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The Rhythm Devils @ B.B. Kings (09.01.10)

Scene outside B.B Kings...

Scene outside B.B Kings...

There have been very few post-Jerry/Dead projects that I have enjoyed.  As stated in previous articles, I lost almost all interest in pursuing The Dead after Jerry died.  It took many a year before I started seeing Furthur for the first time this year and sadly, Bobby practically ruined the first set by passing out on his feet while on stage.

Feel free to read all about that craziness: Furthur @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (07.28.10).

Scene inside B.B Kings, entrance line

Scene inside B.B Kings, entrance line

There will forever be post-Jerry projects but nothing will quite match The Grateful Dead and the power through music that they projected while Jerry was alive.  But at the end of the day, we LOVE those songs, we LOVE the lyrics, and we LOVE the notes. At the end of the day, it sometimes doesn’t matter who is singing them.  And so, I have begun checking out the Post-Jerry projects that have come around my way.  More importantly, I have come to appreciate, albeit only a few, Post-Jerry projects I have seen beginning with Bill Kreutzmann‘s 7 Walker’s, including Papa Mali and George Porter.  A lovely new project with fresh Robert Hunter lyrics.

Read about the 7 Walkers latest NYC show: 7 Walkers Featuring Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali & George Porter, Jr. @ Brooklyn Bowl (05.28.10)

Tim Bluhm

Tim Bluhm

Tonight’s performance: The Rhythm Devils at B.B. Kings in Times Square, NYC.  Having seen them last at Gathering of the Vibes with Keller Williams, I was excited to see how Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips) sounded with them.  I love both of their voices and there was great debate over these two artists during the show….but I will get onto that later…

Keller Williams

Keller Williams

I was internally PRAYING that there would be a dance floor.  At times, B.B. Kings has somehow thought that the audience to some of their shows might be old and not want to dance?  Shoot, not at a Dead-related project.  Happily, as we walked into the B.B. Kings basement space they had left a portion of the dance floor uncluttered with tables and it was packed from side to side with dancers.  I have just got to assume that B.B. Kings doesn’t give a rats ass about the people actually watching the music, they only care about the people buying alcohol and the people who sit down to eat.  The rest of us are just supposed to fend for ourselves.

Welcome to B.B. Kings Times Square

Welcome to B.B. Kings Times Square

The Rhythm Devils

Bill Kreutzmann – Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Mickey Hart – Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Sikiru Adepoju – Talking Drum
Davy Knowles– Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Andy Hess – Bass Guitar

Special Guest: Tim Bluhm – Guitar & Vocals

Tim Bluhm @ B.B. Kings

Tim Bluhm @ B.B. Kings

Making my way to the front, I found a spot directly to the left of Tim Bluhm and his never-ending legs.  The Rhythm Devils have had two wonderful musicians trading off as lead vocals and guitar throughout the tour:  Tim Bluhm and Keller Williams.  Tonight, Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips) graced the stage with The Rhythm Devils.   Having seen Keller Williams perform with The Rhythm Devils at Gathering of the Vibes a few months earlier, it was a general consensus that Tim Bluhm was the better fit for this project for many reasons.

Tim was reading lyrics all night!

Tim was reading lyrics all night!

Starting the first set with Scarlet Begonias, an uplifting, vibrant song, Tim Bluhm‘s vocals slide into place perfectly with that Devilish sound.  Such a great voice, slightly obscure for those unfamiliar with his projects, such a commanding presence and great guitar styling.  He was a perfect fit for this project.

Keller Williams, on the other hand, is by no means a weaker substitute, yet he has such a distinct voice and guitar styling that the whole thing just screams that Keller Williams is performing with The Rhythm Devils.  For those of us who LOVE Keller Williams, this is a wonderful treat and I do LOVE Keller Williams, both his voice, his styling and his cute head of hair! However, it felt as though Tim Bluhm folded right into the group,  mixing seamlessly into the The Rhythm Devils sound rather then standing alone as Keller did.

Davy Knowles - Amazing!

Davy Knowles - Amazing!

