PAST ARTIST & PERFORMANCES
Johnny Sansone started out early playing music. His father, a saxophonist who’d been in Dave Brubeck’s band during World War II, introduced him to the saxophone at age 8. Johnny picked up the guitar and harmonica by the time he was 10, and had a life changing experience at 12 when he saw a Howlin’ Wolf show in Florida. That was the moment the young Sansone knew he was destined to play the blues as his lifetime vocation. He sat in with Honeyboy Edwards at 13. During the 1970s Sansone studied with blues harmonica legends James Cotton and Jr. Wells. In the 1980s he toured with Ronnie Earl, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Rodgers and Robert Lockwood Jr.
Joe Krown Trio Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Wayne Maureau
Joe Krown (Hammond B-3) and Walter Wolfman Washington (guitar & vocals) started playing together in a classic organ trio in March 2007. Joe
and Walter started with Russell Batiste Jr. on drums. In the fall of 2017, Russell left the trio and Wayne Maureau came in. The trio has been performing every Sunday at a local New Orleans
nightclub, the Maple Leaf Bar. The Trio has performed all over the U.S. & Europe and it performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival every year. The combination of the soulful vocals of Walter with the big sound of
the Hammond B-3 (which Joe also plays all of the bass parts on the B-3) has developed it's own unique sound.
Dave Jordan & the N.I.A
Dave Jordan is one of New Orleans’ great songsmiths and bandleaders of my generation.”
- Marc Stone Musician and DJ at WWOZ
“Having reinvented himself as an acoustic guitar-playing, emotive singer/songwriter of heartache ballads, country-tinged Americana, and full-throated horn-driven rock, Jordan is fully entrenched in the music scene performing and recording with a wide range of local musicians..."
Dave Jordan is an award-winning, critically acclaimed, roots rocker from New Orleans. For over 20 years he has been a staple of the New Orleans music scene, and his work has been described as "the personification of the New Orleans ethos."
Before becoming a “solo” artist, he was the bass player/lead singer/founder of the funk band Juice. From the mid/late ’90s until the late ’00s, Juice released 3 albums and as contemporaries of Galactic, Iris May Tango and All That, part of the resurgence of New Orleans funk music.
The Soul Rebels started with an idea - to expand upon the pop music they loved on the radio and the New Orleans brass tradition they grew up on. They took that tradition and blended funk and soul with elements of hip hop, jazz and rock all within a brass band context. The band has built a career around an eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and drums in a deep pocket funk party-like atmosphere. The Soul Rebels continue to chart new territory as they feature in major films, tour globally, and combine topnotch musicianship with songs that celebrate dancing, life, funk and soul.
Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes rocks the house all the time every time! This classically trained New Orleans-based band delivers a smorgasbord of musical genres every time they hit the stage. JSDN defy easy categorization, their irreverent funk is cut with rock riffs, a Gypsy/Klezmer flare, a Latin tinge courtesy of a hard hitting horn section, and a sense of humor.
JSDN is a collection of carefully crafted alter egos, mystical musicians hesitant to share their personal selves but collectively ready to funk beyond the call of duty. The ensemble features Johnny Sketch (Marc Paradis) on guitar, electric cello, and lead vocals; Busta Gnutt (Dave Pomerleau) on bass and backing vocals; Dirty Johnny (Andre Bohren) on drums and backing vocals; and Johnny Rico (Omar Ramirez) on trumpet and flugelhorn: Sage Rouge (Sage Newell) on Saxophones: Josh Paxton on keyboards.
New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the energy of the city’s street culture.
Their Grammy-nominated album “Spyboy” is a modern mix of fiery, toe-tapping sounds. Popmatters describes the band as "a grand gumbo of singing, intoxicating rhythms, and deep funk grooves that are impossible to resist.”
