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Jazz Fest After Hours: 4.24.15


The fest at the Fair Grounds closes around sunset, but New Orleans is not a city known for an early curfew (or any curfew for that matter). After dark, the Revivalists, Lettuce, the Meter Men, Warren Haynes, and a dozen more are all getting going. Check out all of tonight’s happenings below.

 

Revivalists River Jam (Steamboat Natchez, 9:15p.m.)

The Revivalists formed in 2007, and has since become one of the most recognized names in the New Orleans rock music scene. The group plays soulful, syncopated rock through their ever-evolving live performances. In the recent years, the Revivalists have exploded on the national stage; catch them now while they are still playing mid-sized venues.

 

Government Mule (Saenger Theater, 8p.m.)

Formed from The Allman Brothers Band lead guitarist and vocalist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody, Gov’t Mule delivers hard southern rock guitar riffs with a classic rock feel. Last year, Mule broke in the Saenger as one of the first big music shows after reopening. They found a home on Canal and a tradition in the making.

 

Africa Brass (Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.)

This ensemble group presents world music mixed with some familiar NOLA sounds in a fusion of jazz, brass, and traditional African music.

 

Lettuce (Civic Theater, 8p.m.)

Lettuce is the vanguard of a Brooklyn based (Boston derived) funk scene. They are often linked and overlap with sister band Soullive. Members Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch, Adam Erick "E.D." Coomes, Ryan Zoidis, "Shmeeans" Smirnoff, Neal Evans, and Eric "Benny" Bloom provide an impressive roster.

 

Ashton Hines and the Big Easy Brawlers (Maison, 12:30a.m.)

Maison is putting forth a late night offering of brass with a big presence and a rock beat. 

 

Flow Tribe, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Mia Borders, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, The Stooges (Blue Nile, 10p.m.)

Packed evening of NOLA music spanning several genres of jazz, soul, and funk. The lineup is a perfect sampler of local flavor, practically a mini-fest unto itself.

 

Anders Osborne (House of Blues, 8p.m.)

Osborne, Swedish born guitarist turned local, took a giant leap one year when he decided all he wanted to do was “play the shit out of his guitar.” Riffing such melodies as “Mind of a Junkie,” Anders speaks out about struggling with drugs, love, and naturally, his adopted hometown New Orleans. 

 

Dumpstaphunk/Gravity A (Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.)

Dumpstaphunk is the A-list of the funk genre with members including Ivan Nevile, Tony Hall, and Nikki Glaspie. Gravity A is a local band that pushes the envelope, melting jazz , rap, and rock into a unique synthy sound.

 

The Meter Men, Page McConnell, Earphunk (The Joy Theater, 9p.m.)

Few bands can boast a lasting influence on New Orleans music like the Meters. Hits like "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py” helped define the funk genre. George Porter, Jr., Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, and Leo Nocentelli will return to the stage with Phish key-man Paige McConnell subbing in for Neville.

 

The Greyboy Allstars (Tipitina’s, 10p.m.)

The funky, genre-melding combo from California has been going strong since the release of their fourth album in 2014. Their sound meshes latin boogaloo and soul jazz. For many, their JazzFest gigs have become a ritual.

 

Snarky Puppy (Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.)

The jazz ensemble got praise for their in-studio DVD “groundUP,” and they’ve performed at the London Jazz Festival, New Morning in Paris, and many others. Variations in the group’s size can be measured by the dozen. Puppy is a jazz nerd’s dream.

 

The Write Brothers (Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.)

The Brothers are a new collaboration between some well known names in New Orleans. Songwriters Spencer Bohren, Jim McCormick, Alex McMurray and Paul Sanchez form this local supergroup. The sound is eclectic, mixing rock, folk, blues, country, and rhythm and blues. 




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