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October 2011 Music Calendar

October 2011 Music Calendar

Calendar updated daily!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

  • (Free) American Babies @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
  • (Free) John Hammond @ Madison Square Park (Madison Square Music: Studio Series)
  • ($10) Asobi Seksu @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) Free Form Funky Freqs: Vernon Reid (guitars) Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass) G. Calvin Weston (drums) @ The Stone
  • ($20-$25) Imelda May @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($80-$140) Elvis Costello @ United Palace Theatre

Sunday, October 2, 2011

  • ($15) Conspirator Featuring Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner from The Disco Biscuits, Beem and Deem, Horizon Wireless, Alpha Data (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($22-$28) Sean McCann of Great Big Sea @ City Winery

Monday, October 3, 2011

  • ($5-$8) A Residency With: The London Souls @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30-$41) The Psychedelic Furs featuring Tom Tom Club @ Irving Plaza

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

  • ($5-$8) Kung Fu @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) Mark Guiliana @ 55 Bar
  • ($35-$45) David Sanborn @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($55-$120) Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($60-$90) Portishead @ Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

  • ($5) Tall Tall Trees @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($14) Toubab Krewe and Zongo Junction @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($15) The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band @ Birdland NYC
  • ($15) Austra @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($35-$45) David Sanborn @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($40-$55) Guerilla Union & House of Blues Presents Black Star with Mos Def and Talib Kweli @ Irving Plaza
  • ($50-$65) Bebel Gilberto – Make-up Show @ City Winery
  • ($55-$120) Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($65-$90) Portishead @ Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom
  • ($100) Up From The Bayou: A Benefit for New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation @ Dave Malone and Camile Baudoin (of the Radiators), Ivan Neville and Tony Hall (of Dumpstaphunk), and Adam Dietch (of Lettuce)
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Thursday, October 6, 2011

  • ($10) Mark Guiliana @ 55 Bar
  • ($25-$30) James Blake & Austra @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($35-$45) David Sanborn @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($55-$120) Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($75-$90) Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, and Maceo Parker @ Town Hall
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Friday, October 7, 2011

  • (Free) Tall Tall Trees ACOUSTIC SHOW @ Postcrypt Coffeehouse
  • (Free) Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) FiKus @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($12) Melvin Seals and JGB @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20) Ollabelle @ The Bowery Ballroom
  • ($26-$38) NOFX & Anti-Flag with Old Man Markley @ Irving Plaza
  • ($35-$45) David Sanborn @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($50-$55) An Intimate Acoustic Evening with Natalie Merchant @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($50-$125) Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Saturday, October 8, 2011

  • ($10) O’Death @ The Bell House
  • ($10) Reckoning: Performing The Music of the Dead, Phish, and more @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($12) Roots of Creation @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($26-$38) NOFX @ Irving Plaza
  • ($50-$125) Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Sunday, October 9, 2011

  • ($18-$28) Beats Antique @ Irving Plaza
  • ($22-$27) The Lemonheads performing “It’s A Shame About Ray” @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($50-$125) Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom

Monday, October 10, 2011

  • ($5-$8) A Residency With: The London Souls @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($22-$27) The Lemonheads performing “It’s A Shame About Ray” @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

  • (Free) Fundimensionals @ The Bitter End
  • ($7) Bernie Worrell Orchestra (of original Parliament-Funkadelic / Talking Heads) with Wolf!, The Statesmen & The Erik Deutch Band @ The Bowery Electric
  • ($15) RJD2 @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15-$25) Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes @ City Winery (2 sets, seperastely priced)
  • ($25) Jason Crosby & Dark Loft CD Release Concert (w/ special guests!) @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($45-$65) An Evening with Pat Metheny ft. Larry Grenadier @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($60-$107) Steve Miller Band @ Beacon Theater
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

  • (Free) Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” + The Wizard of Oz = Dark Side of the Rainbow @ The Brooklyn Bowl
    • “WE DON’T HAVE A SHOW SO WE’RE PLAYING DARK SIDE OF THE MOON TO THE WIZARD OF OZ AND BOWLING IS FREE” BOWL ~ plus free shoe rental & Pink Floyd video mixed by Brooklyn Bowl’s own VJ Emmtea
  • ($15) The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band @ Birdland NYC
  • ($25-$30) Jars of Clay w/ special guest Dave Barnes @ B.B. Kings
  • ($35-$42) Iron & Wine @ Terminal 5
  • ($45-$65) An Evening with Pat Metheny ft. Larry Grenadier @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Thursday, October 13, 2011

  • ($5-$8) Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20) Spin Doctors performing “Pocket Full Of Kryptonite” @ The Bowery Ballroom
  • ($30-$64) Indigo Girls @ Beacon Theater
  • ($35-$42) Iron & Wine @ Terminal 5
  • ($45-$65) An Evening with Pat Metheny ft. Larry Grenadier @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Friday, October 14, 2011

  • ($12-$15) EOTO Featuring Michael Travis and Jason Hann of String Cheese Incident, Billi Shakes @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($13) These Darlins @ The Bell House
  • ($16-$18) Jackie Greene @ The Bowery Ballroom
  • ($20-$25) Jay Farrar (of Son Volt) & Anna Ternheim @ City Winery
  • ($45-$65) An Evening with Pat Metheny ft. Larry Grenadier @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Saturday, October 15, 2011

  • ($5) New York Funk Exchange @ Club Groove
  • ($10) Bonerama @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10-$12) Leroy Justice @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($16-$18) Jackie Greene @ The Bowery Ballroom
  • ($20-$25) Jay Farrar (of Son Volt) & Anna Ternheim @ City Winery
  • ($25-$30) The Royal Family Ball feat. Soulive @ Terminal 5
  • ($45-$65) An Evening with Pat Metheny ft. Larry Grenadier @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($45-$400) Paul Kantner 70th Birthday All-Star Gala w/ Jefferson Starship, Hot Buttered Rum, Moon Alice, Nona Hendryx & Sp. Guests: Pete Sears, John Molo, Prarie Prince, Barry Sless + a Special Tribute to Papa Jonh Creach @ B.B. Kings
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Sunday, October 16, 2011

  • (Free) Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey @ Upper West Side Apple Store (7pm)
    • Live at the Apple Store: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey On their 21st album, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey reaches into the depths of their hometown’s history and emerges with a masterwork. Stop by to hear tracks from the band’s new album, “Race Riot Suite.”
  • ($20-$25) Damn Right! ft. Marco Benevento! w. Billy Martin, DVS*, Mun, more @ The House of Yes, Bklyn
  • ($20-$25) Jay Farrar (of Son Volt) & Anna Ternheim @ City Winery
  • ($45-$65) An Evening with Pat Metheny ft. Larry Grenadier @ Blue Note (2 sets)

Monday, October 17, 2011

  • ($5-$8) A Residency With: The London Souls @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($16-$18) Jackie Greene @ The Bowery Ballroom
  • ($20-$35) Dizzy Gillespie™ Alumni All-Stars ft Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath & More! @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($40-$53) Jane’s Addiction @ Irving Plaza
  • ($100-$5,000) “Rock & Wrap It Up” Charity Concert feat. Jackie Greene @ Brooklyn Bowl

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

  • ($6-$8) American Babies @ Spike Hill
  • ($15) Lisa Hannigan @ The Bell House
  • ($20) Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Plays “The Race Riot Suite” with special guests Peter Apfelbaum, Steven Bernstein, Mark Southerland @ The Jazz Standard (2 sets)
  • ($25-$30) Minus the Bear @ Webster Hall
  • ($35-$40) Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ Hiro Ballroom
  • ($35-$116) Open Door: India Arie & Idan Raichel @ Beacon Theater
  • ($55-$65) Smashing Pumpkins @ Terminal 5
  • ($40-$53) Jane’s Addiction @ Irving Plaza
  • ($20-$35) Dizzy Gillespie™ Alumni All-Stars ft Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath & More! @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

  • ($10) Charlie Hunter Solo Residency @ Sycamore
  • ($15) The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band @ Birdland NYC
  • ($20) Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Plays “The Race Riot Suite” with special guests Peter Apfelbaum, Steven Bernstein, Mark Southerland @ The Jazz Standard (2 sets)
  • ($20-$35) Dizzy Gillespie™ Alumni All-Stars ft Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath & More! @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($30) Stanley Jordan feat. Bucky Pizzarelli / Sharon Ibsen / Special Guests – CD Release Party @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($37-$45) Arctic Monkeys @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Thursday, October 20, 2011

  • (Free) Tall Tall Trees @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($20-$35) Dizzy Gillespie™ Alumni All-Stars ft Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath & More! @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($30) Stanley Jordan feat. Bucky Pizzarelli / Sharon Ibsen / Special Guests – CD Release Party @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40-$52) Dierks Bentley @ Irving Plaza powered by Klipsch
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Friday, October 21, 2011

  • (Free) Coldplay @ The Today Show
  • (Free) Cabinet @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Eric McFadden @ The National Underground
  • ($15) Lisa Hannigan @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($20-$35) Dizzy Gillespie™ Alumni All-Stars ft Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath & More! @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($25) The Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe @ Birdland
  • ($25-$30) Rusted Root @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($25-$30) Tales from the Sahel: An Evening with Baaba Maal @ The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts (Pace University)
  • ($30) Ziggy Marley @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($30) Stanley Jordan Band ft. Bucky Pizzarelli / Kenny Garrett / Special Guests – CD Release Party @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($35) En Vouge @ B.B. Kings
  • ($35-$65) The Jayhawks & Rosanne Cash @ Beacon Theatre
  • ($40-$52) Dierks Bentley @ Irving Plaza
  • ($75-$85) The Blue Note Presents Guitar Man George Benson @ Town Hall
  • ($70-$90-$250) Clearwater, founded by Pete Seeger, presents a benefit concert for their Environmental Education Programs.
    • Performers include Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III, Guy Davis, David Amram, Toshi Reagon, Lucy Kaplansky, Tom Paxton and others to be announced soon. @ Symphony Space
  • ($70-$110) Betty Buckley: Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency
  • ($75-$100) The Blue Note Presents Guitar Man George Benson @ Town Hall

Saturday, October 22, 2011

  • ($15) Yarn with special guests The Hollows and The Tension @ Hiro Ballroom
  • ($20-$35) Dizzy Gillespie™ Alumni All-Stars ft Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath & More! @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($25-$30) Duck Down VS Blacksmith CMJ Showcase: Talib Kweli / Pharoahe Monch @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($27.50) STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($30) Stanley Jordan Band featuring Bucky Pizzarelli / Kenny Garrett / Special Guests – CD Release Party @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($35-$65) An Evening With Gillian Welch @ Beacon Theater
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Sunday, October 23, 2011