"Cha Wa, with bass lines played on sousaphone plus trumpet and two trombones, bring the city's brass band tradition to bear. Add sick jazz-funk guitar, and two frontmen in full-beaded holiday regalia, and the result was a portable Mardi Gras Dance Party!" - Rolling Stone
"I’ve seen the future of New Orleans music and its name is Cha Wa." - Paste
“Cha Wa blends Mardi Gras Indian tradition and modern pop magic.” – No Depression
The Dana Abbott Band
If you hear a Dana Abbott song or catch a performance and find it familiar, don’t be surprised. It’s supposed to sound and feel that way. Abbott lists Tina Turner as one of her biggest influences: “I’d love to be called up on stage with her to do ‘River Deep – Mountain High.’ It’s such a powerful piece, and she’s such a strong influence on me. I try to pull certain things from her performances in my own way.”
Like her hero, the California-born Abbott got her start singing in church and was allowed into the choir at age 4. Soon after, she happened upon an episode of “Star Search” on TV and, presto… a diva-in-training was born.
“I proclaimed I wanted to be a singer-star,” she said. “I’ve been told I would sing to strangers about my day. I still haven’t changed, apparently.”
Saturated in soul and marinated in the love of music comes The Quickening out of New Orleans, LA. After parting ways with the Flow Tribe in 2012, guitarist and song writer Blake Quick has assembled a panel of musicians that have enhanced the meaning of "feel good music." Prepare to be blown away by the luscious vocal pairings between the stunning Rachel "Mama Ray" Murray and Quick. The two have a chemistry that boils with excitement and defies the term "frontman" into one cohesive partnership. The rhythm section, coupled by Al Small on bass and Jeff Jani on drums, seem to have a marriage to the groove that Quick lays down. The secret weapon of the band is the fluid steel guitar playing by the one and only Dave Easley; whose instrument drives the band through fearless improvisations. The rest of the band is a revolving door of sorts; always welcoming New Orleans' finest to the band by including their horns and various woodwind and string instruments. The band has already made a huge impact in the New Orleans community and are eager to spread the word like butter across the universe.
J & The Causeways
Honey Island Swamp Band
New-Aged Original Soul band “J & The Causeways” were founded on a hot summer night in New Orleans at the Maple Leaf Bar by Singer/Songwriter Jordan Anderson. He envisioned a group so infectiously authentic and soulful that the audience could practically feel it’s warm embrace at any given show. With tasteful songwriting, a powerhouse Rhythm Section, stunning Lead Vocals, and wonderfully intricate Horn and Guitar melodies, the group began sculpting a robust festival-style sound, winning over crowds at Poboy Fest, Hogs for the Cause, French Quarter Fest, Acadia Music Fest, Best of the Bayou Fest, SXSW, Rock-n-Roll Marathon (New Orleans) and more. J & The Causeways have shared the stage with notable acts such as: The Revivalists, Sublime, George Porter Jr., Better Than Ezra, Marc Broussard, Flow Tribe, Cowboy Mouth, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Tab Benoit, Etc. When they are not on the road, J & The Causeways regularly perform at Maple Leaf Bar, Ace Hotel, Howlin Wolf, and the legendary Tipitina’s in their hometown of New Orleans.
Great music begins with great songs, and great songs are what the Honey Island Swamp Band is all about. The band came together after Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Chris Mule’ (electric guitar, vocals) were marooned in San Francisco after the levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, and had a chance encounter with fellow New Orleans evacuees Sam Price (bass, vocals) and Garland Paul (drums, vocals) at John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room on Fillmore Street. They knew each other from having all played together in some form or another in various New Orleans bands, and with the great unknown regarding their return to their underwater hometown looming in the distance, they decided to put together a band and get some gigs.
Few bands arouse a crowd into a collective shake like Flow Tribe. The six-member band’s onstage chemistry reflects a seamless combination of soul and movement that hits the audience within the first few notes. Virgin listeners and avid fans alike are drawn in by the distinctive sound that feels both familiar and original. From major festival stages around the world to leading a parade down the street, this is a group of professional musicians who’ve found their passion, and are living a dream where everyone’s welcome.
Big Chief Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias
Bo Dollis, Jr’s entire life has been shaped and spurred by Mardi Gras Indian Culture. He masked for the first time at the age of ten, though his parents, Big Queen Laurita Dollis and the late Bo Dollis, Sr., Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias, wanted him to wait a few more years before he participated fully. Determined to mask, Bo Jr. managed to get his mother’s attention in that regard when he destroyed one of her beaded purses and starting sewing on his own. No one could hold him back after that bold and decisive move, and young Bo took his first steps towards becoming a Big chief.
