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New Orleans Concert Picks of the Week: April 24 – April 30, 2014

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of April 24 – April 30, 2014 featuring: Stanton Moore, John Mooney, Anders Osborne, George Clinton, WWOZ Piano Night, Dragon Smoke, and Tom Jones.

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  • Armstrong Park: Jazz in the Park feat. Big Freedia (BO) 4p
  • Blue Nile: Boom Boom Room presents Stanton Moore Trio (FK) 9p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: New Orleans Suspects, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett (FK) 9p
  • Joy Theater: Slightly Stoopid, Mariachi El Bronx, the Expanders (RE) 10p
  • Palm Court Jazz Café: Leroy Jones and Katja Toivola with Crescent City Joymakers (TJ) 8p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Geno Delafose, Chubby Carrier, Terrance Simien (ZY) 8p



  • Carrollton Station: John Mooney (BL) 10p
  • d.b.a.: Linnzi Zaorski (JV) 6p, Honey Island Swamp Band (RR) 10p, C.C. Adcock and the Lafayette Marquis (RK) 2a
  • Gasa Gasa: Rotary Downs, Mike Dillon (RK) 9p
  • House of Blues: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave (JV) 9p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Dumpstaphunk performs Led Zeppelin, Easy Star All-Stars perform Dub Side of the Moon, Roosevelt Collier Band performs Band of Gypsies, Gravity A performs Talking Heads (VR) 10p
  • Joy Theater: Bootsy Collins, DJ Soul Sister (FK) 10p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Sonny Landreth, Bonerama, Tab Benoit (VR) 8:30p
  • Tipitina’s: Greyboy All-Stars (FK) 9p, Galactic (FK) 2a



  • Blue Nile: Washboard Chaz Blues Trio (BL) 7p, Boom Boom Room presents Polyrhythmics, Topaz, Global Dawn Arkestra (FK) 9p, Boom Boom Room presents Katdelic (FK) 2a; Balcony Room: Corey Henry and Treme Funktet (FK) 10p
  • Café Istanbul: Inaugural Fleurty Fest feat. Lena Prima and Ingrid Lucia (JV) 9p, Casa Samba Brazilian Night (LT) 12a
  • Generations Hall: Jimmy’s Presents feat. Allen Toussaint, Marsha Ball and Walter “Wolfman” Washington (VR) 8:30p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Anders Osborne, Rebirth Brass Band, Particle, Kung Fu (VR) 9p
  • One Eyed Jacks: Dumpstaphunk, C.C. Adcock and the Lafayette Marquis (FK) 10p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Eric Lindell and Anson Funderburgh, Royal Southern Brotherhood, the Iguanas (VR) 8:30p
  • Shamrock: Shamarr Fest feat. Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, John Popper, Hot 8 Brass Band (VR) 10p
  • Snug Harbor: Rene Marie Quintet (MJ) 8 & 10p



  • Blue Nile: Boom Boom Room presents Worship My Organ (FK) 9p, Eric Krasno, Stanton Moore, Wil Blades (FK) 2a; Balcony Room: the Nightcrawlers (FK) 9p
  • House of Blues: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, DJ Soul Sister (FK) 9p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Howlin’ for Beats feat. Boombox, OTT, Nunchuck, Gravity A, J. Wail (VR) 9p
  • Little Gem Saloon: Viper Mad Trio (JV) 10a, Beyond Jazz feat. Mike Clark, Donald Harrison, Nicolas Payton and Wil Blades (JV) 9p; p Room: New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars, Gypsyphonic Disco, Alex McMurray (VR) 8p
  • Maple Leaf: Maple Leaf All-Stars feat. Ivan Neville, Jon Cleary, Tony Hall, Raymond Weber, Big D and others (FK) 11p, Funk ‘n Stay Up Y’all feat. Untouchables feat. Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Calvin Turner, Shmeeans, Eric Benny Bloom, Ryan Zoidis (FK) 3a
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Tab Benoit, Sonny Landreth and Little Freddie King (VR) 8:30p
  • Snug Harbor: Allen Toussaint Jazzity Project (MJ) 8 & 10p