  • ($10-$15) Spin Doctor’s performing “Pocket Full of Kryptonite” @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30) Stanley Jordan Band featuring Bucky Pizzarelli / Kenny Garrett / Special Guests – CD Release Party @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($35-$45) Ed Roland (collective soul) & Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) @ City Winery
  • ($45, $55, $65, & $75) Ledisi @ Apollo Theater
  • ($44-$107) Weird Al Yankovic @ Beacon Theater

Monday, October 24, 2011

  • ($5-$8) A Residency With: The London Souls @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($15) The Secret Sisters @ The Bell House
  • ($22-$25) Goapele ~ Break of Dawn Album Release Concert @ B.B. Kings
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

  • ($25-$35) Jimmy Heath 85th Birthday Celebration with special guest Bill Cosby @ Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($27.50-$35) AMON TOBIN, ISAM Live Audio/Visual Show @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple Brooklyn, NY
  • ($30, $53.50, $78.50, $93.50) Absolute Funk: Honoring George Clinton @ The Apollo Theater
  • ($35-$50) Moby Live Acoustic & Ambient @ Angel Orensanz Foundation
  • ($40-$50) Insane Clown Posse @ Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom
  • ($40-$90) Duran Duran @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

  • ($7) Reggie Watts @ Littlefield, BK
  • ($10) Charlie Hunter Solo Residency @ Sycamore
  • ($15) North Mississippi Allstars @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band @ Birdland NYC
  • ($25-$35) Jimmy Heath 85th Birthday Celebration with special guest Bill Cosby @ Blue Note
  • ($27.50-$35) AMON TOBIN, ISAM Live Audio/Visual Show @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple Brooklyn, NY
  • ($34.50) Hubert Sumlin and the Nighthawks @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Thursday, October 27, 2011

  • ($20-$30) Boris w/ Asobi Seksu @ Irving Plaza powered by Klipsch
  • ($25) Steve Kuhn Trio @ Jazz Standard
  • ($25) Bernie Worrell @ The Bitter End
  • ($25-$30) Average White Band @ B.B. Kings
  • ($25-$35) Jimmy Heath 85th Birthday Celebration @ Blue Note
  • ($27.50-$35) AMON TOBIN, ISAM Live Audio/Visual Show @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple Brooklyn, NY
    ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Lowes Regency

Friday, October 28, 2011

  • (Free) Juan Maclean (DJ Set) & Rok One @ Le Baine
  • ($5-$8) The Stooges Brass Band @ The Brooklyn Bowl (late night set)
  • ($10) Universal Funk Order @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($15) North Mississippi Allstars @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($22-$35) John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders
    • Feat. John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Paul Harding, John Hodgman, Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Eugene Mirman, Emma Straub  @ City Winery
  • ($22.50) New Found Glory @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($25-$35) Jimmy Heath 85th Birthday Celebration @ Blue Note
  • ($30) Steve Kuhn Trio @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($48-$55) David Cassidy @ B.B. Kings
  • ($50-$60) Shpongle LIVE @ Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Saturday, October 29, 2011

  • ($10) Jesse Dee @ The Blue Note
  • ($10) Arooj Aftab and Grey play Songs on Earth w/ Meshell Ndegeocello @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($10-$15) John Brown’s Body @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20) A Haunted Hot Tub Halloween: Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, John Darnielle (of The Mountain Goats), Wyatt Cenac, Andres du Bouchet, Found Footage Festival, + more! @ Littlefield, BKLYN
  • ($25) Yonder Mountain String Band & The Infamous String Dusters @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($25-$35) Jimmy Heath 85th Birthday Celebration @ Blue Note
  • ($25-$35) Medeski, Martin & Wood @ Terminal 5
  • ($25-$35) The Grand Slambovian Halloween Ball Hosted By Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams @ Gramercy Theater
  • ($30) Steve Kuhn Trio @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) The Music of Frank Zappa: Project Object w/ Ike Willis + Ray White @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($50-$145) The Fab Faux performing Magical Mystery Tour in its entirety @ Beacon Theater
  • ($63-$112) Danzig – The Legacy Tour @ Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom
  • ($110) Betty Buckley : Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway @ Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • ($25-$35) Jimmy Heath 85th Birthday Celebration @ Blue Note
  • ($30) Steve Kuhn Trio @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($35) The Little Willies feat. Lee Alexander, Jim Campilongo, Norah Jones, Richard Julian and Dan Rieser @ The Bell House

Monday, October 31, 2011

  • ($5-$8) A Residency With: The London Souls @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($35-$42) Matthew Sweet/”Girlfriend” anniversary shows w/ The Shadowboxers @ City Winery
  • ($63-$78) Ween @ Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom

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Introducing Sexual Chocolate!

Introducing Sexual Chocolate!

With the release of the Jam Cruise line up yesterday, I can’t stop thinking of the artist and how they impact our time on the boat.  Running into them in the elevators, having them knock on your cabin door when they hear the pop of a champagne bottle or laying down their food tray to have a leisurely meal with a fan in the dining hall.

As I looked at the line up, I noticed the familiar names.  There is always a George Porter project, an Eric Krasno project, a Karl Denson project.  The latter is the artist I have been thinking the most about.   I just missed two nights of a 3-set GreyBoy Allstars show at the Brooklyn Bowl due to being in the hospital taking care of my boy toy, Josh!

I met Josh at the Karl Denson Tiny Universe shows just about a year or so ago.  During Bowlive 2010, Josh and I actually got a chance to speak to him and thank him for helping us meet.  His response to us: “Just make sure you show me pictures of the children.” Classic Karl. Needless to say, he holds a special place in our hearts.

Karl’s name is yet again plastered as a Jam Cruise headliner, leading his project Karl Denson Tiny Universe.  It was on my first Jam Cruise, Jam Cruise 8, that I truly got to experience Karl Denson in all his glory.  But not as a member of The GreyBoy Allstars, not as a member of The Tiny Universe.  No, this project was called Sexual Chocolate.

Karl Denson rockin his wig!

Karl Denson rockin his wig!

With outstanding talent, worth ethic and enthusiasm, Karl Denson is one of the most respected men in the Funk music community.  Amazing us with his saxophone and flute skills, among other instruments, Karl Denson fronts bands such as Karl Denson Tiny Universe and GreyBoy Allstars! But have you ever heard of his involvement with Sexual Chocolate?

If you haven’t already watched it, go rent Coming to AmericaEddie Murphy plays many rolls throughout the movie but the best role was as the band leader of Sexual Chocolate. And who’s playing saxophone for this gnarly band?  None other than our beloved Karl Denson.

Jeff Coffin and others

Jeff Coffin and others

For many years Sexual Chocolate was out of commission but lucky for us, Karl Denson decided to breathe life into this fictional band by performing a funky Sexual Chocolate set on Jam Cruise 8 in January of this year.

Backing Karl on stage was an Allstar cast consisting of the members of KDTU, Debrissa McKinney (Josh Phillips Folk Festival), Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Jans Ingber and Liza Oxnard (The Motet).  A super special surprise came when legendary harmonica player Lee Oskar (WAR), a guest on the boat, came out on Galaxy, an actual WAR cover.

Lee Oscar, famous Harmonica player/designer

Lee Oskar, famous Harmonica player/designer

Please enjoy these funky and jazzy tunes which can be downloaded below!

Download music set here!

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe ~ 01-07-10 ~ JamCruise 8 ~ Theatro Carlo Felice ~ MSC Poesia

1. …banter… (2:01)
2. Front Money (5:57)
3. Galaxy  (13:25)
4. Groovy Thing (5:15)                                                   
5. Fallin’ (6:06)
6. Flute Down (8:54)
7. Mighty Rebel (9:23)
8. Groove On (9:31)

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February 2011 Music Calendar

February 2011 Potential Show Run Down

Calendar updated daily!

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

  • (Free) New York Funk Exchange @ Club Groove
  • ($10) Talib Kweli @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

  • (Free) Nigel Hall Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5) Zongo Junction & Ikebe Shakedown @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Todd Snider, The Storyteller @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($25-$30) Abraham Inc feat. David Krakauer, Fred Wesley, Socalled @ Le Poission Rouge
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

  • ($10) Charlie Hunter Solo Residency @ Rose Live
  • ($10) Donna The Buffalo @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10-$13) Lotus @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($23.50 – $33.75) Ozomatli @ Irving Plaza
  • ($25) Todd Snider, The Storyteller @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland
  • ($45-$85) Bebel Gilberto (Bossa Nova Singer) @ The Allen Room

Friday, February 4th, 2011

  • (FREE) Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds w/ Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Roots of Creation @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($11) Some Cat From Japan (Part of Freaks Ball) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($21) Buckwheat Zydaco @ BB Kings Blues Club
  • ($25-$30) Lotus @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland
  • ($40-$85) Joan Osbourne @ The Allen Room (Lincoln Center)

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • (FREE) Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds w/ Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Sam Kinninger @ The Blue Note (Late night)
  • ($10) Railroad Earth @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($17-$21) Brothers Past & Nutritious @ The Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($20) Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2 and Big Sams Funky Nation @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($27.25) Lotus @ Terminal 5
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland
  • ($35-$175) Idina Menzel’s New York Philharmonic Debut @ Avery Fisher Hall

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

  • ($30) Allen Toussaint @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland

Monday, February 7th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($32-$202) Prince @ Madison Square Garden

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

  • ($35-$50) Cowboy Junkies @ City Winery

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

  • (FREE) Nigel Hall CD Release Party/Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($25-$35) Larry Campbell and the band presents: The Music of Neil Young, Live Rehearsal show @ City Winery
  • ($15 ~ includes copy of CD) Brad Shepik Quartet w/ Mark Guiliana @ 55 Bar (Special CD Release Concert for “Across The Way”)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

  • ($10) Charlie Hunter Solo Residency @ Rose Live
  • ($10) Cornmeal & Greensky Bluegrass @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($45-$150) Neil Young Tribute @ Carnegie Hall

Friday, February 11th, 2011

  • ($5-$10) Mike Borgia & The Problems w/ Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($20) Either/Orchestra 25th Anniversary Concert w/ John Medeski, Matt Wilson & more! @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($20) Eric Lindell @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20-$24) Bernie Worell @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($22-$32) Emilie Autumn @ Gramercy Theater

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (Late Night)
  • ($5) Sushi Grade Panda + Nutritious @ Bowery Poetry Club
  • ($10) Red Baraat @ Barbes
  • ($10-$35) Brother Joscephus CD RELEASE PARTY @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($12) Dangermuffin @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20) Tea Leaf Green & The Bridge @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($55) Steve Miller & Friends: Celebrating the Jazz Guitar @ Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery
  • ($30) Allen Toussaint @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland
  • ($80-$350) Andrea Bocelli @ The Metropolitan Opera

Monday, February 14th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

  • (Free) Nigel Hall Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($22) Funky Meters @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($32-$112) Branford Marsalis w/ New York Philharmonic (Classical) @ Avery Fisher Hall

