The Radiators Celebrate 32 Years with Two-Night Stand at Tipitina’s

Hot off a fan jam trip to Jamaica, the New Orleans Radiators will be playing tonight, January 29, 2010, and tomorrow night at the same bar where they have celebrated for the last 31 years.  Tipitina’s will be smoking with (pictured) guitarist and vocalist Dave Malone’s son Johnny’s band, the Boondoggles as the opening act this evening.  Tomorrow night, Dave’s daughter, Darcy Malone Boye’s band, the Tangle will set the stage for the fishhead faithful.  A mere two weeks ago all three Malones shared the same stage with their family-based super band, The Chilluns.  I certainly will expect some inter-generational collaboration.

Yonder Mountain String Band Plays the House of Blues


During the 2006 Jazz Fest, as all New Orleanians were beginning the recovery from the devastation caused by the levee failures after Hurricane Katrina, the Yonder Mountain String Band put on one of the best sets I have ever seen from a young band on such a significant stage.  They are a deceptively simple ensemble- just four pieces- an upright bass, banjo, guitar and mandolin.  But their music is very powerful and they generate considerable crowd interaction.  They had one of the biggest crowds I have ever seen at the Fais Do Do Stage and their fans were invested heavily in the music.  Encores are rare at the Jazz Fest, but back in 2006, the Yonder Mountain String Band got one.  They perform this evening, January 28, 2010.

Jazz Fest Announces Day-By-Day Schedule


In keeping with their new policy of getting the word out about the festival earlier, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival released the daily lineup at midnight on January 27, 2010.  There were a few minor changes announced as well.  Gil-Scott Heron is no longer playing at the festival.  No reason was given.  Latin superstar Juan Luis Guerra has been added to the schedule.  No reason was given.  Band of Horses was moved from the first weekend to Saturday, May 1.  The festival runs from April 23, 2010 to May 2, 2010.

Friday, April 23

Lionel Richie, Black Crowes, Dr. John, Steel Pulse, George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Baaba Maal, Elvin Bishop, Chocolate Milk, Jon Cleary, Frankie Ford, Deacon John, Joe Lovano, Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band’s 100 Year Celebration, Irma Thomas’ Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, The Joe Krown Trio with Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste Jr., Lena Prima, Anders Osborne, John Fohl & Johnny Sansone, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers’ Tribute to Rockin’ Dopsie Sr., Maurice Brown Effect, Kenny Neal, Glen David Andrews, Mia X, Cheeky Blakk, and Ms. Tee, OTRA, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Leah Chase, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Little Freddie King Blues Band, The Revivalists, Leroy Jones & New Orleans Finest, Tommy Sancton New Orleans Quintet, Lost Bayou Ramblers, New Orleans Night Crawlers, The Revealers, Rotary Downs, James Rivers Movement, Spencer Bohren, Jesse McBride presents the Next Generation, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, David Egan, Kipori Woods, Semolian Warriors and Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Mas Mamones, Shades of Praise, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Mass Choir, Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders feat. Butch Thompson, Jambalaya Cajun Band with special guest Merlin Fontenot, Real Untouchables Brass Band, Beth Patterson, June Gardner & the Fellas, Kevin Thompson & the Sensational Six, Native Nations Intertribal, Chip & Polly Radke with the God’s House Choir, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble, Mount Hermon Mass Choir, Alexis Marceaux Band, Smitty Dee’s Brass Band, Black Mohawk Mardi Gras Indians, Kat Walker Jazz Combo, Natasha Richard of Canada, Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble, John Lee & the Heralds of Christ, The Bester Singers with the Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers, Keep N It Real and Single Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Grey Hawk, Brass Band Throwdown with the Behrman Charter & O. Perry Walker School Bands, Family Ties and Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Club, McDonogh #42 Elementary School Performers…

