New Orleans Music Online HOT 5 – Week of May 31st, 2009

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HOT 5 Events – Week of May 31st, 2009

Tuesday: ReBirth Brass Band @ The Maple Leaf Bar

Wednesday: Treme Brass Band @ The Candlelight

Thursday: Kermit Ruffins @ Vaughan’s

Friday: Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove @ dba

Saturday: Walter “Wolfman” Washington @ The Maple Leaf Bar

Lagniappe Pick: Troy Andrews & Orleans Avenue, John Boutte @ Lafayette Square – Wednesday, 5pm, FREE

Fats Domino appears, but doesn’t perform at Domino Effect Benefit

Fats Domino did appear at Saturday night’s Domino Effect Benefit Concert at the New Orleans Arena, however, he did not perform. Instead the crowd was treated to five hours of quality music with sets from Taj Mahal, Ozomatli, Keb Mo, Junior Brown, blues legend BB King, and Rock ‘N Roll legends Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Instead of performing, Fats played host, meeting backstage with Little Richard and greeting BB King, as well as posing for photos with Drew Brees, for whose fondation the concert benefited. It is rare to have this collection of the giants of Rock ‘N Roll in one place. It is unfortunate that the crowd wasn’t larger, as the upper deck was completely empty. Although Johnny B. Goode was from “way down in Louisiana across from New Orleans,” unfortunately, Chuck Berry did not perform the song. Of the performers, Little Richard has the strongest New Orleans connection, which he acknowledged to the crowd saying that he was born “in Macon, Georgia, but I was raised in New Orleans.” He then referenced his time at the “Dew Drop Inn on LaSalle.” Little Richard recorded several of his early classic hits in New Orleans with New Orleans musicians, including legendary drummer Earl Palmer. It is great to see these legends still “alive and kickin'” as the recent Fats Domino release from Tipitinas Foundation says. Hopefully, next time, it will be in front of a larger audience with Fats at the piano!

Fats Domino and Drew Brees at the Domino Effect Benefit Concert

Fats Domino and Drew Brees at the Domino Effect Benefit Concert - Saturday, May 30th

New Release from Meters Guitarist Leo Nocentelli

New Release from Meters Guitarist Leo Nocentelli!

Attention! Attention! There is a hot, hot, hot new release out today from Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli. Entitled “Rhythm & Rhymes Part 1,” it features 5 new tracks composed by funk master Leo Nocentelli. For this recording, Leo assembled an All Star Band of  New Orleans funk luminaries, including Russell Batiste of the funky Meters and Vida Blue on drums, Stanton Moore of Galactic and The Meters Experience on drums, Big Chief and Jazz Legend Donald Harrison Jr, as well as New Orleans legends Dr. John and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson. 

As the sole writer of such hits as (to name a few) as Cissy Strut, Look Ka Py Py, Same Ol’ Thing, Rigor Mortis, Funky Miracle, 9 to 5, Ease Back, and Cordova (and at times generously sharing credits with a vehicle he called The Meters), Nocentelli gained early recognition amongst his peers. 

Leo has recorded with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, The Supremes, The Temptations, Paul McCartney, Dr. John, Sting, Peter Garbriel, and many, many more.

So, check out the new disc : Rhythm & Rhymes Part 1

Track Listing:

1. Roll On
2. Like That
3. Toi
4. Stay With Me Awhile
5. Say Na’ Hey

Leo Nocentelli - Rhythm & Rhymes Part 1
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Funky Friday – Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove @ dba

Funky Friday Night w/ Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove @ dba tonight!!!   

Don’t miss Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove @ dba tonight!  Kirk Joseph, original member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, plays with his own ensemble over at the rockin’ dba club tonight on Frenchmen Street. The show starts around 10pm. Friday night is always rockin’ on Frenchmen Street. Kirk is a New Orleans legend who innovated the Sousaphone with his fluid style of playing. The Backyard Groove features Kirk on sousaphone along w/ a drummer, guitar player and a slammin’ horn section, playing funky groove music. Check out their debut disc if you get a chance entitled “Sousaphunk Ave.” Kirk is also featured on albums by: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, Elvis Costello, Forgotten Souls, Anders Osborne, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and many more. Check it out! New Orleans Music Online Hot 5 Pick of the Week


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Kermit Ruffins @ Vaughan’s Lounge – Thursday, May 28th

Thursday night in New Orleans = Kermit Ruffins @ Vaughan’s Lounge

Don’t miss Kermit Ruffins down at Vaughan’s Lounge tonight and every Thursday night! Vaughan’s is located in the Bywater at Dauphine and Lesseps. Kermit at Vaughan’s is one of the quintessential experiences in New Orleans, if not America! Backed by a hot, hot band of musicians, you never know what musical luminary might make an appearance. The owners, Chris and Cindy, are super great people who are nice enough to put out some of the best Red Beans and Rice around free! You have to take a cab from the French Quarter, but you will never regret it!

The Domino Effect Benefit Concert – May 30th

The Domino Effect Benefit Concert – May 30th
featuring BB King, Chuck Berry, Little Richard
New Orleans Arena
Sunday, May 30th, 2009

This Sunday, May 30th, an All Star Tribute to Fats Domino featuring some of the legends of Rock ‘N Roll will take placeat the New Orleans Arena. The concert will benefit the Drew Brees Foundation in its efforts to rebuild parks and playgrounds for the children of New Orleans. For more, visit


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