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Jazz Fest (Eve) After Hours: 4.23.15

The Fest has not yet begun. The late night shows have. Over the next two weeks, there will be plenty of power pairing and celebrity sit-ins. Tonight is not a bad start though. Dr. John, Stanton Moore, Band of Heathens, Jon Cleary, and the Soul Rebels are just a few of the late night choices. A full guide to tonight’s music options follows.


Oteil Burbridge, Eric Krasno, Johnny Vidacovich

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Burbridge is Grammy winning, jamhead favorite bassist who cut his teeth with the Aquarium Rescue Unit. Guitarist Eric Krasno cofounded soul live and can generally be found playing in NOLA come festival. Johnny V. is indisputably one of NOLA’s top drummers.


Stanton Moore Trio

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

Moore is also widely regarded as one of the City’s best drummers. When not busy with Galactic, he has works on numerous side projects and education initiatives. The Nile is a common spot for him to play when home. Tonight, his trio will be playing some jazz with a bunch of funk.


The Band of Heathens

PubliQ House, 9p.m.

Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist, Trevor Nealon, Richard Millsap, and Scott Davis comprise this Austin-based band. The Heathens represent a distinct sound of the South, mixing roots, soul, rock, and Americana into a distinct vibe. Their 2013 album "Sunday Morning Record” thrust them into a brighter spotlight and critics are eager for their followup work.


Jon Cleary 

Chickie Wah Wah, 10p.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. The piano virtuoso’s live repetorire spans the gamut from standards to funk.



Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Doldrum is Airlick Woodhead’s hot project out of an equally searing Canadian music scene. Lots of electronica. Expect the loops and disco influences that are all the rage these days.


Soul Rebels/Kermit Ruffins

Armstrong Park, 5p.m.

The popular free music in the park series is offering a twofer of local favorites tonight. Coming up out of the 6th Ward, the Soul Rebels expanded the boundaries of modern-day brass band music's mix of funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop. Nowadays, they're one of the vanguards of the genre, and are always willing to funk up one of your favorite songs with a cover. Ruffins has been carving out his musical reputation in the city for years and continues to play a prevalent role in the music scene. Many call the trumpeter the “new Louis Armstrong.” All aboard!


Dr. John

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

The night-tripper. Tips. ’nuff said.

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