Saturday, April 24

Simon & Garfunkel, My Morning Jacket, Drake, Better Than Ezra, Ledisi, Sam Bush, the funky Meters, Campbell Brothers, Smokie Norful, Cowboy Mouth, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Walter “Wolfman” Wahington & the Roadmasters, Papa Grows Funk, Tab Benoit, Sax for Stax feat. Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, and Jeff Lorber, Terence Blanchard, Davell Crawford and One Foot in the Blues with special guests Dr. John and Jon Cleary, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam, Bonerama, Bounce Extravanganza feat. Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby, Katey Red, and Magnolia Shorty with DJ Poppa, The Wiseguys, Jewel Brown with the Heritage Hall Band, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, New Orleans Bingo! Show, Treme Brass Band, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, George French & the Original Storyville Jazz Band, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band, Guitar Woodshed feat. Steve Masakowski, Todd Duke, and Jake Eckert, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Midnite Disturbers, Kirk Joseph & the Sousaphone Symphony Parade honoring Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, Tin Men, Judy Spellman, Mahogany Brass Band, Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces, Rockie Charles & the Staxx of Love, Kirk Joseph & Tuba Tuba, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Andrew Duhon & the Lonesome Crows, Panorama Jazz Band, Red Stick Ramblers, Blessed, Patrice Fisher & Arpa and the Honduran Connection, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Chris Clifton, Bleu Orleans, Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voices, Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds, N.O.C.C.A. Jazz Ensemble, Black Feathers, Wild Mohicans, and Red, White & Blue Mardi Gras Indians, Da Souljas Brass Band, Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Ensemble, Loyola University Jazz Ensemble, Resurrection Mass Choir, Greater Antioch Full Baptist Church Mass Choir, Betsy McGovern & Patrick O’Flaherty, Lindsay Mendez, Ladies of Unity, Dumaine Gang, and Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Golden Comanche and Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, Native Nations Intertribal, Johnette Downing, Archdiocese of New Orleans Mass Gospel Choir, Golden Voices Community Choir, Curtis Pierre & Samba Kids, RRAAMS Drum and Dance, Single Men and Nine Times Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs…

Sunday, April 25

Allman Brothers Band, Anita Baker, Darius Rucker, Jonny Lang, The Levon Helm Band, Juan Luis Guerra y 440, Imagination Movers, Keely Smith,  King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, Blind Boys of Alabama, Marcia Ball, Shawn Colvin, Donald Harrison, Voice of the Wetlands All Stars, Theresa Andersson, Louisiana LeRoux feat. Tab Benoit, The Radiators – Pre-War Blues, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong feat. Wycliffe Gordon, James Andrews, and Victor Goines, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Jeremy Davenport, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Preservation Hall with special guests Jim James and Terence Blanchard, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Susan Cowsill Band, Grayson Capps, Mark Braud’s New Orleans Jazz Giants, Guitar Slim, Jr., Tribute to Juanita Brooks feat. Germaine Bazzle, Leah Chase, and Betty Shirley, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band, The Electrifying Crown Seekers, Watson Memorial Music Ministries, Honey Island Swamp Band, Seguenon Kone & L’Ivoire Spectacle, Marc Stone, Free Agents Brass Band, Kim Carson, Michael Ward, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Miss Sophie Lee, Sammy Rimington’s Jubilee Band, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Sonny Bourg & the Bayou Blues Band, Nineveh Mass Choir, Gospel Soul Children, Rumba Buena, Minister Jai Reed, Robert “One String” Gibson, Julio y Cesar, Golden Star Hunters and Carrollton Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Untouchables, Furious Five, and Big Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Gospel Stars, Voices of Distinction, University of New Orleans Jazz Ensemble, Big Chief Kevin Goodman & the Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians, Olympia Aid, New Look, and the First Division Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Young Audiences presents Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, Angela the Yarnspinner, New Orleans Traditional Brass Band with the Heel to Toe Steppers, Golden Blade and Ninth Ward Navajo Mardi Gras Indians, Red Hot Brass Band, Native Nations Intertribal, Kai Knight’s Dance Academy, Guardians of the Flame…

