Uncle Daddy at Chickie Wah Wah

Saturday- September 18. 2010- In an ongoing effort to provide information about bands with unusual names, I introduce Uncle Daddy.  Phil DeGruy is the uncle and Cranston Clements is the daddy.  The two guitarists perform together in a variety of acts; the most famous being Twangorama.  This time they are bringing the kids.  Cranston’s sons are musical prodigies; Austin plays bass and Tyler plays drums.  It should be an interesting show mainly because when Phil and Cranston get on stage together, the humor is more than half the fun.  I’m curious whether the youngsters will laugh at the oldsters’ jokes.  Phil provided the above photo, which was captioned, “the City of New Orleans.”

Dumpstaphunk CD Release Party

Friday- September 17, 2010- This evening Tipitina’s hosts a grand funk throwdown as Ivan Neville and his band celebrate their independently released second recording.  The band, which features funk stalwarts Nick Daniels, Tony Hall, Raymond Weber and second generation Neville, Ian, has been on fire lately after relentless touring.  DJ Soul Sister spins in her own inimitable way before the show and on the set break.

Who is Junk Shot?

Thursday, September 16, 2010- I just love it when new bands pop up on the scene, especially if they are essentially a super group.  Tonight, Junk Shot (named ostensibly about one of the techniques BP used to try to stop the gusher in the gulf) takes the stage at Chickie Wah Wah.  The band features Kirk Joseph (Dirty Dozen Brass Band) on sousaphone, Doug Garrison (Iguanas and numerous other bands) on drums, Mark McGrain (eponymous projects and numerous other bands) on trombone and Tom Fitzpatrick (Walter “Wolfman” Washington and numerous other bands) on saxophone.  The show is early- 8 PM until 11 PM.  (Photo of Kirk Joseph by Skip Bolen)

Harvest the Music Series Begins with Anders Osborne

Wednesday- September 15, 2010- Lafayette Square has emerged as one of the best spots to hear music outdoors in New Orleans.  This past weekend’s seafood festival set the stage for the fall Wednesday series that benefits Second Harvesters Food Bank.  Osborne kicks things off at 5 PM with his latest band featuring Eric Bolivar on drums and Carl DuFrene on bass.  He promises a special guest appearance by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (pictured).  The two musicians have played together numerous times over the years and recorded the album, “Bury the Hatchet,” which came out in 2002.

Jazz Fest Application Deadline for Local Bands is October 1

If you are a local musician interested in performing at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell next spring, you have just over two weeks to get your act together. The dates of next year’s Jazz Fest are April 29 – May 8, 2011.  There are two ways to submit your application, which should include a recording, your bio, a photo, any press clippings, your contact information and a valid email address to be notified if you are selected.  You can apply on line at www.nojazzfest.com/apply or mail or drop off a press kit to the office.  The office address is:

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell
Attn: Music Production
336 Camp Street, Suite 250
New Orleans, LA 70130

Alejandro Escovedo to Play the Parish

Monday- September 13, 2010- This evening the Parish at the House of Blues is the place to be as the roots rocker plays his first show in New Orleans since last year’s Voodoo Music Experience.  For his encore in City Park, the band tore the head off of the classic, “All the Young Dudes.”  Escovedo’s latest ensemble is dubbed the Sensitive Boys and they are touring in support of his great new album, Street Songs of Love.  The last time he played at the Parish, his band featured cello and violin and was decidedly  low key as the singer emphasized the songs.  Tonight, they will rock.

Gravity A Teams Up with the Trio for Back to School Bacchanal

Saturday, September, 11, 2010- Tonight at Tipitina’s one of the most promising of the young bands on the scene team up with the veterans in a show that is bound to be mind-blowing on many levels.  Gravity A will have a few special guests including the wonderfully explosive saxophonist Tim Green.  They will close out the evening after a set by the original members of the Trio- Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter, Jr. and June Yamagishi.  I expect fireworks from both bands and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a bit of mixing and matching between the groups.

