Irma Thomas Brings Soul to Lafayette Square

This evening will most likely be the second most crowded on the fall series that is presented by the Second Harvesters Food Bank in downtown New Orleans (Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews plays next week). So get there early.

Irma Thomas is still in fine voice after some forty years in the music business. Her show last year was well paced as she started the performance with newer material that was not as familiar as her classics like “Time Is On My Side.” But half way through the set she unleashed a torrent of hits that prompted a non-stop sing-along. Anyone still sitting in a chair was left looking at hundreds of “backfields in motion.”

Despite her legendary status as the “Soul Queen in New Orleans,” Thomas is still a down home girl. She always engages her audience and last year she even ad-libbed some witty repartee with an eager fan down front. She doesn’t hesitate to break a sweat on stage—but she’s sure to let you know in a good-natured way that she’s working it.

The Soul Project opens the show at 5 PM. Christian Duqué—a great guitarist who is a protégé of Walter “Wolfman” Washington—leads them. They have been out of town all summer, so I expect that they will be geared up for the performance.

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