Bayou Boogaloo Picks

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The annual festival on Bayou St. John is starting to resemble it’s big brother at the Fairgrounds.  With three stages, conflicts between which bands to see are inevitable just like at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  The Stooges Brass Band has been tearing it up weekly at the Hi Ho Lounge, so I expect their set today to be epic.  101 Runners are also hitting on all cylinders and when they are joined by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (pictured- photo credit Kim Welsh) the level of intensity goes through the roof.  But my money is on the All That reunion as the set everyone will be talking about after the fact.  Formed 15 years ago and reuniting for the first time in five years, the band led by Tremé consultant and writer Davis Rogan features Kevin O’Day on drums and a killer front line horn section.  Their amalgamation of funk, brass and rap was ahead of its time back in the day, and is still relevant in today’s mix tape world.

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