The Voodoo Experience Announces Daily Stage Lineups


Friday, September 10, 2010- the annual festival, which is scheduled for Halloween weekend, released the first phase of their schedule this morning.  We now know which bands are playing on which day.  Stay tuned for stages and times.

Friday- Muse, Weezer, Metric, Hot Chip, Galactic & Friends, Jonsi, Raphael Saadiq, Dead Confederate, Eli “Paperboy” Reed,  Crookers, Kaskade, Innerpartysystem, Rusko, Stanton Moore Trio plus Anders Osborne & Robert Walter, Rotary Downs, The Happy Talk Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Soul Rebels Brass Band, John Cleary; Piano, Bass and Drums, AM, Fitz and the Tantrums, Rosie Ledet, Cedric Burnside & Lightning Malcolm, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Egg Yolk Jubilee. Trent Cantelle, Beverly Skillz, Carmine P. Filthy, MarchFourth Marching Band, Ponderosa, Miracle at St. Anna, Feufollet, J Roddy Walston & the Business, Kristin Diable, Debauche, Creole String Beans, Coot, DJ T-Roy, and the Honey Island Swamp Band

Saturday- Ozzy Osbourne, Drake, Paul van Dyk, The Crystal Method with DJ Set, Street Sweepers Social Club, Cage the Elephant, Florence and the Machine, Jakob Dylan and Three Legs, The Whigs, Eagles of Death Metal, Die Antwoord, Kelis, Boys Noize, Buckwheat Zydeco, Basin Street Records Revue with Kermit Ruffins, Dr Michael White and Jeremy Davenport, Rebirth Brass Band, Treme Brass Band with Uncle Lionel Batiste, MyNameIsJohnMichael, Theresa Andersson, Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show ft. John Boutte, Supagroup, The Vettes, Rock City Morgue, River City Extension, Locos Poe Juana, Luke Winslow-King, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Fatter Than Albert, DJ Quickie Mart, Javier Drada, Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory, Michael Tolcher, O’ Brother, Consortium of Genius, Flow Tribe, Rival Sons, and Helen Gillet

Sunday- My Morning Jacket, MGMT, Interpol, Deadmau5, Paul Oakenfold, Ferry Corsten, The Airborne Toxic Event, Macy Gray, JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys, Minus the Bear, Janelle Monae, White Rabbits, Afrojack, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Voice of the Wetland All Stars featuring Dr. John, Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Waylon Thibodeaux, Big Chief Boudreaux, Johnny Vidacovich and Johnny Sansone, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The New Orleans Bingo! Show, Fleur de Tease Burlesque Revue, Toubab Krewe, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Walter Wolfman Washington, Big Freedia, Katey Red, Sissy Nobby with DJ Rusty Lazer, Zydepunks, DJ Soul Sister, Swiss Chriss, Christoph Andersson, Brian Coogan Band with Mike Dillon, Coco Mamas, Leo Jackson and the Melody Clouds, MarchFourth Marching Band, Shannon McNally, Blackberry Smoke, the Local Skank, SPEAK, and MC Sweet T

Local Stars to Join Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift

Thursday, September 9, 2010- I have it on good authority that Kermit Ruffins (pictured), Trombone Shorty and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band will sit in with the Dave Matthews Band and country star Taylor Swift at this evening’s NFL kickoff concert.  Decatur Street is shut down and the whole of the French Quarter will be packed with revelers celebrating the start of the 2010-2011 NFL season and the New Orleans Saints exhilarating victory in the Super Bowl earlier this year.  The concert starts at 6:30 PM and will be broadcast nationally.

Magnetic Ear CD Release Party and Live Broadcast

Wednesday, September 8, 2010- the progressive jazz band, which is led by German expatriate saxophonist Martin Krusche, will be appearing tonight at the Blue Nile.  They are celebrating their latest recording, “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability.” The band features five musicians who are wonderful interpreters of Kruse’s compelling compositions.  The group also includes the drummer Paul Thibodeaux, the trombonist Jeff Albert, the trombonist Charlie Halloran, the sousaphonist Jason Jurzak and the baritone sax player Daniel Oestreicher.  The show will be broadcast live on WWOZ starting tat 10 PM.