Sunday, January 31, 2010

In Pictures: Cowboy Mouth @ Highline Ballroom

by Dino Perrucci

Cowboy Mouth - Highline Ballroom, NYC 1/30/10

Cowboy Mouth - Highline Ballroom, NYC 1/30/10

In Pictures: Cowboy Mouth @ Highline Ballroom

by Dino Perrucci

Cowboy Mouth - Highline Ballroom, NYC 1/30/10

In Pictures: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Morristown Community Theater

Dino Perrucci Photography

Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Morristown Community Theater, NJ 1/29/10

Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Morristown Community Theater, NJ 1/29/10

Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Morristown Community Theater, NJ 1/29/10

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Listen to Galactic's new album Ya-Ka-May

Click the image to listen to Galactic’s new album Ya-Ka-May, due out on February 9 from Anti Records.

01. Friends of Science

02. Boe Money (featuring The Rebirth Brass Band)
03. Double It (featuring Big Freedia)
04. Heart of Steel (featuring Irma Thomas)
05. Wild Man (featuring Big Chief Bo Dollis)
06. Bacchus (featuring Allen Toussaint)
07. Katey vs. Nobby (featuring Katey Red and Sissy Nobby)
08. Cineramascope (featuring Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry)
09. Dark Water (featuring John Boutte)
10. Do It Again (featuring Cheeky Blakk)
11. Liquor Pang (featuring Josh Cohen and Scully)
12. Krewe d'etat
13. You Don't know (featuring Glen David Andrews)
14. Speaks His Mind (featuring Walter "Wolfman" Washington)
15. Do It Again (again) (featuring Cheeky Blakk)

Related links:

Galactic’s Official Website

Galactic on MySpace

Friday, January 29, 2010

In Pictures: Kirk Joseph & Backyard Groove & Jambalaya Brass Band @ Sullivan Hall

By Dino Perrucci Photography / Greg Aiello

Kirk Joseph - Sullivan Hall, NYC 1/28/10

Steven Bernstein - Sullivan Hall, NYC 1/28/10

Charles Joseph - Sullivan Hall, NYC 1/28/10

Jambalaya Brass Band - Sullivan Hall, NYC 1/28/10

Kirk Joseph @ Sullivan Hall

The Backyard Groove @ Sullivan Hall

Steven Bernstein @ Sullivan Hall

Charles Joseph @ Sullivan Hall

Matthew Thomas @ Sullivan Hall

Steven Bernstein & Charles Joseph @ Sullivan Hall

Takishi @ Sullivan Hall

Gene @ Sullivan Hall

Jambalaya Brass Band @ Sullivan Hall

Walt Szymanski @ Sullivan Hall

Ric Hall @ Sullivan Hall

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Simon & Garfunkel, Pearl Jam, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, The Neville Brothers, Lionel Richie, Anita Baker, Allman Brothers Band, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Darius Rucker, Imagination Movers, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Irma Thomas, Gipsy Kings, The Dead Weather, Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes, The Black Crowes, Drake, Teena Marie, Keely Smith, Jonny Lang, Band of Horses, Allen Toussaint and hundreds more previously announced to appear at the 41st edition of the beloved Festival.

Click here for the complete Day-by-Day lineup.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

NolaFunk Audio Lagniappe

Burning Wood's "BOBBY CHARLES" : The Weekend Mix

Home of the Groove's Two More From Toussaint

Burning Wood's The Complete Booker/Neville Tape : "THE WEEKEND MIX"

Home of the Groove's James Rivers: It Ain't Over Yet

Offbeat Podcast: John Boutte

Burning Wood's (the original) The River In Reverse

Audio Archive – 12/08/09 – Simon Lott’s Another Day Will Happen

Offbeat Podcast: Big Rock Candy Mountain:

NolaFunky Video Lagniappe

50% Off Tix: Fat Tuesday Funk Jam feat. Henry Butler, Leo Nocentelli & George Porter, Jr.



Discounts available HERE (code "mania) and/or HERE.

Known throughout the music industry as the "funkiest, fast-fingered" guitarist there is, a musician who can control your mind, body and soul with his experience, superior talent, musical mastery and inimitable style, he is Leo Nocentelli. Leo is the lead guitarist, composer, innovator and the musical originator of the syncopated funk-style that won international acclaim for him and the band known as the "Pioneers of Funk", The Meters.

