Tag Archives: Johnny Vidacovich

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

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of July 17 – July 23, 2014 featuring: the Trio feat. Johnny Vidacovich, Jonathon Boogie Long, Sweet Crude, Shotgun Jazz Band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Jimmy Robinson, Uptown Jazz Orchestra  and more! Full ScheduleLouisiana Music on TourAdd a New Listing   [...]

David Lasocki, A Higher Fusion: The New Orleans Modern-Jazz Group Astral Project at 34 (Instant Harmony Music)

The cover of David Lasocki’s book A Higher Fusion: The New Orleans Modern-Jazz Group Astral Project at 34 shows the group as a quartet—saxophonist Tony Dagradi, guitarist Steve Masakowski, acoustic bassist Jim Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich. A lot of people still think of the group as a quintet with pianist Dave Torkanowsky, but as [...]

New Orleans Concert Picks of the Week: September 26 – October 2, 2013

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of September 26 – October 2, 2013 featuring: Papa Mali, Johnny Vidacovich and Cass Faulconer, Bantam Foxes, the Marco Benevento Trio, the Joe Krown Trio, Glen David Andrews, and Irma Thomas and the Professionals. September 26September 27September [...]

Scott Ramminger, Advice from a Father to a Son (Arbor Lane Music)

Any record that lists such top flight players as pianist David Torkanowksy, guitarist Shane Theriot, bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Johnny Vidacovich is bound to have its thrills regardless of whose name is emblazoned on the cover. This one is no exception, even considering its frontman is really a DC-based saxman. But Scott Ramminger’s [...]

Denise, Camden Town (Alice’s Loft Music)

Forty-two musicians played on this, so sayeth the liner notes, which I can believe, counting strings, keyboards, saxophones, percussion and choirs. Lead artist Denise Mangiardi often curiously takes off in the middle of the record to let somebody else sing, or rap. This struck me as damn strange at first, but then I understood (I [...]

Tipitina’s 35th Anniversary Celebration Continues with Treme Revue, More

After kicking off the 35th anniversary of the house that Fess built last weekend with a doubleheader of New Orleans’ finest (Eric Lindell played Friday, Dirty Dozen and the Soul Rebels followed the next night), the folks at Tipitina’s continue the celebration this week and throughout the month with a stellar lineup of local and [...]

Holiday Drum Summit Wednesday at Tulane

It seems like every day of late’s been deemed something or other — Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, so why not designate tomorrow Drum Summit Wednesday? Beginning at 6:30 p.m. November 28, the Rump-a-pum-pum Drum Summit, hosted at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall Auditorium, will showcase drummers and holiday beats, reworked New Orleans style. [...]

Oak Street Po-Boy Fest Celebrates 83 Years of the Louisiana Sandwich

The 2012 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, sponsored by Abita Brewery, happens Sunday, November 18. More than 30  featured vendors will serve New Orleans’ finest sweet and savory po-boys amid a number of panel discussions covering historical topics on po-boys, local culinary markets and their evolutions and a taste of the neighborhood heritage of Carrollton, where [...]

Dave Ferrato, Later, On Decatur (Independent)

Dave Ferrato is a Quarter Rat with an eye for storytelling detail and an ear for the classic currents of New Orleans R&B. This is an extremely polished and professional effort for a first album. The expert ministrations of Mark Mullins as producer and arranger ensure that technical quality, and Mullins assembled an outstanding cast [...]

Milk and Cookies: Johnny and Deborah Vidacovich’s Special Recipe

In a town that thrives on old traditions, there’s one tradition at the Maple Leaf Bar that is somewhat unorthodox, yet brings the community together in multiple ways: “milk and cookies.” Every Thursday, during the Trio’s break time, drummer Johnny Vidacovich’s wife, Deborah, files through the crowd and hands each person a homemade cookie. Aside [...]