The Kirk Nasty To Perform at the Dragon’s Den Tonight


Nathan Lambertson is perhaps best known around town as an upright jazz bassist performing with groups such as the Hot Club of New Orleans (he occasionally subs for Bradford Truby) and the Gypsy Jazz Trio. Tonight he comes out for only the second time as the leader of his group, the Kirk Nasty at the Dragon’s Den.

He will play electric as well as upright bass and the repertoire is all original tunes from the pen of the leader. He also sings. Lambertson describes the sound as, “kind of like a cross between Frank Zappa and Charles Mingus and Nirvana.” The band features Julian Addison on drums. Rex Gregory on keys and woodwinds and Jesse Reeks on keys. They are planning on releasing a CD soon.

Goodie Mob Show at HOB Postponed


Tonight’s highly anticipated concert by Goodie Mob has been postponed until January 10, 2010. Tickets will be honored at the later date.

Film Premiere at One-Eyed Jack’s to Feature Live Bands Tonight


“Let’s Rob the Cheese Shop,” an indie feature film that was produced by a local company  is premiering in New Orleans this evening, October 14, 2009 at One-Eyed Jack’s. The Happy Talk, Country Fried, and the Unnaturals will be performing.

John Boutte Appears on New Disc- Slide To Freedom II


The album Slide to Freedom II is being hailed as eclectic mix of blues, Indian music with a touch of bluesgrass. The two principal players are Doug Cox.  He is a Canadian steeped in the various blues styles of the American South. He is deeply into playing the bottleneck blues on the Dobro. Salil Bhatt is from India and his family tree includes his father, Grammy Award Winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, who studied under the great Ravi Shankar

John Boutte adds his soulful voice to several of the songs. Of course, he needs know introduction here.

Slide to Freedom II is a collaboration that goes far beyond the obvious “Indian meets blues.” It’s an improvised road trip across the terra incognita of the planet’s slide instruments. “People often think of slide instruments like the dobro as hokey American folk instruments, the kind of thing you play while sitting on a haybale,” Cox smiles, “but slide developed all over the world, from the United States to India and China, though it has a North American reputation. If you look at most folk music, there usually is some kind of slide involved.”

India may in fact rival North America in its devotion to and creative license with lap-style slide instruments. Salil Bhatt hails from a long line of sitar and veena masters and innovators, most notably his father and fellow collaborator on Slide to Freedom II, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, one of Ravi Shankar’s oldest sitar disciples and an old buddy of George Harrison. The late Beatle is honored on “For You Blue,” where Vishwa takes a wild and eerie solo.

At the suggestion of NorthernBlues’ label head Fred Litwin, Cox decided they should tackle gospel standard, “Amazing Grace,” though he hesitated at first. That is, until Boutté began to tell the story behind the hymn, how it was written by 18th-century British slave trader John Newton, whose religious revelation caused him to demand humane treatment of his human cargo and eventually condemn human trafficking. Boutté’s words proved revelatory for Salil and Vishwa: “They had never heard an African-American talking about the experience of slavery,” Cox muses. “We were all so moved that when we sat down to record the track, it became this otherworldly music. They just got it.”

Free Barbeque with Kermit and Grooves from the Soul Rebels- Today- Noon- 3PM


The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) announced the return of its popular Barbeque and Brass Porch Party today, October 14, 2009 from 12 noon-3pm at the NOJO headquarters, 7031 Freret Street on Tulane University’s campus.

Free and open to the public, the Barbeque and Brass Porch Party features the Soul Rebels Brass Band, live with special guest Irvin Mayfield. Barbeque expert and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins will be grilling up hamburger, hot dogs and more. “The Barbeque and Brass Porch Party is our way of bringing the hot Jazz of the Soul Rebels and some good old-fashioned barbeque to the students of Tulane University”, states Ronald Markham, CEO and President of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Event sponsors include Whole Foods and Tulane University radio station WTUL.

More Free Classical Music This Evening


Dr. Alexander Russakovsky, associate professor of cello at the University of Southern Mississippi, will present a cello concert on, at 7:30 p.m., in Roussel Hall, located in the Communications Music Complex of Loyola University. Admission is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature:

Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 65, by Frédéric Chopin

Requiebros, by Gaspar Cassadó

Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 119, by Sergei Prokofiev.