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

  • (Free) Tall Tall Trees @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Charlie Hunter Solo Residency @ Rose Live
  • ($10) Jimkata featuring UV Hippo @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($22) Funky Meters @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($27.50) Jim Weider’s Project Percolator w/ Garth Hudson @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$64) Interpol @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($32-$112) Branford Marsalis w/ New York Philharmonic (Classical) @ Avery Fisher Hall

Friday, February 18th, 2011

  • ($10-$12) Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Big Gigantic @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($15) Charlie Hunter Duo & Daniel Bennett Group @ Triad Lounge (A Jazz Benefit Concert for Abingdon Theatre Company)
  • ($20-$35) Pat McGee Band @ City Winery
  • ($30-$88) Branford Marsalis w/ New York Philharmonic (Classical) @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($30) Dr. Dog @Terminal 5
  • ($30) Buster Williams @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($50-$150) John Mellencamp @ Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($10-$12) Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($12-$15) Orgone @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($30) Bill Frisell & Vinicius Cantuaria @ Le Possion Rouge
  • ($30-$42) Big Head Todd and The Monsters @ Irving Plaza
  • ($30-$60) Slightly Stoopid @ Hammerstein Ballroom
  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Buster Williams @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($37-$115) Branford Marsalis w/ New York Philharmonic (Classical) @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($50-$150) John Mellencamp @ Radio City Music Hall

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

  • ($5-$15) Zen Tricksters @ Brooklyn Bowl (Wetland’s Benefit)
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Allen Toussaint @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($30) Buster Williams @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland

Monday, February 21th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($55-$200) Lady Gaga & The Scissor Sisters @ Madison Square Garden

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

  • ($5) The Constellations @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($12) Post-Trey Anastasio Show w/ Wyllys and The New York Hustler Ensemble @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($45) A Very Special Acoustic & Electric Evening with Trey Anastasio and TAB @ Terminal 5
  • ($55-$200) Lady Gaga & The Scissor Sisters @ Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

  • (Free) Nigel Hall Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Apollo Run / David Rogue @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($40-$100) David Gray @ The Beacon Theater
  • ($75-$90) Meat Loaf @ Irving Plaza

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

  • ($10-$12) Bustle In Your Hedgerow Featuring Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Dave Driewitz and Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Leroy Justice @ The Canal Room
  • ($30-$300) Bon Jovi @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($30) Girltalk @ Terminal 5
  • ($70) Itzhak Perlman @ Metropolitan Museum of Art

Friday, February 25th, 2011

  • ($10-$12) Bustle In Your Hedgerow Featuring Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Dave Driewitz and Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($55-$65) Smokin’ Jazz Sessions: Taj Mahal Trio @ Lincoln Center

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (Late Night)
  • ($15) Nels Cline Singers & ROVA perform The Celestial Septet @ Le Possion Rouge
  • ($20) Post Galactic/Trombone Shorty Show with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($30-$40) Mardi Gras Madness Galactic / Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Special Guests Corey Glover (of Living Colour) / Cyril Neville / Corey Henry (Rebirth Brass Band) / Ivan Neville plus High and Mighty Brass Band @ Terminal 5
  • ($100-$250) New York Celebrates George Harrison Feat. Roberta Flack @ New York Society for Ethical Culture
  • ($75) Smokin’ Jazz Sessions: Taj Mahal Trio @ Lincoln Center/Allen Room

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

  • ($10-$12) Julia Easterlin, Flearoy, Sammy Miller and The Congregation, The Whiskey Collection, Jonathan Batiste @ The Knitting Factory
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland

Monday, February 28th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

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Thank you Cloud 9 Adeventures and MSC Crusies!!

Thank you Cloud 9 Adventures and MSC Cruises!!

There are music festivals and then there is Jam Cruise!!  A musical festival on a cruise ship that travels international seas for 5 to 6 days.  I said it last year and I will say it again now.  IT IS THE GREATEST MUSICAL ADVENTURE anyone can take.

Last year, I was at a complete loss for words.  It was my Virgin Cruise and I was awestruck by the magnitude of what I had just experienced.  Considering this was my second year, I thought the hype would be just a bit dimmer, I figured I would be a little less anxious and calm.  Nope!

Even now, while I could burst at the seams ATTEMPTING to explain these EPIC musical journeys, I find it so hard figuring out where to start. It’s all so unbelievable.  I could tackle these articles by day, or perhaps by subject regarding the atmosphere, the music or the people and so much more. I could write a five page article just on the relationship cultivations that took place this year.  There is just so much!!! And the fact that I only slept about 10-12 hours over the span of 5 days gives me an arsenal of memories to pull from.

Jam Cruise 9 Website Banner

Jam Cruise 9 Website Banner

Last year Tinyrager.com didn’t exist as it’s own site.  I wrote for other sites but mainly for my own personal cataloging of memories and would just save the documents on my computer.  So, after last year’s Jam Cruise, I began writing out my adventure and I never made it past the Sail Away Party.

My life took off before I could finish my personal Jam Cruise manifesto.  But I did make an attempt and the end result was all the glorious details about the embarkation line to the ship, the embarkation process, what happened when I explored the boat stumbling across the various venues and checking into my room with the gift bags and what not.  I wrote about everything I could remember up until the Sail Away Party….and then I stopped.

This year, I am going to continue where I left off at the Sail Away Party with a few backtracking steps.  There is no need for me to re-write the exact same information about the boat for this article. If you would like to know about all the things listed above then CLICK HERE!  The article is totally relevant to this one and worth the read and would help cement your mind if you are still debating on getting on the boat.  Jam Cruise staff actually found it last year and blasted it over their page a few times due to the comprehensive nature of the article.  So, enjoy that! It’s got great pictures too!

Now, let’s get this party started!!!

Hello Pretty Ship!! (Photo by Murray)

Hello Pretty Ship (Photo by Murray)

~ Boarding & Pre-Sail Away ~

Within MINUTES, sooooo much can happen to you on Jam Cruise.  This year, I boarded the boat in what felt like 15 minutes but was really a little over/under an hour.  As we get our room keys and begin the walk into the ship, I gaze to my right and Bob Weir is standing next to me. He pulled himself from the line and leans against the wall looking dazed, confused and very skinny. Had he been standing by us the whole time and we been too excited to notice?  He didn’t have an entourage and he looked so frail I guess it’s possible.  As my friends and I realized the magnitude of this moment, we all said “Hello Bob!” and he flashed us a forced smile.  I couldn’t tell if he was happy or sad but I knew how we felt! FREAKING STOKED!!!

A few more feet through the line and we were shuffled into the section where you get your boarding pictures taken. You could purchase the pictures for $30 if you wanted, but whoa that is a lot.  However, in the group behind us, Steve Kimock jumped into the picture.  Now THAT is a $30 moment worth purchasing!!  And there you had another group of people whose minds were just blown and we hadn’t even made it on the boat yet.  Sadly, my hunt for these pictures has come to a dead end. They are gone once you leave the ship.

Before all hell broke loose :) (Photo By Murray)
The NYC Krewe + some before all hell broke loose 🙂 (Photo By Murray)

I was in line with two of my best friends from NYC and we were in different rooms. Once we boarded the boat we separated so I could take my luggage to my room and unpack as fast as possible as not to miss a moment.  I was wearing my Big Sam’s Funky Nation tee-shirt, READY for the Sail Away Party. READY to see my main man Big Sam.  As I step into the mirrored elevator with my luggage, I was covered by this giant shadow of a man who had followed behind me.  And as I turn around, I am embraced by none other than Big Sam. Having reached out to me after he saw one of my reviews of his show, he flashed a smile that melted me as I got a huge hug! What a super duper dude! I will have TONS to say about him later in these articles.

(Photo by Jeffery Dupuis)

(Photo by Jeffery Dupuis)

Last year I was in the Singles Program.  The layout of my room this year was exactly like last year except that I was now with two friends I had met on my virgin cruise: Aaron and Victoria, a super cute Jam Cruise couple who completely enhanced my journey. Thank you both for being such wonderful roommates.    I entered an empty room and unpacked as fast as I could. When I walked out of my room, I just didn’t know which way to turn. There were SO many people I wanted to see who I hadn’t seen since last year’s journey and whose relationship was cultivated through Facebook over the year as we waited patiently to all be together again.  There was so much I wanted to do all in one moment but I knew where I needed to be.    This year, I had a krewe from NYC on the boat and one of them was a virgin, my dear sweet friend Jessica.  I wanted to see their room and be with her.  I just wanted to watch her take it all in because that must have been what I was like last year with my jaw on the ground.

Jam Cruise is over but we know that time will last forever. From the minute I walked into 10242 there was nothing but LOVE. Jessica who I’vereally never met treated me (and everyone) like I was a saint or angel or something. We constructed the door decor (bonding) and the RAGE was on ! Off to Eric’s to gather the troops and start the search for the bottom of the tequilla bottle. A short time later we were off to the pool deck to find the angel Karen has been talking about: Hillary! ~ Murray Ballz

~ Door Décor Competition ~

Sharon & Said's Decor!!  (Photo by Richmand Images)

Sharon & Said's Decor!! (Photo by Richmand Images)

As I entered their room, the faces looking at me were already more shiny and sparkly then when we had left in line.  The Jam Cruise blood was flowing through their veins. Their room was bigger with a balcony.  It’s always good for SOMEONE in your rage krewe to have a balcony! They had taken out all the makings for their door décor and were attempting to assemble it.  Their concept was beautiful.  Using pictures of multiple artists and groups that inspired them, along with artists that couldn’t make it on the boat as well as pictures of allllllll our friends and families who couldn’t make it on the boat, we were to create a collage covering the door and then we placed a mirror in the middle.  On the mirror’s top it read: “We are all on board together.”  On the mirror’s bottom: “And so are you!” So, that when you look into the mirror, everyone is together, connected somehow on board together.  I loved it!

A typical hallway on Jam Cruise (Photo by Chad Smith)

A typical hallway on Jam Cruise (Photo by Chad Smith)

(Photo by Murray)

(Photo by Murray)

We spent a few hours cutting pictures, tapping things.  The rest of our NY posse rolling through the room to say Hi and get the best hugs in the world.  This also began the utilization of the deck for party breaks which, as time passed, began making it hard for us to focus and use tape correctly HAHAHA!!  The mirror began messing with my head; Rob couldn’t roll a piece of tape to save his life! It was awesome! Oh, you should have seen it.

During this time, the magic of the boat presented itself to us with the introduction of Rob and Jess’s neighbors.  When we ran out of tape, they came right in for the rescue. When we needed writing done for the mirror, they were right there with a solution and Maker’s Mark on the rocks. No matter what you want, you get what you NEED on Jam Cruise! From masking tape to enlightenment.

