The 10th Annual Blues, Views, and BBQs Festival will feature a number of nationally-recognized, seasoned and up-and-coming artists in blues, funk, and soul. Scroll down to learn more about the groups and individuals that will step onto the stage on Labor Day Weekend.
Saturday, September 2nd
For 20 years, the New Orleans band Galactic has made people dance at clubs, festivals, house parties — you name it. "A first-rate funk band" is how The New York Times describes it. The musicians in Galactic have carved out the perfect career for themselves: They get to play with others but also take charge of the game.
Bonerama…has always been hailed as “unlike anything you’ve ever heard before”…As their sound evolves and changes it’s still the best way to describe this 15 year old powerhouse trombone touring band from New Orleans, LA. In addition to changing the way people think about the trombone, the sound of Bonerama has become an influence and contribution to the sound of New Orleans music today.
Paul Barrère and Fred Tackett are guitar players, In fact they are the guitar players with the legendary band Little Feat... Steeped in a huge pot of Southern flavors — including gospel, country, and R&B — Little Feat is the stuff of '70s rock legend. The band built on its early cult following to create a weird and wonderful blueprint: effortlessly slick rock 'n' roll delivered with a surreal, rollicking, West Coast swerve.
Now they have joined forces to form an acoustic duet that will quite frankly blow you away. Performing songs from their Little Feat catalogue and more with a decidedly different twist.
They first played together on the album ”Dixie Chicken“some thirty-five years ago and since then have played together or individually on numerous recording sessions for Little Feat and countless others including Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Dionne Farris, and the Wallflowers, to name a few.
"The Suspects are putting their own spin on the music of New Orleans as they layer boogie-woogie piano, soulful blues guitar, and jazzy horns on top of funky bass lines and complex rhythms. The result is a wildly infectious sound that pays tribute to everyone from James Booker and Bobby Charles, to The Meters and Galactic." - Marquee Magazine
National Blues Music Award nominated Slam Allen is one of the last of the "Real Deal" singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainers; playing soul and blues the way it's supposed to be done: Heart felt, joyous, and full of love and entertainment! One of the last links who was there to learn from B.B. King, James Brown, Wilson Picket, James Cotton, Otis Redding, and Muddy Waters. Slam is a living treasure that will remind you of how music can really make you feel!
Their music has been most colorfully described as 'shit-stompin’-thumpin'-funkin' Rock n’ Roll covered in sweet Soul that’s reminiscent of the 70’s. That’s pretty damn inspiring. They love what they’re doing and are grateful to be creating this vibe together, so to feel that realness and enthusiasm coming back is a gift and truly humbling.
Sunday, September 3rd
Carrying the torch of the great funk bands such as Tower of Power, Sly and the Family Stone, and James Brown into the 21st century comes Deep Banana Blackout. With full horn section, and soulful groove imbedded in the roots of funk, Deep Banana is the leader of today’s emerging funk rock scene. The band’s sound captures commercial accessibility augmented with tight musical arrangements and limited improvisation. But make no mistake- THIS BAND ROCKS!
Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, New Orleans’ Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene."
Most musicians would sell their souls to play with legends like Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and George Porter Jr. Yet 11-year-old guitar whiz Brandon “Taz” Niederauer has already shared the stage with those artists and many others since he first hit the scene at the end of 2013. “I really got into music when I was 8 years old,” recalls Niederauer. “I wanted to learn the guitar, so I started. Now, I play guitar.” Don’t let the understatement fool you. This is a kid that has shredded “Whipping Post” with the best of them. Whether he’s making waves at Bear Creek and Jam Cruise or showing off his chops on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Niederauer never fails to leave a trail of dropped jaws in his wake. With his prowess on the six-string firmly established, the young artist plans to record an album and go on tour with Lions on the Moon, a new band that he formed with his brother and a couple of other young musicians. “When I get on the stage andmove into the groove, it’s the most amazing feeling,” he adds. “I just forget about everything and go into my zone.
The brightest young star in contemporary blues returns with an amazing follow-up to Don’t Call No Ambulance, his remarkable 9000 unit-scanning debut, winner of the 2015Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Album. Over the past three years, Birchwood has toured relentlessly, scorching hundreds of club, theatre and festival stages across the U.S. and overseas. Pick Your Poison tour dates begin May 20th in Florida and will run until the end of the year including a performance at this years Blues, Views and BBQ Festival.