Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Weekend 2 of Midnight Preserves!

Friday, May 6th
Charlie Musselwhite
plus Tangiers Blues Band
plus Shannon McNally
Warren Haynes Band
with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
(Midnight-SOLD OUT)

 About Charlie Musselwhite:
“Superb, original and compelling….harmonica master Musselwhite sets the standard for blues.” –ROLLING STONE

Harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite’s life reads like a classic blues song: born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis and schooled on the South Side of Chicago. A groundbreaking recording artist since the 1960s, Musselwhite continues to create trailblazing music while remaining firmly rooted in the blues. His worldly-wise vocals, rich, melodic harmonica playing and deep country blues guitar work flawlessly accompany his often autobiographical and always memorable original songs. Living Blues says, “Musselwhite’s rock-solid vocals creep up and overwhelm you before you know it. He plays magnificent harp with superb dexterity and phrasing. The results are amazing.”

About Tangiers Blues Band:

 The Tangiers Blues Band was formed in 1998 after guitarist Chris Scianni (Dangerman, Echobrain with Jason Newsted) and drummer Dave Borla (Dangerman, Echobrain) met photographer/harmonica player Danny Clinch and discovered their mutual love for blues music. The first Tangiers Blues Band jam session took place on Thanksgiving night that year with other musicians and friends, including Huey from the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, King from Cooley High, Mick Jones from Foreigner and tennis palyer/guitarist John McEnroe. The original line-up was formed after that with Chris (guitar), Dave Borla (drums), Danny (harmonica), Huey (lap steel), King (vox and guitar) adding their long time friends Dave Sellar (bass) from Darla Hood and Peter Levin (keys) who had played in various bands in New York City and currently tours with The Blind Boys of Alabama.
The TBB line-up changes from show to show, with a deep rotation of musicians they have known and jammed with for many years, and in many different configurations. In addition, they have many “special guests” who will sit in with them for a night when they are around including G-Love, Phil Lesh, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Charlie Giordano (Bruce Springsteen) and Chris’ father, Joseph Scianni. The line-up on the TBB studio recordings consists of Chris, Danny, Pete, King and Dave Sellars with Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams and The Cardinals) on lap and pedal steel guitars and Mo Roberts (Shemeka Copeland) on drums. The recording was done in one day at Moon Palace Studios, mixed and produced by Tim Latham (Lou Reed, Tribe Called Quest) a long time friend of all the guys.

About Shannon McNally:
Shannon McNally was born and raised on Long Island, New York but has spent most of her adult life traveling and living all over North America. After graduating college with a degree in Religious Anthropology she followed Los Lobos out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. She quickly signed with Perry Watts-Russell to Capitol Records/ EMI. />.. Rolling Stone Magazine gave her debut album released in January of 2002, Jukebox Sparrows (Capitol Records), 3 1/2 stars. Jukebox Sparrows also spawned the AAA radio hit “Now That I Know,” which appeared on the ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ soundtrack. She teamed up with Ryan Adams’ sideman Neal Casal around the same time for a collabrative project called ‘Ran On Pure Lightening’. Her song “Pale Moon” from was picked up by Putamayo Records as the first track on their American Folk Album.   />.. In 2000 she moved to New Orleans. ‘The city summoned me. It called me into it’s depths and it devoured me’. It was here that her writing’s innate earthy-end-of-the-world-defiance took on a weight and pathos which ultimately defined the mood and message of her 2005 release ‘Geronimo’ on Back Porch Records (EMI).  Produced by Charlie Sexton, the record got a lot of strong support at AAA radio and on Satelite Radio. McNally toured extensively behind it from 2005-2007, doing national tours with a band and as a solo performer. During this time she also recorded a live record called ‘North American Ghost Music’ as well as a second album with long time friend and producer Charlie Sexton called ‘South Side Sessions’. />.. Unable to return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina Shannon settled into North Mississippi with her husband and daughter. Her newest project is called ‘Coldwater’. It was recorded with Jim Dickinson at his Zebra Ranch Studio just before his passing. The record features Shannon’s regular touring band called Hot Sauce; they are Jake Fussell, Eric Deaton and Wallace Lester. />.. McNally has toured and done shows with Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks, John Mellencamp, Charlie Sexton, Son Volt, Ryan Adams, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Derek Trucks, Rail Road Earth, Rufus Wainwright, Levon Helm and Lou Reed. She has appeared on NPR, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Mountain Stage and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  Her voice has appeared on recordings by Jim Dickinson, Mac Rebennack, John Hiatt, Rufus Wainwright, Hal Wilner, Wardell Quezergue and Son Volt among others. 