George Porter Jr.
's career has spanned nearly thirty years working with artists as diverse as Robbie Robertson and Earl King. 1965 began a collaboration that has lasted to this day with the Legendary Meters, considered by many, the best Rock-Fusion Band in the world.

Combining the percussive jazz piano playing of McCoy Tyner and the New Orleans style playing of Professor Longhair through his classically trained wizardry, Henry Butler continues to craft a sound uniquely his own. A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B influences, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace.

Adam Deitch
is best known as the drummer of the John Scofield Band. He has played with the Average White Band and Lettuce. His drumming style is very funk oriented, and he plays some very unusual fills. In John Scofield's words, "He's got that jazz mentality and a 'take no prisoners' type of creativity - all combined with the groove of death."

Monday, January 25, 2010

Stream: New Orleans Saints Tribute Songs

With the Jets season coming to a close, it's time to focus the excitement squarely on the Saints...


NolaFunk's Shows of the Week

1/26 Of Montreal @ Highline Ballroom

1/27 Haiti Benefit feat. Cold War Kids, Ted Leo, The Wrens, Sondre Lerche, Eugen Mirman, AC Newman -w- Rhett Miller & Nicole Atkins @ Bell House (brooklyn)

1/28 Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove, Jambalaya Brass Band @ Sullivan Hall (NolaFunk)

1/28 Wayne Krantz w/ Lefebvre, Carlock @ 55 Bar (late)

1/28 Felice Brothers @ Mexicali Blues (teaneck,nj)

1/28 Antibalas @ Knitting Factory

1/29 Gene Ween Band @ Highline Ballroom

1/29 Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce @ 92Y Tribeca (NolaRootsRock)

In Pictures: Freaks Ball X feat. Anders Osborne @ Sullivan Hall

By greg aiello

Kirk Joseph & Anders Osborne @ Sullivan Hall

Anders Osborne @ Sullivan Hall

Kirk Joseph @ Sullivan Hall

Anders Osborne & Kirk Joseph @ Sullivan Hall

KJ's Sousaphone @ Sullivan Hall

Anders Osborne @ Sullivan Hall

Kirk Joseph @ Sullivan Hall

Anders Osborne Band @ Sullivan Hall

Friday, January 22, 2010

2009 Best of the Beat Winners

By OffBeat Staff

Best Blues Performer – Tab Benoit

Best Blues Album – Wishing Well: Honey Island Swamp Band

Best R&B/Funk Performer – Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk

Best R&B/Funk Album – Live at the Maple Leaf: Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Russell Batiste, Jr.

Best Rock Performer – Theresa Andersson

Best Rock Album – Paper Empire: Better Than Ezra

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Performer – Juvenile

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album – No Ceilings Mixtape: Lil Wayne

Best Traditional Jazz Performer – Kermit Ruffins

Best Traditional Jazz Album – The Bright Mississippi: Allen Toussaint

Best Contemporary Jazz Performer – Terence Blanchard

Best Contemporary Jazz Album – Choices: Terence Blanchard

Best Brass Band – Rebirth Brass Band

Best Cajun Performer – BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Best Cajun Album – Alligator Purse: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Best Zydeco Performer – Terrance Simien

Best Zydeco Album – Live 2009: Wayne Toups

Best Country/Folk/Roots Rock Performer – The Iguanas

Best Country/Folk/Roots Rock Album – Stew Called New Orleans: Paul Sanchez and John Boutte

Best Emerging Artist – Honey Island Swamp Band

Best Cover Band – The Bucktown All-Stars

Artist of the Year – Allen Toussaint

Album of the Year – The Bright Mississippi: Allen Toussaint


Best Female Vocalist: Irma Thomas

Best Male Vocalist: John Boutte

Best Bass Player: George Porter, Jr.

Best Guitar Player: Sonny Landreth

Best Drummer/Percussionist: Johnny Vidacovich

Best Saxophonist: Donald Harrison, Jr.

