By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival always takes place over two extended weekends in late April and early May. But that’s [...]
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.
Just one week after the New Orleans Saints' fairy-tale Super Bowl victory, another New Orleans institution landed in Los Angeles. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band came to town to regale displaced New Orleans natives and L. A. fans with their unique blend of jazz, soul, funk, and improvisation. A delayed arrival was cause for concern by the Mint (www.themintla.com/) staff and a throng of restless fans. Their scheduled start time of 10 p.m. came and went as word trickled down through the crowd that their flight from Atlanta hit a snag due to snowy weather in Dallas. Not hitting the stage until 12:35 a.m. meant for a significantly shorter set than anticipated. However, they made up for it by stringing together an energetic set of songs that brought them right to the edge of the 2 a.m. curfew.
Los Angeles was ground central for an invasion of talented New Orleans musicians during the middle weekend of January 2010. On consecutive nights, two of the city's best music venues, the Roxy Theatre (www.theroxyonsunset.com/) and the Mint (www.themintla.com/), hosted some of the greatest brass band, funk, and rock legends to come out of the Crescent City in the last 40 years. Friday night’s crowd at the Roxy on Sunset Boulevard was pumped up for Rebirth Brass Band (www.myspace.com/rebirthbrassband) and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (www.dumpstaphunk.com/). On Saturday, an industry-heavy crowd witnessed an all-star jam at the Mint led by Leo Nocentelli (www.nocentelli.com/) of the legendary Meters, and Stanton Moore (www.stantonmoore.com/) of Galactic.