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Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives @ Sullivan Hall (08.06.10)

Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives @ Sullivan Hall

Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives @ Sullivan Hall (Photo by Allison Murphy)

Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives

Billy Iuso – General Madness
Thomas McDonald – Bass, vocals
Mike Burkart– Keys, vocals
Spencer Raymond – Drums

Special Guest: Jaik Miller

Another night at Sullivan Hall.  A new night of music.  Tonight, I was prepared to check out Billy Iuso and The Restless Natives, who hit Manhattan hard, opening up for Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2.

I had heard good things about this New Orleans based rock/funk/jam band.  I was also excited to have the opportunity to check out one of the bands competing for a spot on Jam Cruise through the Vote to the Boat Competition taking place on Facebook. Finally, I had been slated to review the show for Jam Base but there seems to be some new motivations behind the Show Review section and so, here we are!

Before the show started, I was hanging out with some cats in the band before I even realized. “Hey Karen!” shouted  fellow New Yorker Spencer Raymond from across the street.  Spencer would be filling in on drums for Bryan Besse who was other wise engaged back in New Orleans.  He and I chatted for a while before I was introduced to Thomas McDonald, the bass-playing Native.  We raged together outside for a bit.  It came to my attention that this was the first time the drummer and the bass player had met, let alone played together.  We laughed about that and I immediately thought, “This is going to be interesting. I hope it sounds tight.” At some point I had ran into Billy Iuso himself, hugged it out and he thanked me for coming.  And then it was time for the boys to get to making some music.

Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives @ Sullivan Hall (Photo by Allison Murphy)

Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives @ Sullivan Hall (Photo by Allison Murphy)

Billy Iuso @ Sullivan Hall

Billy Iuso @ Sullivan Hall

Hitting the stage around 10:15 pm, Billy Iuso and his Restless Natives dove right.  Blending rock and funk with tons of energy and smiles.  Within minutes, the rock/funk hybrid of sound came out and the first song had Billy ripping his guitar across the stand of his microphone for effect, jumping, bouncing…energy.  New Orleans funky-rock. I am really starting to dig the rock-n-roll I am finding in New Orleans.  I am only just now discovering it.  Having just seen The Radiators for the first time a few weeks ago at Gathering of the Vibes, I have been researching more rock based bands out of NOLA.

The Natives brought some fun layers to their music by way of  Thomas McDonald skating over his bass solo during The Meter’s Love Slip Up On Ya.   Sporting a “WHO DAT” shirt, Tom thumped away on his bass proud and loud throughout the night.  As he counted off into Two Deep In Shallows, the energy just got higher with all the members coming together to form a cohesive little stage rage for the rest of their short set.

Mike Burkart @ Sullivan Hall

Mike Burkart @ Sullivan Hall

Mike Burkart stood out on the key for Oh, I See. Funky! Funky!  A strummy rocky number that also showcases Billy‘s skills.  They covered The Talking HeadsOnce in a Lifetime. It took me a minute to recognize the song.  But then it took me even longer to warm up to their styling of it. Perhaps is was how they slowed it down, perhaps the fact that it was missing a little something to give it that kick jump into rage town. Oh well…

Trippin Over Dragons had Billy inviting Jaik Mille to join the stage.  A trippy space jam infused with rock and just good feelings.  A great dancing song with funky keys and lyrics.  Billy’s singing voice was on point and smooth.  We got a fun keys solo from Mike Burkart towards the end of the song. But not before a jamming guitar solo from Billy.  I truly love his energy.  Not every guitar player can be the greatest player but every guitar player can be fun to watch if they feel their own music.  Billy is a great guitar player but he would get lost in his instrument and I loved seeing that in him.  I certainly am not the only one as they are currently third in line for Vote to the Boat.

Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives @ Sullivan Hall

Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives @ Sullivan Hall

I moved to the raised floor section, giving me more of a bird’s eye view of the stage.  I cheered with the rest of the crowd and began dancing as I heard the opening of Don’t Let Go.  Billy was paying homage to the death of Jerry Garcia and that alone garnered a star in my book.  I enjoyed the cover as I danced next to a happy adorable white-haired man who leans over to me and says:  THAT’S MY SON,” with a beaming proud face.    He pointed out  “This is my favorite song.”  Billy’s father and I danced side by side for the remainder of the song.  Such a proud father!

Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives @ Sullivan Hall (Photo by Allison Murphy)

Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives @ Sullivan Hall (Photo by Allison Murphy)

Later I would find out that Spencer and Billy were members of Brides of Jesus, a band created back in 1992 that has listed Ian Neville, Russle Batiste and other funky musicians as members.  Before this night, Spencer and Billy hadn’t played together in 15 years.  You know,  you never would have know it.  For not having rehearsed before the gig, it went beyond well. All in all it was a great night of funky NOLA rock.  Some good jams pulled out front and the spaces were filled with danceable notes from beginning to end.

I can’t tell you who I am going to vote for, but I can tell you with all certainty, that if Billy Iuso gets voted on the boat, he will deliver some good fun music.  And that is what it’s all about.   I looked forward to my second round of seeing them at Bear Creek Arts and Music Festival in the fall.

Set list!: Love Slip Up On Ya, Oh I See, Two Deep In Shallows, Trippin Over Dragons, Once In a Lifetime, Don’t Let Go, Big Chief

Special Thanks to http://www.ruthrocks.com/ for photography

Check out http://www.billyiuso.com/

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Gulf Oil Spill ~ How You Can Help!

If you are like me, you have found the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to be a nauseating tragedy.  In order to help with the wildlife and habitat recovery efforts, organizations and individuals have readied themselves for the fight to protect the water, land and wildlife that sits in the path of the oil sheen. Visualize and understand the devastation at If This Was My Home!

I am asking YOU to take action! Here are some ways you can help and other resources for staying on top of the story.  Thanks to everyone who helped me gather this important information.

The oil slick as seen from space by NASA's Terra satellite on May 17, 2010

The oil slick as seen from space by NASA's Terra satellite on May 17, 2010


Gulf Relief Foundation

Music has always been a huge part in any major relief effort.  This tragedy is not excluded.  The Gulf Aid: Concert for the Coast was held on May 15, 2010 but they are still collecting donations.

For Donations:
A 501 C3 Non-Profit Corporation
P.O. Box 61035
New Orleans, LA 70161

For Correspondence:
P.O. Box 6917
Metairie, LA 70009

PH 504-841-2380

Gulf Aid On Twitter

Gulf Aid On Facebook

Email info@gulfaid.org


Volunteer Match

VolunteerMatch is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect.

VolunteerMatch Support:

Email: support@volunteermatch.org
Phone: (415) 241-6872
Fax: (415) 520-9650

Main Office:

Phone: (415) 241-6868
Fax: (415) 241-6869

Mailing Address:
717 California St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Volunteer Match on Twitter

Volunteer Match on Facebook

Volunteer Match on Myspace


Nature Conservancy

is a US charitable environmental organization working to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.  If you’re not on the scene but still want to help, you can make a donation to Nature Conservancy.

Physical Address

Worldwide Office
The Nature Conservancy
4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203-1606

Worldwide Office: +1 (703) 841-5300

Other Nature Conservancy Offices

Nature Conservancy on Twitter

Nature Conservancy on Facebook


Fuck BP

While I was watching Hangout Festival on IClips, Ben Harper made a special speech about this petition site!  I apologize for the foul name, but I am sure you feel the same way the creators of Fuck BP do.  It is a petition to make BP clean up thier mess! Yes, it is harsh title but I am pretty sure we are all feeling angry enough to use that word over and over again.

