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Jazz Fest After Hours: 4.25.15

Whether you braved the rain at the Fest today or rested up during daylight, there are so many acts tonight, that it is like an entire second festival. Trombone Shorty is hosting an all-star Bash, The Meter Men are playing with Phish’s Paige McConnell. Galactic is at Tips. Dumpstaphunk, Mississippi Rail Company, the London Souls, and Colin Lake are just a few of the acts rounding out the evening. Click on though for a full roundup.


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Saenger Theater, 9:30p.m.)

The local star born Troy Andrews is home for JazzFest. He'll close out the Acura Stage next weekend, but the night crowds can get a taste of his unique combo of rock and brass Saturday night in the French Quarter. NOLA’s favorite son has invited some friends including Allen Toussaint, Ivan Neville, Mystikal, Kermit Ruffins, and New Breed Brass Band to join him in the annual Treme Throwdown.


Colin Lake (Circle Bar, 10p.m.)

The music of rising, local blues-roots singer/songwriter Colin Lake is characterized by twangy guitar, soulful vocals, and catchy beats. Lake just released his most recent album “One Thing That’s For Sure,” the much anticipated followup to 2011’s ”The Ones I Love.”


Pimps of Joytime + Vinyl (Maison, 2a.m.)

Brooklyn’s Pimps are fusion funk effort fronted by Brian J. Their round is an odd combo of NY DJ and EDM culture with lots of input from NOLA royalty like the Nevilles.


HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister (Hi Ho Lounge, 11 p.m.)

After being uprooted from her Saturday night home on the second floor of Mimi’s due to a noise controversy, DJ Soul Sister has taken her legendary weekly dance party up to the greener pastures of St. Claude. Fans of the HUSTLE will appreciate the additional room on the Hi Ho dance floor as Soul Sister spins old and new school grooves until 3am.


Soul Rebels, Gravity A, Brass-A-Holics, Steven Bernstein (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. Plus, trumpeter Bernstein.


Mississippi Rail Company (Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.)

The quartet has taken American roots music, traditional New Orleans funk & blues, folk, and rock n’ roll, and blended the genres into their own timeless sound. Formed in 2010, MRC has released a full-length album, Coal Black Train, which they recorded in Maurice, Louisiana.  


The London Souls (House of Blues, 9p.m.)

Despite the name, London Souls is a NYC based rock band. Fronted by Tash Neal on guitar and Chris St. Hillaire on drums, the group generally performs as a trio with bassist Stu Mahan. The members love of classic rock is evident in their sound which evokes the genres peak in the 70’s.


Anders Osborne (Howlin Wolf, 9p.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 (One Eyed Jack’s 10p.m.)

Dumpstaphunk is the A-list of the funk genre with members including Ivan Nevile, Tony Hall, and Nikki Glaspie. Nuff said. 


Bonerama (Republic, 9p.m.)

3 trombonists walk into a bar…  Sorry, no joke here, just a funky brand of brass band called Bonerama. They’ve been playing for fifteen years, and the brass band sets themselves apart with their unique blend of styles. Watch Mark Mullins’ septet blend funk, rock, and more into their set. 


Father John Misty (The Civic Theater, 9p.m.)

Joshua Tillman a.ka. Father John Misty is a veteran indie favorites the Fleet Foxes and Saxon Shores. Since 2004, he has pumped out edgy, but folksy solo works as well, writing his own songs as well as playing guitar and drums.


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.


Galactic (Tipitina’s, 9p.m.)

Since Galactic's inception 20 years ago, their sound has progressed from organic New Orleans funk and jazz jam band, to a different description coined by bassist Robert Mercurio: gritty, unpolished funk. While band members might pop up in all sorts of side projects around town, they always return to their collaborative songwriting and performances with the legendary Galactic.


Fire Water (Steamboat Natchez, 9:15p.m.)

All star lineup mashed up on the river featuring Oteil Burbridge, Ivan Neville, Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch, Roosevelt Collier and the entire Tedeschi Trucks Band horn section- Maurice Brown, Kebbi Williams and Saunders Sermons.

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