  • d.b.a.: Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers CD-release party (JV) 5p, the Booker Thing feat. Marco Benevento, Johnny Vidacovich and James Singleton (SI) 8p, Glen David Andrews (JV) 11p
  • House of Blues: WWOZ’s Piano Night feat. Jon Cleary, Davell Crawford, John Gros, Nigel Hall, Ellis Marsalis, David Todd Paquette and others (PI) 7p
  • Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse: Gerald French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band (JV) 8p
  • Tipitina’s: Instruments A Comin’ (VR) 8:30p



  • Bamboula’s Festival Hall Theatre: WWOZ Guitar Night feat. Steve Masakowski, Alex McMurray, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Papa Mali and many others (VR) 7p
  • Blue Nile: 5th Annual Performance Workshop feat. Stanton Moore and Mike Dillon (VR) 3p, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Donald Harrison, Will Bernard, Herlin Riley, Wil Blades and Joe Cohen (FK) 9p, Kneebody, DVS, Steven Bernstein (MJ) 10p, the Whip (FK) 2a
  • Chickie Wah Wah: Anders Osborne, John Fohl and Johnny Sansone (RR) 9p
  • d.b.a.: Washboard Blues Trio (BL) 4p, Treme Brass Band (BB) 7p, Little Freddie King (BL) 10p, Bayou Gypsies feat. Roosevelt Collier, Tony Hall and Raymond Weber (FK) 2a
  • One Eyed Jacks: Dragon Smoke (FK) 10p
  • Snug Harbor: Donald Harrison and Congo Nation (MJ) 8 & 10p



  • Blue Nile: Ivan Neville’s Piano Sessions Vol. 4 (PI) 8p, Toubab Krewe covers Grateful Dead (VR) 12a
  • d.b.a.: Tin Men (RK) 4p, the Iguanas (FK) 7p, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters (BL) 10p, Sir Eddie Roberts and the NOLA Knights (FK) 2a
  • House of Blues: Tom Jones (RB) 8p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Megalomaniacs Ball feat. Garage a Trois, Steel Punk, Mike Dillon’s Band of Outsiders, Stanton Moore Trio and others (VR) 9p
  • Maple Leaf: 2nd Annual Oak Street Block Party (VR) 1p, Funk ‘n Stay Up Y’all feat. Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville and June Yamagishi (FK) 11p
  • Mudlark Theatre: Ann Savoy, Alexandra Scott and Sam Craft (SS) 8p
  • One Eyed Jacks: Bear Creek All-Stars, the Nth Power, Andrew Block CD-release (VR) 10p
  • Palm Court Jazz Café: Prom Night: N.O. Musicians Assistant Fund’s Annual Benefit Concert feat. Little Freddie King and Christine “Beehive” Ohlman (TJ) 7p
  • Snug Harbor: Marcia Ball, Tom McDermott and Joe Krown (MJ) 8 & 10p

Tom Jones at the House of Blues.

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Ticket Giveaway: Bootsy Collins at the Joy Theater

Funk master Bootsy Collins is returning to New Orleans for a show with DJ Soul Sister on April 25 at 9 p.m. at the Joy Theater.

Bootsy Collins

We’ve got a pair of tickets to the show to give away! Enter below for your chance to win.

Winner will be chosen on April 25.

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Fiya Fest Brings Together 95 Artists to Support the Roots of Music

The second annual Fiya Fest to benefit the Roots of Music will take place on Friday, May, 2, at Mardi Gras World and will include over 95 artists on three stages.