Fire on the Mountain was to follow with Davy Knowles kicking out the first guitar solo of the night.  Now, if I could insert a sound clip here it would be of a car coming to s screeching halt after you hear his name.  Personally, in that front row, as soon as I focused on him…I hit the brakes and my jaw dropped. How many of y’all have heard of DAVY KNOWLES?   DAVY KNOWLES!!  Wow.  A wonderful, handsome, vocally appealing, shredding guitar player.  Yes, another one of those.


Mikey Hart rage!

Mikey Hart rage!

The Grateful Dead medallion fronting Mickey Hart‘s Drum kit shimmered in lights, almost as if it were winking at us as The Devils performed what could be a potential theme song: Friend of the DevilDavy Knowles moved to the mandolin for this tune, further exposing his talents to the audience.  Originally from England, when not touring with The Rhythm Devils, Davy is leading the group Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam.

Tim was reading lyrics all night!

Tim was reading lyrics all night!

After a while, I noticed Tim Bluhm was looking at his music stand more than usual.  It became clear he was reading the lyrics and possibly reading the chords to the songs as he sang, tossing his lyric sheets to the ground after each song.  I thought of my of one of my girlfriend’s, who has a major thing for guys reading sheet music hahaha.

Tripping their way into Fountains of Wood, it was a great song.  The talking drum played by Sikiru Adepoju was an interesting addition.  It add slight dimension but overall , without even a spot light on the poor guy, he was cast to the side and I forgot he was there half the time.  That is absolutely not a good thing.  Now, if you want to see a talking drum performance, come with me to see the West African Band at midnight every Saturday.  Unreal…

Davy on Mandolin

Davy on Mandolin

Check out The Mother Hips too!!

Check out The Mother Hips too!!

The remainder of the set brought forth a free jam on the drums.  Mickey Hart rang the chimes, adding a softness to the lovely This One Hour. Davy Knowles leading vocals on Cold Rain and Snow. I just fell in love with him harder and harder with every note that came from his mouth and hands.  At some point throughout the night, I overheard people dissin’ the lovely, young musician that was tearing the stage up that night.  Honestly.  It absolutely didn’t bother me, like it appeared to bother others, that this young man was so young.  Personally, it makes me happy for the future of Dead projects/music/vibes when I see young musicians holding their place along side the greats.  When I see them taking that music, becoming inspired by it, taking it on and making it their own all while keeping the integrity of the song.  He was phenomenal.  How could anyone hate on him? Blew my mind…

Andy Hess - Bass

Andy Hess - Bass

I saw my friends to the left of the stage and I made my way for a different vantage point.  At some point during the first set, a photographer had placed a Jerry Garcia Bobble Head Doll near Andy Hess, on top of the amps.  For the remainder of the night, Andy would take a step forward and softly tap the head allowing Jerry to nod in agreement to the smiling faces.

Lovin Tim!!

Lovin Tim!!

The Rhythm Devils closed the first set with a feisty rendition of Cumberland Blues and UNCLE JOHN’S BAND!!!  Such a great tune.  Such a familiar tune.  Everyone was singing and dancing and smiling.  The EXACT hoped outcome for such a show!

Bill Kreutzmann

Bill Kreutzmann

We took a break outside to use our phones and rage Times Square a bit.  There is no phone reception in the basement of B.B. Kings Club. It’s quite annoying but liberating at the same time. Not drinking, I picked up a soda from the street vendor to have in my purse. Surrounding the cart were tie-dyed shirts as far as the eye could see.  This was nothing like when Furthur was in town a few months back and the streets were hardly walk-able, but it was still a highly psychedelic street.  After about 10 minutes, we made our way back down the plush stairs for the second set.

We made sure to walk in a little early so that Josh could join me in the front stage. Being that he is over 6-feet, it’s better he already be there rather then try to push his way up to the front once it’s already packed.  After a few minutes, the stage was once again filled with some of our scenes most respected musicians.  Watching Tim Bluhm‘s solo during Samson and Delilah was a point where I caught myself completely lost in the moment.

Wrecking Crew was fun. A light, danceable song (as if any of their songs WERE NOT danceable) that had everyone on stage as well as the audience grinning from ear to ear.  It was clear that the members on stage that night were having a blast.  It came out in their performances, the musical banter was evident.  Listen to Davy Knowles‘s voice.  Man, I love his voice!!

