Among all the great reggae stars to grace the planet, none are quite as off the wall as Eek- Mouse. Technically a dance hall DJ, the Mouse is famed for inventing his own vocal style, which he calls, â€œsing-jay.â€ Born Ripton Hilton in 1957, his nickname comes from the name of a losing horse that the young Jamaican kept betting on despite the fact that the beast lost nearly every time. The one time the horse won, the aspiring DJ failed to place a bet.
He first reached mainstream success in Jamaica at the Reggae Sunsplash in 1981. The event and the nation were still in mourning following the death of reggaeâ€™s first icon, Bob Marley. The Mouse livened up the evening with a call and response vocal, “Biddy Biddy Beng.” That phrase was seared into the minds of Jamaicans for the following decade.
1982 was literally the year of the Mouse. He had a slew of hits including “Wild Like a Tiger,” “For Hire and Removal,” “Do You Remember,” and “Ganja Smuggling,” Most of those cuts appeared on his second album, Wa Do Dem.
Though he continues to record (his latest album, Most Wanted, was released in 2008 on Greensleeves Records), he is best know for his over the top live performances, which have included him dressed in a mouse costume, delivering his oft kilter vocal lines with deft irony, and swaying his 6 foot, 8 inch frame inches in front of his audience.
The show is being presented by Swizzle Stick Productions. The cover is $15 and the doors open at 9 PM.
The Jamalar Agency will be hosting over a dozen festival promoters from Italy, Spain and Germany who are seeking New Orleans-style talent for their 2010 spring and summer festival season. The showcase will be held at the Blue Nile at 532 Frenchmen Street on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
13 groups will be performing. Some of the names are familiar, others less so. Hereâ€™s the list and the genre of each player- Sean Carey â€“ soul/funk; Arlee Leonard- Jazz Vocalist; Danielle Edinburgh-Wilson â€“ Gospel; Scandalous - R&B/Blues; Twenty-Four/Seven â€“ variety band; Beatrice Ward & Angelic Voices â€“ Gospel; David & Roselyn - New Orleans; Pfister Sisters - Jazz harmonies; Sjuwana Byers â€“ Gospel; Jesse Moore Band - Rock/Blues; Abstract â€“ Jazz; Washboard Chaz Trio â€“ Blues; J.C. & Company - Gospel
Dr. John, aka Mac Rebennack, sat in on guitar at Saturdayâ€™s Arts Market in Palmer Park. He joined J.D. and the Jammers unexpectedly. The word was he was just shopping at the market and the bug bit.
Richie Havens lives in New Orleans! He moved here recently and has been spotted shopping on the West Bank as well as heard performing and being interviewed on WWOZ. It seems he wants to make an impact and will be playing for a benefit for the Jazz and Heritage Foundationâ€™s Heritage School of Music on October 16, 2009 a the Howlinâ€™ Wolf.
Cuban percussionist Humberto “Pupi” Menes had a stroke on September 18, 2009 and his being treated at University Hospital. Pupi is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest congueros in the city. He has played with Ruben Gonzales, Hector Gallardo, Santiago and Pedro Cruz. He is a key member of both Fredy Omar con su Banda and Otra! A benefit concert is scheduled for Sunday, October 11, 2009 at the BMC. The show will be a descarga, or Cuban jam session. It begins at 2 PM.
You can now drive the full length ofÂ Oak from Carrollton to the Jefferson Parish line.Â You heard it hear first!
This evening, September 26, 2009, the musical smorgasbord that is New Orleans gets a little richer with a performance by Ven Pa’ Ca. This is a rare opportunity to experience flamenco music and dancing. Eliza Alcala is the dancer and the music will be performed by the guitarist John Lawrence, The percussionist Michael Skinkus, the saxophonist Robert Wagner and the singer La Maqui. The show starts at 9 PM
There are a number of good bands performing this weekend outside of Harrahâ€™s Casino for the New Orleans Seafood Festival. The Times-Picayune failed to list Saturday and Sundayâ€™s lineup. Hereâ€™s the full schedule:
Friday, September 25, 2009
5:30pm-6:45pm- The Wiseguys
7:15pm-9:00pm- Rockin’ Dopsie Jr.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
11:30am-12:45pm- Country Fried
1:00pm-2:15pm- The Revivalists
2:30pm-3:45pm- The Boogie Men
4:00pm-5:15pm- Los Po-Boy-Citos
5:30pm-6:45pm- Christian Serpas
8:30pm-9:45pm- Soul Rebels
Sunday, September 27, 2009
11:30am-12:45pm- Amanda Shaw
1:00pm-2:15pm- Walter â€œWolfmanâ€ Washington
2:30pm-3:45pm- Big Samâ€™s Funky Nation
4:00pm-5:15pm- Ivan Nevilleâ€™s Dumpstaphunk
Tonight expect to see Russell Batiste and Mike Lemmler join George Porter, Jr. for the Trio set.Â For those keeping track, if you add a guitar and horns, you have the Runnin’ Pardners.
Irma Thomas lost her house and her business, the nightclub known as the Lionâ€™s Den, in the federal flood that followed Hurricane Katrina. But if there were an adjective that you could attach to the Soul Queen of New Orleans it would certainly be â€œresilient.â€ She has bounced back as strongly as any artist from New Orleans. She headlines the Harvest the Music series concert this evening in Lafayette Square. Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs open the show at 5 PM.
This evening, September 23, 2009 in the latest installment in the Louisiana Humanity Center’s brass band oral history project, the legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band sits down to discuss the origins, innovations, and perseverance of one of New Orleans’ greatest bands.
This live recording session features a panel discussion with Dr. Matt Sakakeeny of Tulane University, an audience Q&A, and a performance by the band. The “As Told By Themselves” project provides a forum for the bearers of our culture to speak directly to their fellow citizens and to posterity about their music, the brass band tradition, and our city.
Admission is $5, free to students & LEH members.
“As Told By Themselves” is made possible by funding from the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
Doors open at 7pm. Space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first serve basis. The Louisiana Humanities Center is located at 938 Lafayette Street, at the corner of O’Keefe.