Thursday, April 29

Widespread Panic, Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes, Gov’t Mule, Average White Band, Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Blues Traveler, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Dee Dee Bridgewater: A Celebration of “Lady Day”, Bernard Allison, Martin Sexton, Four Freshmen, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Soul Rebels, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove, Inspirational Souls of Chicago, Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show, Shannon Powell’s Organ Combo feat. Charlie Gabriel, David Torkanowsky, and Peter Bernstein, Bobby Lonero’s Tribute to Louis Prima with Johnny Pennino & the New Orleans Express, Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra, Elysian Fieldz, Derek Miller, Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express, GROUPA – Nordic Folk Fusion, The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders Band, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Dala, Walter Payton with Snapbeans & Gumbo Filé, Vivaz!, Jazz Ladies Sing the Blues feat. Gina Brown, Angela H. Bell, Tereasa B., and Heather Rothstein, R. Scully Rough 7, Coco Robicheaux & the Swamp Monsters, Classie Ballou & the Family Band, Mark Adam Miller, Grupo Sensacion, 101 Runners, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, Mario Abney Quintet, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Loose Marbles, Hot Club of New Orleans, Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters, Lucky 7, Bonsoir Catin, Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band, McDonogh #35, O. Perry Walker, and McMain High School Gospel Choirs, Lyle Henderson & Emmanuel, Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, Eddie “ChopChops” Paris, Tulane University Jazz Ensembles, Thunder Hill, The Wright Brothers, Dillard University Jazz Ensemble, Red Hawk Mardi Gras Indians, Heavenly Melodies, Pastor Terry Gullage & the Greater Mount Calvary Voices of Redemption Choir, Tornado Brass Band, VIP Ladies and Bon Temps Roulez Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, David & Roselyn, Miss Claudia & her Traveling Troubador, Geronimo Hunters and Creole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Jazz Fest Residency Showcase with Seva Venet and the Wilson Charter School, OPSB Talented in Theatre feat. McMain Secondary, Bethune, and Franklin Elementary Schools…

Friday, April 30

Aretha Franklin, Allen Toussaint, Gipsy Kings, Kirk Franklin, Jose Feliciano, Take 6, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, The Dixie Cups, Stanley Clarke Band feat. Hiromi, the subdudes, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Buckwheat Zydeco, Eric Lindell, Nicholas Payton Sextet, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Louis Prima, Jr., The Iguanas, Nadirah Shakoor, Fredy Omar con su Banda, PJ Morton, New Orleans Spiritualettes, Astral Project, John Boutté, Kent Jordan, The Jon Batiste Band, Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra, Onward Brass Band, New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, The Selvys, Big Al Carson, Hadley J. Castille Family & the Sharecroppers Cajun Band, Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, Jimmy Robinson, The Rocks of Harmony, Connie & Dwight with the St. Raymond/St. Leo the Great Choir, Papa Blue Viking Jazz Band of Sweden, Dee-1, Thomas “Big Hat” Fields, Julliard Jazz Ensemble, Pfister Sisters, Ray Abshire, Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, Brother Tyrone, J. Monque’D Blues Band, Forgotten Souls Brass Band, Bamboula 2000, Kristin Diable, Creole String Beans, Rev. Jermaine Landrum and Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir, Kora Konnection feat. Morikeba Kouyate of Senegal and Thierno Dioubate of Guinea, Marisa y Mariachi Agave, First Ladies Brass Band, N’Fungola Sibo West African Dance Company, Voices of Peter Claver, Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, Heritage School of Music Band, Gloria Bell & the Revelation Gospel Singers, Nashville Children’s Choir, Thunder Hill, New Wave Brass Band, New Orleans Indian Rhythm Section, Original Big Seven and Original Four Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Adella Adella the Storyteller, KIDsmART and ISL Circus Arts Program, Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, Scene Boosters, Ole N Nu Fellas, and Secondline Jammers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, KIDsmART Artist Troupe, The Jazz Cats Marionettes…

Saturday, May 1

Pearl Jam, Jeff Beck, Teena Marie, Pete Fountain, Band of Horses, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Galactic, Sonny Landreth, Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players, Rebirth Brass Band, The Allen Toussaint Jazzity Project, Cyril Neville & Tribe 13, Old Crow Medicine Show, Marcus Miller, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anders Osborne, Henry Butler, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Chris Thomas King, Sagbohan Danialou of Benin, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, MyNameIsJohnMichael, Charmaine Neville Band, Aaron Neville, Banu Gibson with Swing Out & Tap!, Bobby Lounge, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, New Birth Brass Band, Germaine Bazzle, The Johnson Extension, Betty Winn & One A-Chord, Pine Leaf Boys, Gregg Stafford & the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone & the XL Band, Mem Shannon & the Membership, Russell Batiste & Friends feat. Jason Neville, Driskill Mountain Boys, DJ Soul Sister, Pinstripe Brass Band, Jockimo’s Groove feat. War Chief Juan & Billy Iuso, Lynn Drury, Evan Christopher and Tom McDermott, AsheSon, White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Zion Trinity, Kenny Bill Stinson & the ARK-LA-Mystics, Roderick Paulin & the Big Easy Groovers feat. Nicole Slack-Jones: A Tribute to Julian “Cannonball” Adderly, New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band, Trouble Nation and Ninth Ward Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, New Generation, First Emmanuel Baptist Church Choir, Arthur Clayton & Purposely Anointed, Paula & the Pontiacs, Xavier University Jazz Ensemble, Baby Boyz Brass Band, Jonno’s Cajun Experience, Jamil Sharif, Ayla Miller, Undefeated Divas, and Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Saltimbanqui of Mexico, Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Program, Cherokee Hunters, Wild Red Flame, and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians,  Donnie Bolden, Jr. & the Spirit of Elijah, Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, Thunder Hill, Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, Westbank Steppers, Valley of Silent Men, and Pigeon Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Alana Villavaso…