Best Trumpeter: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

Best Tuba/Sousaphonist: Matt Perrine

Best Piano/Keyboardist: Allen Toussaint

Best Clarinetist: Dr. Michael White

Best Trombonist: Delfeayo Marsalis

Best Accordionist: Terrence Simien

Best Violin/Fiddler: Theresa Andersson

Best Other Instrumentalist: Washboard Chaz, washboard

Best DJ: DJ Soul Sister

Best Songwriter: Paul Sanchez

Best Song: “Hey God” by Paul Sanchez & John Boutte


Best Recording Studio: The Music Shed

Record Label of the Year: Park the Van Records

Best Festival: Voodoo Music Experience

Best Instrument Store: International Vintage Guitars

Best Booking Agency: White Oak

Best Manager: Reuben Williams

Best Music Attorney: Ashlye M. Keaton

Best Music Photographer: Zack Smith

Best Club Owner or Manager: Tom Thayer (d.b.a.)

Best Festival Outside New Orleans: Gretna Heritage Festival

Best Studio Sound Engineer: Chris Finney

Producer of the Year: Tracey Freeman

Best Radio Station: WWOZ

Best Record Store: Louisiana Music Factory

Best Concert Promoter: Hypersoul

Music Awareness Award: WWL-TV

Best Club: The Blue Nile

Music Business of the Year: The Music Shed


LimeWire Store Releases FREE "Ear To The Ground: New Orleans" Compilation



by Various Artists

Of all the great music that's come out of Louisiana - jazz, zydeco, Cajun - it's surprising New Orleans has never had more influence in the rock world. There have been some middling national acts (Better Than Ezra, Cowboy Mouth), some great metal (Pantera, Zebra), and a few one-hit wonderboys that wouldn't even make a good pub quiz question.

In the last few years, that's been changing - especially since Hurricane Katrina. The city's DIY approach to recovery has been applied to the local music scene as well, with great results. Theresa Andersson's one-woman acoustic performances (taped in her kitchen) have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube. Just this month, New Orleans' top power-pop combo, Generationals, were named to the New York Times' "Nifty 50" list of upcoming national talent.

These are just two of the artists spotlighted in EAR TO THE GROUND: NEW ORLEANS, a collection curated by the staff of Gambit, New Orleans' alt-weekly paper. We still love our jazz and our brass bands, but this collection is like wandering off Bourbon Street and going deep into the neighborhoods where the people live and play. Enjoy!

GIVERS - "Ceiling of Plankton"

Meet southern Louisiana's Of Montreal or Dirty Projectors. The Lafayette quartet sends rainbow waves of shining Afro-beat, sing-along psychedelics and colorful dance-pop, all wrapped around mountains of smiling guitars and electronics and the playful harmonies of vocalists Taylor Guarisco and Teddy Lamson. (Alex Woodward)

One Man Machine & The Powers That Be - "Get My Sound"

The one man in One Man Machine, Bernard Pearce, is the perfect mascot for this new age of New Orleans music: he's both challenging and rewarding, gregarious and scarily intense. "Get My Sound," the title track from his 2008 debut, offers a typically narcotized haze of psychedelic texture, brass-band exuberance and unbridled funk. (Noah Bonaparte Pais)

Lovey Dovies - "Sheepskin and Stone"

The latest effort from the veteran punks (read: Red Beards, Big Baby, Faeries, Hatchback) is another reliably brilliant notch in the members' belts. Lovey Dovies genuflects at the altar of '90s indie rock, recalling shoegaze with pop hooks and loud, loud, loud rock 'n' roll, à la Sebadoh, Sonic Youth, and Dinosaur Jr. (Alex Woodward)

Big Rock Candy Mountain - "Rocketship"

Trumpet-for-hire Michael Girardot takes center stage with this nascent quartet and proves his singing voice is just as impacting as his instrument's. The lead-off track from the band's 2009 debut, Hey Kid, "Rocketship" veers from searing guitars and synthesizers into a mellifluous vocal base jump. (Noah Bonaparte Pais)

Caddywhompus - "Fun Times at Whiskey Bay"

The psychedelic thrash duo bounces from light-hearted head-bobbing gymnastics to total sonic explosions, sometimes in the same breath. Drummer Sean Hart and vocalist/guitarist Chris Rehm take their cues from their noise-pop contemporaries, as well as pop deconstructionists Animal Collective and the ear-destroying duo Lightning Bolt. (Alex Woodward)

Giant Cloud - "Rainbows"