In addition to his academic work, Russakovsky is a founding member of the Jerusalem Academy String Quartet with whom he has performed throughout Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and France. He has made numerous solo appearances with orchestras in Israel, Russia and the U.S. and has collaborated with string quartets and other chamber music groups including with the Chamber Music Series of the Spoleto Festival, in Italy, and the Western Slope Music Festival, in Colorado.

He studied at the Leningrad Conservatory under renowned Russian professors Emmanuel Fishman and Anatoli Nikitin. Russakovsky received a bachelor of music degree from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy and a master of music degree from the Yale School of Music. He holds a doctorate in cello performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied with Geoffrey Rutkowski and Ron Leonard.

Naked On the Floor Makes a Rare Appearance at Open Ears


This evening, October 13, 2009, guitarist and composer This evening, October 13, 2009, guitarist and composer Jonathan Freilich leads his Naked On the Floor ensemble beginning at 10 PM upstairs at the Blue Nile. The show is free and open to the public. Naked on the Floor features Tim Green on tenor sax, Helen Gillet on cello, Rick Trolsen on trombone, Doug Garrison on drums and James Singleton on bass.

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Performs for Free This Evening


From 5:30 PM until 7 PM this evening, October 12, 2009, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will performing light pop selections for your listening enjoyment in Palmer Park. The park is located on the corner of S. Carrollton Avenue and S. Claiborne Avenue. Conductor David Torns will lead the orchestra through an evening of popular movie and Broadway favorites including selections from The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Jurassic Park, the Phantom of the Opera, and more — bring your picnics, family, and friends for a spectacular evening! Unlike rock or jazz shows, you get the set list in advance:

The Star Spangled Banner

Dvorak Slavonic Dance No. 1

Ellington: A Medley for Orchestra

Bernstein West Side Story Selections

Bizet: Farandole from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2


The Wizard of Oz Selections

Highlights from Jurassic Park

Dances With Wolves

Phantom of the Opera

South Rampart Street Parade

Gentilly Fest Today and Tomorrow


Here’s the schedule:

Saturday October 10, 2009

Main Stage

11:00 am-12:00 pm- Charmaine Neville

12:15 pm-1:15 pm- The Wise Guys

1:30 pm-2:30 pm- Bleu Orleans

2:45 pm-3:45 pm- Phillip Manuel & Leah Chase

4:00 pm- 5:00 pm- Rebirth Brass Band

5:15 pm-6:00 pm- Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet

6:15 pm-Close- Irma Thomas

photo credit- Jason Hall

photo credit- Jason Hall

Gospel Tent

12:15 pm-12:45 pm- Holy Cross Lutheran Church

12:45 pm-1:45 pm- St. Raymond & St. Leo Churches

1:45 pm-2:30 pm- Church at New Orleans

2:30 pm-3:15 pm- Zion Harmonizers

3:15 pm-3:45 pm- Bethany Methodist Church

3:45 pm -4:45 pm- St. Peter Claver

Sunday October 11, 2009

Main Stage

12:00 am-1:00 pm-Freddie Omar Con Su Banda

1:15 pm-2:15 pm -Big Chief Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias

2:30 pm-3:30 pm-Troy Sawyer

3:45 pm-4:45 pm-U4ria

4:45 pm-5:00 pm- Drawing for 2009 Ford Mustang

5:00 pm-6:00 pm-Chocolate Milk

Gospel Tent

1:30 pm-2:15 pm- Bethel Lutheran Church

2:15 pm-2:45 pm- Men of Bethany South Colony

2:45 pm-3:30 pm- Edgewater Baptist Church

3:30 pm-4:30 pm- Watson Memorial Church

Mayer Hawthorne at the House of Blues Parish This Evening


This show as a lot of buzz going for it. Here’s a blurb from his bio.

Mayer Hawthorne grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, and vividly remembers, as a child, driving with his father and tuning the car radio in to the rich soul and jazz history the region provided. “Most of the best music ever made came out of Detroit,” claims the singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, who counts Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson, Mike Terry, and Barry White among his influences, but draws the most inspiration from the music of Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, and the legendary songwriting and production trio of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Eddie Holland Jr.

The “retro” tag is added to almost any contemporary work that sounds like it was originally recorded between 1966 and 1974, and Hawthorne, among the newest contributors to the genre, is aware of how trends come and go. After being introduced to Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf by mutual friend Noelle Scaggs of the Rebirth, even his current boss was skeptical. “He showed me two songs and I didn’t understand what I was listening to,” Wolf recalls. “I asked him if they were old songs that he did re-edits of – I couldn’t believe they were new songs and that he played all the instruments.”