Sunday, May 2

The Neville Brothers, Van Morrison, B.B. King, Irma Thomas, The Dead Weather, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Richie Havens, Clarence Carter, Juvenile & DJ Mannie Fresh, Wayne Shorter Quartet feat. Brian Blade, John Patitucci, and Danilo Perez, Tye Tribbett, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, The Radiators, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Ellis Marsalis, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, DJ Captain Charles, The Davell Crawford Singers, Ruthie Foster, Sagbohan Danialou of Benin, Luther Kent, Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers, The Preservation Hallstar Revue, Mia Borders, Jimmy Johnson Band, Benny Grunch & the Bunch, Tribute to Juanita Brooks feat. Wanda Rouzan, Barbara Shorts, and Topsy Chapman, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, John Rankin, Tim Laughlin, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Val & the Love Alive Fellowship Choir, Willie Tee, Warren Storm & Cypress, Feufollet, Reggie Hall & The Twilighters, Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes, Phillip Manuel, TBC Brass Band, Los Po-Boy-Citos, Dukes of Dixieland, Margie Perez, Keith Franks, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Blodie’s Jazz Jam, Nova NOLA feat. Sasha Masakowski, Jonno & Bayou DeVille, Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective, Some Like It Hot, Jo “Cool” Davis, St. Joseph the Worker Choir, Franklin IV, Hazel & the Delta Ramblers, N’Kafu African Dance Ensemble, Wild Tchoupitoulas, Black Eagles and Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians, Morikeba Kouyate & Friends, Highsteppers Brass Band, Original Lady Buckjumpers and Original Prince of Wales Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Ven Pa’ Ca, Zulu Male Ensemble, Golden Sioux and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Hunters, Thunder Hill, O. Perry Walker Kuumba Players, Hobgoblin Hill Puppet Theater, Lady Rollers, Original CTC, and Nine Times Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Morning Star Mass Choir, KIDsmART Performer Showcase…

James “The Sleeping Giant” Winfield Headlines at Rock ‘N Bowl

Tonight, January 26, 2010, one of the unsung vocalists of New Orleans headlines at Mid City Lanes. James “The Sleeping Giant” Winfield has been performing quite a lot lately and is a regular guest on gigs with Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers and others.  He has not had too many shows as a leader and tonight he has a killer band- Keith Vinet on Keys, Garry Nabonne on drums, Derrick Houston on sax, Larry Santiago on guitar, and Jack Cruz from Walter “Wolfman” Washington’s band on bass.  The show begins at 8:30 PM.

Dr. John Endorses James Perry for Mayor of New Orleans

The Night Tripper himself has entered the political fray with a first-ever endorsement for the mayor of New Orleans.  Born Mac Rebbenack, Dr. John recently moved back to the city after decades of living in New York.  He has been seen sitting in with bands all over town and his move seems to have inspired a newfound political passion.  Besides his long-standing commitment to saving the wetlands that protect New Orleans and his powerful statements, both musical and rhetorical, about the flooding the followed Katrina, the Good Doctor also supports re-opening Charity Hospital.

Speaking of Charity, given that the chances of the historic art deco building ever being a hospital again (even if John Georges, who is the only major candidate who supports re-opening the iconic building, wins his long shot race, the powers that be at LSU and the Veterans Administration have their greedy eyes set on a new site that will displace a large tract in Mid City), are nearly nil, here’s an idea for saving the building.  Ernie K-Doe loudly and proudly proclaimed all his life that he was a “Charity Hospital baby.”  The same can be said for thousands and thousands of New Orleans musicians (perhaps even including Dr. John).  Since the city’s cultural elite has bemoaned for decades the decision to tear down Louis Armstrong’s birthplace, why not turn Charity into a monument for all those thousands of musicians who were born there?

