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VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

SAMEDI

May 27th

Palmer Park, 10AM
The May edition of the monthly art market
 
New Orleans Jazz Market, 3PM
Light bites, drinks, DJs
 
Bar Redux, 7PM
Horror, fantasy, and spiritual movies from 13 countries
 
Bacchanel Fine Wine and Spirits, 7:30PM
Progressive jazz from one of the cities best
 
The Howlin Wolf, 8PM
Improvisational funk music
 
Joan Mitchell Center, 8PM
Monthly open mic
 
The Orpheum Theater, 9PM
Tremaine The Tour with support by Mike Angel
 
Santos Bar, 10PM
Mind expanding multi genre music

DIMANCHE

May 28th

NOLA MIX Records, 11AM
Teaching kids to DJ and produce beats
 
The Courtyard Brewery, 3PM
Raffle, silent auction, craft beer
 
Mags on Elysian Fields, 7PM
A new series dedicated to pushing the limits of contemporary music
 
Three Keys, 7PM
OC cabaret goes Sci-Fi
 
UNO Lakefront Arena, 8PM
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album
 
One Eyed Jacks, 10PM
Remixes, edits and originals of Fleetwood Mac
 
Rare Form, 10PM
Vintage sounds of American Root Music

Feeling the Pull

The Defender Talks With Gravity A



Last week, Laura Cayouette attended Gravity A's standing 10 pm Wednesday gig at Banks Street Bar  in Mid-City. Gravity A's music is an eclectic mix ranging from a cover of a 1972 Herbie Hancock song to fun funky dance tunes and trance-like electronica.The band, comprised of Jonathan Solomon on bass, Mike (Fou) Fouquier on drums, Andrew (Drew) Meehan on keyboards and Aaron Lind on guitar - all play in bare feet.

Laura Cayouette: You're are playing at Bayou Boogaloo?

Andrew (Drew) Meehan: Yes Indeed.

 

 

LC: Bayou Boogaloo is known for its traditional New Orleans music including brass bands and Mardi Gras Indians. What would y'all call your music?

Mike (Fou) Fouquier: New Orleans Funktronica. That's the term we've been leaning towards lately. 

LC: Define New Orleans Funktronica.

MF: Nope.

(Laughing)

LC: What does it mean to you to be a New Orleans musician when you're not part of that traditional culture?

MF: I thinks it's a privilege to be able to hear shit-tons of awesome music in different genres every night of the week and appreciate it and be able to play more than any other band in any other city could play within their home city. I think that's the most important thing about being a New Orleans musician.

AM: It's cool to play a lot of the same places where a lot of people you really like play just 'cuz it's New Orleans so everyone's played everywhere.

 

 

LC: Where's your favorite place to play?

AM: I like the Blue Nile

MF: Tipitina's

Aaron Lind: I like the Dragon's Den.

Jonathan Solomon: I like all those places, probably Blue Nile.

 

 

LC: So, there's a little bit of a consensus. Let's see if I can get a consensus on this. The best snowball in the city is...

AM: The best snowball in the city? Occurred in Fou's bedroom in nineteen ninety uh...(all laughing) Hey, you set it up dirty, I come wid it! The best one is the drive-thru daiquiri one at Jefferson Highway across the street from the hospital in Old Jefferson. That's the best snowball. During Christmas, you get Cajun eggnog.

JS: Man, what do you put on top of that shit?

AM: Nutmeg. What else?

 

 

LC: Do y'all have a favorite New Orleans band outside yourselves?

MF: Imagination Movers.  

AM: Yeah, they're pretty cool. They got DJ Jubilee.

JS: They've got the funk.

AM: But they still incorporated the rap.

MF: I think I gotta say Dumpstaphunk right now as a band that contains mostly New Orleans musicians. I like Dr. Claw as a New Orleans band, but apparently, nobody that's in that band except for... actually nobody is actually from New Orleans. None of them live in New Orleans, but they play New Orleans funk/R&B really well. Adam Deitch, Nick Daniels, Ian Neville lives in New Orleans---

AM: ---I've been liking Government Magic. Their new album's really good.

MF: I'm down with Government Magic.

AL: How about Matt People's Collective. http://mattpeoples.com/

 

 

LC: How did y'all come to be a group?

JS: That's a long one.

LC: Well, give me the Reader's Digest version.

AM: It was lots of years ago. We eventually all made a band together.

JS: Fou and I started the band, then Drew joined it and then quit and then that's how we got Aaron and then Drew came back a few years later.

MF: And that's when the snowball happened. 

AM: Aw, bringin' it back around!

(Laughing)

LC: It's interesting that you two started the band because as you were playing, I noticed that you have a connection and play with and toward each other. So, how long have y'all known each other?

JS: Since high school.

MF: Since 2000, ten years.

 

 

LC: How long ago did you start playing together?

JS: Ten Years ago.

MF: Yeah, when we met. We played a little punk rock music and then we didn't see each other for like two years and then they tore down the Movie Pitchers on Bienville Street and then we didn't see each other for two years and then by chance, we ran into each other in Baton Rouge.

 

 

LC: Where does "Gravity A" come from?

MF: Actually, Gravity A comes from our first guitarist, Carter. He, I guess, found it reading sci fi and stuff like that and basically I guess if you can move gravity A from point A to point B, everything else will follow it and you can reach the speed of light.

 

 

LC: How tough do you think it is for somebody to make a living here as a musician?

AM: You gotta be really good and then spread yourself, I guess.

JS: I guess it just depends on what your living expenses are.

 

LC: Do you have any words of wisdom for young people starting out?

MF: Young people, they find out for themselves, you know. That was my experience anyway. I didn't really listen to much anybody had to say and that's brought me here, so that's okay.

AM: Put $100 bucks in a high interest savings account and don't touch that shit.

 

 

LC: How did y'all come up with your sound?

MF: We're not, I don't know, it's hard to label us as a funk band or an electronica band or a rock band or an indi band or an experimental band, so that's why you gotta see it for yourself. It's good music, none the less. We enjoy good music of all kinds of genres, so that's what we try and make.

JS: We're not a jam band.

AL: Yeah, I guess that's a label.

LC: But isn't Grateful Dead a jam band?

MF: Right. And Grateful Dead has inspired us just like the Meters have inspired us just like Diesel Boy has inspired us. It's all good music that we've all listened to, that we all play and it comes out and we're not trying to sound like one style or the other. It all just comes out creating our unique sound.

 

LC: So, when are y'all playing Bayou Boogaloo?

MF: May 23rd

AM: At 2:45 to 3:45 and they're pretty strict, but not like New Orleans 2:45, like real 2:45.

MF: And we're playing with Tim Green. We usually only do it Halloween at the Blue Nile with Tim Green, but this is gonna be something new, something different.

JS: The sun's gonna be out.

AM: We're coming back from the Hang Out Festival, too.

 

 

 

LC: Thanks.





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