Songs by this Ruston-cum-New Orleans quintet play out more like movements in a rollicking psych-rock sonata. The opener of its debut EP, Old Books (Park the Van), "Rainbows" is all moody melody: angelic vocals and keyboard and guitar arpeggios raining down on shimmering cymbals for seven dramatic minutes. (Noah Bonaparte Pais)

Loren Murrell - "Watching the Clouds"

With a busker's aesthetic and the pull of a pied piper, Grand Rapids, MI, transplant Murrell entrances using only a reedy, windswept voice and feathery guitar work. "Watching the Clouds" is his "Long and Winding Road," a player-piano backing track and soft gospel chorus lending a lush, dreamlike quality to this '70s soft-rock crush. (Noah Bonaparte Pais)

Silent Cinema - "Sleepy Time on Bourbon"

Micah McKee's whiskey-caked growl carries the fire of New Orleans music, performed none better than by these old souls in new bodies. A brass duo and perfectly in-the-pocket rhythm swim against reverb, guitars, and keys, all bursting with melancholy and joy - barstool blues and a chorus in concrete heaven. (Alex Woodward)

The Pharmacy - "WAYDWYL"

These Seattle transplants shacked up in the Bayou St. John neighborhood and turned into New Orleans music fanboys. Warm soul now punctuates the garage rock trio's approach to classical pop - all the fuzzy melodies and psychedelic hooks of the Kinks and Zombies for punk-rockers. (Alex Woodward)

Theresa Andersson - "Birds Fly Away"

Swedish-born songstress Andersson metamorphosed on 2008's Hummingbird, Go! (Basin Street) from roots-rocking fiddler to wings-spreading pop seraph. "Birds Fly Away" shows off her proficiency with recording pedals, layering handclaps, girl-group harmonies and drums, and pizzicato plucking - all played and looped by Andersson. (Noah Bonaparte Pais)

Thou - "The Song of Illuminate Darkness"

This is the shift from the southern sludge of the likes of Down and Eyehategod. Thou revels in Black Sabbath worship and doom-like drone, preaching from the pits of the bayou. Sharing thrones in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the band rules a demon world of crushing, low-end obliteration and endless riff dirges. (Alex Woodward)

Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship? - "No Blood, No Blooms"

Big Ship performs the songs for when the music stops. It's apocalyptic folk, the stuff you'd expect the Bywater septet - all brass, banjos, accordions, and other miscellany — to glean from rotten streets and the gloom of lifeless neighborhoods, capturing a decayed city better than any post-Katrina bluesman. (Alex Woodward)

The White Bitch - "Hurricane Party"

Music teacher Michael Patrick Welch co-opted the derogatory handle awarded him by some pupils, so it's no surprise that his "Hurricane Party" is the ultimate Katrina deflator: a nostalgic New Wave intro, funky Of Montreal falsettos, and the ne plus ultra of Dirty Coast refrains ("There should at least be a fuckin' beach"). (Noah Bonaparte Pais)

Big Blue Marble - "Had Enough"

BBM has been quietly churning out quality pop-rock without much flash for the better part of the past decade. Led by singer/guitarist Dave Fera and supported by a cast that reaches 11, the band is at its best on "Had Enough," whose staccato strings and forlorn tones give way in the last minute to a heartbreaking, hair-raising finish by Fera. (Noah Bonaparte Pais)

MyNameIsJohnMichael - "Misery Runs"

Singer-songwriter John Michael Rouchell's 2008 song-a-week recording project blossomed in 2009 into a superior live act, with a performing polish and kinetic prickle that's unmatched in New Orleans outside of jazz circles. Slick showcase "Misery Runs" glides by on group-shouted hooks, a wistful brass bridge and galloping percussion. (Noah Bonaparte Pais)

Fatter Than Albert - "Panda King"

This six-piece ska powerhouse started building its empire in high school. Now twenty-somethings, the crew (West Bank born and raised), grew up with a steady diet of jazz, reggae, and hardcore punk, and thrives with constant tours, sweat ethic, and a DIY attitude. (Alex Woodward)

Brass Bed - "Summertime"

With a strong dose of '60s nostalgia, this sunshining pop-rock outfit smothers bright, fuzzy riffs over doo-wop country-folk, with the happy psychedelics of the Elephant 6 collective and the current indie-pop sensibilities of the Apples in Stereo, The Shins, and Olivia Tremor Control. (Alex Woodward)

