Photo by Laura DeFazio

Photos: Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers at French Quarter Fest 2015

Propelled by the powerful thwangs of the upright bass and to the tune of screaming sax, Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers roared through French Quarter Fest yesterday afternoon in furious pursuit of that infamous great white whale, Moby Dick.

(Slash… non-local Jazz Fest headliner Elton John?)

New Orleans’ favorite all-star rockabilly band has dragged us through the arctic, into space, onto “The Wheel of Misfortune”, and along for all sorts of other bizarre capers. For their latest high jinks, they’ve hit the high seas with a rip-roaring tribute to Melville’s famous novel.

“If you haven’t, you’re reading it right now,” Rory Danger (aka Aurora Nealand) informed the audience. “In case you missed that part.”

The band’s leagues of cult followers will be delighted to know that French Quarter Fest was only the beginning this spring. The hunt continues with Moby Dick, parts 2, 3, and 4 at Tipitina’s, Chaz Fest, and Siberia in the upcoming weeks.

Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers, French Quarter Fest 2015, Photo by Laura DeFazio, OffBeat Magazine

All photos by Laura DeFazio. Click here to view the gallery on Flickr.

  • E. John

    This band is rubbish

  • bhan61

    I hung around for RD & The DDs set at the Mint yesterday afternoon as I had been hearing and reading the buzz about them for a while. Unfortunately, I have to admit I left a bit disappointed. While it was refreshing to see a local band attempt onstage theatricality with a unique flair and a broader range of reference than many of their peers, musically it was just kind of meh – a nice range of covers, capably played but nothing to match the raves that have been circulating in the local music press and on the mouths of those supposedly in-the-know. I realize there are some VERY talented individual musicians in the group with the chops and resumes to back it up – it just didn’t seem to be gelling into a real groove for me Sunday. Maybe it was the venue, maybe it was the time of day, I don’t know. Judging by the crowd present yesterday, RD & The DD’s must be hitting someone’s G-spot – just not mine. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt (as one gig doesn’t make or break my opinion of a band as capably staffed as this one seems to be) and another shot in the future in the hope that they’re more than simply a culturally literate “Bag of Donuts” for the Bywater hipster set.