Rare Solo Jerry Joseph Performance at the Blue Nile

This evening, January 23, 2010, singer/songwriter Jerry Joseph will play acoustically upstairs at the Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street.  Joseph got his start in music in the 1980s when he led the reggae/rock band Little Women, based out of Boulder, Colorado, which ruled the Rocky Mountain club circuit for most of the decade and broke up in 1993.

He currently has two other projects, the power rock band, Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons and the Stockholm Syndrome, a band he fronts with Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Eric McFadden, Wally Ingram and Danny Dzuik.

Joseph has been appearing more regularly in New Orleans do to the efforts of some hardcore fans.  The appearance this evening will be his last solo acoustic show in New Orleans before embarking on a higher profile tour with the Stockholm Syndrome.

Special Concert to Benefit Haitian Relief


Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra in collaboration with Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral announced today the “New Orleans to Haiti Relief Concert”, a special benefit concert for the victims of the Haitian earthquake, this Friday, January 22 at 7pm at the Christ Church Cathedral at 2919 St. Charles Avenue. Doors open at 6pm.

A minimum donation of $25 is suggested, 100% of the proceeds will go to assist the Episcopal Relief & Development fund for Haiti.

As the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States, Episcopal Relief and Development is on the ground in Haiti meeting such needs as food, water, shelter and medical care. For more information, call (504) 895-6602 or
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“In Port-au-Prince, the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti has set up a camp the size of a football field where thousands are receiving food, water and other supplies as they become available. We welcome the chance to bring the generous people of New Orleans together to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are just beginning the long journey toward recovery.” said Fr. David duPlantier, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral. For more information on the Episcopal Relief & Development Agency,

Irvin Mayfield, Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and the Cultural Ambassador for the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans, has deep affection for the people of Haiti where he spent time studying the musical connection between Haiti and New Orleans. “With historical ties that bind us musically and culturally, New Orleans is a part of Haiti and Haiti is part of New Orleans”, said Mayfield.

The spiritual concert will feature special guest artists and is aimed at providing New Orleans residents with a dedicated vehicle to support those in need in Haiti. Mayfield will play the Elysian Trumpet which has been designated a national treasure by the President of the United States and serves as a living memorial to Irvin Mayfield Sr. and all those who perished in the aftermath of Katrina.

George Sartin/Jack Cruz Project at Whiskey Dix

This evening, January 21, 2010, two of the most stalwart players in the funk and soul idiom will be performing together at 1735 St. Charles Ave.  The bassist Jack Cruz is best known for his long time tenure with Walter “Wolfman” Washington.  He is a versatile player with sympathetic ears who gets deep into the pocket.  The guitarist George Sartin is a veteran of the legendary Benny’s Bar.  He is also a versatile player versed in jazz, soul, rock and funk.  This new project has been playing regularly around town including gigs at the Buddha Belly on Magazine Street.  The show begins at 9 PM.

Landmark Tremé Bar Goes Smoke-Free (For Just One Night) and On the Air


Every Wednesday evening, the venerable Tremé Brass Band, led by snare drummer Benny Jones and the irrepressible bass drummer “Uncle” Lionel Batiste hold court at the Candlelight Lounge in the heart of the Tremé musical district.  Tonight, January 20, 2010, the bar goes smoke free and the show will be broadcast on WWOZ- 90.7 FM.  The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living is sponsoring a series of 12 live broadcasts aimed at providing smoke-free environments for live music fans, musicians, and service staff.  The music begins at 10 PM at 925 N. Robertson Street.

Wazozo for Free at the Circle Bar


The Circle Bar

Tonight, January 19, 2010, enjoy some fascinating world music at the Circle Bar courtesy of cellist Helen Gillet.  Her band, Wazozo takes traditional French songs by artists such as Georges Brassens and Edith Piaf and adds a fresh, organic, theatrical and New Orleans rhythmic style to them. “Newton Circus” is Wazozo’s debut record and includes Daron Douglas on violin, Gregory Good on guitar, Luke Brechtelsbauer on harp, Bill Strickland on french horn, Walt McClements on accordion and Helen Gillet on cello and vocals.