2nd Annual Last Waltz - New Orleans

2nd Annual Last Waltz - New Orleans

Join an all-star crew of New Orleans musicians and special guests as they pay homage to The Band's "last show" which was performed on November 25th, 1976, and included the best and brightest musicians of that era. The original movie by Martin Scorsese has been lauded as one of the greatest musical documentaries of all time. For one night only, Joy Theater and friends re-creates that magical night!

Some of the absolute top musicians in the great city of New Orleans will bring you a very special night of legendary music, in an attempt to recreate the magic on the anniversary weekend of The Last Waltz's original release.

Artist lineup to be announced shortly.

Papa Mali

Papa Mali (born Malcolm Helm Welbourne in Vicksburg, Mississippi, May 6,1957) is a New Orleans based, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer.

He has been a touring musician and recording artist for decades. Yet, he is probably best known as the front man for 7 Walkers, a band formed in 2009 that includes three musical icons: Grateful Dead founding member and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, The Meters’ founding bassist, George Porter Jr. and lyricist Robert Hunter, who penned most of the Grateful Dead’s classic catalog (along with the late Jerry Garcia) and now co-writes much of 7 Walkers material with Welbourne. Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and Willie Nelson collaborator, Matt Hubbard completes the line up. Their self-titled debut was released to critical acclaim in November of 2010.

His debut recording Thunder Chicken, produced by Dan Prothero, has been referred to as "one of the few truly wild and unruly records to come from the rock & roll tradition in the 21st century".

Reggie Scanlan (Radiators)

Reggie Scanlan is a bass guitar player and photographer from New Orleans, Louisiana and a founding member of swamp rock band, The Radiators.

In 1974, Scanlan got an opportunity to jam with legendary New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair (aka "Fess"). In 1977, Scanlan was invited to join Fess's band, and he toured with Fess until the end of the year, when most of the band was replaced. During that time Scanlan and guitarist Dave Malone were in a band called Road Apple. In January 1978 Ed Volker invited both men to jam with Camile Baudoin and Frank Bua, Jr. who were members with him in a band called The Rhapsodizers. The jam lasted for about 5 hours and at the end of the session The Radiators were born. Reggie's photography is the cover art for two of the Radiators albums, New Dark Ages and Bucket of Fish.

Robert Mercurio (Galactic)

Robert Mercurio, along with Jeff Raines, grew up in the Washington D.C. area. Together, they played in a number of different local bands. When it was time to pick a college to attend, the city the school was in was more important than the school. They wanted to be in New Orleans. "We heard about the Meters and knew about the whole scene," Mercurio says. "We knew we wanted to play music but we also had to go to school." So Robert ended up at Tulane University (Raines at Loyola). But the real classes were conducted in the city's music clubs. On their first night in town, Mercurio and Raines went to Benny's, an after hours club where late night funk and blues went down. The club has now been closed down due to city officials declaring the club a neighborhood nuisance. "We fell in love with that scene." It was places like Benny's and Tipitina's that kept Mercurio in New Orleans during his tenure at Tulane, and is what keeps him there to this day!
"I remember when I was a freshman in college going to shows at Tipitina's that were totally packed and thinking to myself 'Maybe someday I'll play here.' Looking up at that Professor Longhair banner...imagining what it would look like from the stage, instead of from the audience. We never intended for [Galactic] to be this successful. I never thought I'd really be making a living off of music. But I can't say I'm not happy about it."

Honey Island Swamp Band

Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar/mandolin/vocals), Chris Mulé (electric guitar/vocals), Sam Price (bass/vocals) and Garland Paul (drums/vocals) were already on nodding terms from their hometown circuit, but when the four men joined forces for a weekly residency at San Francisco’s Boom Boom Room, the chemistry was undeniable. By 2009, the lineup had released award-winning debut Wishing Well, enlisted Hammond B-3 wizard Trevor Brooks and placed one foot onto the podium of New Orleans greats.

Ten years and a thousand gigs down the line, that same battle-hardened lineup took just four days to track Demolition Day at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans with famed producer Luther Dickinson (also leader of the North Mississippi Allstars and ex-Black Crowes guitarist). “We had a very tight window to record,” Wilkinson recalls, “so we had to minimalise in places and really pack a lot of emotion into each take. Luther calls it ‘the freedom of limitation’ and it really served us well on this album.” Released in 2016 on Ruf Records, Demolition Day is the band’s fourth full-length studio release and marks a milestone in their career.

New Orleans Suspects

New Orleans Suspects began playing together in 2009 as a pick-up band at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans. Comprised of some of the most seasoned, highly respected players in NOLA, the group called themselves The Unusual Suspects. Their chemistry was undeniable and by the summer of 2011 they decided to tour full-time, renaming the band New Orleans Suspects. They quickly began attracting large crowds from San Francisco to New York. In five short years they’ve released four CDs and established themselves as one of New Orleans’ best supergroups.

Terence Higgins

Darcy Malone

Darcy Malone & The Tangle began when the daughter of Dave Malone of The Radiators fame met skateboarder/guitar player Christopher Boye. The husband/wife duo wanted to create music that incorporated Darcy’s background of Soul and Pop with Chris’ love of Indie/Underground Rock n Roll. After adding band members Craig Toomey (vocals, bass), Jagon Eldridge (Saxophone, Keyboards) and Billy Schell (Drums) the two musicians got the exact fresh sound they were looking for. Incorporating a “Tangle” of genres, the band go from the Funky catchy grooves of their hit “Be A Man” to the Dynamic Rock n Roll hooks of songs like “Still Life”. Great songs combined with an intensely fun live performance make this band for everyone.