Any rage...

Any rage...

Then it was time for the drums! Making way for the intro into The Other One, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart completely took off on their respective monstrous set-ups.  I sometimes have my issues with muddy snare drums or too many electronics but these two truly created a unique vibe in B.B. Kings that night.  In the moment, I thought there was some deep, creative drumming going on.  Sikiru Adepoju had his moment on the talking drum as well during this time.  Still, no spot light placed on him.  He stood on the side, in the shadows.  WHY???

Not so Tiny Tim

Not so Tiny Tim

Bobble Head Jerry

Bobble Head Jerry

Mountain of the Moon was lovely.  Such a slow song, couples formed and began swaying immediately as Tim’s voice soothed over us on vocals. The various guitar solos followed and SPAAAAACE entailed through to the end of the song. Totally trippy.  Voodoo Zombies, sang by Davy Knowles, who sounded a little like a male version of Joan Osbourne for a minute, followed bringing the vibe back into overdrive followed by New Speed Way Boogie where the guitars weeped on stage and the bass was heavy.  Andy tapped Bobble Jerry with a smile while the audience sang along helping the band bring the songs to their end.

A HUGE jam out occurred during Strange World. And finally, they closed the set out with Not Fade Away. Another sing-a-long kind of song that had everyone involved.

Mikey Hart

Mikey Hart

As they exited the stage, the crowd finished their singing and began screaming as loud as they could.  A truly appreciative audience who, I think, realized how great a performance they had just seen.  With the introduction of Davy Knowles into the mix, I had been elevated to some pretty high heights as he sang with that voice.  With the insertion of Tim Bluhm as lead over Keller Williams, I had seen a different performance, I had felt that this was such a better fit.  As I spanned the room for friends, they returned to the stage for one last song.  As Davy Knowles sang So Many Roads, I slowly prepared myself for the night of music to be over.  That is never a fun feeling but what a song to end on!!

Sadly, a recording of the performance never made its way online.  There were numerous tapers at the show.  However, at sometime, I believe during intermission, something occurred between some tapers and the audience that forced the taping to be shut down.  Some STUPID Drama ensued and here we are with no recording.  GRRRRRRRRRRRR……regardless, here is the set-list and I hope the videos suffice!!

Sept 1 – NEW YORK, NY – B.B. King Blues Club

1st Set: Scarlet Begonias>, Fire on the Mountain>, Friend of Devil, Fountains of Wood, This One Hour, Cold Rain and Snow>, Cumberland Blues>, Uncle John’s Band

2nd Set: Sampson & Delilah>, Wrecking Crew>, Other One, Mountains of the Moon, Voodoo Zombies, New Speedway Boogie, Strange World, Going Down the Road Feeling Bad, Not Fade Away

Encore: So Many Roads

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7 Walkers @ The Brooklyn Bowl

7 Walkers @ The Brooklyn Bowl

The Grateful Dead and New Orleans.  Two epic names.  Names that will go down in history as forever changing the way we see and hear music.    One a group and one a location; both giants in the world of music.  Tonight at The Brooklyn Bowl, The 7 Walkers, a Papa Mali project extended from both, would bring us the greatest combination of NOLA Funk and The Grateful Dead.  An epic night of music.

Being praised as being one of the finest post-Jerry/Dead projects, this band is truly amazing. The line-up is simple yet dripping in super heavy talent and experience, consisting of:

Papa Mali – Guitar

Bill Kreutzmann – Drums

George Porter, Jr. – Bass

Matthew Hubbard – Keys

What?!?! SERIOUSLY!?!?!  I mean, how wonderful is that four-man band right there?  Now, I don’t even know Matthew Hubbard but the energy the other three bring to the stage alone, before even touching their instruments, it’s something you can’t handle.  Seriously, seeing giants like that walk out on to the stage, a mere 5 feet in front of you…your chest swells and your fingers start to tingle.  I imagine I am taking in…how do I say it?  It’s like they have brought the past with them.  All that energy from their past gigs, their past experiences…their connections to Jerry.  It was all centered right there on an intimate stage in Brooklyn aimed directly at us.  And with George Porter, Jr. on bass instead of Reed Mathis…FIRE!  How paralyzingly wonderful.  IMAGINE!!!  Bill Kreutzmann has played at every single Grateful Dead show ever.  Jerry’s BOY!  I mean come ON!!  Talent and experience at its BEST!!!  I know I say it all the time, but I WAS SOOO EXCITED!

