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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.
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.
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 often cross musical genres, and Galactic is no exception. In fact, they are at the forefront of being innovative while keeping their jazz and funk roots alive. They came to the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on March 31, 2011 with a couple of special guests, Cyril Neville, and Corey Henry. Galactic’s recent recordings have added elements of hip hop to their usual funk and soul infused rock sound, so their live performance was sure to be interesting.
You can really feel good about yourself when you go to a concert that is a fund raiser and the amazing music leaves everyone invigorated. The Mint in Los Angeles continues to book great music, and on this occasion, helped raise awareness about a problem in Louisiana that is really a problem for the entire planet. The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars is a band of great musicians that care deeply about the erosion of the wetlands in southern Louisiana and throughout the Gulf Coast. By playing live shows around the country and drawing attention to the problem, they hope to inspire people to take action. Their show at the Mint on February 10, 2011 was a musical journey that was both informative and enjoyable.