Friday, July 30, 2010

In Pictures: Steve Earle & Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ City Winery

By Dino Perrucci Photography

Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/Steve Earle - City Winery, NYC 7/29/10

Preservation Hall Jazz Band - City Winery, NYC 7/29/10

Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/Steve Earle - City Winery, NYC 7/29/10

Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/Steve Earle - City Winery, NYC 7/29/10

Thursday, July 29, 2010

DJ Quickie Mart’s New Orleans Funk & Soul Mix

by Kate Russell

Martin Arceneaux, aka DJ Quickie Mart, collected vinyl 45s for years. He played with nearly every bonafide funk band in New Orleans. He suffered through Katrina’s aftermath and continued playing gigs with Kevin O’Day, Galactic, and Dr. John. But Quickie Mart knew New Orleans music traditionalists don’t consider DJ mixes to be legitimate, and that belief bothered him.

“It’s a hard community in New Orleans to convince them that you are, in fact, a New Orleans artist. I wanted the traditionalist community to have something they could enjoy of mine, and for them to know that I know my shit.”

HBO’s Treme was a bittersweet experience for the DJ who had lost everything in Katrina and relocated a few years after to Los Angeles, only to see his friends on the show as featured “real” New Orleans music. The show spurred him to do what he’d been longing to do for years: cut a damn good mix of the New Orleans groove.

“I was in the trenches, I didn’t have a house, I was couch surfing,” Arceneaux says, describing his post-Katrina lifestyle. “I love the show and I love seeing all my friends on it and honestly I just want to be represented now.”

Arceneaux calls “Ask Ya Mom And ‘Nem….QM should be in Tremé” his “tribute” to New Orleans. It’s also a reminder that he’s relevant to the New Orleans scene despite his move to L.A. The mix is an hour and seven minutes worth of all Louisiana artists (save Gil Scott-Heron’s track “Angola, Louisiana”), whose tracks came straight from Arceneaux’s collection of vinyl records. He cut it in a day, seamlessly mixing the mostly seventies funk and soul samples together and weaving in some fine turntablism. It jumps off with a quick scratch, Wild Magnolia chants, and a young girl’s loud Creole calling to her mother, then blends into Mary Jane Hooper’s soulful “I’ve Got Reasons,” and so the fun begins. “Everything on it is old, old school,” says Arceneaux. “Louisiana music touches me more than anything else. I do a lot of hip-hop, but I love funk and soul. I know my history, I know where I came from, I love where I’m from and I’m proud to have been given a chance by Galactic, Rebirth and other groups I’ve played with.”

This mix also does something that many traditionalists fail to do: attract a new generation of New Orleanians to seventies funk, which laid the groundwork for hip-hop. For those of you familiar with Arceneaux’s hip-hop mixes, or his recent Haze Diaries Vol. 3 album, don’t be afraid to check out this mix. While the songs might be decades old, the groove and funk is familiar, with the occasional heavy snare, drum breaks and fun beats.

“The seventies is what popular electronic music stems from today,” Arceneaux explains. “All the drum breaks that you hear on pop, hip-hop and electronic records come from the 70s. It was a huge point for popular music now, and a lot of people don’t realize how huge the sound of the recording studios and the sound of the breaks was.”

He continues, “When I first heard ‘Sexy Back’ on the radio in 2007, I was like, ‘Why is there an Eddie Bo sample on this Timbaland and Justin Timberlake song?’ College kids or whoever was listening to the radio would just think it was Timbaland or somebody.”

This mix proves that Arceneaux really does “know his shit,” which he combines with the technical expertise to cut these old-school samples to make them sound fresh in 2010. Don’t believe it? Check out the mix’s take on “Angola, Louisiana.”

Download the mix free here.