Stage set to RAGE!

Stage set to RAGE!

When I first arrived at the venue it was no where close to being full.  In fact, we all commented on that fact as we found it shocking.  Once again, most people don’t recognize INSANELY GREAT music when it’s right in their back yard.

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

As I came around the bend from the bar, the dance floor was bare.  That is, except for the entire front of the stage which was littered end to end by members of Funk Live to the left, Jam Cruiser pals to the right, my taper and deadhead buddies smack in the middle  and other friends scattered about.  I can’t forget to mention how almost every single person was wearing a Dead shirt or NOLA pride shirt.  I LOOOVE the sight of my front row homies.  I truly do.  A line of faces all lighting up with smiles and I feel like I am with family.  It was a hug fest for about 5 minutes.  Always a great way to start off one’s night 🙂

(Tonight was also special because I finally got to meet up with fellow contributing writer, Brett B.!!  Big hugs homie!  I love what you have to say about music and your tats are hot!)

Bill is all smiles durin' a lil prep work...

Bill is all smiles durin' a lil prep work...

I have been to the Brooklyn Bowl a LOT.  But on this night, after a while, maybe it was just me or perhaps it was the pure energy of the room, but the venue seemed brighter, the atmosphere seemed looser and the general vibe seemed lighter then most nights at The Bowl.  It is hard not to feel comfortable and at ease in a room full of deadheads and hippies, especially ones colored so bright! I could feel it and my smile grew.

They came out, George’s back to the audience, Kreutzmann with a huge smile on his face getting situated.  And then immediately flew into a jamming rage.  First song on the set list read: SPACE, how appropriate! And SPACE they gave us, putting us all into the heady lock down that would define the night.

Bill Kreutzmann @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Bill Kreutzmann @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Right into the memory of Jerry, we were delivered DEALPapa Mali releases a soulful growl as he leads the lyrics:  “Don’t let the deal go down.”  With his guitar resting on his portly belly, Papa delivers us the first guitar rage of the night and mouths drop.  To be honest, I wondered if I had ever seen him before. I’d listened to him a million times but I was seeing him play for the first time right there.  He was as good as I hoped he’d be.

The next song tugged on heart strings.  Men had their eyes closed and they were swaying.  Something about the Grateful Dead makes men romantic it seems, am I alone in thinking this?   In this case, they were thinking of their man crush, Pigpen, as Papa continued singing with Mr. Charlie.  At the end of the song, Kreutzmann raged up on his legs and down on the drums.  A little too hard cause the speakers to his left came crashing down on him, grazing his leg.  See, the power flies right off these bastards.  That power leaving the stage and slamming right into us, or in this case, the speakers.  You can’t make this stuff up.

George Porter, Jr. @ The Brooklyn Bowl

George Porter, Jr. @ The Brooklyn Bowl

We had a little taste of The Dead.  Now it was time for some NOLA flavor as Porter was tapped to sing Hey Pocky Way.  I am beginning to think this is the most covered song ever.  But the fact that it’s over played means everyone knows it and the crowd goes wild.  And on this night, the best part about this song was the audience.  Three songs in and the place was wild.  WILD!!  Oh, how I loved hearing Porter‘s voice.  I immediately started day dreaming of the boat and what the possibilities might be.  During his rage, Porter was off his chair and back down, his legs kicking him all over the place, he was IN IT!!  And then it got silent as Kreutzmann picked up his drums and started striking the skins fast as lighting.