Soul provider Nigel Hall is in many ways an artist who needs no introduction. An in-demand sideman, he’s built a mighty foundation of funk over the years onstage and in the studio with collaborators including the Warren Haynes Band, Jon Cleary, Soulive, Oteil Burbridge and Roosevelt Collier, the Soul Rebels, Lettuce and countless others. Legions of fans are already well in the know about Hall’s copious keyboard chops and powerful vocal style. But even to them, his Feel Music/Round Hill debut solo album will be a revelation – a confirmation that Hall has stepped out front and center into a creative space to call his own. Nigel Hall grew up in Washington, D.C., in a highly musical family. His fingers first touched the keys before he hit kindergarten age, and his ears were wide open.
Walter Wolfman Washington
Walter “Wolfman” Washington has been a mainstay in the New Orleans music scene since the early 1960s. He cut his teeth backing up some of the best singers and performers in New Orleans history including Lee Dorsey, Johnny Adams, and Irma Thomas before putting together his long time band The Roadmasters, who have been burning down and burning up local and national stages since their first gigs in the 1980s. This new record "My Future Is My Past" confirms what fans have known for years: Walter “Wolfman Washington has soul to go along with that fire.
Like many African-American musicians in the South, Washington started singing in school and the church. He had just hit double digits when he formed an acapella spirituals group in his neighborhood called the True Love and Gospel Singers. One Sunday they went on the local gospel show on WBOK to sing, and Washington noticed the guitar player in the studio who was playing behind them.
Remède are a band that has a modern style sound that channels bands and artist such as The Stylistics, The Ojays, Stevie Wonder, Gap band, and the list goes on and on! All young guys under 30 with all old souls All based out of south Louisiana!
Big Sam's Funky Nation
When you think of New Orleans, the city’s foremost flambeaux-lit traditions of Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street, voodoo, Po’ boys, beads, gumbo, and second line undoubtedly come to mind. You can also count Big Sam’s Funky Nation amongst those NOLA treasures.
Known for a boisterous blend of funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop, nothing short of seismic live “experiences,” and a whole lot of Southern charm, Big Sam’s Funky Nation might very well be The Big Easy’s best kept secret.
No other place could birth such an undeniable, unpredictable, and downright unique collective.
“By playing on these streets, you learn how to work your craft and entertain an audience,” exclaims Sam. “You can go to Julliard and Berklee all you want, but they won’t teach you how to rock a stage. It comes naturally in New Orleans.
New Orleans Suspects
New Orleans Suspects began playing together in 2009 as a pick-up band at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans. Comprised of some of the most seasoned, highly respected players in NOLA, the group called themselves The Unusual Suspects. Their chemistry was undeniable and by the summer of 2011 they decided to tour full-time, renaming the band New Orleans Suspects. They quickly began attracting large crowds from San Francisco to New York. They have currently released five albums and established themselves as one of New Orleans’ best supergroups.
Mem Shannon & the Membership
Mem is a former 15-year Bourbon Street cab driver who emerged onto the scene in 1996 with his first release, "A Cab Driver's Blues" on Hannibal/Rykodisc. The breakthrough buzz album led to national media coverage from folks like ABC World News, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, E! Entertainment Television, The New York Times, NPR.
Mem has released 6 albums worldwide (2 on Rykodisc, 2 on Shanachie,2 on Northern Blues).
Since 2010, the Brass-A-Holics have been taking their unique sound around the world. Steeped in the deep musical culture of New Orleans, the band brings a heavy dose of go-go funk to the New Orleans brass sound. In a blending of musical cultures stemming from cities separated by more than a thousand miles, a Brass-A-Holics live show takes the New Orleans brass band culture and infuses it with the electricity of Washington D.C.’s go-go. The resulting sound is both captivating and unique. The band consists of core New Orleans brass elements -trumpet, trombone, saxophone- and adds a full drum set, percussion, keyboard, bass and electric guitar, giving the band limitless options to explore new sonic territory. Whether performing their original music or using the framework of hit pop songs as springboards for fiery improvisations, there is something in the set to appeal to every music fan. Once the music starts, the demographics blend and a brand new experience is created – one that leaves one-of-a-kind memories that live on long after the last note.