CR Gruver

CR Gruver is a classically trained pianist who immersed himself in New Orleans piano styles after touring with national bands such as Outformation and singer/songwriter Angie Aparo. Adept at James Booker-style piano and the swelling B-3 stylings of Art Neville, Gruver has also become a well-regarded sideman for Leo Nocentelli of The Meters.

Jake Eckert

Jake Eckert is currently known as the guitarist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band out of New Orleans. He has performed around the world with the band since 2007. Before his time with the New Orleans music scene, he began playing music in Atlanta as a child. It was there he was introduced to the thriving Georgia live music scene. In his early years he shared the stage with Derek Trucks Band, Merl Saunders, Col. Bruce Hampton and Marshall Tucker Band. In 2000, Eckert moved to Los Angeles where he spent over six years performing live and doing recordings sessions in L.A. and the West Coast. In Los Angeles, he played with the funk/jazz band New Soul Underground, with this group he performed live with Larry Carlton.

In 2007, Eckert joined The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and now lives in New Orleans. Most recently he had the pleasure of performing at the 2009 Grammy Awards with Allen Toussaint, Lil’ Wayne, Robin Thicke, and Terence Blanchard. Eckhert released his first solo album, Roll On, in 2009. It features his original compositions, Roll On also features guest performers George Porter Jr., Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Lee Thornburg, Travis Carlton and Kirk Fletcher. Eckhert is currently still with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and also plays with The New Orleans Suspects along with Reggie Scanlan (Radiators), "Mean" Willie Green (Neville Bros.), Kevin Harris (Dirty Dozen) and CR Gruver.

John Mooney

John Mooney is an American blues guitarist and singer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has developed a unique music style by combining Delta blues, with the funky second line beat of New Orleans. As a guitarist, he is especially known for his slide guitar work.

In 1976, Mooney moved to New Orleans, and soon he was playing with host of musicians in the New Orleans R&B circuit including Earl King, The Meters, Snooks Eaglin and Professor Longhair.

He released his first album Comin' Your Way on Blind Pig Records in 1979. In 1981, he formed his own band Bluesiana with whom he has been recording and touring since. He has released albums from several different labels including Against the Wall on nationally distributed House of Blues label in the U.S., and also others from German labels CrossCut and Ruf. In 2000, he returned to Blind Pig to release Gone to Hell which featured Dr. John as a special guest. All I Want followed two years later on the label.

His latest release Big Ol' Fiya was nominated for Blues Music Awards' "Contemporary Blues Album of the Year" in 2006.

Johnny Sansone

John "Johnny" Sansone, also known as Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, is an American electric blues singer, songwriter, harmonicist, accordionist, guitarist and piano player. He was nominated for seven music awards in 2012, including a Blues Music Award which he won. To date, he has been involved in the release of eleven original albums.

Sansone's major influence was his fellow blues musician and songwriter, Jimmy Reed.

Johnny Sketch

Dave Jordan and the NIA

Dave Jordan is a New Orleans based singer/songwriter/bassist and guitar player. Over the course of nearly 20 years and 3 bands, he has produced or co-produced 6 albums, played nearly 2000 shows nationwide and performed or recorded with some of the most esteemed musicians in New Orleans and across the country; including recording with Art Neville, Anders Osborne, Joe Krown, Bill Summers and more; and performances with such bands as the Meters, Little Feat, Widespread Panic, Bob Weir's RatDog, Los Lobos and many more. His work as founder and frontman of the long running funk/roots band, Juice, landed the band a Best of the Beat award for Best Emerging Funk/Soul/R&B Band and nominations for Best Roots Rock Band and Best Roots Rock Album for 2000's Anders Osborne produced, All Lit Up. His song Biggest Little Shrimp In Town- the title track of an award winning short film- was re-recorded by Art Neville and the Beverly Hills Short Film Festival created an award for Best Song to recognize their collaboration. His most recent work, as a solo artist, has quickly become one of the most talked about roots rock acts in New Orleans and his critically acclaimed solo debut, These Old Boots, was named a Top 10 Local Release of 2010 by the Times Picayune and nola.com.

Alex McMurray

Guitarist, singer and songwriter based in New Orleans.

Bert Cotton

Mark Mullins

Trombonist who spent years touring and recording with Harry Connick, Jr. He has also recorded with Tori Amos, Sheryl Crow and George Porter Jr., and has appeared on recordings with Better Than Ezra, Rancid, Dag and Joe Henry.

Paul Sanchez

New Orleans born and based guitarist and vocalist. One of the founding members of Cowboy Mouth, he left the band to focus on a solo career after the 2006 album 'Voodoo Shoppe'.

$20.00 - $60.00

Tickets

Join an all-star crew of New Orleans musicians and special guests as they pay homage to The Band's "last show" which was performed on November 25th, 1976, and included the best and brightest musicians of that era. The original movie by Martin Scorsese has been lauded as one of the greatest musical documentaries of all time. For one night only, Joy Theater and friends re-creates that magical night!

 

Some of the absolute top musicians in the great city of New Orleans will bring you a very special night of legendary music, in an attempt to recreate the magic on the anniversary weekend of The Last Waltz's original release.

 

Artist lineup to be announced shortly.

 

A portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. More information on the foundation can be found here.

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