The 7 Walkers @ The Brroklyn Bowl

The 7 Walkers @ The Brroklyn Bowl

Death Don’t Have No Mercy, a Grateful Dead tune, was next.  Matthew Hubbard stopped playing the keys and picked up the trombone that had been resting on the stage to his left. Such a slow song, such a soulful song, such a Jerry song.  Papa gave us a killer solo that reminisced of the swagger Jerry distilled through his guitar, all the while you could hear undertones of Papa trademark bayou style.  It was sultry, sexy, soulful.  People were dancing all over the venue, utilizing the open space to benefit their moods and environments.  It was perfect for so many reasons.

7 Walkers @ The Brooklyn Bowl

7 Walkers @ The Brooklyn Bowl (w/ excellent background artwork)

And then it was theme song time.  Matthew Hubbard gave us an amazing Organ Intro. He was REALLY good.  I am a sucker for keys but man, he was GOOD.  Not sure what I thought about all his “touch-down” moves he banged out after every solo but kick ass solos non-the-less.  Rage!  After a few minute of solid keys, 7 Walkers, new lyrics by Robert Hunter, was blasted out of the belly ‘de Papa.  As I stare at him, he started to morph into one of the characters from Where the Wild Things Are and I brought myself down to reality.  The music was trippy to say the least.  Matt had now jumped to the harmonica, jack of all trades this guy.  Papa Mali absolutely brought it with this song.  At one point, I feel like they teased Shining Star.

“7 Walkers walking in the sky / 7 Walkers watching from on high / 7 Walkers offer their protection / 7 Walkers lookin’ down from heaven”

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

The place was on FIRE and it wasn’t close to set break.  Everyone was having a grand ‘ol time at this point. The front row was littered with Dead Heads who longed for tour or just to be close to Kreutzmann.  Then you had the folks there who were ragin’ cause Papa Mali and Porter are the NOLA FUNK BOMBS!  Papa sang most of Lay My Burden Down and keys harmonized. Then the music stops for a bit.  Porter strummin’ on the strings, keys filling in the background.  Papa Mali says, “It’s nice to be back in Brooklyn.  I know I can get a nice slice.”  And right into The Dead’s Sugaree. Porter sang this while Matt raged the keys and Papa harmonized.  There was a big group hug between a bunch of the heads to my left at that moment up front of stage.  It made me so happy, so very happy. Others followed suit.  The venue was at its brightest that moment.  The love was palpable.  The joy was visual.  Exactly what this music represents, exactly what it was meant to evoke.

Wharf Rat closed out the set.  A slow, soulful song.  It was out of control with Papa‘s drawing voice.  And they captured that quintessential Dead sound so well, probably without even trying.  We were so VERY VERY pleased.

Artwork behind Bill

Artwork behind Bill

The 7 Walkers did not waste anytime kicking off the second set.  Kreutzmann took a raging drum solo and into Bertha, a Grateful Dead favorite, everyone was bouncing on their toes, kicking their heels, flipping their skirts. It was a hoedown of as we all sang together.  Hubbard was able to show us some of his fabulous key work.  Scaling up and down the board and striking the keys with ferocity.  Totally on point and captivating me.  Then Kreutzmann gave us the real thing. The real solo, HIS time to rage.  My buddy took a GREAT HD video of it leading into Lovelight.

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa and Porter play off each other for a few measures before Papa pulls out to jam on his own line.   Kreutzmann tapped the cymbals.  And so Bottle Up And Go begins and starts to melts our faces.  It was time for the trippy guitar space of Papa‘s mind to play with the audience for a while.  Everyone got lost.  No words. Just SPACE as Porter holds the bass line allowing our own minds to take over and find it’s own adventure.

Bill & George @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Bill & George @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

I Know Your Rider, another crowd pleasure, brought everyone’s head from swaying down to forward facing again and singing with the band.  Happy shiny people.  Another great keys rage from Hubbard and the dance party continued all over the venue.  Papa slide his guitar all across the stage and in our face.  This was a raging jam to be sure.  As I stood back and watched these masters ripe our faces off, I wondered about the other groups I love watching jam so much and how they don’t HOLD A CANDLE to the greatness that was taking place on stage.

George Porter, Jr. @ The Brooklyn Bowl

George Porter, Jr. @ The Brooklyn Bowl

I went on an adventure during Early In The Morning & Hey Baby Now so I don’t recall much.  It’s always nice to have something to look forward to in the recordings 🙂  I was not paying attention at this point, pen down, dancing all over the front row.  Bliss.  I was among my favorite friends, among my favorite songs and favorite musicians in my favorite venue.  How do YOU all feel when you are in that situation?? 🙂 Think about it and hold on to the good feeling you get!!

