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A musical line up of Louisiana all-stars joined forces for one of their rare live appearances together at the intimate venue in Los Angeles on December 9. Ivan Neville, Eric Lindell, Stanton Moore and Robert Mercurio delivered a two set show of tightly arranged tunes that were familiar to the adoring fans in the club. The packed house of New Orleans music lovers sang, danced and cheered throughout the show.
French singer Patrick Bruel played before an adoring, packed crowd at downtown L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre on Saturday night, November 8. The show was a love fest between Bruel and what was obviously a horde of ex-pat French fans that relished the chance to see their musical hero in person.
Jazzfest 2013 will be remembered for great music and food but mostly for some horrendously rainy weather. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
celebrated the 44th year of the event with several big name acts, many of the regional bands that have been a part of the tradition and all of the amazing food vendors that make Jazzfest a unique experience. While the music and food lived up to expectations, Mother Nature was clearly pissed at someone because her barrage of wind, rain and cold made the Fairgrounds a seriously stinky, muddy pit.
returned to the Fonda Theatre (formerly the Music Box) for a special pre-Halloween show on October 30th. Each year they select a classic rock band to cover for the occasion. They chose The Doors
for the 2013 special event and raised the level of anticipation by announcing that guest guitarist Robbie Kreiger
, a founding member of The Doors
, would join the band for the entire cover set. The sold out show was filled with Gov’t Mule
fans who remember The Doors music reverentially and even a few who may have seen the original band. The place was sold out and many came in wacky costomes. The first set covered a broad spectrum of old and new Gov’t Mule
material and the second set was a laundry list of Doors classics.
It was not just a regular Thursday night in October in Los Angeles. Two great bands played at The El Rey Theatre
. Anders Osborne
, a prolific songwriter and guitarist based in New Orleans and his stellar band opened the show. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
, a funk, soul, rock and fusion band led by the multi-talented saxophonist followed with special guest Zach Deputy
. The KDTU
set ended up as a brilliant tribute to the music of Ray Charles. The night was epic and although the crowd was disappointingly small, everyone in attendance enjoyed an amazing show.
has been a prolific songwriter over the past few years. He opens his new album Peace with a song of the same title that contains a fuzzy riff very reminiscent of “Cortez the Killer,” a Neil Young classic that Osborne often tears up in his live shows. This new collection of eleven extremely listenable tunes follows up on the frequently brilliant singing and guitar playing Osborne demonstrated on 2011’s American Patchwork and 2012’s Black Eyed Galaxy, both on Alligator Records
. With this new Alligator release, Osborne continues to grow as a musician and songwriter.
The 2013 Long Beach Funk Festival
took place in the heart of downtown on a beautiful July day. This is the first year that the festival has charged admission so expectations were high for an enhanced entertainment event. The festival ran all day and musical acts performed on two stages separated by The Promenade and Broadway. Throughout the venue, vendors were selling food, beverages and a variety of wares.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
draws many great musicians as well as thousands of people from around the world. In the days between festival weekends, there are an abundance of shows that take place at the many nightclubs throughout the city. None of those shows had the amazing collection of musical talent that the New Orleans Musicians for Obama
fundraiser gathered on Tuesday May 1st at Generations Hall. There were so many big names and incredible performances that it was a non-stop barrage of talent.
The Alan Evans Trio
(AE3) played a live show at The Mint
on August 21, 2012 and the show proved that Evans can jam without his brother Neal, his longtime band mate with Soulive
. The new trio recorded their debut studio album in 2012 called Drop Hop. They are touring the country and at The Mint
show they played most of the songs on the new album as well as some choice covers.