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Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)
Jazz in the Park continues with bounce, dance, and Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers
The Allways Lounge (9 p.m.)
Jazz Fest series gala kick off
The Trio feat. Eric "Jesus" Coomes, Nicholas Payton
Maple Leaf (10 p.m.)
Funk bassist + New Orleans’ BAM (Black American Music) trumpeter
House of Blues (9 p.m.)
Desert rock inspired by the Sahara
Ogden Museum (6 p.m.)
Sippin' in Seersucker trunk show from Jolie & Elizabeth, plus music for tonight's after hours event
Hi-Ho Lounge (10p.m.)
Ginger Licious hosts cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville and more!
Les Bon Temps Roule (11p.m.)
Roll with the Rebels on Magazine
Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)
Headliners include The Avett Brothers, Public Enemy and, Aurora Nealand
NOMA (5 p.m.)
Fridays at NOMA features art and music inside, film in the Sculpture Garden, plus food and drink
Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)
New Orleans psych pop, rock n' roll
Blue Nile (10 p.m.)
Soul Rebels, Nigel Hall & the Congregation, and more
Cafe Istanbul (11 p.m.)
Tank and the Bangas + Mykia Jovan
Circle Bar (10 p.m.)
Local bluesy singer/songwriter
House of Blues (8 p.m.)
Plus New Breed Brass Band. Tickets are $50
Howlin' Wolf (10 p.m.)
Ivan Neville's band joins fellow funk bands on stage, with the Roosevelt Collier Band
Joy Theater (9 p.m.)
Funk legend joins New Orleans' own queen of rare grooves
Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)
Headliners include Robin Thicke, 101 Runners, Branford Marsalis Quartet, and Phish
Shamrock (10 p.m.)
Shamar Allen & The Underdawgs, Hot 8 Brass Band, John Popper of Blues Traveler, and more
Tipitina's (9 p.m.)
plus Honey Island Swamp Band
Blue Nile (2 a.m.)
Funk, rock, and hip hop from San Francisco
Prytania Bar (9 p.m.)
All-vinyl dance party spinning Motown/garage rock/R&B/soul/oldies
Hi Ho Lounge (11 p.m.)
Queen of rare grooves spins all-vinyl boogie, funk, and more into the wee hours of the morning
Carrollton Station (10 p.m.)
plus the Lost Cause Minstrels + Jamie Lynn Vessels
Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)
Headliners include Vampire Weekend, New Birth Brass Band, John Boutte, and more
Allways Lounge (8 p.m.)
Swing dance lessons and party, live band from 9 p.m.-midnight
Civic Theatre (8 p.m.)
Prog rock, Majeure opens
House of Blues (9 p.m.)
Key holder to the city of New Orleans, Clinton, joins DJ Soul Sister
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.
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
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!
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.
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