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

The New Orleans Crawl, I believe a new song written for the 7 Walkers by Robert Hunter, gave us a taste of NOLA again but more on the Bayou side then the funk….Professor Longhair-esque.  And finally, Goin Down The Road Feelin Bad closed out the set.  They had so much fun with this song.  You could tell they didn’t want to put down their instruments.  If they did, they were sure fooling us.  High energy, dancing in the STREETS!! As they left the stage, some hard core people were litterally crawling on it to get set lists and picks and whatnot but noone moved a muscle.  All screaming, the show would not be over.  The audience refused to let that happen.

Bill Kreutzmann @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Bill Kreutzmann @ The Brooklyn Bowl

In a lovely tribute to the premature death of Gary Coleman earlier that morning, The 7 Walkers came out and played the Different Strokes Theme amongst Junko Partner.   It was fitting and we all remembered our funny little friend as we danced around in the best of spirits.

Everyone was SO SUPER HIGH after the show.  Bouncing all over the place, I said goodbye to all my favorite people.  By far, this was the best turn out of MY musical krewe, forget the rest of NYC who missed an amazing musical opportunity.  The turn out from tonight had allowed all my various groups and friendship circles to collide and it was AWESOME!!!  To be able to turn around and look in any direction to see the WIDEST grins on my friends faces.  Music brings people together and that night, The 7 Walkers had aided in bringing us all much closer.

It was a magical night in the Brooklyn Bowl, that is for sure.  I PRAY that 7 Walkers comes around again.  And if they do, I suggest you pick up your ticket right away because the word from this performance has already spread like wild fire and they will be sure to sell out second time around!

Check out The 7 Walkers summer tour schedule.

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The 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival:

An “Easy D” Perspective: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mike "Easy D" Deasy

Mike "Easy D" Deasy

(Read Easy D’s “Prologue” here)

The Easy D Krewe got off to a shaky start even before I arrived in New Orleans.  One of our Krewe threw his back out the weekend prior to the trip and had to withdraw.   I can sympathize.  I was struggling with back discomfort a couple of years ago.  Not fun.  Then another member of our Krewe had to return home early to deal with an issue back home.   At least he was able to enjoy the club show on Wednesday night and the festival on Thursday. Yet another guy had airline travel issues and was delayed by a day.  The rest of the Krewe arrived on schedule on either Wednesday or Thursday.

Chickie Wah Wah

Chickie Wah Wah

For Wednesday night, there were 5 of us trying to decide where to go.  I was wavering between seeing Papa Mali and Friends at Chickie Wah Wah in the Mid City neighborhood or The Junco Partners at the Maple Leaf Bar in the Carrollton neighborhood in Uptown New Orleans.  Both of these shows are typical of the club shows on Jazz Fest weekend in that they are an opportunity for artists from various bands to collaborate on a special show.

Maple Leaf Bar Stage

Maple Leaf Bar Stage

The lineup for the Papa Mali show was billed as “The Amalgamation” featuring Papa Mali with Helen Gillet, Harry Hardin, Evan Christopher, Chris Spies, Kirk Joseph, and other very special guests.On the other hand, The Junco Partners show listed John Gros, Brian Stoltz, June Yamagishi, Tony Hall and Raymond Weber. As much as I love Papa Mali (Malcolm Welbourne), so this was a relatively easy decision. The Maple Leaf Bar would be our destination.

I have been to New Orleans many times, but for some unknown reason, I have never attended a show at the iconic Maple Leaf Bar! I have walked by the Bar.  I even have friends that live several blocks away.    This stop was long overdue.   The Maple Leaf Bar has been open since 1974 with music and special events held 7 days a week.  It should be noted that the club was the first music club to reopen after Hurricane Katrina operating the band’s equipment on generators and keeping the beer cold with ice in coolers.

