Friday, July 11, 2008

NolaFunk Lagniappe

Creole Wild West: A panel and performance by legendary Indian tribe

Johnny Vidacovich's road to recovery

In a city laden with renowned drummers, Vidacovich is iconic. As a boy, older musicians picked him up "to go play music" -- labels, he thus learned, were best ignored. His animated, idiosyncratic style is rooted in New Orleans street beats, but is highly adaptable and expressive.

He's ignited stages around the globe and appeared on more than 250 recordings. His modern jazz ensemble Astral Project, founded in 1978, released its sixth studio album, "Blue Streak," during the 2008 Jazzfest.

His influence extends deep into the next generation. Galactic's Stanton Moore, World Leader Pretend's Arthur Mintz and jazz-funk-hip-hop drummer Kevin O'Day all studied in his house. Former student Brian Blade -- whose credits include Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones and Wayne Shorter -- adorns the July cover of Modern Drummer magazine and cites Vidacovich's influence in the accompanying interview.

Rebirth Brass Band | 06.13 | SF

The fact that colossal bands have been born and bred in New Orleans is no secret, but those that have stayed after Hurricane Katrina aren't as common. It's a city built under sea level with streets full of charm, gravesites above ground and "Fishwater" dumping through sloshing gutters. But, it is also a city of devastation that has displaced many musicians. One band that has stayed pre, post and in the face of more potential hurricanes is the Rebirth Brass Band. In essence, Rebirth represents what New Orleans was, and what she is now. They deserve credit when you hear big horns and think of New Orleans.

Chris Rose: 60-Second Interview with Carlo Nuccio

The people and places in the Royal Fingerbowl pantheon seem so down and out.

Anyone who has been through the trials and tribs of being a severe boozer and hanging out in bars as much as Alex and I have will encounter some pretty seedy characters. And they're hard not to recognize and pen a song about. I mean, there are certain things you can pick up from hanging out in a bar and seeing somebody fall off his stool.

Letter from the Soul Rebels' Manager

Looking out from the stage the crowd looked like a sea of people
hypnotized by the power of the Soul Rebels music. They had never seen
anything like it before. The head music critic in the country came up
to us after the show almost in tears and speechless to tell us it was
the most incredible music he has ever seen come to Greece. In a time
when it seems the world is falling apart and people don't know what to
think of Americans anymore, it meant so much when Winston (the
trombone player) said to the crowd at the end of the concert, "We wish
you peace from New Orleans and peace from the U.S.A." We left the
stage with peace symbols in the air as the whole crowd chanted "Soul
Rebels, Soul Rebels, Soul Rebels...."

Something Else's: New Orleans singing legend Aaron Neville
"We don't argue any more than any other family," Neville says. "The worst it might be is over the order of songs on the set list." They still travel together, in one configuration or another. They are also still growing together, this time toward the Lord.

Music Review: Walter "Wolfman" Washington - Doin' The Funky Thing

"Good stuff — especially if you like to get down and a little funky with a New Orleans legend."

Music from Basin Street

Listen to this weeks musical recommendations from Basin Street.

420 New Orleans Music Show #22

John Ellis & Double-Wide: Dance Like There's No Tomorrow

"Each of the players on this album shine, both independently and as a member of the quartet, with Ellis' compositions standing up to the brilliance of his past works. If you have enjoyed previous John Ellis releases, you will surely enjoy this one."

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