Ask Ya Mom An ‘Nem… (QM’s Treme Mix) by Quickie Mart

Here’s the full tracklist for the mix:

1. Mary Jane Hooper – I’ve Got Reasons
2. Ernie K. Doe – Here Come The Girls
3. Betty Harris – Mean Man
4. Eddie Bo – Hook N Sling
5. The Explosions – Garden Of Four Trees
6. Gil Scott-Heron – Angola, Louisiana
7. The Meters – The Same Old Thing
8. The Gaturs – Cold Bear
9. David Batiste – Funky Soul
10. The Wild Magnolias – Soul, Soul, Soul
11. Robert Parker – Hip Huggin’
12. Sonny Jones – Sissy Walk, Pt. 2
13. Professor Longhair – Big Chief
14. Porgy Jones – Dap
15. The Meters – Just Kissed My Baby
16. Lee Dorsey – Give It Up
17. Allen Toussaint – Get Out My Life Woman
18. Cyril Neville – Gossip
19. Jimmy Hicks – I’m Mr. Big Stuff
20. The Enticers – Thief
21. The Prime Mates – Hot Tamales
22. Al Hirt – Sentries Charge
23. Inell Young – What Do You See In Her?
24. Dixie Cups – Iko Iko
25. The Meters – Lil’ Old Money Maker
26. Warren Lee – Funky Belly
27. Chocolate Milk – Pretty Pimpin’ Willie
28. Aaron Neville – Hercules
29. Dr. John – Familiar Reality
30. The Fantoms – Turn Me On
31. Bonnie & Sheila – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
32. Johnny Moore – Haven’t I Been Good To You
33. Eddie Bo – Showdown
34. Reuben Bell – Superjock
35. The Brother – A Monkey That Became President
36. African Music Machine – Black Water Gold
37. Eddy G. Giles – Soul Feelin’
38. Professor Longhair – Tipitina

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Profile: Dr. John the Night Tripper

Dr. John a/k/a Mac Rebennack

Mac Rebennack a/k/a Dr. John is, perhaps, the best-known and beloved musician to come out of New Orleans. From his early work as a session player and producer during the 1950s, to his solo recordings of the 1960s and '70s, Dr. John's fingerprints can be found on much of the best music to come out of New Orleans over the past six decades. While his tireless efforts on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Katrina have made him the city's musical ambassador to the world, his musical legacy has cemented his status as an elder statesman of a great city and musical tradition.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010




CJ Chenier was born into the musical traditions of southwest Louisiana and Texas, his father was the legendary Zydeco king Clifton Chenier, a Grammy Award winning artist in his own right. The music he creates with the Red Hot Louisiana Band is some of the most purely infectious Zydeco and swamp funk being played today. Your pulse will get racing, your feet will get moving and you WILL be wrapped up in magic that is a Nawlinz wake.

Gates open at 5:00pm, music starts at 5:15pm with a beer, wine and soft-drink service from City Winery and food prepared by Great Performances. We are also welcoming our friends from QOOL, Quality Of Our Lives,who will be showcasing hand rolled Costa Rica Cigars. An expert roller will be on hand, demonstrating the artistry required to handcraft high quality cigars. There will be cigar lounge for those who wish to enjoy a complimentary cigar while sipping on some handcrafted wines and enjoying the magic of CJ Chenier.

Like all of the FREE weekly shows, tonight is open to everyone - locals, visitors, friends and family are welcome to get familiar with the beautiful slice of Soho we're all working hard to enrich. Entrance is from Vandam or Spring Street, mid way between Hudson and Varick. No tickets are needed. All we ask is that you spread the word to colleagues, friends and family - to come down and make the most of this great opportunity to connect with the neighborhood and your neighbors. Get out from behind your desk and come out and enjoy the afternoon.

Monday, July 26, 2010

In Pictures: Davell Crawford @ Joe's Pub

By Dino Perrucci Photography

Davell Crawford & Roberta Flack - Joe's Pub NYC 7/23/10

Davell Crawford - Joe's Pub NYC 7/23/10

Davell Crawford - Joe's Pub NYC 7/23/10

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Glen David Andrews is looking for a house party!