Rotary Downs - "Indian Summer"

Stalwarts of the local rock scene, Rotary Downs broke out in 2007 with Chained to the Chariot, which balanced pop appeal and the band's spacey experimentalism. "Indian Summer," the first single from the group's as-yet-untitled 2010 album, pushes the former even further with four-alarm guitars and a transformative "ba-ba-ba-ba-ba" vocal bridge. (Noah Bonaparte Pais)

Generationals - "Faces in the Dark"

Sepia-tone soul butts up against Casiotone pop on Generationals' 2009 debut, Con Law (Park the Van), whose songs sound not just like they came from different bands, but different eras. Consider "Faces in the Dark" the time machine: a shuffling Spoon strum, bubbly Motown bass, and a lovely, loping Brill Building chorus. (Noah Bonaparte Pais)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

WWOZ Live Event Broadcasts

WWOZ's live broadcasts take you to local festivals, clubs, churches and the very streets of New Orleans. We also broadcast live from music festivals and other special performances across the U.S. and around the world. Schedule is subject to change.

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living is sponsoring a series of 12 live broadcasts aimed at providing smoke-free environments for live music fans, musicians, and service staff.

Current New Orleans Time: Wed, 1:57pm

Treme Brass Band at Candlelight Bar

Treme Brass Band
Treme Brass Band
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 10:00pm

Venue: Candlelight Lounge

WWOZ returns to our old neighborhood, the Tremé, to broadcast the Treme Brass Band live from the group's weekly gig at Candlelight Bar. The 45-minute broadcast will be hosted by 'OZ deejay A.A.

The Treme Brass Band is led by snare drummer Benny Jones, Sr., who founded the group in the mid 1990s after playing with the Olympia Brass Band and leading the Dirty Dozen and Chosen Few Brass Bands.

Although their music is steeped in the roots of New Orleans jazz, this multi-generational ensemble infuses it with a fresh exuberance that mixes in elements of funk, soul, and modern jazz.

Don't miss out on this very special live broadcast sponsored by the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living! For more info, please visit

WWOZ Live from the Grammys

Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 11:00pm

Venue: WWOZ On the Road

WWOZ is teaming up with the Grammy Awards for a live broadcast of "A Night of Louisiana Music" from the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on January 30 at 11pm CST.

The event celebrates America's Louisiana-based musical roots and features performances by Louisiana musicians who've been nominated for Grammy awards, including The Magnolia Sisters, Cedric Watson, Zachary Richard, and C.C. Adcock.

This live broadcast is sponsored by the Convention and Visitors Bureaus of Louisiana, through the courtesy of Republic Beverage. The event will also be broadcast live on several affiliated public radio stations in California.

Stay tuned to our Live Broadcast page for details on which artists we'll be broadcasting.

For more info, visit the Grammy Museum Web site.

Bill Summers and Jazsalsa

Bill Summers
Bill Summers
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 12:30pm

Venue: Live from the WWOZ Studio

In addition to being a founding member of Los Hombres Calientes with Irvin Mayfield and a member of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, percussionist Bill Summers has worked with Quincy Jones on the musical score for Roots and the soundtrack to The Color Purple. Summers plays anything from traditional African instruments to pop bottles, bringing diverse people and ideas together.

Summers will perform with his latest band, Jazalsa, live in the WWOZ performance studio on Wednesday, February 3, during the New Orleans Music Show with George Ingmire.

WWOZ Live from Mardi Gras — Uptown Parades

Mardi Gras Parade photo by Mike Kobrin
Photo by Mike Kobrin
Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 6:00pm
- Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 8:00pm

Venue: WWOZ Live Broadcast

WWOZ takes it back to the streets of New Orleans during Carnival time: We will broadcast live from several nighttime parades in the Uptown section of the Crescent City in the weeks before Mardi Gras (February 16).

WWOZ will bring Mardi Gras 2010 — from high-steppin' high-school marching bands playing the greatest Carnival music classics to on-the-street commentary from parading partiers — live to you wherever you are!

Stay tuned to this page for details about which parades 'OZ will be broadcasting, and check out our Mardi Gras page for items like the complete 2010 parade schedule and much more.