Nigel Hall will play Fiya Fest on Friday, May 2. (Photo by: Rick Scuteri)

Artists include Maceo Parker with Eric Krasno, Nikki Glaspie, Nigel Hall, Calvin Turner, The Shady Horns, George Porter Jr., Roosevelt Collier, Ivan Neville, Tony Hall, Terrence Houston, Big Sam, Sam Kininger, Mike Clark, Bill Summers, Donald Harrison, Blackbyrd McKnight, Bernie Worrell, Fred Wesley, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish, Stanton Moore, Ben Ellman, Mark Mullins, Shamarr Allen, Kevin O’Day, Matt Perrine with Rahzel, Brandon Niederauer, The Revivalists, Mike Dillon, Carly Meyers, Pete Murano, Jennifer Hartswick, Khris Royal, Maggie Koerner, Robert Walter, Will Bernard, Robert Mercurio, The Mike Dillon Band, Eddie Roberts’ West Coast Sounds, The Nth Power, 101 Runners, Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet, The Heard with The Houseman, Eric Lindell, Clint Maedgen, Marco Benevento, Cyril Neville, Corey Glover, Eric McFadden, Papa Mali, Billy Iuso and DJ Logic.

“Fiya Fest is all about raising funds and awareness to help The Roots of Music in their mission of teaching and empowering New Orleans’ youth,” Fiyawerx Productions co-founder Chris Rogers said in a press release. “We hope everyone will come out for a great day of music while supporting such an amazing program and in turn helping us to ensure that the music of New Orleans lives on.”

There will also be a crawfish boil, a food court, and a silent auction. Tickets start at $75 and are available at Doors open at 11 a.m. and performances begin at noon.

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Quint Davis: A Jazz Fest Producer Looks at 45

As the founding producer of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Quint Davis has been at the epicenter of the Jazz Fest universe for as long as the festival has existed.

Quint Davis, Jazz Fest 2014, OffBeat Magazine

Photo by: Elsa Hahne

Well before the gates opened for the first Jazz Fest in 1970, the idea for the festival that would go on to draw in hundreds of thousands of music devotees each year blossomed in his mind and heart.

There have been 44 Jazz Fests since that inaugural celebration of New Orleans music, culture, food, and musicians, but Davis doesn’t really think of Jazz Fest as his baby, which may be a good thing since that baby would be approaching middle age.

To Davis, the progression of the festival has been much more organic than that.

“We used to talk about how the festival has ‘grown up’ and this and that,” he said. “I just think of it like a miracle. I’ve got to go back to all the people that build the festival. It’s this team.”

Davis said he is consistently amazed by the hard work and dedication of the team that works on the festival every year, especially people like site director Tague Richardson, who has been literally building Jazz Fest for the past 40 years.

Even more amazing than the longevity of the Jazz Fest team is how much knowledge had to be learned on the job, Davis said. After all, the only way to practice putting on a massive music festival is by actually putting on a massive music festival.

“We weren’t hampered by what we didn’t know,” he said. “We just figured, ‘Oh, 10 stages? We can do that.’ This group of people that came together, grew up together, and became, in their own fields, the best people in the business.”

It’s been a while since Davis talked about the founders of the festival creating a second generation of the Jazz Fest family by having children. Now he talks about the “Jazz Fest grandkids” running amok through the Fairgrounds each year.

Much like the big name, national touring acts that Davis wrangles to the stage each year, the exact chemistry that binds together the Jazz Fest team and has made them so successful is impossible for him to pin down.

“It’s a little bit like U2 or the Rolling Stones or the Beatles,” he said. “Kids met when they were kids and played in little clubs, and 50 years later, those kids turn out to be the best bands in the history of the world. Well, who knew when they were kids playing in the bar? That’s how we are.”

Jazz Fest Executive Producer Quint Davis, Jazz Fest 2014

Photo by: Stephen Maloney

No one could have accurately predicted a major economic and tourism driving force emerging from the echos of the very first Jazz Fest. The first year was so poorly attended that school children had to be recruited to fill out the crowd at the Municipal Auditorium.