Glen David Andrews, a hit at this year's jazzfest, will bringing his wide-ranging show of New Orleans jazz,funk, rock and gospel to Joe's Pub on Thursday August 5 at 9:30pm.

We're interested in possibly putting together a house party on August 4th. If you are interested in throwing the best party of your life, w/ Glen and his band, please call Kimball @ 781-608-6820 for details and availability.

Kimball Packard
Sound Advice Management
504-298-NOLA (o) 781-608-6820 (c)

Friday, July 23, 2010

NY Times: New Orleans’s Gender-Bending Rap

If “gay rapper” is an oxymoron where you come from, how to get your head around the notion of a gay rapper performing in a sports bar? What in most cities might seem plausible only as some sort of Sacha Baron Cohen-style provocation is just another weeknight in the cultural Galapagos that is New Orleans. Sometime after midnight on the sweltering Thursday before Memorial Day, the giant plasma-screen TVs at the Sports Vue bar (which “proudly airs all major Pay Per View events from the world of Boxing and Ultimate Fighting”) were all switched off, and the bar’s backroom turned into a low-lit, low-ceilinged dance club, where more than 300 people awaited a return engagement by Big Freedia, who by day runs an interior-decoration business and who is, to fans of the New Orleans variant of hip-hop music known as “bounce,” a superstar.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Support the Clinic, Support the New Orleans Traditions...

Tradition bearers in New Orleans

The New Orleans Musicians Clinic describes the community it serves the following way:

“New Orleans musicians, tradition bearers, and their families.”

What are “tradition bearers?”

If you know New Orleans, you know that in addition to the city’s unique musical culture, the city also has social traditions – Mardi Indian tribes, social aid and pleasure clubs, and other groups – that are not found anywhere else in America.

In this video, Chuck Perkins, the New Orleans-born poet whose work is featured at the end of the video on the home page, pays a visit on one of the city’s key tradition bearers: Mr. Ronald Lewis.

Are these traditions, worth supporting?

Of course they are.

Support the Clinic, support the traditions.

You can help New Orleans greatly by helping the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.

Every year, the Clinic provides free and low cost occupation-specific medical care to over 2,000 New Orleans musicians, tradition bearers, and their families.

Please share this page with your friends – and if you’re able, give.



Monday, July 19, 2010

Watch: Grandpa Elliott / Playing For Change

Grandpa Elliott has been playing on the streets of New Orleans since he was six years old and it is time for his music and passion to meet the masses. Playing For Change recorded his album, Sugar Sweet, throughout the 2009 Playing For Change Band North American Tour. It all started one evening at a barbeque when he began tapping his foot, slapping his hand against his knee and singing, “Your lips is so dog gone sweet to me, baby I’m afraid, if you kissed the ocean it would turn to lemonade…" I remember thinking we could not get to a studio fast enough!

I love this man with all my heart for his soul, sweet voice and power of conviction. He performs each song as if it was his last and puts every ounce of his giant heart into every note. Check out the album, support a great performer, and let’s teach the world that some of the best music we have ever heard comes from the streets!!! From the people, for the people.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

In Pictures: Blind Boys of Alabama feat. Hot 8 Brass Band & Aaron Neville @ Alice Tulley Hall

By Dino Perrucci Photography

Hot 8 Brass Band - Alice Tully Hall, NYC 7/16/10

The Blind Boys Of Alabama w/Hot 8 Brass Band - Alice Tully Hall, NYC 7/16/10

The Blind Boys of Alabama w/Aaron Neville - Alice Tully Hall, NYC 7/16/10

The Blind Boys of Alabama w/Aaron Neville - Alice Tully Hall, NYC 7/16/10

Thursday, July 15, 2010

In Pictures: Hot 8 Brass Band @ Sullivan Hall

By Dino Perrucci Photography

Hot 8 Brass Band - Sullivan Hall, NYC 7/14/10

Hot 8 Brass Band - Sullivan Hall, NYC 7/14/10

Upcoming: Brother Joscephus @ Roosevelt Island on Saturday

Sunday, July 18, 2010
3:00 p.m.


Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra will bring the New Orleans-style Mardi Gras & Nation Beat will bring the Brazilian-style Carnaval as a wave of dance, song, and celebratory culture takes over ROOSEVELT ISLAND in the middle of the East River.

Also at ROOSEVELT L!VE on July 18th: Your Maine “Hook-Up”

Red Hook Lobster Pound will be serving lobster rolls, shrimp rolls and crab cake sliders! Red Hook Lobster Pound takes great pains to deliver the freshest lobster and lobster rolls to the good people of New York City. They drive up to Maine several times a week, to bring home the best that Maine has to offer!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Watch: Shamarr Allen speaks out against oil crisis in new video

Shamarr Allen, Dee-1, Paul Sanchez and Bennie from the Hot 8 speak out on the Gulf Coast oil crisis with their new hit "Sorry Ain't Enough No More":

Check out the BP Oil Spillmeter HERE.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wall Street Journal Highlights Summer NolaFunk in NYC

Flying Away To New York

This Summer, the Sounds of HBO's 'Treme' Hit Stages Around the City

Fans of "Treme," David Simon's HBO drama set in New Orleans, must wait until next season to learn what happens between Davis McAlary, the overbearing, manic DJ-musician (played by Steve Zahn), and his girlfriend, Janette Desautel (Kim Dickens), the lovely and determined chef who lost her restaurant to hard times.

But at Sullivan Hall in the Village this past Friday, clubgoers checked in with Davis Rogan, on whom the character of McAlary is largely based. Mr. Rogan is the higher-caliber musician; but except for that, the similarities are striking: The real Davis knows the minutiae of New Orleans piano tradition, actually does keep his place impossibly messy, and did in fact run for local office on the strength of a self-produced recording.

Erika Goldring

Trombonist and singer Glen David Andrews, a native of the Treme section of New Orleans who has appeared in the HBO series 'Treme,' will perform in New York in August.

Mr. Rogan opened for the Soul Rebels Brass Band; McAlary took Janette to hear them in the season finale as part of an all-out effort to dissuade her from moving to New York. Fictional Davis knew what he was doing: Music—especially a brass band's call to dance—is New Orleans's most potent seduction. (If you missed the Soul Rebels at Sullivan Hall, catch the Hot 8 Brass Band there on Wednesday; they've not yet appeared in "Treme," but it's inevitable, so elemental have they been to the city's rebirth, one parade at a time.)

This summer, the music of New Orleans will be poking through the fiction of "Treme" and onto stages all across Manhattan, pointing to one essential truth at the show's heart.

"The depth, the depth," said Blake Leyh, the show's music supervisor, describing what he's learned on the job. "Just when you think you're getting a handle on the thing, you discover a whole new world of music that you knew nothing about." Mr. Leyh first discovered the Soul Rebels, with their innovative blend of reggae and hip-hop with a brass-band tradition, in 1992 at New Orleans's now-defunct Café Istanbul. He's co-producing Mr. Rogan's next album, titled simply "The Real."

Donald Harrison has made several cameos in "Treme"—playing alto saxophone in a suit and tie as he leads a jazz band, and in feathers and beads as a Mardi Gras Indian. Both are strands of his real story. At Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola from Wednesday to Sunday, he'll be in the former mode, playing music associated with jazz-drumming icons such as Art Blakey in drummer Ali Jackson's quintet.

Paul Schiraldi

Below, Donald Harrison, who has made several cameos on the show, plays Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola this week.

Mr. Harrison soaked up such material firsthand from Mr. Blakey, having joined Mr. Blakey's Jazz Messengers at 21. And he absorbed Mardi Gras Indian tradition from his father, who was a Big Chief. Now 50, Mr. Harrison's work sometimes straddles those legacies, as in his modern-jazz version of the traditional song, "Indian Red," which closed episode three of "Treme."

