DāM-FunK and Master Blazter performing at One Eyed Jacks on October 4, 2011
10.07: Sun Hotel + Leaving + Ben Jones – One Eyed Jacks
It’s no secret we give the post-Gospel swamp rockers in Sun Hotel a lot of press, but equally obvious should be how and why they manage to keep the attention of local music enthusiasts of all stripes: These guys never stop. This insistence has imbued the band with an impressive combination of focus and prolificity, and as a newly minted four piece, Sun Hotel is showing off a sharp and energized new sound that gives even the most brooding dirges a tight, punched-up disposition without compromising the heavy, atmospheric mood found on new EP Gifts.
10.04: DāM-FunK + Master Blazter – One Eyed Jacks
DāM-FunK’s first New Orleans gig was an arresting experience with half the crowd propulsively writhing to his massively infectious re-imaging of the seminal boogie that gave birth to hip-hop’s G-Funk era, and the other half was almost frozen in place, at one consumed, enveloped and – to be perfectly honest – a bit overwhelmed by the sheer intensity of DāM-FunK’s futuristic take on the low-down synth grooves of the mid-1980s. As a one man show, DāM-FunK is a beat-mapping, keytar-wielding, drum programming force of nature, and in his return to One Eyed Jacks he’ll also be joined by his friends Computer Jay and J-1 for a set as Master Blazter, a three-piece supergroup that delves even deeper into the transcendent funk he knows so well.
09.23: Big History + King Rey + Baby Bee – Eiffel Society
King Rey, a local five-piece band that prides itself on a heavily collaborative songwriting process, somehow brilliantly avoids the usual complications of so much intertwined influence: whether they’re riffing on Veltones-esque vocal harmonies or throwing around some Soft Bulletin-era acid effects, King Rey never come off sounding unfocused, too cutesy or overly serious.
When local indie veterans Big Blue Marble abruptly announced an indefinite hiatus earlier this year, it came as a huge disappointment to many not simply because they’d represent yet another on the lengthy list of ultra-talented New Orleans-grown rock outfits that eventually give in to the perpetually evasive illusion of mainstream success and throw in [...]
Last Tuesday, Simple Play Productions’ Ron Richard partnered with One Eyed Jacks to offer a symposium on all that is alive and well in Southern music. Local wonder boys New Grass Country Club, Baltimore-by-way-of-Chattanooga Southern gospel/ rock band J. Roddy Walston and the Business, and Athens Georgia’s alt-country group Futurebirds descended on the dimly lit [...]
Futurebirds + J. Roddy Walston and The Business + New Grass Country Club performing at One Eyed Jacks on September 13, 2011
09.15: MyNameIsJohnMichael + G-Eazy + Christoph Andersson – Tipitina’s
Headling this diverse showcase is John Michael Rouchell, an artist who would be considered an old guard of the local indie movement if he had not spent the last year reinventing and retooling his unique sound. On the other end of the spectrum is the immensely talented and wildly popular young MC G-Eazy, whose latest self-produced collection of nimble, heady hip-hop anthems is nothing short of a revelation. But the appeal of Thursday’s show is far greater than the sum of its parts.
If the ninety-six hour annoyance that was Tropical Storm Lee taught New Orleanians anything about ourselves, it’s that we’ve come to expect the worst case scenario whenever mother nature even hints at showing the city a piece of her unforgiving wrath. Admittedly, that’s a good thing: though many people probably have fond memories of bar [...]