By Andy J. Gordon
Another great New Orleans based band, Bonerama (www.boneramamusic.com) tore it up at the Mint (www.themintla.com/) on September 10, 2010. The band is a unique blend of traditional New Orleans horns, old school funk, and a wicked love for classic rock. They play out their head banger fantasies by mixing original songs with amazing covers of rock standards. Their Mint show was an example of how to keep a crowd whipped up into a frenzy.
How often do you see a rock band with three or four trombonists? I would safely guess rarely, or more likely, never. Bonerama has been featuring that kind of trombone heavy lineup for over 10 years. Their roster consists of talented horn players and other great New Orleans musicians. Trombonists Mark Mullins and Craig Klein had been members of Harry Connick’s band since 1990. In 1998, while looking for ways to perform in a less structured way, they got a weekly side gig at Tipitina’s, a famous New Orleans club. Word spread, and one night they were performing with about 15 trombonists on stage blasting a big wall of sound. The crowd loved it and the concept for Bonerama was born. Mullins was the instigator of the rock covers. He rearranges everything from Hendrix to Black Sabbath. He loves being able to turn on new fans to their unique New Orleans sound.
The Mint show featured several of their brass band and funk originals like “Folly” and “Bap Bap.” However, the audience really went wild for their versions of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean,” and the Allman Brothers Band’s “Whippin’ Post.” The show finished with “Hard Times” an original from their new EP, and a medley of New Orleans traditional songs ending with “When The Saints Come Marching In.” After a brief break the band came back out and did a raucous version of the Beatle’s “Helter Skelter.” It was a fitting finale from a band that defies classification, delivers a wall of horn heavy sound, and puts on a great show.
Photos courtesy of ©2010 Jim Brock Photography www.eyeonthemusic.com