And that slippery bebop tune he played in episode five, alongside fictional trumpeter Delmond Lambreaux? It's a new composition, "Quantum Leap," which you can download from Mr. Harrison's MySpace page (or wait for the album, out soon).

And whatever happened to charismatic trombonist and singer Glen David Andrews, who "Treme" viewers last saw at a club called Sammy's, in Houston? The real Mr. Andrews bought himself a bus ticket back home in early 2006. "I feel ground down," he said in an interview back then, referring to his months "in exile." But by 2008's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he bounded from the stage, gazed up and announced, "It's my time."

It may well be. Mr. Andrews's bold, raspy voice is not new to HBO viewers: He sang the hymn "I'll Fly Away" to end Spike Lee's documentary "When the Levees Broke"—altering the final lyric to say "New Orleans will never go away." Onstage and off, electrifying club audiences and street scenes, speaking his mind at civic rallies, Mr. Andrews perhaps best embodies what Mr. Simon means when he says, "culture is what brought this city back." Mr. Andrews plays Joe's Pub on August 5 and Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center on August 8, on a shared bill with the Soul Rebels and the Wild Magnolias. The second-line parade they'll lead from the Caribbean Cultural Center to Lincoln Center won't last four hours, as do the sort that entranced Mr. Simon 20 years ago, but should lend a swinging sense of purpose, just like the real thing.

If "Treme" was your window into the worlds of the inimitable Dr. John and powerhouse trombonist Big Sam (whose band, Funky Nation, lives up to its name), catch the former at City Winery on Aug. 2 and 3, and the latter aboard the Jewel on Aug. 11 as part of the Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series.

Antoine Batiste, the trombonist portrayed by Wendell Pierce on "Treme," always lacks for cab fare and seems happiest when Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is out of town (so he can catch a fill-in gig). Shorty plays at South Street Seaport's Water Taxi Beach on Aug. 26, along with pianist John Cleary. Somewhere in TV land, Antoine will be smiling.

—Mr. Blumenfeld writes about jazz for the Journal.

Upcoming: Hot 8 Brass Band @ Sullivan Hall tomorrow night

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Hot 8 Brass Band

with special guests Urban Sun and Otis

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010

Sullivan Hall

Watch: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on Letterman

Monday, July 12, 2010

Win Tickets, Dinner, Lodging, & Mini Golf for Galactic in Asbury Park, NJ

Win the ultimate REAL Jersey Shore experience in ASBURY PARK as RELIX will be giving away two tickets to GALACTIC at the legendary STONE PONY on Wednesday August 4th, complimentary hotel room at THE BERKELEY, dinner at acclaimed Cajun/Creole restaurant TRINITY and THE POPE, and what would a trip to the ASBURY PARK BOARDWALK be without a round of MINIATURE GOLF?

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NY Times Review: Garage a Trois

A Jam Band Counting on a Style of Its Invention

HOBOKEN, N.J. — The terminology can’t be trusted when it comes to Garage a Trois, a band consisting of the drummer Stanton Moore, the saxophonist known as Skerik, the percussionist Mike Dillon and the keyboardist Marco Benevento. That’s four people, not three, despite the group’s chosen name; it doesn’t have much stake in garage rock, either. And while Garage a Trois fits the profile of a jam band, its music feels more focused and less freewheeling than that particular pigeonhole might suggest.

Garage a Trois formed just over a decade ago, originally with Mr. Moore, Skerik and the guitarist Charlie Hunter. Its sensibilities have skewed grittier and more psychedelic with the current lineup, largely because of the fuzz-tone output of Mr. Benevento. On Thursday night at Maxwell’s here, the band played a shrewdly overdriven show, combining heavy-riff distortion with a rough-and-tumble funk delirium.