John Gros of Papa Grows Funk at the Maple Leaf

John Gros of Papa Grows Funk at the Maple Leaf

I arrived to see John Gros (Papa Grows Funk) unloading his Hammond B3 organ out of a truck.  I have met John on several occasions.   We chatted for a minute and I pointed out that this was our first stop of the weekend.  The club is a neighborhood bar with a small, narrow performance room adjacent to the room where the bar area is located.  There is also a very nice patio area in the backyard if you want to get some air, grab a smoke or hang out between sets.

Getting there before the show started afforded the Wednesday Krewe the opportunity to reconnect as friends while watching the band members and stage crew set up for the show.  Three of us were from Pittsburgh, one from Frederick, MD, and one from Denver, CO.  After he set up his drum kit, I noticed that Raymond Weber (Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk) standing next to me.  I introduced myself and we talked about the upcoming weekend.

The lineup for The Junco Partners:

John ‘Papa’ Gros (Papa Grows Funk) – Keyboards and Vocals

June Yamagishi (Papa Grows Funk) – Guitar

Brian Stoltz (Brian Stoltz Band formerly of Porter Batiste & Stoltz and others) – Guitar and Vocals

Tony Hall (Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk) – Bass and Vocals

Raymond Weber (Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk) – Drums and Vocals

Unfortunately, your scribe did not bring his camera to the show. It was a great rockin’ funk show.   Great vocals, great musicianship.  This was five of my favorite musicians that are obviously very comfortable playing with each other.  Both John Gros and Raymond Weber mentioned how much fun they had practicing for this show.  It showed in their performance.  A great start to a great weekend!

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

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May 2010 Potential Show Run Down

(If there is ANYTHING that I have missed that must not be missed, please point it out. I add things constantly.)

May 1st, 2010:

  • ($38) Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings @ Apollo Theater
  • ($30) David Knopfler of Dire Straits @ B.B. Kings
  • ($25) Sublime, Dirty Heads @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($10) Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ The Stephen Talkhouse
  • ($10) Trouble & Bass @ Santos Party House

May 2nd, 2010:

May 3rd, 2010:

May 4th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Trio w/ Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($33) Corinne Bailey Rae @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall

May 5th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Trio w/ Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($33) Corinne Bailey Rae @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • ($25) Dierks Bentley featuring the Travelin McCourys @ Highline Ballroom
  • (Free) Mark Guiliana @ Rose Live Music
  • ($30) The Mick Taylor Band (Rolling Stones Guitarist) @ B.B. Kings
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band (Charles Mingus) @ The Jazz Standard

May 6th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Trio w/ Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • ($43) A-Ha @ Nokia Theatre Times Square
  • ($25) Sia @ Terminal 5
  • (Free w/1 drink min) Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Sonya Kitchell @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Mark Guiliana w/ Jeff Taylor @ Rockwood Music Hall

May 7th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Trio w/ Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • (Sold out) Broken Social Scene, Fan Death @ Webster Hall
  • ($35) Steve Kimock (2 shows) @ The Stone
  • ($10) EOTO Featuring Michael Travis and Jason Hann from String Cheese Incident @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) BR & Timebomb @ Bar East
  • ($10) Drunken Pumpkin@ Crash Mansion
  • ($10) John Ellis and Double-Wide (featuring Derrek Phillips) @ Rose Live

May 8th, 2010:

May 9th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Trio w/ Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note

May 10th, 2010:

  • ($22-$28) Aqualung & Krista Polvere @ City Winery

May 11th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Quartet: Hank Roberts-clo, Eyvind Kang-vln, Jenny Scheinman-vln @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • ($25) Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live @ Nokia Theater Times Square
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) MGMT @ Late Show with David Letterman
  • Free Live Hilarious Comedy: SRSLY LOL @ Metropolitan Bar

May 12th, 2010:

May 13, 2010:

  • (Free) Sonya Kitchell @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery (Funk Live Meetup)
  • ($10) Todd Sickafoose, Jim Black, Jonathon Goldberger Trio @ Barbes
  • ($20) Orchard Lounge Residency + Jeff Bujak + D.V.S. + Higher Nebulae @ Club Love
  • ($35) Bill Frisell Quartet: Hank Roberts-clo, Eyvind Kang-vln, Jenny Scheinman-vln @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note (With special guest Hubert Laws)

