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An excited, boisterous audience greeted Louisiana native Tab Benoit
for his sold out show at Saint Rocke
in Hermosa Beach on September 21, 2012. Benoit has been presenting his unique style of blues to a continually growing fan base and critical reviews for over twenty years. In 2012 he released a greatest hits album, Legacy, The Best of Tab Benoit. His show at Saint Rocke featured smooth vocals, electrifying guitar work and a diverse selection of songs from his extensive catalog.
, a musical master of Americana, R&B and bluesy rock brought an excellent group of supporting players to his show at Saint Rocke
in Hermosa Beach on September 20, 2012. The Northern California native who calls New Orleans home has built a strong following with excellent song writing, vocals and guitar slinging. The Saint Rocke crowd enjoyed an evening of fine tunes from Lindell’s catalog as well as a few covers and some great guitar solos from special guest Anson Funderburgh
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.
Orgone, a Los Angeles based funk, rock and soul group, heated up The Mint in Los Angeles on November 23, 2011. This group of talented musicians tours extensively and their live shows have an energy that is greater than the music on their studio albums. The show featured nearly two hours of inspired instrumental tunes and sultry vocals that brought a dance happy crowd to a sweaty hysteria.
The Mint in Los Angeles was the place to be for classic funk delivered by the incomparable Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste and his all-star band. Modeliste was the original drummer of the Meters and his talent, warmth, and charm solidified the support of an already funk loving group of fans. The August 18, 2011 show was an exploration of Modeliste’s catalog of Meters classics, a few new funky gems, and some choice covers.
A musician from the San Francisco Bay area who found success in New Orleans performed at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA on August 17, 2011. Eric Lindell played a compilation of pleasant Americana, R&B, and bluesy rock that has made him a rising star in the independent music scene.
Warren Haynes has been omnipresent on the southern rock and jamband scene for the past twenty plus years, delivering searing guitar riffs and soulful vocals. As a prominent member of critically acclaimed bands like The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, and The Dead, Haynes has a formidable musical repertoire at his disposal. Now, with his new solo project, The Warren Haynes Band, this guitar virtuoso has dedicated his time to reinvigorating the soul sounds that inspired him years ago. It seems only fitting, since Haynes may have taken over for James Brown as the hardest working man in show business. He seems to be everywhere – constant touring with the Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule, hitting many festivals, sitting in with virtually everybody, and releasing new albums.
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.