Dash Rip Rock
Dash Rip Rock is the legendary New Orleans trio known for high-octane roots rock. The New York Times says Dash Rip Rock combines “fluency in American roots music with a robust dose of punk-rock spirit.” SPIN praises Dash Rip Rock as “undeniably the South’s greatest rock band.” In 2012 Dash Rip Rock was honored to be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Led by Michael “Mikey B3” Burkart, the band focuses their recordings and performances on original songs rooted in the traditions of New Orleans rock, soul, R&B and swamp funk to create a unique and danceable sound reminiscent of Deep Purple, Fishbone, Muddy Swamp and The Meters.
A seasoned veteran of the New Orleans music scene, Burkart fuses the wide variety of his musical experiences into a unique, percussive keyboard style, incorporating tasteful effects to seamlessly merge the sounds of Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes, Piano and Clavinet into the band’s music.
Born out of Covid Cabin Fever, Horny brings together players from four of the most prominent bands in New Orleans. Its members include Matt Perrine and Craig Klein of Bonerama/ New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Jeff Watkins and Eddie Christmas of New Orleans Suspects, and John Culbreth of Naughty Professor.
Christmas lays down perfectly timed beats as this powerhouse of horn players charge through material from all their bands as well as new original music that showcases the high powered talent of some of New Orleans Finest. These horn players are about to rock your socks off! Hang on tight…
Colin Davis and Night People
Colin Davis and Night People is a concept band specializing in classic New Orleans soul and funk music. Formed in 2016 by drummer/producer Colin Davis, the band has maintained a steady schedule of club gigs and private events in and around their home base of New Orleans, La. The repertoire includes the genius of Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, The Meters, Dr. John, Willie Tee, Earl King, Ernie K-Doe, Chocolate Milk, and many more. Night People’s guiding principle is to infuse the work of these legendary New Orleans artists with our own musical passion and style, while staying true to the original spirit and arrangement of this timeless music. Our mission is to move you--musically, emotionally, physically--to celebrate together a shared and uniquely American New Orleans musical heritage.
Papa Mali Trio
Papa Mali is a New Orleans singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer whose multi-faceted career has explored many areas of American and World Music. He was recently voted Best Roots Rock Artist by Offbeat Magazine's readers, who also named his latest release, Music Is Love, as Roots Rock Album of the Year. Music Is Love was produced by veteran record producer John Chelew, a three- time Grammy winner for his work with The Blind Boys Of Alabama, whose many notable productions include records by Donovan, Charlie Musselwhite, Gillian Welch, Vic Chesnutt, Richard Thompson, John Hiatt and Peter Rowan. In 2015, Papa Mali signed with 429 Records, whose roster also includes Los Lobos, Boz Scaggs and Robbie Robertson.
Gene's Music Machine
Gene Harding’s Music Machine is without a doubt a machine of all styles of music and more. The band mixes today’s top hits with funky R&B groove beats New Orleans-style, while featuring those local traditional flavors of the Mardi Gras Indians and that famous Second-line brass band sound.
When Harding formed the group around the summer of 2011, he looked for musicians who of course had great talents, but more specifically the ones with a great personality and the right attitude, which makes a big difference in the band dynamic. He really values serious musician, those with time to commit and drive to grow musically. Most of the musicians are also versatile at playing few different instruments.
“Gene’s Music Machine” is an interactive experience like no other, oozing with a funky twist, unleashing a completely different force onto to the New Orleans music scene.
Erica’s latest project re-released album 2018, HomeGrown, that she co-produced showcased her vocals, arranging, songwriting talent, and introduced her to a wider audience in the world of neo-soul. Through out her career, Erica has recorded and performed with icons including Grammy®-winner Allen Toussaint, Sting, No Doubt, Joe Sample, Dr. John, Jennifer Hudson, and John Fogerty, among others. In 2013, she was hand-picked by Lee Daniels to star in the lead singing role of the award-winning film Lee Daniels The Butler.