“There were 80 or 100 people, maybe,” Davis said. “Joyce [Wein] went into the Quarter to McDonogh 35 and asked them if they could do a field trip because there were so few people there.”

Davis said he shook hands with every person in attendance in 1970, but in the intervening years, he said tens of thousands of people have sworn to him that they were there the first year despite never having met him.

The real secret to the success of Jazz Fest lies in its willingness to evolve, according to Davis. The festival and the team that runs it have stayed current throughout the years by remaining in a state of constant adaptation.

“The festival is the history of the future,” he said. “We always say that heritage is not just looking in the rear view mirror. It’s looking back, but also looking out the windshield at what’s coming.”

In keeping with that sense of perpetual adaptation, Davis has developed the ability to compartmentalize the sometimes overwhelming effects of more than four decades of “Jazz Fest moments” in a way that always leaves him ready for next year.

“When the festival is over, I remember things in it, in kind of a photographic way to remember stuff,” he said. “I remember it, but it almost immediately goes in the same time period as every other one. Within a few days, I remember it the same way as I would something from five years, or 10 years ago.”

Another Jazz Fest, filed away. Another one ready to begin.

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Jazz Fest Volunteers Needed

Are you a supporter of local music and media? For over 25 years, OffBeat Magazine has been giving you the down and dirty on the local music scene every month. Interviews with musicians, a complete guide to music happenings in all the NOLA clubs, and more!

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Come have some fun with us at Jazz Fest! (Photo by: Kim Welsh)

Show your support by joining us at Jazz Fest this year!

Pick up volunteer shifts and help us hand out copies of our  free annual, revered “Jazz Fest Bible” at the festival! It’s a fun and easy way to get involved.

2 shifts or 10 hours = 1 free Jazz Fest ticket!


Shift dates: April 25th, 26th, & 27th and May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th

Shift times: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Wanna join us for Jazz Fest and get your free day pass? Please email us (contact details below) with your name, age, relevant experience, why you’re interested in volunteering, and your shift availability.

Contact: Email, or call Alex at (404) 274-0076 to sign-up or for more information.

Sign up NOW while you still can!

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Fudge Recording Studio Closes

For the last five years, Fudge Recording Studio has operated on Terpsichore Street in the Lower Garden District. For the decade before that, the space served as the private studio for perennial New Orleans rock band Better Than Ezra.

But owners Tom Drummond of Better Than Ezra, former Neville Brothers guitar player Shane Theriot, and Jack Miele from ‘80s party band the Molly Ringwalds have decided to close Fudge Recording Studio for good.

Jack Miele, Fudge Studios, OffBeat Magazine

Jack Miele at Fudge Studios. (Photo Courtesy of Jack Miele)

The decision was not motivated by a lack of clients, but rather new opportunities that have led the trio in different directions.

“Everybody had different opportunities that were coming up,” Miele said. “Shane just got the gig playing with Hall and Oats and also as the music director for Live from Daryl’s House, and one of the prerequisites of the job was that he move to New York. Ezra has a new record deal and a new record, so Tom is going to be on tour for a lot of the year coming up, and there are a lot of opportunities for him.”

For his part, Miele said he will be taking up residence at the Music Shed, moving his board and equipment to that location and operating as a sort of producer in residence.

“Believe me, this didn’t come easy,” he said. “It came after a lot of debate and a lot of contemplation. I’m going to have my own production suite there [at the Music Shed], and it’s going to have all the same gear that Fudge had. It’s basically going to be a really killer overdub studio.”

Out of all the artists he recorded at Fudge, Miele said two really stand out as favorites.

“Personally, my favorites would be the Wood Brothers and One Republic,” he said. “The way that both of those bands worked was so inspiring. To watch the way Ryan Tedder produced, that guy’s mind is incredible the way he can multitask. Boundless energy, and he was somehow able to compartmentalize incredible thoughts.”

