By Andy J. Gordon and Jenny Peters Sam Williams, the leader of Big Sam’s Funky Nation, is a high-energy, positive force of nature when onstage. So when the band performed [...]
On a cold, rainy night in Hermosa Beach, Big Sam Williams brought a New Orleans style party to a soggy, but lively crowd. Big Sam’s Funky Nation plays rock, dance, funk, and soul music. The focus of the show is on having fun - everything begins and ends with the boundless energy of Big Sam. When he isn’t playing the trombone or singing, he is dancing across the stage and imploring the audience to join in on the fun. His energy is infectious and the crowd at Saint Rocke seemed to be bouncing off the walls while they enjoyed the funky good time.
New Orleans is known for its music, and there's no better way to experience the harder edge of that musical town than to visit over Halloween weekend and take in the legendary Voodoo Experience. Three full days of musical madness held in the center of City Park, this year's fest was a combo of heavy metal madness, returning rapper, and the coolest Swampland band ever. It all began on Friday, October 30, when a slightly overcast warm day went south as the party started, just after Janelle Monae took to the Voodoo Stage and the Black Keys started up across the meadow at the Playstation/Billboard.com Stage.