The 3rd Annual Tribute to Tuba Fats This Afternoon

The tuba choir in 2008 photo credit: Kim Welsh

The tuba choir in 2008 photo credit: Kim Welsh

The French Market is the spot to be from 1-8 PM on Friday November 27th. From 1-8 p.m. Two stages will be set up and over 20 tuba players, along with eight bands will perform culminating in an all-star jam featuring Kirk Joseph, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Donald Harrison, Jr., Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Doug Belote, Anders Osborne, John Gros and Johnny Vidacovich.

Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen was a huge influence on two generations of traditional jazz and brass band musicians in New Orleans. His spirit lives on (he passed in 2004) and his legacy is celebrated every year on black Friday. The music begins with the giant tuba choir at 1 PM on the steps of Washington Artillery Park. Tuba players and sousaphonist scheduled to participate include Kirk Joseph (former Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove); John Gros (The Panorama Brass Band); Al Carson (Tuxedo Brass Band); Matt Perrine (Night Crawlers and Bonerama);Mark Smith (Pinstripe Brass Band) ;Philip Frazier (Rebirth Brass Band);Ben Jaffe (Preservation Hall); Danny Rubio (Dukes of Dixieland) ;Tom Barbarin; Craig Klein (Bonerama and Night Crawlers); Ed Lee (Soul Rebels) Benny Pete (Hot 8 Brass Band) ; Jason Slack (To Be Continued Bass Band); Woody Penouilh (Storyville Stompers) ;Demetrius Smith; Jeffrey Hill (Lil Rascals); Nicholas Allen (New Wave Brass Band); Robert Speedo (The Pothole Brass Band); Jerry Dallman (Storyville Stompers) ; Hebert McCarver Jr. (Pinstripe Brass Band); Lucien Barbarin (The Fairview Brass Band); Tom Jacobsen; Fred Carte; and Janine Waters (Pinettes Brass Band).

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the day:

Farmers Market Stage @ Governor Nicholls and French Market Place

2:00-2:45 p.m. New Wave Brass Band

3:00-3:45 p.m. Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove

4:00-4:45 p.m. Clarence Bucaro

5:00-5:45 p.m. Mardi Gras Indians (with Monk Boudreaux, Donald Harrison)

6:15-8:00 p.m. All-Star Jam with Kirk Joseph, Anders Osborne, Monk

Boudreaux, Sunpie Barnes, John” Papa Gros Funk”, Johnny Vidacovich,

Doug Belote, Donald Harrison

Dutch Alley Pavilion Stage @ St. Phillip and Decatur Street, by the river

2:00-2:45 p.m. Loose Marbles Brass Band

3:00-3:45 p.m. Danny Rubio’s Moon Fire

4:00-4:45 p.m. Magnetic Ear

5:00-5:45 p.m. Woof

Lenny Zenith and RZA at Carrollton Station Tonight

Lenny Zenith and RZA in their heyday

Lenny Zenith and RZA in their heyday

I’m not sure why this has not appeared anywhere on the New Orleans musical community’s multi-media maelstrom, but this show may be the most interesting modern rock reunion in the history of New Orleans. At least until the Tribe Nunzio reunion in January. For newcomers to New Orleans, youngsters or those who just can’t seem to remember the 1980s, Zenith was one of the more interesting artists to perform during the era when punk faded into funk. The bands, RZA and Pop Combo, that Zenith fronted were remarkable, albeit less significant parts, of another era entirely. Relive all that big hair and big riffs tonight at Carrollton Station.

Delfeayo Marsalis Leads His Uptown Jazz Orchestra Tonight


This one didn’t make the daily listings or Offbeat, so I hope everyone considers coming out for the show this evening at le Maison du Musique at 508 Frenchman Street. The trombonist promises will the band will be swinging with riffs, battles, blues, and a genuine second line party. The band hits at 8 PM.

Irvin Mayfield For Mayor?


Today’s Times-Picayune reports that trumpeter, “cultural ambassador,” and New Orleans Public Library Board Chairman Irvin Mayfield, is seriously considering entering the 210 race for mayor of New Orleans. There will be a special announcement tomorrow night at a benefit show at the House of Blues.

