By Andy J. Gordon The anticipation was building as the crowd at The Mint waited for the start of the last Eric McFadden Wednesday night residency gig. The show took place on [...]
By Andy J. Gordon Legendary funk guitarist Leo Nocentelli, a founding member of the Meters, led an all-star group for a night of funk and rocking blues infused songs at The [...]
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 [...]
It was not just a regular Thursday night in October in Los Angeles. Two great bands played at The El Rey Theatre
. Anders Osborne
, a prolific songwriter and guitarist based in New Orleans and his stellar band opened the show. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
, a funk, soul, rock and fusion band led by the multi-talented saxophonist followed with special guest Zach Deputy
. The KDTU
set ended up as a brilliant tribute to the music of Ray Charles. The night was epic and although the crowd was disappointingly small, everyone in attendance enjoyed an amazing show.
Skerik brought his saxophone and fine new band to the The Mint in Los Angeles on Monday March 26, 2012. The band kept a large crowd of supportive fans entertained. The show was part of a 14-day West Coast release tour for their new debut album Live At The Royal Room which captured the band's first ever public performance.
Skerik, the talented and eclectic saxophone wizard is bringing his newest group Bandalabra to The Mint in Los Angeles for a night of musical adventure. On Monday March 26, 2012, the club will be jumping with this new band’s afro beat rhythms and creative harmonics. The show is part of a 14-day West Coast release tour for their new debut album Live At The Royal Room which captured the band's first ever public performance.
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.
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.