Please sign the petition located on this Website: http://www.fuckbp.net/


Voice of the Wetlands

With a donation button and an up-to-date news feed, this site is focused on driving awareness and developing educational outlets/programs about the loss of the wetlands in southern Louisiana.  VOW was started by musician Tab Benoit who was born and raised in Houma, LA – one of the communities born of the wetlands. Tab along with Rueben Williams and a coalition of local artists and business leaders recognized the urgency to save their homes and the culture of southern Louisiana, thus creating Voice of the Wetlands.

Website: http://www.voiceofthewetlands.org/

If you are able to volunteer,
please call (866) 448-5816 or (281) 366-5511
Please help today and for the future.

Voice of the Wetlands on Myspace

Voice of the Wetlands on Facebook


Matter Of  Trust

One program that has been extremely successful in soaking up oil spills, saving wildlife and ecosystems, uses mats made of human and animal hair.    Here is the website for information: www.Matteroftrust.org

Matter of Trust is a non-profit organization that invites salons, pet groomers and the abundantly coiffed to send leftover hair trimmings for use in highly absorbent hair mats and booms.  According to their website, “Hair is very efficient at collecting oil out of the air, off surfaces like your skin and out of the water, even petroleum oil.” The group boasts twelve locations across region that are ready to receive human and pet hair, and hundreds of volunteers participating in “Boom B Q” parties stuffing the donated locks into recycled nylons to form booms that can be strung along beaches and marshes. Related link: Organization combing country for spare hair to fight oil slick

As interesting as the process is, the focus must be for us to mobilize by immediately making our hairdressers and dog groomers aware of this program.   Call today and ask them to put the hair they sweep up in a clean garbage bag.  Then, tonight register through the website (it’s FREE), and Monday pounds lifesaving hair can be on its way to the plant. You can help by getting a haircut!  Thank you for considering this action.  A call and a hair cut to save the Gulf Coast.  What an idea!


Main office – Small office (not a warehouse) for letters and post only

Matter of Trust, Inc.
99 St. Germain Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94114 USA

Please DO NOT SEND HAIR, fur, waste wool etc. to this address.

Please see Instructions.

Email: team@matteroftrust.org
.Main:…….415 242-6041
.Press: > ..415 235-2403
Funding:>.415 235-2403

Matter of Trust on Twitter

Matter of Trust on Facebook

Mailing address for oil spill hair mat program donations:
(Hair, fur, waste wool, fleece, natural fiber donors, please first see Instructions.  We are emailing all donors addresses for warehouse spaces along the Gulf Coast and all participants will get our Gulf Spill Response alert email.)


Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Command

Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Command is urging the public to report any breaks in the nearly 1.2 million feet of boom that have been placed throughout the Gulf of Mexico. To report an incident, call 1-866-448-5816.

In addition, the group is soliciting the public’s ideas for “stopping the flow of oil into the Gulf, containing or recovering it, or cleaning it up.” Click here to submit your suggestion, or alternatively, call 281-366-5511.

To contact the Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center: 985.902.5231

Related link: BP’s suggestion box is spilling over

Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Command on Facebook


International Bird Rescue Research Center

The International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) lets you support the 16 members of their Oil Spill Response Team, as well as other non-profit organizations working in the region, by “donating, becoming a member or adopting a bird.”

International Bird Rescue Research Center on Facebook

International Bird Rescue Research Center on Twitter

International Bird Rescue Research Center on Youtube

IBRRC’s blog: Documenting their work with injured birds

FAQ: How the IBRRC treats oiled birds


Louisiana Bucket Brigade

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s Oil Spill Crisis Map lets Gulf Coast residents report “sightings of fishermen out or work, endangered wildlife, oil on shore, oil sheens, health impacts and other problems.” Information can be submitted in a variety of ways.

Reports can be made and viewed at http://oilspill.labucketbrigade.org.

Mobile phone users can text or call in reports to  (504) 27 27 OIL.

Reports can also be sent to bpspillmap@gmail.com and through Twitter with the hashtag #BPspillmap.

Eyewitness reports for the map require a description, and location information such as address, city and state, zip-code or coordinates. Citizen reporters can remain anonymous or disclose their contact information. Photos and video can be uploaded via the web.

