Thursday, November 5, 2009

Upcoming: Big Sam's Funky Nation, Honey Island Swamp Band @ Sullivan Hall


w/ Honey Island Swamp Band

Friday November 6th
10:30pm Show

Big Sam's Funky Nation
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BIG SAM'S FUNKY NATION: Presiding over his Funky Nation is Big Sam, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who blows the funk out of his trombone and refuses to let the audience sit still. Between solos and trombone riffs, Big Sam second-lines (a uniquely New Orleans style of street-dance) and gets the crowd going both in movement and in replies to his call-and-response MC-style. A talented group of jazz-trained musicians makes up the Funky Nation, bringing with them the improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that's the hallmark of big band funk. Theirs, and Big Sam's, exuberant dancing and playing, afford them a rare opportunity to let loose. Big Sam's Funky Nation has undeniable personality, as well as masterful chops
Honey Island Swamp Band
Great music begins with great songs, and great songs are what the Honey Island Swamp Band is all about. The band came together after 4 friends were marooned in San Francisco after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Their eponymous EP was recorded in 2006 at famed studio The Plant in Sausalito, CA, and was received so well that they all decided to continue the band upon moving back to New Orleans in 2007. In April 2009, the band released its first full-length album, Wishing Well, produced by Tom Drummond of Better Than Ezra, followed by their premiere performances at the French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival.

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