June & Johnny invited Galactic’s Ben Ellman & Rob Mercurio to The Maple Leaf’s Thursday night gig, and the foursome churned out some deep inspired improv for the packed Oak Street crowd.
Monthly Archives: October 2012
Brooklyn’s Antibalas reigned supreme on a heavy Tuesday night in New Orleans, churning through two sets of rooted afro-beat funk. Here: the band jams on The Ratcatcher.
The perfect stacks of Marshall amplifiers rose from the House of Blues stage, with nothing but three lone mic stands teetering in front of the monitors as the crowd began to fill in and take their places below. Sleigh Bells were in town for the night, a long overdue stop in New Orleans, especially after last years gig just down the road at Baton Rouge’s Varsity Theatre was such a success. The lights dimmed as their fantastic choice of house music, Notorious B.I.G. and Ole Dirty Bastard were cranked up to the crowd’s delight, and just as the party began to come alive, Sleigh Bells took their places in front of their massive wall of sound.
The Brooklyn afrobeat orchestra known as Antibalas took over Tipitina’s on Tuesday night, supported by New Orleans’ own Free Agents Brass Band and seemingly on a mission to snake charm the dance floor into some sort of deep hypnotic submission. The set touched on new and old – with songs from the recently released ‘Antibalas’, like Dirty Money and The Ratcatcher making their New Orleans’ debut and old heaters like Battle of The Species (see video below) taking the ship into darker waters. One of the best things about these guys is that they have the ability make such complicated music seem easy, they have a loose and enjoyable stage presence, but also possess the ability to ferociously raise the intensity of the room in mere seconds.