Tribe Nunzio to Reunite on January 2, 2010!

The Tribe in their heyday

The Tribe in their heyday

One of the most exciting bands to emerge from New Orleans in the early 1990s as punk faded and funk began making huge in-roads in the city is reuniting at Chickie Wah Wah. The Tribe, as they were affectionately known by their fans, was fronted by the vivacious singer, Holden Miller and featured stalwarts of the local scene, Jeff Treffinger on guitar (now with the Geraniums), Vernon Rome on bass and Damon Shea on bass. The band was frequently augmented by guest musicians including percussionist and saxophonists. Tribe Nunzio formed in the late 1980s from the dregs of several other outfits and quickly took the city by storm with their outrageous stage presence, killer songs and off-kilter sensibilities. By 1994, they were history, although there have been several reunion shows since.

Three Hot Young Bands To Play Today for Free


Head over to the Louisiana Music Factory this afternoon for three in-store performances by some of the brightest lights on the burgeoning music scene in New Orleans. Cliff Hines performs at 2 PM followed by Lindsey Mendez at 3 PM and Sophie Lee at 4 PM. The in-store performances are sponsored by Abita beer and discounted beverages are available down the street at Attiki Bar and Grill.

Violent Femmes Co-Founder To Perform Tonight at the Hi Ho Lounge


Gordon Gano, co-founder of and songwriter for alt-rock monoliths the Violent Femmes returns to the scene he helped spawn with Under the Sun, which was released on Yep Roc Records on September 15. The band will hit the Hi Ho Lounge for a stripped-down set this Friday, November 20, 2009.

On Under the Sun, film-scoring brothers and Bogmen members Brendan and Billy Ryan join Gano for their first collaboration and Gordon’s first non-Femmes release as a front man. Gano’s influence on alternative music is immeasurable and his latest work is sure to remind the music world of the force and presence with which he originally stormed onto the scene in 1983, paving the way for the commercial explosion of alternative music a decade later. Gano’s signature emotionalism is present in full force on razor-edged ballads like the title track, “Under the Sun” and the gorgeously unfurling “Still Suddenly Here.” Tense propulsion underpin “Wave and Water” and “Man in the Sand.” Under the Sun marks the beginning of a promising partnership with the Ryans and the return of a musical heavyweight. It is his most cohesive collaboration yet.

Garage A Trois to Celebrate Release of New CD Tonight


The New Orleans-based supergroup composed of local residents drummer Stanton Moore and vibraphonist/percussionist Mike Dillon along with saxophonics mad genius Skerik and keyboardist Marco Benevento will be performing at D.B.A. this evening to celebrate their new recording, Power Patriot. The album was recorded in New Orleans and showcases the eclectic group’s compositional abilities. While the album is a little dense, there are moments of pure musical expression that can only be created by these four gifted individuals. Seeing them live is a rare treat because they only play about 20 shows a year as their individual schedules prohibit them from playing more frequently. Of those shows, about five of them typically happen in New Orleans, especially around Jazzfest where the band has become a major draw on the late night show circuit.

Stanton Moore to Pay Tribute to James Black


Chickie Wah Wah will be the place to be tonight for a concert paying tribute to the great New Orleans drummer James Black. Black was monster player and composer whose music has influenced at least two generations of New Orleans musicians. Galactic’s drummer Stanton Moore will lead a trio that also features saxophonist Tony Dagradi and keyboardist Robert Walter. While both Moore and Walter represent a new generation of players to be influenced by Black, Dagradi actually performed with the drummer during the 1980s. The show begins at 8 PM.

Germaine Bazzle to Perform Tonight


It has been argued that if the singer Germaine Bazzle had not devoted her career to teaching, she would be right up there in the pantheon of great jazz vocalists. She doesn’t perform very regularly these days, but she is appearing at Chickie Wah Wah this evening with the Todd Duke Trio. These shows are early, the venue is non-smoking and they have a great kitchen. What’s your excuse?