Almost all the songs were from its most recent release, “Power Patriot” (Royal Potato Family), a respectable album but only a faint intimation of what Garage a Trois can do live. (That may ultimately be the strongest link the group shares with its jam-circuit brethren.)

The band’s life force is rhythm, both at a subterranean level and on the surface. Mr. Moore is also a founding member of Galactic, which has evolved into an all-purpose New Orleans house band equally at home with bounce music or Mardi Gras funk. He has a knack for disarming bombast with elasticity, sounding sly and adaptable even when jackhammering at his toms. And he had a ready sidekick in Mr. Dillon, who began the set on vibraphone before turning to congas, tablas and effects.

There was mathematical complexity in some of the tunes, like “Rescue Spreaders,” which involved a whorl of superimposed meters, in groupings of four and five. (During a vibraphone solo by Mr. Dillon the rest of the band shifted neatly into swing.) But it was no less satisfying to hear the album’s relatively simple title track rendered tougher and wilder, with Mr. Dillon socking a pair of cowbells and Skerik howling through his horn. One tumultuous stretch of the tune recalled the Brecker Brothers at their fusioneering peak, when their sound was best described by the title of a live album: “Heavy Metal Be-Bop.”

Skerik and Mr. Dillon also played an opening set as two-thirds of the Dead Kenny G’s. (The other third is Brad Houser, on bass and baritone saxophone.) Their rapport in this setting was a bit more feverish than in Garage a Trois, and their tone a lot more juvenile. Skerik was freer and more impulsive with his improvising as the trio pinballed between styles: Afro-pop, Balkan klezmer, pocket funk lashed to Middle Eastern modality.

The jumpiness felt a little dated and obvious — very 1990s Knitting Factory — as did the ostensible target of the band’s fury. There are few easier marks than Kenny G, the living symbol of simpering instrumental pop. Skerik and crew know this, but why would they let that stop them? What’s in a name, anyway?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

In Pictures: Soul Rebels Brass Band feat. Davell Crawford @ Sullivan Hall

By Dino Perrucci Photography

Davell Crawford & Davis - Sullivan Hall, NYC 7/9/10

Soul Rebels - Sullivan Hall, NYC 7/9/10

Soul Rebels - Sullivan Hall, NYC 7/9/10

Soul Rebels w/Davell Crawford - Sullivan Hall, NYC 7/9/10

Friday, July 9, 2010

Listen: Galactic @ Brooklyn Bowl (June 3, 2010)

Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA


Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Firefox users can Down Them All! at once (here).

Listen: Dumpstaphunk @ Brooklyn Bowl on July 7, 2010

Band/Artist: Dumpstaphunk
Date: July 7, 2010
Venue: Brooklyn Bowl
Location: New York, NY


1. Shake It Off
2. Everybody Wants Sum
3. Neutra Rat
4. Put It In The Dumpsta
5. banter - New York/New Orleans
6. Deeper And Deeper
7. banter - Nick Daniels
8. No More Okeydoke
9. Lieutenant Dan
10. She's Music
11. banter - t-shirts and CDs
12. Running Away -> *
13. Miss You -> *
14. The Gasman Chronicals *
15. banter - Eric Krasno thanks, Rock-N-Bowl
16. Meanwhile...
17. Standin' In Your Stuff
18. banter - band intros
19. Sing A Simple Song
20. encore break
21. Drum solo
22. Africa
23. announcements

"Jon Cleary: Piano, Bass, & Drums" : THE WEEKEND MIX

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I give you this absolutely monster set of music, broadcast live on the great WWOZ in New Orleans, from Lafayette Square in New Orleans, back on April 14th, 2010.