Tedder would have five or six people creating melody lines, beats, lyrics, and other components of new songs simultaneously, Miele said, producing 10 new songs from scratch in one night.

“The Wood Brothers, for their album The Muse, they wrote and recorded all of the demos for that record live at the studio,” he said. “I set them up in a circle, and everybody cut everything live. They re-tracked the final record in Nashville, and when it came out, some songs I almost couldn’t tell the difference between the demos and the final tracks.”

While it may be easy to bemoan the closing of Fudge, Miele has taken a different point of view. It’s hard for him to knock a move caused by continuing musical success since the musicality of the owners was what made Fudge special.

“Our motto was ‘A Studio By Musicians For Musicians’” Miele said. “Everybody who owned it or worked there was a really great musician. We weren’t just engineers. We understood how to speak to musicians like a musician would and how to get certain things out of people. There was definitely a production quality to Fudge that was great, and I want to bring that same spirit that we had at Fudge over to the Music Shed.”

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Professor Longhair in the News and Ready for his Close Up

Everyone in New Orleans has heard at least one Professor Longhair tune in their life, but the late piano master deserves a much wider audience. With a recent write up in the Washington Post and a pair of films about his life on the horizon, wider appeal may soon be a reality.

John Bonham, drummer of Led Zeppelin, with Professor Longhair. Photo by Sidney Smith.

John Bonham with Professor Longhair. Photo by Sidney Smith.

While Henry Roeland Byrd may have passed away in 1980, his spirit and musicianship live on in the New Orleans region. Simply put – Mardi Gras wouldn’t sound the same without him.

In an article by Mark Guarino that ran in the Washington Post on April 18 called “Spirit of Professor Longhair alive at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival,” Quint Davis and Dr. John talk about meeting Fess for the first time, what his music means to New Orleans, and what impact his legacy has had.

The recent “Fesstoration” project to save Fess’ house is also profiled, along with a pair of intriguing film projects that are currently in the works.

According to the article, New Orleans filmmaker Lily Keber, whose credits include the amazing James Booker doc Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, is currently working on a film about Fess, as is Grant Morris, a screenwriter whose script Tipitina has attracted the attention of none other than Samuel L. Jackson for the title role.

Fess may finally be attracting the type of attention he has long deserved. But what do you think about the potential casting choice? Would Samuel L. Jackson be right for the role?

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Photos: Southern Soul Assembly at the Howard Theater

The Southern Soul Assembly wrapped up its wildly successful tour at the historic Howard Theater in Washington, D.C., on April 12.

Anders Osborne, Marc Broussard, JJ Grey and Luther Dickinson have spent the last couple of months playing their favorite songs with each other, thrilling audiences in the unusual combination of four band leaders in one band.

The group rolled through Broussard’s “Home,” Osborne’s “Summertime In New Orleans,” Grey’s “Brighter Days” and “Lochloosa,” and Dickinson’s “Shake,” among many others.

The night was finished off when Marc Broussard stood at the front of the stage without a mic or guitar and sang a song a capella.

All photos by Bob Adamek.

Southern Soul Assembly, Howard Theater, Bob Adamek, OffBeat Magazine

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Giveaway: Slightly Stoopid Prize Pack + Tickets to April 24 Show at the Joy

Slightly Stoopid is returning to New Orleans to headline a show at the Joy Theater on April 24, and we’ve got a lot to give away to get you ready for the show courtesy of Huka Entertainment.

Our Grand Prize Winner will walk away with:

  • 2 tickets to see Slightly Stoopid on April 24th at The Joy Theater
  • 1 Meet & Greet with Slightly Stoopid for winner and a friend
  • 2 Slightly Stoopid branded lighters
  • 2 Slightly Stoopid stickers
  • 2 Slightly Stoopid Lanyards
  • 2 Slightly Stoopid Magnets
  • 1 copy of Slightly Stoopid’s “Top Of The World” album
  • 1 copy of Slightly Stoopid’s “Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet”

Our second place winner will walk away with a pair of tickets to the show, so that’s good too.

