If you were lucky enough to catch a concert or art show at the United Bakery Art Gallery, you know what a special hub it’s been for local artists and fans alike. Although the homey, living room–like spot on St. Bernard is no longer in operation as a venue, the community lives on in United Bakery Records. What’s more, it’s not too late to experience the musical energy live.
The creative spirits behind the growing record label—Liam Conway, Daniel Grey, Lauren Miller, Galen Cassidy Peria and Shane Sayers—will launch the first annual United Bakery Records Revue this Jazz Fest. The two-day concert series will take place at the Marigny Recording Studio on May 2 and May 3.
Made up of a collection of associated acts with a quintessentially New Orleans kind of grassroots enthusiasm for promoting local music, the Revue sounds similar in spirit to events like Chaz Fest, that beloved between-Fest-weekend musical smorgasbord.
“Everybody on the United Bakery Revue lineup has played at the art gallery,” Conway said. “It’s a celebration of the community we built there.”
The 12 local acts (the “Bakery Dozen”) to be featured (see full lineup below) will each play a three-song set, with one song apiece appearing on a live album.
“We’re really excited about this album,” Peria said. “It’s gonna have that classic live studio feel. Live energy, studio quality.”
Everyone knows a real “baker’s dozen” is 13, so “The Gong” will serve as the bonus track.
“‘The Gong’… that’s how we would start all of our shows,” Miller explained. “Liam has this gong that he brought into the gallery. We would get there, set up and then one of us would go out onto St. Bernard and sound the gong. It was all very ceremonial.”
They can’t wait to bring the Bakery’s quirky traditions and mass of talent to the Marigny Recording Studio. Attendees can expect food pop-ups, beer from Urban South Brewery, and between-set live art performances. The full lineup: Tuesday May 2, 2017: Julie Odell, Toonces, Anna Pardenik, the Salt Wives, Up Up We Go, Maggie Belle Band. Wednesday May 3, 2017: Keisha Slaughter, Garden Marbles, Tasche & the Psychedelic Roses, Shane Sayers, Duke Aeroplane & the Filthy Trumps, the Tumbling Wheels.
The Marigny Recording Studio is located at 535 Marigny St. Tickets can be found at unitedbakeryrecords.com.