Following the successful 2017 tour celebrating the music of Memphis, Take Me To The River Live! Celebrating the Music of New Orleans gathers some of the most influential figures of modern New Orleans funk, R&B, soul and jazz together on the same stage for a night of unforgettable music. Featuring both individual and collaborative performances, TMTTR is packed with three generations of legendary Crescent City talent like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Walter "Wolfman" Washington.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Celebrating over 40 years, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and blended it with Bebop Jazz, funk, and R&B soul. Describing their sound as a "musical gumbo", the band has collaborated with a variety of musicians, ranging from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic and Norah Jones.
Ivan and Ian Neville - Ivan Neville and Ian Neville, members of Dumpstaphunk, stand out among New Orleans’ best as part of one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements.
Walter "Wolfman" Washington - A mainstay on the New Orleans music scene, Washington combines both rhythm and blues, blues, New Orleans funk and modern jazz into a way of playing that is uniquely his. 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. 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.
"Big Chief" Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles - The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian phenomenon is part music, part heritage, part ancestry, part revelry, part fashion, and oft misunderstood. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux is one of the most famous and enduring leaders of that culture and head of the Golden Eagle Mardi Gras Indian tribe. A vital figure in the tradition, Boudreaux has steadfastly distinguished himself as a gifted folk artist and dynamic performing musician through his unwavering dedication to this singular African American culture.
"Big Chief" Romeo Bougere of the 9th Ward Hunters - Romeo Bougere, chief of the 9th Ward Hunters is a regular at the legendary Tipitina’s and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. With the 79ers Gang, he has also performed with the Stooges and Papa Mali.
“Take Me to the River was one of the best things we saw at Bonnaroo 2014.”—Rolling Stone
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