Butch Hancock at Chickie Wah Wah

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Thursday- December 9, 2010- this evening the Mid City club on Canal Street will be hosting one of the great Texas songwriters.  Hancock is best known for his work with Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore in the group, the Flatlanders.  They first recorded in the early 1970s, but were not met with much critical acclaim.  In the years since, they have achieved legendary status.  Hancock, whose songs have been covered by Emmy Lou Harris and others, first recorded solo in 1978.  This should be a wonderful show.  It begins at 8 PM.

Voodoo Picks- Day Two

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You could literally spend the entire day at the Preservation Hall stage and hear a wide range of New Orleans music.  But why not roam?  Check out Mia Borders at 1 PM on the main stage.  She writes compelling songs and has a great band.  Her act is greatly enhanced when the saxophonist Khris Royal joins her.  The Rebirth Brass Band has entered a new era since signing with Basin Street Records.  They are prepping to record a new album and have a batch of new songs.  Check them out at 3:30 PM on the Soco/WWOZ stage.  I have mostly been recommending New Orleans acts, but you can’t go wrong the Miami-based Latin groovers, Locos por Juana (pictured).  They tore the roof off of Chickie Wah Wah last night and are guaranteed to keep the crowd dancing until it’s time to head over to the Voodoo stage for Ozzy Osborne.  They hit at 7:30 PM on the Preservation Hall stage.

COOT at Chickie Wah Wah

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Friday- October 8. 2010- Today’s Times-Picayune has a story about a bounce rapper who has become an “overnight” sensation despite being in the business for over 10 years.  The same thing can be said for the soulful rockers, COOT.  The band has actually been playing together for over 15 years.  But beginning with a delightful opening set at the Krewe of MOMs Halloween Ball in 2008, they have gradually emerged as “ones to watch.”  This month the band is on fire.  Besides their first-ever performance at the Mid City club this evening, they are headlining their first weekend show at Le Bon Temp Roule next Saturday and they earned a coveted slot at the Voodoo Music Experience Halloween weekend.  They have also been in the studio much of the summer recording their first album, which will be released in the coming months.  For more details on the music of COOT, read my “5 Questions with Brian Rueb,” the lead guitarist, at http://neworleansmusiconline.com/wordpress/?p=264

Uncle Daddy at Chickie Wah Wah

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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.”

Who is Junk Shot?

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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)

Jon Cleary Is More Than Able to Fill In

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Chickie Wah Wah on Tuesday nights has been the regular spot for a great trio of musicians- Anders Osborne, John Fohl and “Jumpin’” Johnny Sansone.  But with Osborne and Sansone ensconced at the famed Dockside Studios outside of Lafayette, Louisiana (Osborne is producing Sansone’s latest studio effort), Jon Cleary takes over this evening.  Cleary has been on fire lately with his longtime bandmates, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen and with a new trio of his own featuring James Singleton on upright bass and Doug Belote on drums. Tonight he will be performing solo.

Matt Perrine CD Release Party- Free CD

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At the early hour of 6 PM, sousaphonist and bassist Matt Perrine is performing with his band at Chickie Wah Wah to celebrate the release of his latest recording, “Bayou Road Suite.”  The best part, besides the non-smoking atmosphere and the timing, which allows you to see even more music tonight, is that all paying guests get a copy of the new disc.  The band includes Matt’s wife, Debbie Davis on vocals and ukulele, guitarist Alex McMurray playing banjo, Matt Rhody on violin and Ben Schenck on clarinet.  Jolly House, the side project of the Radiators’ Ed Volker, follows at 9 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.

Tribe Nunzio Reunion Tonight!

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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 percussionists and saxophonists. Also a frequent band mate was Tom Marron on fiddle and harp who will be in the house for this gig. New additions for this show are Rene Coman of the Iguanas with possible guest apearances by other lizards! 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.  There have been several reunion shows since although the last was about 7 years ago! Opening for the gig will be some of Holden’s African buds from Chatanooga – The Ogya Band.  Doors open at 7, show about 9, kitchen open, parking in rear, no smoking, outdoor heaters and fire pits!

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.