Slightly Stoopid, 4.24.14, Joy Theater, OffBeat Magazine

Special guests Karl Denson, Ian Neville, and “The Uptown Ruler” Cyril Neville will all take the stage, with Mariachi El Bronx and The Expanders kicking things off before Slightly Stoopid.

Doors open at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Enter now for your chance to win!

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 23, and the prize pack and tickets will be available for pickup at the OffBeat offices at 421 Frenchmen Street.

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New Orleans Concert Picks of the Week: April 17 – April 23, 2014

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of April 17 – April 23, 2014 featuring: the Breton Sound, Hot Club of New Orleans, Alexandra Scott, Dr. Michael White Jazz Band, George Porter, Jr. and Friends, Stanton Moore Trio, and Dick Dale.

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  • Armstrong Park: Jazz in the Park feat. Glen David Andrews (JV) 4p
  • Civic Theatre: Umphrey’s McGee, Lionize (RK) 7p
  • Gasa Gasa: the Breton Sound, Pinkerton (ID) 8p
  • Historic New Orleans Collection: New Orleans Nightingales (JV) 6p
  • Palm Court Jazz Café: Duke Heitger and Tim Laughlin with Crescent City Joymakers and Cori Walters (TJ) 8p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas (ZY) 8:30p



  • d.b.a.: Hot Club of New Orleans (JV) 6p, Gristle Candy feat. John “Papa” Gros, Alex McMurray, Jake Eckert, Casandra Faulconer and Russ Broussard (RK) 10p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Rebirth Brass Band (BB) 10p
  • Little Gem Saloon: Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns (JV) 8p
  • Maple Leaf: Colin Lake Band (BL) 10:30p
  • Publiq House: George Porter Jr. and his Runnin’ Pardners (FK) 9p



  • Louisiana Music Factory: Alexandra Scott (SS) 2p, the Mumbles (JV) 4p
  • Maple Leaf: Gaynielle Neville CD-release party (FK) 10:30p
  • Old Point Bar: Diablo’s Horns (VR) 9:30p
  • Snug Harbor: Herlin Riley Quartet (MJ) 8 & 10p



  • Maison: Dave Easley, Linnzi Zaorski (JV) 5p, Soul Project (FK) 10p
  • Maple Leaf: Joe Krown Trio feat. Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington (FK) 10p
  • Palm Court Jazz Café: Lucien Barbarin and Sunday Night Swingsters with Meghan Swartz (TJ) 8p
  • Snug Harbor: Dr. Michael White Jazz Band (MJ) 8 & 10p
  • Three Muses: Ben Polcer (JV) 11:30a, Raphael Bas and Norbert Slama (JV) 5:30p, Debbie Davis (JV) 8p
  • Tipitina’s: Todd Snider (FO) 8:30p



  • Funky Pirate: Gary Brown Band (BL) 8p
  • Kerry Irish Pub: Kim Carson (FO) 8:30p
  • Maple Leaf: George Porter Jr. and friends (FK) 10p



  • Columns Hotel: New Orleans Guitar Quartet feat. Cranston Clements, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin and Jimmy Robinson (JV) 8p
  • Hi-Ho Lounge: 21st Century and Most Wanted Brass Bands (BB) 10p
  • Snug Harbor: Stanton Moore Trio (MJ) 8 & 10p



  • d.b.a.: Tin Men (RK) 7p, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters (BL) 10p
  • Gasa Gasa: Papa Mali, Pigeon Town (FK) 8p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Dick Dale (RK) 10p
  • Lafayette Square: Wednesday at the Square feat. Theresa Andersson, Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show (RR) 5p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue (CW) 8p

Dick Dale at the Howlin’ Wolf.

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