Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters, Little Freddie King, Honey Island Swamp Band, With Special Guest John Mooney, and more!
Saturday, May 06, 2017 9:00 PM CDT
(8:00 PM Doors)
Carver Theater, New Orleans, LA
21 years and over
Great music begins with great songs, and great songs are what the Honey Island Swamp Band is all about. The band came together when Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Chris Mulé (electric guitar, vocals) were marooned in San Francisco after the levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. After a chance encounter with fellow New Orleans evacuees Sam Price (bass, vocals) and Garland Paul (drums, vocals), and with no prospects of getting home any time soon, they figured they’d better cook up something new, and quick!
Honey Island Swamp Band's music has been described as "Bayou Americana", with timeless songs from Wilkinson & Mulé, highlighted by Mulé's searing guitar, Wilkinson's sure-handed mandolin, and 4-part vocal harmonies, all anchored by the powerful groove of Price & Paul's Louisiana stomp rhythm section. The addition of Trevor Brooks on Hammond B-3 organ to the HISB family in 2010 has rounded out the band’s sound, which draws from a variety of influences in the world of roots music.
Walter “Wolfman” Washington has been a mainstay on the New Orleans music scene. He cut his teeth backing up some of the best singers and performers in New Orleans history before putting together his long time band The Roadmasters who have been burning down and burning up local and national stages since their first gigs in the 1980s. His guitar style combines both rhythm and blues, blues, New Orleans funk, and modern jazz into a way of playing that is uniquely his. His singing is emotional and heartfelt. His guitar work is intricate, intimate, and full. There is a little Bobby Blue Bland, a little Kenny Burrell, a little George Benson, a little church, and a lot of New Orleans charm and experience in a Walter Wolfman Washington performance. And in this day and age of musicians imitating the past or trying to recreate it, The Wolfman stands out as a musician steeped in the history but completely contemporary. Few musical acts, if any, do what he does. He is real, authentic, and unique.
Little Freddie King is a country-style blues musician, of an era when live music poured from the back-of-town nightclubs throughout New Orleans’ African-American neighborhoods, fostering a subculture of downhome Mississippi blues that developed from the ground up in New Orleans. He is also one of the few survivors and the last of what has become a footnote to the Great Migration of Southern blacks: the Mississippi country bluesmen who carried their tradition farther south rather than north.
"You Made My Night" is Little Freddie King's way of saying "thank you" to his rowdy, enthusiastic audience after one of his classic low down and dirty blues performances. This recording features authentic "juke-joint" music in which perfect pitch and well-tuned guitars just don't matter. He's got a rough Mississippi roots electric sound with a New Orleans edge. His brand of the blues is moonshine dripping from the back porch, still-made from the remnants of the Delta farm, until jumping a train to N.O. His sound is harsh,dirty and powerfully authentic