Her show-stopping performances did not go unnoticed; Offbeat Magazine nominated Erica twice for Best Female Vocalist in which she won in 2017 where she was also nominated for Best R&B Artist and Best R&B Album.
Currently, Erica is touring nationally with renowned New Orleans funk band Galactic, and will be releasing a new single early next year 2019. The highly-anticipated original track will definitely showcase her prowess as a singer, songwriter, and live performer.
Soul Project NOLA
With soulful grooves and impeccable musicianship, Soul Project NOLA brings the vibrant spirit of New Orleans everywhere they go. Crowds can't help but "let loose" to their energetic and original mix of Funk, Jazz, Soul, Blues, and Gospel.
Finding inspiration in the music of the masters such as Walter “Wolfman” Washington, the Meters, the Neville Brothers and Galactic, the band has been concocting their own heady brew of funk in the great New Orleans tradition for over a decade. Long-standing residencies on world-renowned Frenchmen Street have enabled the band to hone their unique sound, while festival appearance and regular tours have allowed them to share their music with a wider audience.
Sam Price and the True Believers
Sam Price & the True Believers was formed in December 2015 by bass player Sam Price (Honey Island Swamp Band, OTRA) as an expressive outlet for his original song-writing and singing. The band has quickly gained popularity in New Orleans. Their self-titled debut EP was chosen ‘Best Roots Rock Album of 2017’ by Offbeat Magazine. Sam was awarded a grant from the Threadhead Cultural Foundation to record the full-length follow up album ‘Dragonfly’ produced by Papa Mali. Their music has been described as “relentlessly positive” and “so from the heart, it hurts!” Call it Soul-Rock, New Orleans Roots Rock, or Blue-Eyed Soul. The True Believers deliver songs that are alternately upbeat and rocking, slinky and funky, or mellow and poignant, with lyrics that are thoughtful and emotionally honest. “Our music seeks to inspire, uplift, empower and connect.. to speak to our common shared humanity. We Believe that Love is the most powerful force in the Universe, and the soul of mankind.”
Jason Neville Funky Soul Brass Band
Jason Neville is the son of Grammy Winner Aaron Neville and has performed for many years with his family. The unique styles Jason has are considered a combination of all the Neville Brothers.
In 2015 he started his own band known as The Jason Neville Band. Some of the original members of the band include second lead vocalist and percussionist “The First Lady of Funk” Lirette Dabney Neville, daughter of New Orleans Jazz Legend “Sullivan Dabney” and wife to Jason.
Although the band performs covers when necessary, they need listeners to understand how creative they are, which is evident in the way they take songs you may have heard and brings them to new places you never expected!
The Iceman Special
These Big Easy Bombardiers pack an ample amount of audio artillery in their set and you better believe that the Funka-Delic swamp will rain down heavy when they plug in. The Iceman Special is 4 piece outfit transplanted from the swamps of Louisiana to the big city of New Orleans. They combine a sound of dirty funk and delicate groove with elements of disco and rock and roll to create danceable jams with plenty of edge and substance. Screeching yet smooth guitars, wandering yet punchy bass lines, electronic synth samples, driving drum beats and powerful vocals form one a kind soundscapes. Who is the Iceman?
Soul Brass Band
Soul Brass Band is exactly what it needs to be: a great New Orleans Brass Band steeped in tradition that also plays the perfect party. Day after day in New Orleans, this all-star lineup is called upon for its top-flight traditional Brass Band repertoire and Second line Parades; and then night after night, they’re called upon again for frontman Derrick Freeman’s signature brass band infusion of classic Soul. Learn more here.
Indian Water & Big Chief Gerald Paige
Indian Water is the brainchild of Big Chief Gerald Paige Of The Great Spirit Warriors Black Indian Tribe. In his words, "I had to do some soul searching about how I can preserve the music, culture, and honor elders such as George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, and others. After seeing a shift in our city and culture, I began to get upset with how our culture and local musicians were being treated. From this Indian Water was born. The title Indian Water means: food for Mind, Body, and Soul. It's A Wake Up Call!!! A Call To Action!!! We are here to change the game and narrative. So take note, Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride….” For booking info contact Big Chief Gerald Paige