By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place at the Fair Grounds racetrack each day from about 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. And while the [...]
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By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon In just its second year, the KAABOO Del Mar Music Festival at Del Mar Racetrack (just north of San Diego) has become a premier destination [...]
By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon Bad weather really spoiled the second weekend of the 46th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The four-day event started out [...]
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.
The Wednesday Jazz series at the Hollywood Bowl
features an eclectic array of artists that stretch the definition of Jazz. That is a big part of what makes the shows special. On August 1, 2012 a large crowd came out to say farewell to The Neville Brothers
who are legends of the New Orleans music scene and influenced many artists across musical genres, not just jazz. Playing a supporting role, but definitely not a subordinate one was Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave
. The young bandleader and his supporting players are the embodiment of everything wonderful about the sounds of New Orleans. They were a fitting choice as The Neville Brothers pass the torch to a new generation of musicians.
Dumpstaphunk, the New Orleans band that always delivers energetic live shows, played at The Mint in Los Angeles on March 1, 2012. The five piece group was back in town for another dose of nasty, bass heavy funk that kept the packed house of fans dancing late into the night.
Hermosa Beach got a whole lot funkier when New Orleans’ Dumpstaphunk played at Saint Rocke on September 21, 2011. The five piece band has a reputation for delivering nasty, bass heavy funk to legions of fans. At Saint Rock the band brought a packed house to their feet for a long and sweaty show.
It happens often in music. Artists from different groups get together for a side project. Sometimes they record an album, but usually it is for a live show where the members jam on some cover songs and try to create a unique musical experience. They each go back to their respective groups with memories of a special night – some fond, some mixed. The problem with these so called “superjams” is the lack of cohesion and big egos getting in the way of a magical music experience. That is not remotely the case with Dragon Smoke. This New Orleans based quartet of band leaders came to The Mint on December 7, 2011 during a brief California mini-tour. Although they have performed as a group only a handful of times, they played like a band that has been a successful unit for years. The savvy, NOLA music loving packed house was blown away by their awesome show.
It isn’t every night on the Sunset Strip that the fire department, several police cruisers, and a multitude of Hollywood hipsters are out in the street while the sign atop the famous Roxy Theatre is ablaze. It happened on March 25, 2011 and made the super funky set by New Orleans’ Dumpstaphunk even hotter than normal.