Free In-Store Performances at the Louisiana Music Factory

louisiana-music-factory-logo1Saturday afternoons during the summer in New Orleans can be rather boring.  Not this Saturday (June  27, 2009) when the Louisiana Music Factory presents two hot New Orleans acts.  007 mines the rock steady rhythms and sounds of Jamaica before reggae took over the world.   The band is led by Jeffery Clements, whose day job is the drummer for G. Love and Special Sauce.  The Panorama Jazz Band is one of the most eclectic bands in New Orleans.  They are also one of the most fun.  007 is at 3 PM and Panorama follows them at 4 PM.

HOT 5 Live Music Events - Week of June 28th

HOT 5 Live Music Events - Week of June 28th

Sunday: William Smith & the 726 Band @ Preservation Hall

Wednesday: Billy Iuso & Restless Natives @  Maple Leaf Bar

Thursday: Jeremy Davenport @ Davenport Lounge (Ritz Carlton Hotel) 5:30pm

Friday: Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes @ Chickie Wah Wah

Friday: The Radiators @ Mid City Bowling Lanes

Look for our July 4th Event listing coming out soon.

George Porter, Jr. Returns to the Maple Leaf

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Bassist George Porter, Jr. is certainly one of the hardest working musicians in show business.  Just off of a tour that took him to Hawaii and Colorado with his outfit, PBS, he returns to New Orleans to play on his home turf- the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street.  Tonight, June 25, 2009, the original “Trio,” with Johnny Vidacovich on drums and June Yamgishi will hit the stage at the uptown club.

Duke Ellington Jazz Festival Fetes New Orleans and Ellis Marsalis

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85,000 fans packed the the National Mall in Washington, D.C, for the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival’s two-day New Orleans on the Mall extravaganza featuring 10 renowned New Orleans groups: the Rebirth Brass Band, Terence Blanchard, Buckwheat Zydeco, Donald Harrison, Little Freddie King, Nicholas Payton, Irma Thomas, Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Trombone Shorty and Bob French’s Original Tuxedo Jazz Band. The audience was delighted by the music and great surprises.  DEJF Artistic Adviser Paquito D’Rivera made surprise appearances, guesting with both Buckwheat Zydeco and Donald Harrison; Trumpeter Nicholas Payton spotlighted bassist Esperanza Spalding, currently featured in a Banana Republic campaign, who sang an entrancing “Let It Ride.” The young phenomenon Trombone Shorty, who sings and plays trumpet and trombone, whipped the crowd up into a frenzy with an amazing set during which he and his band members swapped instruments, putting Shorty on the drums.  They played like nothing happened and ended the set by jumping into the crowd and starting up a second line.  Irma Thomas closed the night with her incredible blues-fused jazz vocals including her song from the movie “Secret Life of Bees” and implored the crowd to donate to the festival and help keep great music alive for the people.

The four Marsalis brothers performed at The Kennedy Center as the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center presented Celebrating a “Jazz Master: Ellis Marsalis” in tribute to their father. At the concert, in-between upbeat horn-fueled tunes, the sons swapped funny family tales and one-upped each other as only brothers can do, but always agreeing upon the fact that their father was, as their brother Ellis III recited from the stage in his compelling ode, “…a beacon, both being and showing.”  After intermission, Dr. Billy Taylor came out to play a piece in honor of his friend before Harry Connick, Jr., emerged to play a piano duet with Marsalis and then to sing “Stardust.”  The brothers returned to the stage with Connick, Jr., still on piano and Eric Revis on bass to round out the rhythm section. Herlin Riley spelled Jason Marsalis on drums whenever Marsalis was on xylophone.  During the concert, Maestro Marsalis was presented with the DEJF’s 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, who only wanted to thank his wife Dolores.

Bluegrass at Carrollton Station- Friday, June 26, 2009

The Tanglers, a Bluegrass band that has been tearing it up lately, will perform this Friday, June 26, 2009, at Carrollton Station.  They are welcoming a new guitarist to the band.  The Tanglers are also scheduled to perform for the Arts Market at Palmer Park on July 26, 2009 at 1:30 PM.  The Tanglers feature Harry Hardin, one of the founders of Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, on fiddle.  For more info and to hear the band go to: http://www.myspace.com/thetanglers

Jolly House to Perform Wed, June 24, 2009 at Chickie Wah Wah

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photo by Dylan James Stansbury

Jolly House, a side project of the Radiators’ keyboardist and principal songwriter, Ed Volker, will perform tonight (June 24, 2009) at Chickie Wah Wah on Canal Street in New Orleans.  Jolly House also includes bassist Reggie Scanlan (also of the Radiators), percussionist Michael Skinkus, and saxophonist Joe Cabral.  The gig is scheduled for 8 PM.

The music of Jolly House includes blues, spirituals, original songs from the prolific pen of Volker as well as rarities from the Radiators’ extensive catalouge.

George French Announces Dates at Harrah’s

mvc-075fGeorge French, a member of one of New Orleans’ finest musical families (his father was Oscar “Papa” French- a legendary traditional jazz bandleader), is scheduled to perform with the pianist Mike Lemmler at the Besh Steakhouse at Harrah’s Casino on Monday, June 29, 2009 and Monday, July 20, 2009.

French plays bass and sings in an evocative style.  Lemmler is a versatile sideman who performs with numerous other musicians and leads Jubilation, a dance band that is popular on the local circuit.

Panorama Jazz Band Announces New CD and Supporting Gigs

come-out-swingin-cd-coverThe Panorama Jazz Band (New Orleans, LA) announce the release of their third CD, their first since Katrina: “Come Out Swingin’.”  The music from this acoustic seven-piece outfit runs the gamut from New Orleans jazz to Jewish klezmer to Creole beguines and Gypsy chocheks.

The album is available on iTunes, from the band’s website (www.PanoramaJazzBand.com), at the Louisiana Music Factory, Mushroom Records and at their gigs.

Upcoming shows include their weekly set, Fridays 6:30-9:30 at Jimbeaux’s on Frenchmen (623 Frenchmen St.), the Art Market of New Orleans in Palmer Park (Sat, 6/27, 2:30-3:30pm at Carrollton and Claiborne in New Orleans) followed immediately by a set at the Louisiana Music Factory (210 Decatur St on Sat, 6/27, 4-5pm).

Treme Brass Band Tells the Real Story on Wed., June 24, 2009

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On Wednesday, June 24th at 7pm, the “As Told By Themselves: the New Orleans Brass Bands” project continues at the Louisiana Humanities Center located at 938 Lafayette Street in Downtown New Orleans..  This installment features the Tremé Brass Band.

An enduring presence on the parade and social club scene, the Tremé is led by drummer Benny Jones and continues to play their weekly gig at the Candle Light Bar in the Tremé neighborhood.  Their albums include “Gimme Back My Money” and “I Got A Big, Fat Woman.” The evening will feature a panel with Dr. Bruce Raeburn of the Tulane Jazz Archive, with the band discussing their history, their involvement in brass band culture, and the state of that culture today.  A performance will follow the panel.

The series is funded in part by a grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Doors open at 7pm.  Admission is $5, free to students, with short reception to follow.

Chappy Hardy Passes to the Great Banquet in the Sky

A true New Orleans original who befriended John Goodman decades ago during the filming of the much-maligned film, “The Big Easy” passed away this past Sunday, June 21, 2009 at the age of 62.  Chappy was a bon vivant of the highest order.  His deep understanding the culture, cuisine, music and people of the Crescent City will be sorely missed by his many friends.  Funeral arrangements are currently incomplete.