Putting "our" door decor!! (Photo by Murray)

Putting "our" door decor!! (Photo by Murray)

The final product was perfect. A door COVERED with people and musicians we love that couldn’t be on the boat with us, yet they were, even if it was only in this small way.  Throughout the week, any number of our NYC posse could be found sitting on the floor starting at our door. Staring at our loved ones, staring at Jerry and Janis.  Personally, I was found passed out with my hand on the picture of myself and my boyfriend on the first night and was guided back to bed for what would be the only night I would sleep in my cabin!!!

And in terms of what door enhanced my JC experience the most??   Door number #9211.  This door was covered in 3D pictures from last year’s Jam Cruise.  There were numerous 3D glasses attached to the wall by string so you could see the pictures.  It just got cooler every time I saw it. And at one point, I didn’t even NEED the glasses to see it in 3D.  So, anyway, TINYRAGER award to Room #9211 for making us go OUT of our way at least 2 times a day to check out your door!

Forum Party/ Sharon's Birthday Rage! (Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

Forum Party/ Sharon's Birthday Rage! (Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

Once we finished the door we  realized that we missed the forum party on the pool deck.  They had gathered to give Sharon R. a proper Happy Birthday.  I am so sorry I missed this Sharon!  Love you! And now…it was time for the Sail Away Party!!!

Jam Cruise Day One Schedule!!

Jam Cruise Day One Schedule!!

~ Big Sam’s Funky Nation / Sail Away Party ~ Pool Deck ~

Photo By Rex-A-Vision

Photo By Rex-A-Vision

The wonderful Julie McCoy (Photo by Chad Smith)

The wonderful Julie McCoy (Photo by Chad Smith)

The Sail Away Party is phenomenal and truly defines the rest of the voyage.  Julie McCoy, the ship’s activities coordinator/manager/queen bee, comes on to the stage.  Free champagne is distributed amongst the cruisers lining the pool deck and The Captain and Julie McCoy toast us off on our journey.  Then the horns blow and you now know…the party has OFFICIALLY begun. As well, Sweet Water Brewery gives out free beer at during this set, wonderful news for the alcohol drinkers, if you like their flavors!

Photo by Rex-A-Vision

Photo by Rex-A-Vision

I walked to the front row with my friends, toasted, and then stepped away for a moment alone. I was alone on the top level of the Pool deck last year for the beginning of Trombone Shorty’s Sail Away Party and I wanted to be in the similar location and just be alone, connecting with the ship, for a few moments.  If you read my post from last year, you know the turmoil I was in before I boarded this magical vessel that changed my world.  So, I walked up to my sacred spot, snapped a picture of the amazing sight I was staring at and took one giant breath. Upon exhaling that breath came SO MANY tears, I almost collapsed.  The flood gates opened upon the realization that I was back. I was back in this music world; this musical WONDERLAND that completely CHANGED MY LIFE! And this year was going to be SO different than last year.

~ Big Sam Sail Away Party~ Raging Audience Shot from Stage ~

Photo By Rex-A-Vision

Photo By Rex-A-Vision

After letting the tears flow for 2 songs, I gathered myself, with the help of a few people around me, and went back down to the front row, puffy faced and all smiles.  For those of you who don’t know much about the boat or who are not large into the music scene, the front row is where it’s at.  I was greeted into the front row where all the best people reside in most musical scenes, let alone Jam Cruise. But I suppose I need to talk about music here at some point right?  Wasn’t this a music festival on a ship?

THE FUNKY NATION:

Big Sam– Trombone
Danny Abel – Guitar
Eric Vogel – Bass
Drummer Boy Milk Williams – Drums
Da Phessah Drew Baham – Vocal/Trumpet

Not so great mobile pic of the View from my "alone" spot (Photo by TinyRager)

Not so great mobile pic of the View from my "alone" spot (Photo by TinyRager)

I have seen Big Sam numerous times throughout the year. I was worried that his Sail Away party would be the same formulaic shows that I had seen him perform over the year.  But that wasn’t the case.  Where there was a similar flow to it all, Big Sam covered some great songs, added some new dance moves…they just brought us a new show and the audience ate it right up.

Photo by Rex-A-Vision

Photo by Rex-A-Vision

During the fourth song, the ship’s debarking horn blew, the pool deck erupted with cheers and we started moving.   Immediately, the heavy hitters started joining the party.  If nothing else, Jam Cruise is about the various musical combination of artists you can find  performing on the boat. You NEVER know who is going to sit in with whom.  In this case, Leo Nocentelli (The Meters) joined Big Sam for “Gonna Get Funked Up Tonight” and Fred Wesley (JB Horns) followed for “See Me Dance”.

~ Big Sam Sail Away Party~ Top of Pool Deck Perspective ~

Now, The Funky Nation is know for their ability to rage cover songs as well as create new edgy music. Throughout the set he blew some heat into Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy”, The Black Crowes/Otis Redding‘s “Hard To Handle”  and their final song of the set was a mash up of Cee Lo Green‘s “Fuck You” and Lady Gaga‘s “Bad Religion”.  This moment was special for me because when the song first came out, Josh and I literally blasted that Cee Lo Green song for a month straight every morning while getting ready for work.  The song is hilarious and the video is even more so.  In this moment, I looked around the pool deck and saw people kinda staring blankly.  Except for a few people, they didn’t recognize the song.  The entire set lived up to it’s expectations.  It was high energy, full of flare and raging rock funk.

Set List:

01. Intro
02. ?? (jam/instrumental)
03. Feelin’
04. King of the Party
05. ?? (instrumental)
06. Gonna Get Funked Up Tonight
07. See Me Dance
08. Big Ole Booty
09. Hard to Handle
10. Do Watcha Wanna > Everybody Needs Someone to Love > You Are My Sunshine tease > ??
11. Dance Floor
12. Up In Here >
13. jam >
14. ?? >
15. Crazy > Get Low >
16. band intros/banter >
17. Fuck You > Bad Romance tease

Download Big Sam’s Funky Nation Set

At this point we had half an hour until any music started. Being that this was the first night, I can’t believe they had lulls but this year’s scheduling seemed to be staggered differently so whatever. Gave us time to debate!  The options were:

1) Bob Weir‘s Scaring The Children on the Pool Deck (9:30pm-11:30pm)

2) Greensky Bluegrass in the Zebra Bar (9:15pm-10:45pm)

3) Robert Randolph and the Family Band in Teatro Carlos Felice (9pm-11pm)

Already, my heart was racing with the fact that I knew I would be missing things I didn’t want to miss.  This year, I knew I would be spending a significant amount of time the first few days cultivating relationships and so I made a point to schedule the music I loved but also plan to hang out where a large percentage of my Jamily might be.

Most of the performers have two sets over the course of the week so I was ok with missing things here and there and catching them later.  In general, the inner turmoil for me over what music to see is the most stress I feel on that ship.

Carlos Felice Theater! (Photo by TinyRager)

Carlos Felice Theater! (Photo by TinyRager)

I took off for Robert Randolph and the Family Band, riding on a cloud.  When I got there, the theater greeted me with all its purple and gold majesty.  This is my favorite venue on the ship. Again, you can learn about the ship from last year’s posts.  But I will tell ya that the purple and gold colors are beautiful and remind me of my college, there are two levels to rage on, the elevated steps in front of the stage are perfect for our drinks, extra costume accessories like boas, hats and what not.  The stairs are also rounded and this allows for a much larger front row throwdown.

I got to the theater and no one was really even in there and the roadies were still setting up.  Speaking of cultivating relationships, I met a lovely twin set named Cindy and Mindy, who inevitably raged the front row with the best of us the whole cruise. Rage on ragers. Big hugs to you both!

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)
(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

~ Robert Randolph and the  Family Band ~ Theatro Carlo Felice ~

Robert Randolph – Pedal Steel, Guitar and Vocals

The Family Band:

Danyel Morgan – Bass and Vocals
Marcus Randolph – Drummer
Adam Smirnoff – Rhythm Guitar
Lenesha Randolph -Vocals
Brett Haas – Keyboards and Guitar

Special Geusts:

Eric Krasno – Guitar
Big Sam – Trombone
Ivan Neville – Keys
Taylor Hicks -Vocals & Harmonica

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)
(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

As I sat there, making new friends, old ones started arriving.  Said and Sharon’s smiling face made their way to our side of the theater. (Thanks to Said for the RR&TFB set-list below).  Then one by one the Jamily krewe gathered until we were 25+ deep on the left side of the stage. Oh, how I just want to talk about all these lovely people, not the music. It’s insane.  But that is not the purpose of this so…

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

Having seen Robert Randolph and the Family Band a few times this year and being disappointed in the performances, I was PRAYING that he would kick it back to his roots and focus on older songs, perhaps melt our faces without playing Lady Gaga tunes to fill time.  Perhaps give us some great covers; perhaps show us some great collaborations.  And that is exactly what they did.

Blasting off his set with “Ted’s Jam,” he shot me right back to ten years ago when I first found Robert and Danyel at Star Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The newest addition to the clan, Lenesha Randolph, was on stage, backing up her brother.  I am still weary on her talent.  I won’t say anymore regarding that topic.

“The March” is one of my all time favorites Robert debuted years ago.  I was right up front with my musical posse and when Robert got off his seat and started dancing for us, we all knew the dance and joined along.  He asked us to teach those around us but he was doing a fine job wiggling his body for us….mmmmmm. And Danyel‘s bass thumped away. I am absolutely IN LOVE with Danyel and his voice.   Always have been!

A re-worked “Thriller” cover saw Eric Krasno and Big Sam join the stage and over the remainder of the set Ivan Neville and American Idol’s Taylor Hicks, yup Taylor Hicks, also joined the stage.


“Tears of Joy” brought the blues to an otherwise raging set and my faith in Robert Randolph and his family, however swaying it may have been hours earlier, was restored and his #1 fan was back on top, in the front row, loosing her mind!

Set List:

01. Ted’s Jam
02. ?
03. ?
04. The March
05. ?
06. If I Had My Way
07. Deliver Me
08. I Miss My Girlfriend (Her Name is Molly)
09. Thriller Jam
10. I Need More Love
11. Voodoo Chile
12. Tears of Joy
13. Traveling Shoes

Download Robert Randolph and the Family Band Theater Set

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

As soon as set ended, I hightailed it to the Pool Deck to check out the remainder of Bob Weir‘s Scaring The Children.  I ended up on the upper deck looking down at the sea of Dead heads who were staring doe-eyed at Bobby and Co. The wind was blowing warmly over my body as I realized we were so far from land now I couldn’t see lights.

