TAKE ME TO THE RIVER – New Orleans Live!
Seven Legendary Acts from The Crescent City
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Take Me to the River—New Orleans LIVE! presents the musical history, heritage and legacy of New Orleans, one of our nation’s most unique cultural jewels.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Celebrating over 40 years, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique “musical gumbo” has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour five continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.
Ivan Neville, Ian Neville
Ivan Neville and Ian Neville, members of Dumpstaphunk, stand out among New Orleans’ best. 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.
George Porter Jr.
During the course of a career spanning more than four decades, George Porter Jr. has not only made a deep impression with his work in funk/R&B progenitors, The Meters (along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste), but he's notched session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal and Ryan Montbleau, just to name a few.
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Joseph Pierre “Big Chief Monk” Boudreaux is the leader of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe. Born in New Orleans in 1941, Boudreaux is a vital figure in the tradition, and has steadfastly distinguished himself as a gifted folk artist and dynamic performing musician through his unwavering dedication to this singular African American culture. In 2016, Boudreaux was given the lifetime honor of the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lost Bayou Ramblers Duo
Performing the roots Cajun music they learned as members of Les Frères Michot, the Lost Bayou Ramblers (brothers Andre and Louis Michot) quickly began playing clubs and festivals around Louisiana. They took the traditional music they were raised with to new levels of rhythmic energy and spontaneity. Their Jack White-produced performance in the 2017 documentary series and on the accompanying record release American Epic helped solidify Lost Bayou Ramblers’ reputation as one of the world’s finest traditional Cajun outfits, if one of the least orthodox. With eight albums, a Grammy win for “Best Regional Roots” album, contributions to the score of the Oscar-nominated Beasts Of The Southern Wild, and touring with both Arcade Fire and the Violent Femmes, Lost Bayou continues to swing wide from their Louisiana home base.
Once rivals, Jermaine Bossier (chief of the 7th Ward Creole Hunter gang) and Romeo Bougere (chief of the 9th Ward Hunter gang) now come together to make beautiful music. Regulars at the legendary Tipitina’s and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, they have also performed with The Stooges and Papa Mali.
New Orleans native, Terrence Higgins’ professional career has taken him all over the world and his unsurpassed skills on the drums have allowed him to play with an eclectic group of musicians. Higgins has performed with artists like Dr. John, Earl King, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Johnny Adams, The Wild Magnolias, Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk, Norah Jones, Ani DiFranco and many more.