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Jazz Fest After Hours: 5.01.15

Tonight, the music truly never stops. After the fest ends, Grateful Dead 50th anniversary celebrations are in store all around NOLA. If your face has already been stolen, there is plenty of funk to groove to with the New Master Sounds in town. Local singer-songwriters Colin Lake, Maggie Koerner, and Kristin Diable are all gigging as well. Click on through for full listings.


An evening with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (Joy Theater, 10p.m.)

Drummer Joe Russo teams up with Dave Dreiwitz, Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger, and Tom Hamilton to cover classic jams. SOLD OUT


The New Mastersounds (Joy Theater, 2a.m.)

Eddie Roberts is leads the Leeds, England, funk stars The New Mastersounds. This band is  a music nerd’s delight and the members have collaborated with a who’s who of the fusion, jazz, and funk worlds.


Axial Tilt (Café Istanbul, 10p.m.)

Tonight is all about the Dead. Stu Allen, Rob Eaton, Jay Lane, Mitch Stein and Robin Sylvester are AXIAL TILT. Each show will feature three sets of Grateful Dead originals, with one early-night acoustic set and two late-night electric sets. No songs will repeated over the course of the two-night run.


The Deslondes (Chickie Wah Wah, 10p.m.)

New Orleans based country-soul band. Over the course of four albums, the Deslondes have built up a loyal following and a polished sound.


Kristin Diable (Hi Ho Lounge, 10p.m.)

Local singer-songwriter returned home after a stint in NYC to create her own mythology with the release of her newest album. Diable’s rich voice and soulful songwriting is set to carry her beyond the swamps. Smoky jazz doesn’t begin to define the nuances of her vocals, and there’s a true market for her sound beyond New Orleans. 


Blackberry Smoke: Holding All The Roses Tour (House of Blues, 7:30p.m.)

Georgia based southern rock band. Blackberry Smoke received a boost in PR when during an extended run opening for Zac Brown. Also featuring The Temperance Movement, Ben Miller Band


Colin Lake (House of Blues, 10p.m.)

The music of rising, local blues-roots singer/songwriter Colin Lake is characterized by twangy guitar, soulful vocals, and catchy beats. Tonight celebrates the release of “One Thing That’s For Sure,” the much anticipated followup to 2011’s ”The Ones I Love.” Lake’s new work is a bigger sound with a variety of bold faced friends including Luther Dickinson, Maggie Koerner, and Sasha Masakowski helping out. The Cedric Burnside Project is opening.


Bayou Rendezvous (Howlin’ Wolf, 9p.m.)

13th annual party featuring The Bayou Rendezvous Allstars feat. Ivan Neville, Johnny Vidacovich, Oteil Burbrigde, Col. Bruce Hampton (ret.), Eric McFadden, Roosevelt Collier, Duane Trucks, and Doug Belote, plus Orgone vs. Monophonics (playing full sets plus special set all together), Kung Fu, The California Honeydrops, TAUK, Polyrhythmics, Gravity A, Gravy, Sunrise Breakfast Jam and more including music by Ivan Neville, Johnny Vidacovich, Duane Trucks, Polyrhythmics, Gravity A and more! Questions?


Toubab Krewe Orchestra (PubliQ House, 10p.m.)

One of the few bands that include conga drums, a djembe, and a fiddle are making one of their frequent visits to town from Asheville, NC. The instrumental quintet is influenced by African traditions, jazz, folk, and rock. Tonight, expect, Benyoro, Raja Kassis’ Humanbeing and Weedie Braimah all to add to the mix.


Big Sam's Funky Nation (Blue Nile, 10p.m.)

After getting his start with Stooges Brass Band and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, "Big Sam" Williams struck out with his eponymous Big Sam’s Funky Nation. The band is bold, tight, brass-forward, and unafraid to innovate.

The Honey Island Swamp Band will also be playing.


Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles (Blue Nile Balcony Room, 10p.m.)

Boudreaux and his close friend, the late Big Chief Bo Dollis, pioneered Mardi Gras Indian music;s crossover into funk and the mainstream. The pair appeared at the first JazzFest. After 30 years, Boudreaux left the Wild Magnolias and began playing with the Golden Eagles, solo, and in several high profile collaborations. Tank and the Bangas open. This New Orleans-based group combine hip hop, spoken word, soul and R&B into a rhythmic powerhouse performance. Lead singer Tarriona Ball has the pipes to out-sing and upstage many of her local peers, and the mixture of influences and genres culminates in one of the better live experiences you’re going to find in the city. 


Tab Benoit & Anders Osborne (Republic, 9:30p.m.)

When this pair of frequent collaborators gets together, there is seldom disappointment. 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. Benoit is simply one of the bayou’s best bluesmen.


The Funky Meters (Tipitina’s, 10p.m.)

Art Neville, George Porter Jr., and Russell Batiste Jr.’s classic act takes the stage a classic venue. Their name pretty much says it all. SOLD OUT


Maggie Koerner (One Eyed Jacks, 10p.m.)

Local songstress Koerner built a name for herself providing vocals for Galactic. Now, she is breaking out with a solo career. David Shaw of the Revivalists will help out and the the Cardinal Sons will open.

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