Click here for more on the organization’s efforts


National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation, in partnership with its colleagues in the Gulf states, is recruiting volunteers for an “extensive volunteer wildlife surveillance network.”

National Wildlife Federation on Facebook

National Wildlife Federation on Twitter

Click here for more information on joining the effort.

Also accepting pledges via your mobile device. Text “WILDLIFE” to 20222 to donate $10 to the organization’s “on-the-ground volunteer and restoration efforts.”



WWL-AM, a news-talk radio station, is on nothing other than the oil spill story. You can listen live here: WWL.com.



From the Times-Picayune Staff, more Gulf oil spill phone numbers and websites:

To submit alternative response technology, services or products: 281.366.5511

To submit your vessel as a vessel of opportunity skimming system: 281.366.5511



Oil Spill Recovery Page: http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/

For information about validated environmental air and water sampling results, visit the EPA’s website.


The Coalition to Restore Costal Lousiana

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is looking for volunteers to “fill a variety of needs.” Pre-veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and anyone with HAZWOPER training (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard) are “strongly encouraged” to register.

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
6160 Perkins Road
Suite# 225
Baton Rouge, La 70808

Telephone: 225.767.4181 office
Toll-Free: 888LACOAST (888.522.6278)
Fax: 225.768.8193 fax

Email: coalition@crcl.org


Mobile Baykeeper

Mobile Baykeeper is raising money in response to the oil spill in order to protect “the beauty, health, and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed.” 

Mobile Baykeeper
300 Dauphin Street, Suite 200
Mobile, AL 36602

E-mail info@mobilebaykeeper.org
Phone: (251) 433-4BAY (4229) or Toll Free 1-888-433-4460
Fax: (251) 432-8197

Mobile Bay Keeper on Facebook


Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board

The Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board is connecting BP with fisherman looking to aid in the cleanup effort.

If interested call: 281-366-5511

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 300
New Orleans, La 70122

PHONE: 504-286-8736
FAX: 504-286-8738

E-mail: HorizonSupport@OEGLLC.com.

Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board On Facebook

Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board On Twitter


National Audobon Society

The National Audubon Society is recruiting volunteers in the fight to save “ecologically sensitive areas.” Visit their website to fill out a volunteer registration form. Here are thier Current Advocacy Campaigns.

National Audubon Society
225 Varick Street
7th floor
NY, NY 10014
Phone: (212) 979-3000


National Audobon Society on Facebook

National Audobon Society on Twitter


Other Websites

Seabird Sanctuary has 300 volunteers on “stand-by” to assist with the Gulf Oil Spill if it impacts Florida.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has set up a fund to help some communities that will be affected by the oil spill.

To report injured or oiled wildlife, call 1-866-557-1401. To report spill-related damage, call 1-800,440-0858, and to inquire about volunteering, or to report oil on the shore, call 1-866-448-5816.

OilSpillVolunteers.com also provides the opportunity sign up and assist with the cleanup.

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Welcome Friends

After great debate and hundreds of friend requests from people I do not know who are interested in my pictures, stories and show schedule, I have decided to write about my musical adventures through this medium.

Where as I love posting my pictures on facebook, there is really no outlet to write about my musical adventures in an organized fashion where friends could enjoy the adventures with me.

In this blog you will find writings about any musical adventure I  am blessed enough to experience around the Tri-State, Washington Dc, and Boston areas.  As well, from time to time we will have submissions from other writers who were able to make special events that I was unable to make.

Recently, The Tiny Rager Blog has been asked by Highline Ballroom and Sullivan Hall to work with them in giving away free tickets to choice performances.  Keep your eyes peeled for these contests as they come along.

Disclaimer:  During the summer months, there is so much to do/see/hear that my posts will be slightly late in their postings.  This site will be much better suited for those of you who dislike going out in the winter months while the rest of us are raging through blizzards to fulfill our addictions.

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