Friday, June 24, 2011

PHJB Videos from Bonnaroo!

PHJB and The Del McCoury Band perform on The Other Stage

PHJB performs with My Morning Jacket

PHJB performs at the Superjam with Dr. John and Dan Auerbach

PHJB Secondlines through Bonnaroo!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Photos from Bonnaroo 2011

Del McCoury and Ben Jaffe interview with CNN


Crowd shot of PHJB and Del McCoury Band on The Other Stage
PHJB sits in with My Morning Jacket on the main stage

Joe Lastie backstage before PHJB/My Morning Jacket Secondline

Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket jams backstage with Charlie Gabriel
Dr. John greets the guys backstage
Stanton Moore, PHJB, and crowd before secondline
PHJB & My Morning Jacket Secondline through Bonnaroo
PHJB joins the Superjam with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach & Dr. John

Fan reviews of PHJB from Ray Davies' Meltdown Festival in London

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Carl LeBlanc/Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band interview

Celebrate 50th anniversary of Preservation Hall at Ogden event
Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 3:00
by Maria C. Montoya, The Times-Picayune 

This week in Lagniappe meet Carl Le Blanc.

WHO HE IS: The banjo and guitar player toured for several years with the Preser­vation Hall Jazz Band and currently works with the students of the Preser­vation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band.

WHY YOU'VE HEARD OF HIM: Over the years, Le Blanc played with Sun Ra, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Bo Diddley and Ellis Marsalis.

WHAT'S HE UP TO: Le Blanc is directing the Junior Preservation Hall Band and working on his first inspirational/spiritual recording. He said fans can expect a little something different from him. Surprise guests on the CD include the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indians.

WHERE TO SEE HIM: On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Le Blanc will lead the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's free family fun day in celebration of Preservation Hall's 50th anniversary and Ogden's current exhibit "Art & Jazz: Preservation Hall at 50." Visit for more information.

Q: How long you been working with the junior band program?
A: A little over eight months. We've been working on getting the kids together. In New Orleans, it's hard to keep up with the kids because of their musical commitments at school, too.

Q: What's the best part about working with them?
A: Just the music, passing on to them the traditional music of New Orleans. To see them play the songs from the 1920s -- "Has Anybody Seen My Gal?" and "Sunny Side of the Street" -- that's cool.

Q: Were you a part of the 50th anniversary celebration?
A: I haven't been touring with the group, but I was at the event and it was like a huge family reunion. Such a wonderful celebration.

Q: Will we see any of the junior members at the Hall one day?
A: Oh, yeah. Some of them have already played there. Many of them go to NOCCA and are very talented. The goal of the program is all about preparing the next generation of musicians.


Photos from Presfest

Last Wednesday, we had a gathering of old friends and new friends here at the Hall in celebration of the Hall's Birthday. Here's some great photos by Pompo Bresciani from Offbeat Magazine


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Paste Magazine's Top 10 Moments of Bonnaroo - #1 PHJB & My Morning Jacket Secondline Parade

Paste Magazine's #1 Favorite Moment from Bonnaroo- PHJB's Secondline Parade with My Morning Jacket following Dr. John's set!

1. MMJ Marches With Preservation Jazz Hall Band
Boogying Rhode Island style with John McCauley of Deer Tick and The Low Anthem gang to The Original Meters with Dr. John & Allen Toussaint which continued backstage and led into joining all of My Morning Jacket and Preservation Hall Jazz Band in NOLA parade style second line all the way through the festival grounds to a surprise Portugal The Man set on top of a Mr. T Mardi Gras float … yes, these things really do happen at Bonnaroo.—Jay Sweet


Preservation Hall on the A.V. Club's "Pop Pilgrims"

New Orleans: Preservation Hall - Keeping the history of jazz alive

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Bonnaroo Official Theme Song - by PHJB and Del McCoury Band! Available Now on iTunes

It's Bonnaroo Time!  PHJB and The Del McCoury Band continue the "American Legacies" Tour, this time in Manchester, Tennessee for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.  While on tour together in Lawrence, Kansas the McCoury Bus broke down and Del's band hopped on the PHJB Bus.  While on the bus, Clint Maedgen, Ronnie McCoury, and Alan Bartram jammed a bit and the result - Bonnaroo (Feel The Magic)- The Official Theme Song for Bonnaroo!!!

Here's the official word from Bonnaroo:

"Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment are excited to announce that Bonnaroo now has an official theme song. The song, titled "Bonnaroo (Feel the Magic)," was written by the Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. This will hereby serve as the festival's National Anthem, its howl of joyous pride, its exclamation of exuberance, its own rally cry of sorts.

The video below was actually captured the third time this song was ever performed by the artists and was taken backstage at a gig on their "American Legacies Tour" that Del McCoury and Preservation Hall are currently in the midst of.  An official studio version is available for download thru iTunes via this link:

The video can be seen via this link: Bloggers feel free to share and embed.

Legendary hip-hop producer Mannie Fresh (Lil' Wayne, Juvenile) is currently working on a hip-hop remix of the song.

This is the way the song was written as recounted by Preservation Hall Creative Director and Tuba Man Ben Jaffe:

"Del's bus broke down outside of Chicago at 3am following our 'American Legacies' gig. Pres Hall turned around, picked up the stranded McCoury's on the side of the highway in the snow. Once aboard the bus, Ronnie McCoury presented the idea that the two groups work together to create an original Bonnaroo theme song in celebration of the 10th year anniversary. The melody and lyrics came to Preservation Hall vocalist Clint Maedgen as if the song had already been written.  An hour later, the first version of it was recorded on an I-Phone and this video was recorded backstage the following night."

The festival is very proud of its new theme song, and considering that Del and the McCoury's performed on the very first Bonnaroo as well as the festival's close connections to New Orleans, this song could not be more appropriate."

Catch Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Del McCoury Band at Bonnaroo on the "The Other Stage" on Friday, June 10 at 7:30pm!

ALSO!- Danny Clinch's Preservation Hall/My Morning Jacket documentary "Live at Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale" will be screening at the Cinema tent at 4:15 on Friday, June 10!