I gave Bobby as much time as I could before wanting to leave.  Personally, I thought it sounded pretty slow and that is not a bad thing, I just needed something more to move to.  I wish I could recall the song that was playing.  Even though it was tough for me to look at Bobby, as all I could imagine was the scene from Indiana Jones where the guy takes the sip from the wrong chalice and his skin melts off,  it appeared that he was giving the people what they wanted.  Smiles abounded on the faces below me and I just knew that Jerry was smiling down upon the ship.

(Photo by Jeffrey Dupuis)

(Photo by Jeffrey Dupuis)

So, after Robert Randolph‘s set, we were faced with more difficult choices.

1) Pimps of Joytime in the Zebra Bar (11:00pm-1:00am)

2) Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe on the Pool Deck (12:30am-3:00am)

  • Sadly, I can not find a link for this set. If anyone finds one, please pass it along to me.

3) Anders Osborne with Stanton Moore and Carl Dufrene in the Teatro Carlos Felice (11:45pm-1:15am)

Having just seen Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe numerous time over the past year and just a few days earlier as the Phish After Party on New Years Eve, I decided to skip KDTU on the Pool Deck and focus on the Anders Osborne set.

Performing on same stage as Robert Randolph, the Anders set was going to take a little time to prepare as they transferred over the equipment.  I used this time to gather my thoughts, fill up my water bottle and grab a bite to eat. I don’t want to go into the food just yet…too stressful.

(Photo by Michael Weiss)

(Photo by Michael Weiss)

~ Anders Osborne with Stanton Moore and Carl Dufrene ~ Teatro Carlo Felice ~

(Photo by Dave Vann)

(Photo by Dave Vann)

I had missed Anders Osbourne the few times he made his way through NYC the past year and having seen him in the past, I KNEW he would rip up whatever stage he was on with his rouge, wild, rockin’ New Orleans vibe.  That is exactly what I was looking for at this time in the evening.

His back up band was a force to be reckoned with.  Joining  the stage this set was:

Anders Osbourne – Guitar and Vocals
Robert Walter – B3 Organ
Carl Dufrene – Bass
Stanton Moore -Drums

Special Guests:

Scott Metzger – Guitar
Will Bernard – Guitar
Skerik – Saxaphone

(Photo by Michael Weiss)

(Photo by Michael Weiss)

This set was complete fire!!!  I mean absolutely out of control, rock-laced guitar shredding jams, backed by outrageous solos by Skerik and added guitar layers by way of Scott Metzger and Will Bernard.  At the time, it was my favorite set of the night and in hindsight, it is in my top five sets of the week.  The inclusion of Skerik‘s hyper-driven saxophone layered upon Anders songs was, well……take a look at this….seriously.

Set List:

1. Tuning
2. Love Is Taking Its Toll
3. Echoes Of My Sins
4. Darkness At The Bottom
5. Burning On The Inside
6. Got Your Heart
7. Me Donkey Want Water

Download Anders Osborne Theater Set

(Photo by Dave Vann)

(Photo by Dave Vann)

And here we were back having to make decisions!!

1) Papadosio in the Zebra Bar (1:45am-3:15am)

Set List:
1. Utopiate
2. Unparalyzer
3. Magreenery
4. Bionic Man
5. All I Knew
6. Method Of Control
7. Cue
8. Polygons
9. Eyes Have Eyes

2) Stockholm Syndrome in the Teatro Carlos Felice (2:00am-4:00am)

3) Nutritious in the Disco (2:00am-6:00am)

4) AND THE LAST CHOICE!!!!  The Jam Room: Hosted by Tony Hall (12:00am – 6:00am)

Now we come to the greatest and grandest part of the Jam Cruise experience. THE JAM ROOM!! Each night, a different musician (generally a guitar player, keys player or bass player) hosts The Jam Room.  The Jam Room is a entertainment space located in the rear of the ship where these musicians play host to who ever wants to join them on stage.  Sometimes, there are pre-arranged gatherings or sometimes a musician just jumps up for a song and adds to the insanity.  Always, there are free jams, group rages and it’s all off the cuff improvisational jamming.

~ The Jam Room with Host Tony Hall ~

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

Tonight’s Jam Room host was Tony Hall, New Orlean’s Dumpstaphunk bass player. Tony is one of the most charismatic musicians around.  He is always invested in engaging with his audiences, making faces, pulling girls on stage, dancing with the audience.  He is one of my favorites in that aspect.

Sadly there is not a lot of footage from the Jam Room to show you.  Many Cruisers had already gone to bed to save their strength while others were raging so hard they couldn’t manipulate a camera or video device to save their life.  But I can tell you that it was a RIPPING good Jam Room.

It was an epic moment lost on the winds of the ocean and remembered only by those that were present… ~ Ananda Atmore

Tony Hall was backed by many of his bands mates from Dumpstaphunk to include:

Ivan Neville – Keys
Nick Daniels III – Bass
Raymond Weber – Drums
Ian Neville – Guitar

Other Guests:

Big Sam – Trombone
Nigel Hall (Lettuce/SCFJ)- Keys
Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule/Stockholm Syndrome) – Keys
Eric Krasno (Lettuce) – Guitar
Adam Deitch (Lettuce) – Drums
Ron Johnson (SCFJ) – Bass
Zach Deputy – Guitar
Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys) – Pedal Steel Guitar

There was so much happening on stage there is no way to recall it all.  One of the last songs played in the jam room that night was Jimi Hendrix‘s “Hey Joe”. The Lee BoysRoosevelt Collier jumped up on stage and confused the hell out of us as he was only a passenger on the ship thus year!  SO FUN when things like that happen.  You know it’s a good time when other musicians pay to get on board.

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

(Photo by Rex-A-Vision)

Tonight would be the only night that I came back to my room to sleep.  The theme one must know and get to embrace on Jam Cruise is: “It’s a marathon, not a sprint!” It appeared that everyone had taken that creed to heart as I wondered around the pool deck wondering where everyone was.  Where were the late night jam sessions and/or drum circles on the pool decks?  Where was Brock Butler playing his acoustic guitar to the people watching the sunrise.I am sure that they were somewhere, I just never stumbled upon them. It was destiny, however, because after raging the Unofficial Pre-Jam Cruise party at the Days Inn Bahia Cabana Beach Resort the night prior, I was exhausted.  I decided to watch the sunrise with my NYC crew and hear how our virgin cruiser Jessica B. had enjoyed her first night.

As I looked over the balcony, lost in the wake of the ship, my friends and I smiled at each other.  We watched the wake of the ship hit the tip of the horizon and we knew there was no turning back. We were together on this epic musical journey and there were so many adventures to be had.  I took myself to bed around 7am but not before touching the faces of all our family and friends that lined the door decor, wishing they were with us.  Sleep was needed as we had a full day at sea tomorrow.  I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for us when we final rose again.

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The 41st New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival:

A Russ Agdern Perspective: Thursday, April 29, 2010

(The Fairgrounds Reopen, Marisa Arrives, Let’s Zydeco!)

Mr. Russ Agdern

Mr. Russ Agdern

(Read Russ’s “Wednesday, April 28, 2010″ here)

Cake Cafe (Photo by Bryna Stiefel)

Cake Cafe (Photo by Bryna Stiefel)

So after a five hour sleep, I shower, get dressed, catch up with my buddy for a minute, then it’s off to the Cake Café for a croissant and up the Fairgrounds for Day 1.  It’s a little overcast, the perfect kind of Fest day, not too hot and sunny.  Text my folks to let em know I’m on my way.  Stop to buy water from the same lady I buy water from outside the fest every year, grab my cubes (slang, term to describe Jazz Fest schedule) and tell the nice lady hanging out to remember me and not be surprised when I sweat through them and come back every day.  Get my stuff searched, my ticket scanned, and wow, I’m in.  HAPPY JAZZFEST!

Fais DO DO Stage (Photo by allentomdude)

Fais DO DO Stage (Photo by allentomdude)

For those who don’t know about Jazz Fest, there are three stages you always need to make time to check out: the Gospel Tent, the Jazz and Heritage Stage, and the Fais Do-Do (pronounced Fay doughdough) Stage.  Just do it; make the time.  Because at each of those spaces, there’s a really good chance you’ll hear someone you’ve never heard of before making incredible music.

McMain High School Gospel Choir

McMain High School Gospel Choir

I learned this lesson really well in 2008 and I try to stick to it, so seeing as it’s the first venue on the way in, I grab a seat in the Gospel Tent to check out the McMain High School Gospel Choir.  Local high school, apparently, I know nothing about them and sit down.  WOW.  Amazing!  Unbelievable voices, poise, energy, showmanship.  Just incredible!  All kinds of soloists started doing amazing things, and their band, comprised of high school musicians, was incredibly tight!  Texted my wife that the choir was so good I was thinking about converting, and the Gospel tent is so good it wasn’t the first or last time I’ve made that joke.

Kirk Joseph (Photo By Jeff Dupuis)

Kirk Joseph (Photo By Jeff Dupuis)

While there, I figured out roughly how my day was going to go, then made my way over to LB and her Krewe of folks at the fairgrounds.  LB  is a Jazzfest vet, having been many times, and I had the pleasure of bonding with her about Jazzfest at a Big Sam show last year, so we’ve been hitting great funk shows together since then.  Her Krewe had a nice spot by the Acura (main 1) stage, and I went to check out Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove.  Kirk Joseph is the original sousaphone player of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and is credited by many with taking Sousaphone playing into the realm of replacing an electric bass in a funk band.  This style of Sousaphone playing, taken up by others like “Tuba Phil” Frazier of the Rebirth Brass Band, has become the standard for many Brass Bands around the world, and Joseph was one of the innovators, so I wanted to see what his new band was putting down.  Nice lineup, multiple horns including what looked like a baritone horn (smaller version of a regular tuba), keys, guitar, and a couple of singers.  Doing a nice mix of funky stuff, flirtatious titles (don’t let me have a taste if I don’t get to have the whole thing), and stuff with a message about living together.

Prejean's pheasant, quail and andouille gumbo (Photo by Prejean's Restaurant)

Prejean's pheasant, quail and andouille gumbo (Photo by Prejean's Restaurant)

Speaking of tastes, it wouldn’t be Fest without the food!  Went off to get my first tastes of Fest, including the Pheasant, Quail and Andouie Gumbo from Prejeans that I look forward to every year, as well as the stuffed mushrooms that are just delicious.  And the nice folks at Prejeans gave me a FREE BOWL!  After I stopped to take a sip, I groaned at how good the stuff is.  One of the folks behind the table asked me why I stopped, I told her it tasted just like I remembered it did last year, and she handed me another bowl without waiting.  Awesome!  Some to share with LB’s buddies of the Superchill Krewe.  Yeah you right!

