpretations of jazz classics, Lake is not to be pigeonholed. She can rock out with the best of them, as proved by her stunning vocal turns with trash rock masters R. Scully’s Rough 7.

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TVD Recommends: Dr. John & The Nite Trippers at the Joy Theater, 9/20

The Good Doctor will take the stage of the newly renovated Joy Theater this weekend, exactly one month and one day after the release of his well reviewed Louis Armstrong tribute Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch.

The album has not just struck a chord with critics and fans alike, but has been sitting at the top of the jazz charts for the past two weeks. A record full of Satchmo songs is a concept the pianist/ singer has been mulling over for a while. Two years ago he played a teaser track as an encore at Jazz Fest.

While the crowd will be treated to fresh and interesting interpretations of such perennial favorites as “What a Wonderful World,” (which the Nite Trippers promise to funkify), and “Mac the Knife” performed as a hip-hop cut on the recent release, the performance will also span the entire half-century career of the Crescent City legend.

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Juice from Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood in stores today, 9/16

The ongoing collaboration between the jazz guitar legend John Scofield and the adventurous jazz-rock trio, Medeski, Martin & Wood continues today with the release of Juice. This is their third effort together; an ever-changing musical dialogue that began with the 1997 release of A Go Go.

This time out, the quartet sought common ground in exploring the rhythms of the African diaspora, including sounds from Brazil and the Caribbean and how they intertwine with jazz. A Go Go was all compositions by Scofield and 2006’s Out Louder was an exercise in collective co-improvisation.

The album includes four cover songs including three very well-known tunes from the rock ‘n’ roll canon.

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Marcello Benetti celebrates new album release at Snug Harbor, 9/14

Creative music has been getting a lot of attention these days from TVD New Orleans and from writers across the city. One of the reasons has been an influx of talent moving to the city as well as visiting to perform.

Benetti is a well-regarded Italian drummer, composer, and improviser who first visited in 2008 to interact with the city’s great musicians. He moved here in 2011 and celebrates the release of his second American recording at Snug Harbor on Sunday night.

From East To West is the name of the album and it features three stalwarts of the local scene. Helen Gillet plays cello, Rex Gregory is on clarinets and flute, and Jeff Albert is on trombone. Read More »

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TVD Recommends:
Cory Branan at the BEATnik, 9/11

The club formerly known as the Big Top (on Clio, just off of St. Charles) will host the alternative country troubadour. Doors open at 8 PM.

Throughout his fifteen-year career Cory has remained an artist who defies any attempt to pigeonhole and neatly categorize.

Often his songs sound like they just might be at home on a pop country radio station if they weren’t so good. But upon closer listening, his lyrics evoke the painfully poetic Conor Oberst more than Kenny Chesney. (We listened to his most recent album and there was no mention of tractors, sexy or otherwise.)

But not every cut off Cory’s latest album has a Nashville-ready sound. Slower, introspective tracks such as the “The Meantime Blues” are reminiscent of John Prine. To further confound those trying to describe his sound, Branan definitely has a bit of a punk flair.

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