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Jazz Fest After Hours: 5.02.15

The Fest ends tomorrow. So, make the most of tonight! A couple big acts like Kreutzman’s Voodoo Dead, Primus, and the EDM’s Go Hard Tour are in town. Plus, there is funk, jazz, and afrobeat at nearly every venue in town. Over 20 different acts to check out tonight follow.


Primus and the Chocolate Factory (Civic, 10p.m.)

Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble is a concept originated at a 2013 New Year’s Eve show. The band (Les Claypool, Ler LaLonde, and Herb Alexander) played along with Skerik and New Orleanian Mike Dillon. At the show, they played the entire soundtrack of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Expect some guest appearances and experimentation. 


Rebirth Brass Band + Naughty Professor (Maison, 10p.m.)

Old-school of brass and the new school of funk. Rebirth are the GRAMMY Award winning standard bearers of brass in NOLA. Naughty Professor is a local improvisational, six-piece funk band starting to break through.


The Motet (Maison, 2a.m.)

Over 17 years, this Denver group has recorded seven studio albums and built a big name for themselves. There sound is a mix of funk, jazz, and afrobeat.


Jon Cleary and the Monster Gentlemen(Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.)

With uncanny syncopation and a predilection for funky New Orleans grooves, one would never guess by his music that Jon Clearly hails from across the pond. Add in the talent of the Monster Gentlemen and you have a winner.


Voodoo Dead (Republic, 10p.m.)

Voodoo Dead features Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann playing with a band comprised of Steve Kimock, Dave Schools, Keller Williams and Jeff Chimenti. Legends George Porter Jr. and Papa Mali will sit-in. Kreutzmann played with the Dead from their 1965 formation on, not missing a single one of the group’s 2300 shows. After Jerry Garcia’s 1995 death, Kreutzmann remained active, touring with his former bandmates as well as pursuing several side projects. He has played in other bands with both Porter and Mali.


Nevilles Forever (Saenger, 9p.m.)

The brothers are finally reuniting for a farewell show. Evocative of “The Last Waltz,” the final show will be filmed and feature lots of special guests, including Neville progeny Ian and Ivan. The roster also includes local stars such as Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty, Terence Blanchard, Galactic, Anders Osborne,  and John Boutte. Additionally, the bill lists southern jam-band Widespread Panic. Grammy Award-winner Don Was, producer, bassist, and Blue Note president, will serve as music director and conduct the band. Keith Wortman is the creator and executive producer of the show.


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.


Los Po-Boy Citos (Little Gem, 11p.m.)

Feel like dancing to the latin beat? Los Po-Boy Citos recorded their first album in 2012 with the help of big names like Andrija Tokic, John Gros (Papa Grows Funk) and Tom McDermot. They created the work at the Bomb Shelter in Nashville, where Hurray for the Riff Raff has recorded in the past. In 2013, they released the LP which combines brass elements of the New Orleans persuasion with authentic Latin tones.


Amanda Shaw (The Willow, 10p.m.)

Chubby Carrier discovered her as a child, and now she's everywhere. Over the past six years, Amanda Shaw has moved from fiddle prodigy to bonafide fiddle star, attracting a crowd wherever she plays. Shaw has grown up and so has her sound, but the high tempo, Louisiana sound still rocks a crowd.


Galactic (Tips, 2a.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. Late night gigs at Tips are always instant classics.


Zappa Plays Zappa (Tip’s, 9p.m.)

Dweezil Zappa plays his old man’s hits. Pretty straightforward.


Wimbish Allstars (Blue Nile, 10p.m.)

Bassist Doug Wimbish skews more towards hip hop then the standard funky jazz. Tonight he jams with Nigel Hall, Khris Royal, Big Sam Williams and more.


Marco Benevento (Blue Nile, 1:30a.m.)

While pianist and composer Benevento’s sound is decidedly modern, the NYC-based experimental artist has his background in jazz. Benevento’s bonafides include membership in Garage A Trois and collaborations with nearly every progressive artist out there.


Corey Henry's Treme Funktet, (Blue Nile Balcony, 10p.m.)

Henry is a local trombonist vocalist, who has logged lots of time playing with Galactic when he’s not performing with his own ensemble. Henry’s grandfather is drummer Chester Jones, and his uncle, snare drummer Benny Jones, leads the Treme Brass Band.


Go Hard Tour (Champions Square, 5p.m.)

Looking for a change in vibe. EDM pioneer Gary Richards’ tour is coming to town with DJ Snake, Zeds Dead, Rae Sremmurd, GTA, Tchami, Big Gigantic, Gta, Destructo, Wax Motif, DJ Quickie Mart, Unicorn F*KR


Lost Bayou Ramblers (Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.)

These local boys bring a hot and entertaining show that will have your feet dancing and hands clapping to the beat. They mix cajun, rock and folk music to create something totally unique. Recently, the group did a set where they covered The Beatles “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” at d.b.a. They’ve been Grammy nominated and contributed to the soundtrack of Beasts of the Southern Wild. Their use of modern sonic elements with their traditionally cajun twangs makes going to see this band a satisfying and often musically surprising show. 


The Pimps of Joytime, The California Honeydrops (House of Blues, 10p.m., 12a.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. They may be from Poland via Oakland, but the Honeydrops have plenty of NOLA with powerful brass and party-like performance.


Karl Denson's Tiny Universe (House of Blues, 1:30 a.m.) 

A veteran of Lenny Kravitz's band and the Greyboy Allstars, Denson is a well-traveled saxophonist who excels as a bandleader in his own right. Early tomorrow morning, he'll funk things up with his Tiny Universe for aset jam of KDTU & RUN DMC.


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


Anders Osborne (Howlin Wolf, 10p.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. With Johnny Sketch.

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