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By Andy J. Gordon Two bands that provide high energy live shows are coming to The Mint in Los Angeles on Thursday May 19, 2016. Turkuaz is a 9-piece “Powerfunk” outfit [...]
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.
Los Angeles area drummers, students, and funk music fans had an extraordinary opportunity to get an up close view of one of the world’s most prolific musicians from New Orleans. Stanton Moore, the brilliant master of the skins, and founding member of Galactic, brought his Stanton Moore Trio to the Mint for a Wednesday nights residency in July 2011. To add a cherry to the proverbial sundae, Moore gave free drum clinics before each of the Mint gigs. Twenty to forty aspiring drummers, and those just interested in seeing Moore’s incredible technique up close, attended each of the free sessions. Robert Walter, a wizard on the Hammond B3 organ, was a member for all of the Mint gigs, while a different guest joined the trio for each of the four shows.
New Orleans bands know that when they travel through Los Angeles, they have to hit The Mint for the best, most rabid fans. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band show on May 23, 2011 at the Mint brought out lots of New Orleans transplants and lovers of rousing brass band music. The opening act, a local band called Super Duper, contributed a wacky and exciting set that concluded with a pleasantly odd version of “Welcome to the Jungle,” with a tease of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” That warm up prepared the audience for some New Orleans party music.
Two Grammy nominated bands are coming to The Conga Room at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles on February 12, 2011. Trombone Shorty and his band, Orleans Ave. play a unique style of music that they lovingly call Supafunkrock. Los Amigos Invisibles are a Latin dance band from Venezuela heavily indebted to funk and disco (with a dash of acid jazz.) The Conga Room show is sure to be an amazing night and tickets are going fast. Scroll down to see how you can purchase discounted tickets to the show.
The Wednesday Jazz series at the Hollywood Bowl (www.hollywoodbowl.com) always features a wide range of eclectic artists. On August 18, 2010, fans had the pleasure of seeing a trio of New Orleans’ finest musical groups at the Bowl. Dirty Dozen Brass Band www.dirtydozenbrass.com, Preservation Hall Jazz Band (www.preservationhall.com/band/index.aspx,) accompanied by the Trey McIntyre Dance Project (www.treymcintyre.com/,) and the Neville Brothers (www.nevilles.com/) presented their uniquely New Orleans sensibilities to Los Angeles. It was a beautiful night of mild weather and energetic music.
Stanton Moore brought one of his many projects, The Stanton Moore Trio, (http://www.stantonmoore.com) to the Wagatail Productions (www.wagatailpresents.com/) show at the Mint in LA on Thursday, May 6, 2010. The concert kicked off their new tour after a hectic Jazzfest schedule in New Orleans.
If he wants to, Troy Andrews can take over the universe. Ok, maybe that is an exaggeration, but with his talent and charisma, Trombone Shorty, as he is more commonly known, can, at least, rule the music world. His band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. (www.tromboneshorty.com) came to Los Angeles for a Wagatail Productions (www.wagatailpresents.com) show at the El Rey Theater. The music was infectious, the crowd mesmerized, and Shorty clearly loved every minute.