May 14th, 2010:

  • Wicked on Broadway
  • ($15) Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistor’s @ 45 Bleeker, NYC
  • ($35) Bill Frisell Quartet: Hank Roberts-clo, Eyvind Kang-vln, Jenny Scheinman-vln @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • ($15) The Mother Hips @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($??)Radiohead Tribute Band @ B.B. Kings
  • Free Live Hilarious Comedy: Triple Minority Report @ Comix

May 15th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Quartet: Hank Roberts-clo, Eyvind Kang-vln, Jenny Scheinman-vln @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • ($5) The London Souls @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($17) Donna The Buffalo @ Southpaw
  • ($45) Loudon Wainwright III @ Irvington Town Hall Theater
  • ($10) Soul Cycle @ The Blue Note

May 16th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Quartet: Hank Roberts-clo, Eyvind Kang-vln, Jenny Scheinman-vln @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • ($??) Ikebe Shakedown @ Bembe (Funk Live Meetup)
  • ($20) Voices of the Big Easy feat. Henry Butler & Chuck Perkins @ Jazz Gallery

May 17th, 2010:

  • ($30) The Lovin’ Spoonful @ B.B. King Blues Club
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band (Charles Mingus) @ The Jazz Standard

May 18th, 2010:

  • ($30) Joe Louis Walker, Watermelon Slim, Janiva Magness @ B.B. Kings
  • ($20 – $40) Raul Midon @ City Winery
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall

May 19th, 2010:

  • ($16) The London Souls @ The Gramercy Theater
  • ($10) Apollo Sunshine @ Mercury Lounge

May 20th, 2010:

  • Sushioke #14
  • ($25-$45) The Proclaimers @ City Winery
  • (Free) Sonya Kitchell @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($80) Pearl Jam w/ Band of Horses @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($25) Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio feat. Kokayi & Jason Lindner @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($15) ALO @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • Free Live Hilarious Comedy: The Tweet Spot: The Twitter Game Show

May 21st, 2010:

  • ($80) Pearl Jam w/ Band of Horses @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($40) Jefferson Starship @ B.B. Kings
  • (SOLD OUT) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5
  • ($30) Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio feat Kokayi & Jason Lindner @ The Jazz Standard

May 22nd, 2010:

  • (SOLD OUT) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5
  • Adam Deitch @ Modern Drummer Festival – Montclair State University
  • ($10) Dig Deeper presents Bobby Patterson @ Southpaw
  • ($??) Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ The Brooklyn Bowl (Funk Live Meetup)
  • ($17) Marco Benevento Trio @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($10) Turbine @ Mercury Lounge

May 23rd, 2010:

  • ($35) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5

May 24th, 2010:

  • Go find something 🙂

May 25th, 2010:

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Live Hilarious Comedy: SRSLY LOL @ Metropolitan bar
  • ($8) The Six Figures (Louis Cato & James Casey) opening for The Brown / Hawk Syndicate w/ Drummers: Justin Brown & Dana Hawkins
  • ($??) Will Bernard, Trevor Dunn, Dan Weiss and Michael Blake @ Krozo
  • ($28 – $40) Imogen Heap @ The Hammerstein Ballroom
  • ($50-$75) Erykah Badu & Dj ?uestlove @ Roseland Ballroom

May 26th, 2010:

  • ($50) Bettye LaVette @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($32) The Yardbirds @ B.B. Kings
  • ($33) Coheed and Cambria @ Summer Stage

May 27th, 2010:

May 28th, 2010:

May 29th, 2010:

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($5) Chico Mann w/ Midnight Magic @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($45- $95) GLEE Concert @ Radio City Music Hall (oh yeah, you read this right) (3pm & 8pm)
  • ($30) Tribute to Ray Charles & Frank Sinatra @ B.B. Kings

May 30th, 2010:

  • ($45- $95) GLEE Concert @ Radio City Music Hall (oh yeah, you read this right) (3pm & 8pm)

May 31st, 2010:

  • ($35) The Coup @ Rocks Off Cruise (Funk Live Meetup)

    Nublu's May 2010 Schedule

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