Bonerama and the Radiators Team Up at Rock ‘n’ Bowl

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This evening, March 19, 2010, brassy funk will meet fishhead music at the Mid City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl.  The double bill features Bonerama opening at 9:30 PM.  They will perform one set and the Radiators will follow with an hour and half set beginning at 11:15 PM.  Over the years, the two bands, particularly the front line trombones, have collaborated.  The photo features Bonerama’s Mark Mullins and the Radiators’ Dave Malone jamming together.  One memorable Jazz Fest set by the Rads had all the trombones on stage for much of the performance.  I expect more of the same tonight.

Alex Chilton Dead at 59

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The iconic rocker died March 17, 2010 of an apparent heart attack in his adopted home of New Orleans.  Chilton rode to fame as the teenaged lead singer of the Box Tops.  He expertly channeled the pain and passion of the soul singers he admired in songs like “The Letter.”  During the next phase of his career, he basically invented indie rock before such a genre existed over the course of three albums with Big Star.  Chilton had been living an unassuming presence in New Orleans since relocating to the city in the early 1990s.  He was due to perform with the reunited Big Star at Austin’s SXSW music conference in Austin this weekend.

St. Louis Slim and His Large Band Outside Markey’s

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We were just discussing last night the lack of live music at the various St. Patrick Day celebrations taking place all over the city today.  Then I discovered that the wonderful swing guitarist St. Louis Slim will be playing from 5-9 PM this evening for a block party at the start of the downtown marching club.  They will be set up outside Markey’s Bar at the corner of Piety and Dauphine in the Bywater.

Neo Soul Crooner Mayer Hawthorne at the Parish

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This evening, March 15, 2010, check out this singer in the House of Blues Parish room.  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.

Good Enough For Good Times at the Maple Leaf

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This evening, March 13, 2010, the side project of Galactic’s Jeff Raines and Robert Mercurio will be performing uptown.  The group also includes Simon Lott on drums and Joe Ashlar on keys.  Earphunk opens.  What I love about this band is their fearless approach to funk.  During a period when many of the musical cognoscenti suggest that funk has run its course in New Orleans along come two of the musicians who led the second wave of funk in the first place with a stripped down concept and hardcore musicianship.  If you are one of those folks who now have a been-there-heard-that attitude concerning New Orleans funk- check out this band.  Lott and Ashler add considerably to the proceedings with a fresh, young perspective and serious chops.  With this band, less is definitely more.

Rockie “The President of Soul” Charles Passes at 70

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The great bluesman, soul singer and guitarist was born in Boothville, Louisiana.  His given name was Charles Merrick.  His career began in the 1960s, but stalled during the disco years.  He spent decades working on the Mississippi River on a tugboat.  He reemerged on the New Orleans music scene in the 1990s with his debut album, “Born For You.”  He performed sporadically around town including sets at the Rock ‘n’ Bowl and the Ponderosa Stomp.

Los-Po-Boy-Citos to Open for Tower of Power

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This evening, March 11, 2010, the local Latin groove favorites are scheduled to open for the legendary Tower of Power at the House of Blues.  Tower of Power has a resume that stretches back nearly 40 years.  They visit New Orleans every tour and never cease to put on a great show. Los-Po-Boy-Citos hasn’t been around even a decade, but they have improved considerably and are now regarded as one of the best dance bands in town.  A brief anecdote about Tower of Power for your enjoyment- back in the heyday of Benny’s Bar, the group played a show at Tipitina’s.  After the show was over the TOP horns showed up at Benny’s and sat in with whatever generic blues band was playing that evening.  They were having such a great time that the jam didn’t end until nearly 5 AM.

Michael Franti to Play Solo Set

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This afternoon, March 10, 2010, the leader of Spearhead has announced a solo acoustic performance outside of the New Orleans Arena prior to his opening set with his full band that precedes the John Mayer performance inside the arena.  The event will also be a meet-and-greet opportunity.  It begins at 4:15 PM near the gate on the Superdome side of the arena.  The concert inside the arena begins at 7:30 PM.

Rod Hodges of the Iguanas to Sub for Johnny Sansone

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Tonight, Tuesday, March 9, 2010, The guitarist/harmonica player/accordionist for the Iguanas will be substituting for “Jumpin” Johnny Sansone at Chickie Wah Wah.  Sansone is off on another Blues Cruise, so Hodges (pictured- second from left) will join regulars Anders Osborne and John Fohl.  The music starts at 8 PM.  The three players will alternate songs while accompanying each other.

Helen Gillet Trio at Piety Street Recording

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This evening, March 5, 2010 the cellist will present a concert and live recording of her new trio project featuring Tim Green on tenor saxophone and Conn-O-Sax and Doug Garrison on drums. The studio is located at Piety and Dauphine in the Bywater.  The start time is 9 PM and they are asking a mere $10 to be part of history. Not only will your presence contribute to the creation of the music, it will be a great help for the funding of this worthy project. Helen has created a wonderful video and project description on her Kickstarter page <http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/helengillet/running-of-the-bells-improvised-cello-led-recordi-0> Please take a look, and if possible, become of a patron of the arts (no donation too small!)