The great Jon Cleary has been touring with something he calls "Piano, Bass, & Drums," with an album, I believe, being planned for a future release. (I hope that's the case.) The bass in this trio is played by James Singleton. The drums are played by Doug Belote. I was about to say, "It's hard to find three better musicians in...." but I stopped myself. When you're in New Orleans, your cab driver probably plays drums better than most with a recording contract. So I'll just say that this trio is something truly special. James Singleton's work with Astral Project alone, is worth your time, while Doug Belote's grooves have been heard with everyone from Trombone Shorty to David Egan to Marva Wright. I'm hoping you are already familiar with the great piano work of Mr. Cleary.


it ain't my fault
mary ann
i get the blues when it rains
take my heart
help me somebody
bringing back the home
second line intro
piano solo
second line reprise
brickyard blues
those lonely lonely nights
leaving trunk
don't do me that way
young boy blues
when you get back
so long

Upcoming: Henry Butler (acoustic) @ Terra Blues tonight

Henry Butler

Solo Acoustic


Terra Blues

Upcoming: Soul Rebels feat. Davell Crawford @ Sullivan Hall tonight

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Soul Rebels Brass Band w/ sp guest Davell Crawford
plus High & Mighty Brass Band
Davis - The real Davis of HBO's "Treme"
Friday, Jul 09, 2010 8:00 PM (7:45 PM Doors)
@ Sullivan Hall

Thursday, July 8, 2010

In Pictures: Dumpstaphunk @ Brooklyn Bowl

By Dino Perrucci Photography

Dumpstaphunk - Brooklyn Bowl, NY 7/7/10

Dumpstaphunk - Brooklyn Bowl, NY 7/7/10

Dumpstaphunk - Brooklyn Bowl, NY 7/7/10

Dumpstaphunk - Brooklyn Bowl, NY 7/7/10

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Upcoming: Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk @ Brooklyn Bowl tonight

1 Year Anniversary Party :: FREE  BOWLING

Wednesday, July 7th

What a year it's been, friends! What better way to celebrate a funky year than with one of the Godfathers of the art, Ivan Neville and his aptly named DUMPSTAPHUNK. What could be even better than the thickest bass and tightest grooves?

How about...



Doors 6:00pm :: Set Times 6:45pm 9:00pm
[Circus Mind will perform at 6:45pm]

That's right, people! From 6pm til close at 2am, the bowling is ON US*.

We will also be accepting donations of any denomination, with all proceeds going towards the





Tuesday, July 6, 2010

In Pictures: Maurice Brown @ Blue Note

By Dino Perrucci Photography

Maurice Brown - The Blue Note, NYC 7/5/10

Maurice Brown - The Blue Note, NYC 7/5/10

Maurice Brown & Chelsea Baratz - The Blue Note, NYC 7/5/10

Maurice Brown - The Blue Note, NYC 7/5/10

Monday, July 5, 2010

From the Archive: George Porter, Jr. & Runnin' Pardners @ Village Underground II May 19, 2001

Early Show
1. intro jam (?) ->
2. Up Late At Night ->
3. FunkSomethingNess ->
4. They All Asked For You ->
5. Funkify Your Life
6. Odiferous ->
7. Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley
8. The Same Old Thing ->
9. The Spirit
10. Count On You ->
11. drum solo ->
12. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor ->
13. Cissy Strut ->
14. Sing A Happy Song
15. banter - announcements
16. I Need More Time
17. banter - more announcements

Late Show
1. intro
2. Woogie Boogie ->
3. Just Got Paid ->
4. By Athenish
5. Check Out Your Mind ->
6. Just Kissed My Baby ->
7. Babies Making Babies ->
8. Africa ->
9. Drum solo ->
10. Look Ka Py Py (slow version)
11. I Feel Like Funkin' It Up / Iko Iko medley ->
12. Junco Partner ->
13. I've Been Hoodooed ->
14. People Say
15. banter - Russell Batiste appreciation
16. "The boys over here from across the track. We're gonna funk for you" ->
17. No More Okey Doke ->
18. bass solo ->
19. band intros over Sing A Happy Song groove ->
20. Sing A Happy Song (reprise) ->
21. I Need More Time (reprise)
22. encore break
23. Big Chief
24. outro


George Porter, Jr. - bass and vocals
Russell Batiste - drums
John Gros - keyboards and vocals
Mike Lemmler - Fender-Rhodes piano
Brint Anderson - guitar and vocals

Recorded, Transferred, Mastered, and Tracked by Scott Bernstein
May/June 2010.