Dumpstaphunk (Photo by Jason Moran)

Dumpstaphunk (Photo by Jason Moran)

Nothing else grabbed my fancy, so I decided to stay put at Acura and give Dumpstaphunk a real chance.  I always kind of a weird feeling about them-  I feel about musical families the way I feel about royal families- having the name doesn’t impress me, you have to bring it.  Being Art Neville’s nephew and playing keys made me a little wary- I’m a huge devotee of Poppa Funk, and didn’t want to see someone up there just b/c of the name.  But Ivan really brought it on keys and with some great energy on vocals as well.  By the second tune, “Turn This Thing Around” which was talking about helping folks that need a hand, I was really digging the groove.  In some ways, Dumpstaphunk reminded me of a mix between the tight funk of the Meters and the cosmic slop of P-Funk.  Nasty grooves and a good message?  Sign me up.  Ivan and the whole crew were serious business, and I’m sorry I ever had a thought that he wasn’t earning it, because Ivan is a monster on them keys.

Walter Payton with Snapbeans & Gumbo Filé

Walter Payton with Snapbeans & Gumbo Filé

But as the crew was rampaging through “Put it in the Dumpsta” I checked the time and realized it was time to see an old friend.  Walter Payton, Jazz Bassist extraordinaire, music education giant of New Orleans, father of trumpet star Nicholas Payton, and longtime stalwart of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, was playing with his group, Snap Ppeas and Gumbo File, at the Economy Hall Tent.  The Economy Hall tent is one of three Jazz stages at Jazzfest, the stage representing traditional, New Orleans Jazz.  I had the pleasure of making friends with Walter on my first trip to New Orleans in 1999, and always try to get out and see him at Fest.  This was especially important this year as he had a stroke at the beginning of the year, so I really wanted to see him.  And it was tough. The musicianship was great, he had some tremendous folks playing with him, including guitar wizard June Yamagishi (from Papa Grows Funk, among other things) and a couple great singers and dancers.  But he wasn’t nearly as gregarious as previous years, one could tell he wasn’t quite recovered from the stroke and it made me quite sad.  When I spoke with one of the staff of Preservation Hall about Walter on Monday, she and I both started to tear up as she talked to me about him not wanting to slow down, wanting to keep going and pushing himself a little too hard to get back.  I made her promise to tell him I send my best and she did.  It’s a sad thing to see good people not quite at their best.  Here’s hoping for a continued speedy recovery, Walter.  The music world, and really the whole world needs you better.  Readers, if you’re not sure you agree, check out this great video of Walter singing the Louis Armstrong classic, “Shimmy Like My Sister Kate”

Mardi Gras Indian (Photo by Mica Lawson)

Mardi Gras Indian (Photo by Mica Lawson)

Having a bit of time to kill before Dr. Klaw, my next must see, I headed over to catch Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots over at the Congo Square stage.  On the way, I got caught in some second line fun with some Mardi Gras Indians and the Paulin Brothers Brass Band.  Oh yeah, if ten stages of unbelievable music isn’t enough for you, there are often Brass Bands and Mardi Gras Indians parading through the fairgrounds at random times.

Paulin Brothers Brass Band (Photo by Maitri)

Paulin Brothers Brass Band (Photo by Maitri)

So after waving around a napkin and shaking it with the Paulin Brothers Brass Band, who were just great, went off to see Sunpie.  Sunpie is impressive, multi instrumentalist, great singer, and a big presence.  He apparently used to play football, he’s a tall dude.  He’s also all over the place, playing WWOZ’s piano night, playing with his own band, later on that weekend with the Mardi Gras Indians Orchestra, and on the awesome new Ensemble Fatien disc.  I was looking forward to catching him and the Sunspots later that night at the Mid City Lanes annual Legends of Zydeco show, but wanted to catch a peek now.  He didn’t disappoint, romping through Louis Jordan’s “Choo Choo Ch’boogie” and a couple others before I danced my way back to the Jazz and Heritage Stage for Dr. Klaw.  Some really great accordion work, and that band is awful tight.

Alright Dr. Klaw!  Dr. Klaw is one of these bands that only exists in a few places like Jazz Fest and Jam Cruise, a mutant mash up of Chapter 2, represented by Eric Krasno on guitar and some vocals, Adam Deitch on drums, and Nigel Hall on Keys and vocals, and Dumpstaphunk, represented by Nick Daniels on bass and lead vocals and Ian Neville on guitar.  It was kinda weird to see a guitar based band at the Jazz and Heritage stage, but I didn’t mind it.  These guys were fantastic- Nick Daniels syncing up with Adam Deitch for some sick grooves, Eric Krasno letting it out and singing it out a lil bit, and Nigel laying down some tasty stuff on the keys.  Ian was good too, but seemed content to let Kras take the lead.  Ivan Neville was on the side of the stage most of the set, grooving and possibly chomping at the bit to get in the mix, but didn’t end up stepping in.  My personal highlight was Nick Daniels and Nigel Hall sharing vocals on a tasty as hell version of “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder.  It’s only halfway through Day 1 at the Fairgrounds, and I already got a “best covers of 2010” list brewing in my head.  The fellas headed into Nigel Hall’s “Leave Me Alone” but not being in the mood to hear that particular track, I bounded towards the track side of the Congo Square stage to get a good spot for the Soul Rebels Brass Band.

Soul Rebel Brass Band

Soul Rebel Brass Band

The Soul Rebels are one of New Orleans’ many great second generation Brass Band outfits.  I say second generation because you have older guard groups like the Treme Brass Band, the Paulin Brothers, and then, starting with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and of course, the mighty Rebirth Brass Band, you have a second wave of brass bands that combine the traditional music with Funk, R&B, Rock, and Hip Hop to make more contemporary flavored music.  The Soul Rebels have been around at least sixteen or seventeen years.  I got down with their groove for a bit before chatting a little with some folks that were set up near me, including a woman who asked me if I spoke Hebrew (in Hebrew).  Ah, the surprises of wearing a Hebrew letter Yankees hat to Jazz Fest.  She let me know there were actually a lot of Yids and Israelis at Jazz Fest, and that I should look out for the Krewe at, what else, the Israeli flag by Acura.

Someone bumps into me and it’s KD! KD is the person that finally went to Fest in 2007 and inspired me to get off my tuchus and go there, and she’s just good people.  Starting last year, she’s been “living the dream” and spending 12 days in New Orleans for Fest.  We catch up, she tells me where she’s been, who she’s been seeing and how she’s doing.  We both grumble at the mediocre hip hop stuff that’s entered the Soul Rebels set.  I’m sorry y’all, I’m from New York and I take Hip Hop seriously, so I’m kinda tough on folks dropping random things in.  Y’all wouldn’t like it if Talib Kweli picked up a saxophone and started half ass-ing “Do Whatcha Wanna” either.  Glad to see KD but feeling like a different energy, we hug and part ways, and I head back to the Jazz and Heritage stage to catch 101 Runners.

101 Runner (Photo by Kaarin Tisue)

101 Runner (Photo by Kaarin Tisue)

MAN!  What a difference!  These guys are pouring it out there, goin nuts over “Shallow Water” and whipping the crowd into a frenzy.  I have to say, watching people discover this stage is a favorite of mine.  People don’t know what to make of the Mardi Gras Indians groups but they get into them pretty quickly with their incredibly funky grooves and their catchy call and response melodies.  Perfect.  Off to snag a Loretta’s Praline and get a decent spot for Elvis Costello at the Gentilly Stage.  Well, I didn’t head over soon enough, because I can hear strains of a killer version of “Hey, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” wafting skyward as I approach.  The lawn is packed, no good spot for me.  I unfold the chair and grab a seat.

Elvis Costello @ Jazzfest 2010

Elvis Costello @ Jazzfest 2010

He’s performing some great stuff, and the local crowd has some real love for him as he’s been around the city post federal flood.  Does a few more great tunes I don’t know (I must confess to not knowing his catalog super well) and it’s great stuff… but for some reason, my soul is not there.  This is one thing that’s difficult to manage about Jazzfest- restless ears.  There’s so much good stuff happening at any one moment that it’s tough to stay in one place if you’re not feeling it.  So even though this was my first time seeing Elvis Costello, and even though he was great, and even though my friends reading this will probably smack me for saying this… I left Gentilly to end my day at another tent.

On my way to the main gate, I passed the Economy Hall tent, where there was a great tribute to Louis Prima happening, as part of the celebration of his 100th birthday.  One of Prima’s guitar players, Bobby Lonero, was leading a great band in a set of Prima classics.  Who could go wrong?  Great mash up of When You’re Smiling into Oh Marie, and then, when they asked the crowd for a request, everyone yelled for Just a Gigolo.  For those who don’t know, the David Lee Roth version was ripped off essentially note for note from Louis Prima’s arrangement.  Don’t believe me? Check this out:

John Popper @ Jazz Fet 2010

John Popper @ Jazz Fet 2010

Except Roth, the nice Jewish boy, leaves off my favorite part, when Prima is saying nobody/no one in multiple languages, including Yiddish at the end.  In any case, the band is doing a fantastic version of it, and while I know they’re doing a tribute, it’s putting a big smile on my face.  After they finish it, the band starts into “I’m Leaving You” Prima’s last song before he went into a coma and later passed, and not in a place to be down, I head towards the Blues tent where John Popper and the gents from Blues Traveler are closing out the day.  The harmonica work is great, and they launch into a great version of Sublime’s “What I Got” which is a great way to end the first day at the fairgrounds.  But, as you know from the previous post, this is not the end of the action, but merely half time, as it’s only 7pm and there will be music happening until sunrise tonight!

Upperline, NOLA

Upperline, NOLA

On the long walk to my rental car, I realize this is the only day I’ll be able to hit Upperline, an insanely delicious restaurant hidden between the garden district and the Tulane campus.  Not wanting to wait another year to have their insanely good Roast Duck with Garlic Port sauce, on a whim, I call to see if they have room for one.  If I can get there by 8pm, there’s a small table I can sneak into for an hour.  PERFECT!

The Monsters of Zydeco (nb, Mid City, y’all should really call it that next year) doesn’t start till 9ish, M’s flight lands at 10, delicious dinner, half hour of music, get M, 4 more hours of music.  Done!  I fly across town and, using my handy map (remember those, people? Who needs a GPS when you can read a freaking map!?!), and in 25 minutes, I go from Fairgrounds traffic to Upperline deliciousness.  As I sit down and order, I notice an African American gentleman heading towards the… holy crap, it’s DIESEL!  Karl Denson is playing a late show at Tipitina’s with his solo band, the Tiny Universe, and he apparently made time for one of New Orleans’ best restaurants as well. Yep, 2 out of 2 funky sax players agree, Upperline is the place to be.  I tuck in to my roast duck with praline pecan yams and, MAN, I am a happy camper.  Except when I look at my phone and find out that M’s flight, after first text that they were boarded and ready to go, is delayed.  NO!  Just so y’all know, M is my wife of 2 years, and one of the first things we’ve bonded over is Zydeco music.  Since the inception of the Monsters of Zydeco show in 08, I’ve been dying for her to get to Fest in time to see this show.  Sated and pleased with the meal but grumpy about the news, I make my way to Mid City Lanes.