Warren Haynes’ long-anticipated, soul-inspired Man In Motion will be released May 10th on STAX/Concord Music Group. The new album demonstrates his relentless creative drive on some of his most emotionally powerful vocals and lush, vivid writing to date. Haynes is joined by soul and R&B kingpins George Porter, Jr., Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, Ivan Neville, and others.

Man In Motion will be the star’s first solo album after many recent career highlights including: Gov’t Mule’s hit singles “Beautifully Broken,” “Soulshine,” “Slackjaw Jezebel” and “Frozen Fear”; their platinum-selling CD/DVD The Deepest End; Haynes’s solo live acoustic CD, Live at Bonnaroo, recorded live from America’s largest festival’s main stage and The Allman Brothers Band’s Hittin’ the Note, their “best recording since Eat a Peach” which Haynes produced, co-wrote and on which he performed.

Haynes, a Grammy-winner and 9-time nominee, is ranked 23rd on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Greatest Guitarists Of All Time list. He is the front-man for Gov’t Mule as well as vocalist and guitarist for The Allman Brothers Band and The Dead. 

Saturday, May 7th
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet
The Treme Brass Band

About Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet:
 Every genre has its defining figureheads. Folk has its Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan;
country has the Carter Family, Bob Wills and Hank Williams. Rock has its Elvis, Chuck
Berry, and the Beatles. In blues, it's Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, and
in jazz, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis. When it comes to contemporary
traditional Cajun music, there is BeauSoleil. For the past 34 years Lafayette, Louisiana's
BeauSoleil has carried the torch of tradition while continuing to chart uncharted waters with
ingenuity and innovation. Their latest release and Yep Roc label debut Alligator Purse is
not only a vibrant testament to BeauSoleil's healthy spirit but is easily their most
adventuresome record yet.

Since their inception in 1975, BeauSoleil has not only spearheaded a cultural Renaissance
but has elevated Cajun music to one of domestic and international acclaim. Along the way,
they have appeared regularly on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion and
garnered eleven Grammy nominations. In 1998, they became the first Cajun band to win a
Grammy for their L'Amour Ou La Folie effort in the traditional folk category. While they've
introduced their sources of inspiration, Dennis McGee, Canray Fontenot, Varise Connor, Wade Fruge, Dewey Balfa, Amédéé Ardoin and Freeman Fontenot, to new audiences, they've also daringly blended zydeco, Tex-Mex, western swing, blues, New Orleans traditional jazz and Caribbean calypso into their framework. As a result, any ethnomusicologist would be hard pressed to speculate where Cajun music would be today without the contributions of BeauSoleil.


About Treme Brass Band:
Tremè Brass Band plays the music of a people in New Orleans who celebrate life with a Second Line celebration or mourn a person's death with a Jazz Funeral. Tremè Brass Band represents the best of the New Orleans marching brass band tradition. Their music is steeped in the deep roots of New Orleans Jazz. Today, Second Line Celebrations can add New Orleans rhythm and joy to any celebration.

In 2006, Treme Brass Band was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Led by the percussion team of Uncle Benny Jones and Uncle Lionel Batiste, the Trémé band specializes in the jazzed-up hymn tunes that have been the stock in trade of marching bands playing for the city's famous jazz funeral parades, as well as a wide grab-bag of old-time jazz numbers and some hot originals. With Mervin Campbell on trumpet, the band has one of the best young soloists on the current scene, and is an intergenerational standard-bearer for the marching band tradition.
The Tremè Brass Band:
Benny Jones Sr. - snare drum
Lionel Batiste Sr. - bass drum & vocals
Eddie King, Jr. - trombone
Mervin Campbell - trumpet
Charles Joseph - trombone
Elliott Callier - saxophone
Jeffery Hills - tuba
Oswald Jones - Grand Marshall


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