Taper notes:
Managing to keep the momentum up on my New Orleans appreciation series, I present BARN52, a nice LONG show from the recently-resurrected George Porter's Runnin' Pardners at a seemingly defunct NYC venue on West 4th Street right in the center of The Village, appropriately named "The Village Underground". I never saw a lot of shows there (though I also recall seeing a G. Love & Special Sauce show there), but just due to the fact that this was the last time I got to see GP & TRP for over 9 years (until they came back to NYC this year, in 2010), that's significant enough for me to remember the place. I believe that it was being promoted by the same people that used to promote the club Tramps here in NYC.

There were 2 shows which required separate tickets -- and early and a late show. It was only slightly crowded in the first set. The A/C was working (it was a hot late sping day, in a basement "Underground" club, summertime A/C is essential as there is no other way to get fresh air in the place), and everyone was happy. But the late set was INCREDIBLY packed -- I'd say, dangerously oversold. Bathroom lines out of control. And the A/C stopped working. Not pleasent. And taping in the middle of the floor in a packed venue is hard work.

But luckily 9+ years later you can now experience the incredible music made that night in more pleasent environs. George is absolutely THE MAN.


Top ten popular songs from Treme

c/o New Orleans Stuff

The top ten most popular Treme downloads from New Orleans Stuff for June 2010. There were a few surprises:

(most downloaded llisted first)

Indian Red - Donald Harrison Jr.

Treme Song - John Boutte

Big Chief Battle Axe - Dr. Michael White

Gut Bucket Blues - Don Vappie And The Creole Jazz Serenaders

It's Raining - Irma Thomas

♪ 'Gardez Donc! - Beau Jocque and the Zydeco Hi-Rollers

My Dawlin' New Orleans - Leigh Harris - Little Queenie

Whirlaway - Allen Toussaint

A Certain Girl - Ernie K-Doe

Ace in the Hole - The Radiators

♫ Download music from Season One of Treme

lyrics to John Boutte's Treme Song

c/o New Orleans Stuff

Lyrics to John Boutté - Treme Song
Theme song for the HBO show, Treme

Hangin' in the Treme
Watchin' people sashay
Past my steps
By my porch
In front of my door

Church bells are ringin'
Choirs are singing
While the preachers groan
And the sisters moan
In a blessed tone

Down in the Treme
Just me and my baby
We're all going crazy
Buck jumping and having fun

Down in the Treme
It's me and my baby
We're all going crazy
Buck jumping and having fun

Trumpet bells ringing
Bass drum is swinging
As the trombone groans
And the big horn moans
there's a saxophone

Down in the Treme
It's me and my baby
We're all going crazy
Buck jumping and having fun

Hangin' in the Treme
Watchin' people sashay
Past my steps
By my porch
In front of my door

Church bells are ringin'
Choirs are singing
While the preacher groans
And the sisters moan
In a blessed tone

Down in the Treme
It's and my baby
We're all going crazy
Buck jumping and having fun

Down in the Treme
It's and my baby
We're all going crazy
Buck jumping and having fun

Trumpet bells ringing
Bass drum is swinging
As the trombone groans
And the big horn moans
there's a saxophone

Down in the Treme
Just me and my baby
We're all going crazy
Buck jumping and having fun

Down in the Treme
Just me and my baby
We're all going crazy
Buck jumping and having fun

Down in the Treme
Just me and my baby
We're all going crazy
Buck jumping and having fun


Lenny Kravitz crashes the VOP Choir in New Orleans for "Fly Away"