Night Show review: Legends of Zydeco, Mid City Lanes, Thursday, 4/29.

Rock'N'Bowl, NOLA

Rock'N'Bowl, NOLA

I’ve been to the first two Monsters of Zydeco shows, and it’s pretty much all you could ask for in an all star show.  Four or Five of the very best artists in a style of music, playing full hour plus sets with their bands AND everyone is sitting in with each other as well.  Imagine four of your favorite rock bands getting together and doing something like that.  Awesome, right?  Except, this ACTUALLY happens at Rock’N’Bowl each year, unlike the all star concert in your head.

This show, as it was the last two years, is an absolute blast.  When you have Buckwheat Zydeco, CJ Chenier, Sunpie Barnes, Nathan Williams of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, and old school Zydeco legend Clayton Sampy rocking out together, with zydeco and blues guitar master L’il Buck Sinegal leading the band, you know it’s gonna be a good party.  Sunpie was serving as the MC of the evening and doing a great job introducing everyone.  It seems that in Zydeco, there’s a lot of love to go around with all the musicians involved, and it certainly comes to the forefront on a night like this.

This year, while players were moving in and out, it was mostly Buckwheat’s band that formed a house band, with L’il Buck at the helm, and man, were they on it.  The people were on it, too, as the floor filled up with swingers and two steppers the second Sampy got it started.  I’ve been in Pantera and Primus mosh pits, and I can tell you it gets a little dangerous on the dance floor at Zydeco night at the Rock’N’Bowl.  Sampy played some great French language old school classics and the people were really feeling it.

Next up, Nathan Williams took a turn and he mixed a little more English into the songs and things got a bit more contemporary, there was the start of the mix of classic Zydeco and R&B, with Nathan leading the band in a rousing cover of “Hey Hey Hey Hey!” Nathan also put on quite a show, getting down on his knees at the front of the stage (he came right over to me several times, which was awesome) and hopping off the stage to play in the crowd.  Want some Zydeco..take a listen…

CJ Chenier

CJ Chenier

The sets were a good hour or so, and the set breaks were pretty short as they kept rotating in players.  Next up was Sunpie, and I was psyched to see the man take a turn- he got a serious groove going the dance floor was a frenzy!  Too bad I wasn’t getting to frenzy, thanks to the fools that delayed M’s flight… but wait, the phone’s ringing!  Hooray! M’s landed, and after Sunpie’s second song ends, I sprint to the car to go get her.  She hops in and we drive right back to the show as quick as possible.  We missed the end of Sunpie’s set, but CJ Chenier is getting started, and man, that guy can play. But hell, they all can play.  And while the other leaders/bands are coming on, everyone else stays and listens, and takes their cher out on the dance floor.  M and I would bump into CJ later on the floor during Buckwheat’s set.  CJ is going bananas, as is the band and the rest of the place.  CJ plays a good hour, dropping Hot Tamale Baby on us, and M and I twirl around the dance floor while trying not to get elbowed or body checked by another dancing couple.

Buckwheat Zydeco

Buckwheat Zydeco

We hit the set break, grab a drink, sit by an empty bowling alley and relax for a minute.  I find out that M is a complete trooper, having been up till 2 packing, gotten up at 6 and is still standing now and waiting for Buckwheat to come out.  What can I say, the girl loves her some Zydeco.  And Buckwheat didn’t disappoint.  We were especially psyched to cheer when the introduction of Buckwheat was no longer just about his Grammy nominations, but as a Grammy Winner!  Buckwheat burns immediately into “Whatcha Gonna Do?” and the place is going crazy.  CJ is dancing with someone and has a huge grin on his face.  Sunpie is out dancing too.  It’s fantastic- everyone is dancing, smiling and having a ball.  It’s Jazz Fest.  As the show winds down to a close, John Blanchard, Mid City Lanes Owner, asks everyone to clear a path, and one of the bartenders does ten or so back flips in a row!  Insane!  As the band is packing up, Sunpie decides we haven’t gotten enough, so he gives us a little Lagniappe (something extra) by firing up his accordion and singing some more.  CJ Chenier sits down at the organ to join him but for the first couple of minutes there’s no power, which Sunpie found out the hard way when he said “you got it, CJ” to give him a solo, and CJ yells (no mic, but audibly) “got what, I ain’t got nothin!” but finally the power gets back on and a washboard player jumps on stage, and they gave us another half hour of music!

Again, this is exactly what you want your All Star shows to be like- everyone doin their own thing and also doing it together.  For nearly six hours.  Yeah You Right!

I drove us back to our buddy’s spot, quieted the very energetic dog and helped M into bed.  After considering joining LB at Tips for KDTU’s show, I decided Fest is a marathon and I have many late nights still to go, so I climbed into bed with my baby at 3am instead of going back out- though not before predicting to LB that Robert Walter would sit in with KDTU that night and asking her not to tell me about it till the next day.  With my sweetie in town, and her fam due in the next day, and the alarm clock going off in 6.5 hours, Friday is going to be a fun day…

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The 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival:

An “Easy D” Perspective: Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mike "Easy D" Deasy

Mike "Easy D" Deasy

(Read Easy D’s “Prologue” here)

(Read Easy D’s “Wednesday, April 28, 2010” here)

The weather for Thursday looked like it would be the best of the entire weekend.  Partly cloudy, breezy, high in low 80s.  Nice!  We arrived in time to see the first act of the day:  Chief Iron Horse & the Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians at the Jazz & Heritage stage.  Some of the Madi Gras Indian acts are a blast.  This act was one of the better ones I’ve seen over the years.

Chief Iron Horse & the Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians at the Jazz & Heritage stage

Chief Iron Horse & the Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians at the Jazz & Heritage stage

Crawfish Monica

Crawfish Monica

Next it was a quick stroll through the food area en route to the Acura stage.  One of the benefits of Thursday is that the festival is less crowded, hence the lines for the popular food items are nonexistent.   The most popular item is Crawfish Monica, a delicious combination of crawfish, pasta, and a nicely spicy creamy sauce!

Next up:   Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove at the Acura stage.  Kirk is a sousaphone player and original member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.  He has also collaborated with Anders Osborne among others over the years.  The current Backyard Groove lineup also features CR Gruver, a master keyboardist.  Very entertaining set featuring a versatile horn section and nice backup vocals.  I had learned from Kirk that he was having gall bladder issues a few weeks prior to the festival.  He decided to try to deal with it nutritionally so that he could get through the festival gigs.  He did not disappoint with this set.  Stay well Kirk!

Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove

Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove @ Jazz Fest 2010

CR Gruver of Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove @ Jazz Fest 2010

CR Gruver of Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove @ Jazz Fest 2010

The ‘scenery’ around the stages was starting to build on this slow day.  Let’s just say that some folks put together fest wardrobes and devised ways to be comfortable at the festival:

Jazz Fest 2010 Scenery

Jazz Fest 2010 Scenery

Jazz Fest 2010 Scenery

Jazz Fest 2010 Scenery

Next up:  Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk at the Acura stage.  Dumpstaphunk is by far one of my favorite bands.  The funksters played the now familiar favorites such as Meanwhile, Turn This Thing Around, Shake It Off, Creedence Clearwater’s Fortunate Son.  Music with a message.  I know I put my troubles in the Dumpsta!  Plus the crowds are starting to build.  Dumpstaphunk lineup:

Ivan Neville – Keyboards and Vocals

Ian Neville – Guitar

Nick Daniels – Bass and Vocals

Tony Hall – Bass, Guitar and Vocals

Raymond Weber – Drums and Vocals

Dumpstaphunk crowd shot @ Acura Stage, Jazz Fest 2010

Dumpstaphunk crowd shot @ Acura Stage, Jazz Fest 2010

As the crowds build, the large video screens enhance the experience:

Raymond Weber @ Acura Stage, Jazz Fest 2010
Raymond Weber @ Acura Stage, Jazz Fest 2010

By this time, more of my extended entourage appeared including my Uptown New Orleans friends who traditionally stake out an area to the right of the Acura stage soundboard they call The Condo.

Easy D and friends @ Jazz Fest 2010

Easy D and friends @ Jazz Fest 2010

Amanda Shaw @ Gentilly Stage, Jazz Fest 2010

Amanda Shaw @ Gentilly Stage, Jazz Fest 2010

Next up: A quick stroll over the the Gentilly stage to catch the end of Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys.  Amanda Shaw is a 19 year old fiddle and vocal phenom who has been playing professionally for several years.  I think the first time I saw her play at the festival,  Amanda was 13.  While she is building a catalog of original songs, she also plays fun covers such as Charlie Daniel’s The Devil Went Down to Georgia and The Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go.  By the way, several years ago,  Amanda turned down Disney’s offer of the title Hannah Montana role to sign with Rounder Records and pursue a serious music career.

Amanda Shaw @ Gentilly Stage, Jazz Fest 2010

Amanda Shaw @ Gentilly Stage, Jazz Fest 2010

And then, stroll back toward the Acura stage for some of Gov’t Mule.  There’s something about strolling around the Fairgrounds while Warren Haynes sings Thorazine Shuffle.  The Gov’t Mule Setlist:

Blind Man In The Dark
Steppin’ Lightly
Broke Down on The Brazos
Railroad Boy->
Beautifully Broken
I’ll Be The One
Thorazine Shuffle
Soulshine

Warren Haynes @ The Acura Stage, Jazz Fest 2010

Warren Haynes @ The Acura Stage, Jazz Fest 2010

At this point, I wanted to catch a little bit of Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers at the Gentilly stage.  En route, paused at the Congo stage where the Soul Rebels Brass Band were playing:

Soul Rebel Brass Band @ Gentilly stage, Jazz Fest 2010

Soul Rebel Brass Band @ Gentilly stage, Jazz Fest 2010

While walking by the Fais Do Do stage, I ran into more of my Krewe who were watching Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, an excellent zydeco band.  Decided to stay here for a while; it was so good.  Plus the dancers to the right of the Fais Do Do stage are always very entertaining:

Geno Delaflose & French Rockin’ Boogie @ Fais Do Do Stage, Jazz Fest 2010

Geno Delaflose & French Rockin’ Boogie @ Fais Do Do Stage, Jazz Fest 2010

Dancin' @ Jazz Fest 2010

Dancin' @ Jazz Fest 2010

Once arriving at the Gentilly stage, after listening to Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers for a few minutes, I quickly decided that the energy level was not up to the Jazz Fest scene.  I am a fan of the Steep Canyon Rangers having seen them at the Delfest Bluegrass Festival last May.  On this day, they just didn’t work for me.  So it was back to the Acura stage to close the day with Widespread Panic.   The band consists of :

JOHN BELLguitars, vocals

JOHN “JOJO” HERMANNkeyboards, vocals

JIMMY HERRINGguitars

TODD NANCEdrums, vocals

DOMINGO S. ORTIZpercussion, vocals

DAVE SCHOOLSbass, vocals

John Bell @ The Acura Stage, Jezz Fest 2010

John Bell @ The Acura Stage, Jezz Fest 2010

This was the 3rd time that I have seen Widespread Panic at Jazz Fest.   They always play on Thursday so that they can play a full 2 and a half hour set.  This is the 2nd time I have seen the Panic since the death of guitarist Mikey Houser.  While I miss Houser, the supremely skilled Jimmy Herring is a terrific replacement.  Bandleader John Bell was in very fine voice, better than recent shows I have attended.  They performed a couple of my favorites including Imitation Leather Shoes, Ophelia, and the excellent Mikey Houser tune This Part of Town.  Here is a snippet of lyrics from This Part of Town, music with a message IMHO:

I was walkin’ the other day with my head down,
When I met a man who had his hand out.
So I gave him, gave him a dollar,
But as I walked away I heard him call out,

“Tell me Brother, can you see the sun
From where you’re standin’ now?
I’ve been up and I’ve been down,
But I’ve never been to this part of town.”

David Schools @ The Acura Stage, Jezz Fest 2010

David Schools @ The Acura Stage, Jezz Fest 2010

Here is the Widespread Panic set list:

Love Tractor, Pigeons, Space Wrangler, Walkin’ (For Your Love) > Blight, Thought Sausage, Imitation Leather Shoes > Jam > Proving Ground, Down*, Walk On The Flood > North, Up All Night** >Tall Boy**, Good People (w/Dark Bar Rap)**, On Your Way Down**> Bust It Big**,Ophelia** > You Should Be Glad**,This Part Of Town, Aint Life Grand*

Comment: *w/John Keane on Pedal Steel — **w/The Megablasters

Oh by the way, it was a party at The Condo:

Acura Stage @ Jazz Fest 2010

Widespread Panic @ Acura Stage, Jazz Fest 2010

Mikey Houser (yes, even Mikey, may he RIP, was at the fest!)

Mikey Houser (yes, even Mikey, may he RIP, was at the fest!)

Widepread Panic - painting started and completed during the set.

Widepread Panic - painting started and completed during the set.

Well, after this glorious day, we worked our way back to the hotel.  While working our way through the cab line, I tripped on an uneven sidewalk and fell on my right hip.  Fortunately or unfortunately, I broke the fall with my camera pouch.  I was uninjured, but my camera was a casualty.  I will have to depend on others in my Krewe for the remaining installments.

After returning to the hotel, I was tired and in need of a shower and nap.  My ‘power nap’ ended up lasting 10 hours.  Best sleep I’ve had in years.  So, no club show report for Thursday evening.  Next installment: Friday.

~ Continue to the Friday installment of Easy D’s Jazz Fest 2010 adventure~

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The 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival:

An “Easy D” Perspective: Friday, April 30, 2010

Mike "Easy D" Deasy

Mike "Easy D" Deasy

(Read Easy D’s “Prologue” here)

(Read Easy D’s “Wednesday, April 28, 2010” here)

(Read Easy D’s “Thursday, April 29, 2010” here)

Canal Street (Photo by Jon Weber)

Canal Street (Photo by Jon Weber)

Although I was extremely well rested from the mega-sleep Thursday night, I did not make it out to the fairgrounds early.  We waited while one of our Krewe finally made it to the hotel after a very bad Air Tran experience.  Hey, more time to party…works for me!

Photo by Lynn Lesh

Photo by Lynn Lesh

The weather forecast for the rest of the weekend was cloudy, windy, with the chance of rain getting worse as the weekend wore on.  The storm that ravaged Nashville, Tennesse and many other places looked like it would stay north of New Orleans; Sunday might be the worst rain day.  We made allowances for the weather by throwing raincoats and ponchos into a backpack.

The Chateau Bourbon Hotel portion of my Krewe turned me on to the school bus shuttle to the Fest.  For a $17 round trip, you get door to door service to the fest in an air-conditioned school bus.  It was like being in the HOV lane!  So much better than taking a taxi.  Take note you future festers!

Photo by Derek B.

Big Chief Victor Harris the 2nd Friday @ Jazz Fest, Jazz & Heritage Stage (Photo by Derek B.)

Once out to the fairgrounds, we paused at the Jazz & Heritage stage for the Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors.  Not the best of Indian shows.  We didn’t stay long since we were on our way to Gentilly stage anyway for the subdudes.

The Subdudes (Photo by Adam McCullough)

The Subdudes' John Magnie (Photo by Adam McCullough)

The subdudes are a great roots rock band that has been around on and off since 1987.  They are known for their sparse instrumentation with a strong emphasis on songwriting and vocal harmonies.  The current lineup consists of:

Tommy Malone – lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars

John Magnie –  vocals, organ, keyboards, accordion

Steve Amedée – vocals, tambourine, drums, percussion, electric mandolin

Tim Cook – harmony vocals, bass, percussion

Jimmy Messa – bass, guitar, vocals

Look for a club show action shots of the subdudes in a future installment.  The dudes set was excellent, left me wanting more…I knew I would see them again soon…

Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboy (Photo by Tamara Grayson)

Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboy (Photo by Tamara Grayson)

Next up: A stroll by the Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do stage for Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, a great Cajun band.  This is an act I have been meaning to check out for years. A special treat: three trombonists from Bonerama joined the stage during their performance!

Steve Riley’s 2008 performance at Jazz Fest earned him a Grammy Award nomination. Though he lost out to Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience Band, Riley is a musician worthy of local support and national acclaim. Zydeco music is mostly heard a little further west, but Jazz Fest is a great opportunity to check out some great local music. ~The Daily Reveille~

The Trio (Photo by David Grunfeld)

The Trio (Photo by David Grunfeld)

Time for some food!  I chose another one of my all time favorites.  My friends and I call it the Trio, but it is identified as a platter.  The Trio consists of Alligator Pie, a large Shrimp Stuffed with Crabmeat, and Fried Green Tomatoes.  Mmmm…and all for $10.

Next up: The set that I have been looking forward to for weeks: The New Orleans Social Club in the Blues tent.  This is an all-star band consisting of:

Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk) – Keyboards and Vocals

Henry Butler – Piano and Vocals

George Porter, Jr. (The Meters, etc) – Bass and Vocals

Leo Nocentelli (The Meters) – Guitar and Vocals

Raymond Weber (Dumpstaphunk) – Drums and Vocals

At the fairgrounds, in the below video, the New Orleans Social Club burns through the end of the Wild Tchopitoulas classic “Indian Red.”


If you ever get a chance to see Henry Butler perform, I urge not to walk, but run to see him.  He is a national treasure.  To give you an idea, check out this video about the recording of Honeybee for Papa Mali’s Do Your Thing album:

There was no reason to leave the Blues tent since The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band were up next.   This husband and wife team were excellent as usual.  The band also included a couple of Burbridges:  Oteil, the bassist from The Allman Brothers Band and Kofi, keys, flute, etc. from The Derek Trucks Band.

It was very hot and extremely humid in the tent so my gang moved on.  Earlier in the day, we received word that Aretha Franklin had canceled for some undisclosed diva reason.  Late replacement:  Earth, Wind and Fire at the Acura stage!  Very nice!  After a couple of sexy soulful  tunes, my Krewe (of guys) all started looking at each other kinda funny.  We realized that we better head for the school bus and head back to the French Quarter.  A very nice day indeed.  And the weather held up!!!

Earth, Wind and Fire @ Jazz Fest 2010

Earth, Wind and Fire @ Jazz Fest 2010

Friday Evening at the Rock ‘N’ Bowl

Rock 'N' Bowl

Rock 'N' Bowl

There were lots of great music choices for Friday night club shows.  I really wanted to see 7 Walkers featuring Papa Mali and Bill Kreutzman.  They were playing a theater show opening for Gov’t Mule as well as a later show at Mardi Gras World. When I’m in New Orleans, I much prefer to go to the clubs instead of a theater.  There are so many fun clubs in New Orleans in so many different neighborhoods.  Much of the time, magical things happen when musicians go from club to club to sit in on other artist’s sets.

John Mooney at the Rock 'N' Bowl

John Mooney at the Rock 'N' Bowl

We decided to go to The Rock ‘N’ Bowl, a great music venue and bowling alley in the Mid City neighborhood.   A couple of years ago, The Rock ‘N’ Bowl moved from one location to more spacious quarters on Carrollton Ave.  The new place is much nicer for music, much more spacious and comfortable.  The lineup for the evening:  John Mooney and Bluesiana, Sonny Landreth, and Bonerama.

John Mooney is a delta, swamp, slide, Louisiana blues guitarist and singer who has called New Orleans home since 1976.  John’s trio put on a great performance while enduring the chatter that opening acts inevitably have to deal with.

Sonny Landreth @ Jazzfest 2010

Sonny Landreth @ Jazzfest 2010

Next up Lafayette Louisiana’s own Sonny Landreth, another Louisiana slide master.  I am a longtime fan of Sonny.  How big a fan?  My 12 year old Nissan Sentra sports a Sonny Landreth bumper sticker that reads ‘My Other Car is a Zydecoldsmobile’ which references Sonny’s rockin’ tune USS Zydecoldsmobile.  Sonny has a long career of collaborations with the likes of John Hiatt and the Goners (along with Sonny’s bassist David Ranson), Bonnie Raitt, Buckwheat Zydeco, Jimmy Buffett, and many others.

Grant Street Album

Grant Street Album

For this show, Sonny had his usual power trio setup with David Ranson on bass, and a drummer du jour.  Tunes in the set included Native Stepson, Port of Calling, All About You, and USS Zydecoldsmobile.  To get a sense of Sonny live, I recommend Sonny’s Grant Street live album.

Bonerama:

Lastly we all had to get ‘boned’.   Bonerama is a rock band fronted by several trombones/horns.   In addition to playing killer covers, Bonerama featured three songs in the set from their excellent recently released Hard Times EP.   Later in the show, the Bones brought up to the stage guitarist Jimmy Robinson (Woodenhead, Twangorama) for the end of the set and the encore.  Bones and guitar for Whipping Post and War Pigs!  Yeah you right!

Bonerama set list:

Bayou Betty
Cabbage Alley
Lost My House
The Ocean
Hard Times
I Got Loaded
Close The Door
Whipping Post *
Folly *

Encore: War Pigs *

Note: * w/ Jimmy Robinson on Guitar

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