Last night, the 15th annual Bayou Rendezvous took over the Howlin’ Wolf following the close of the day’s official Jazz Fest activities over at the Fairgrounds. It was a massive musical affair, with nine bands performing across the two stages, with the last performance of the event kicking off at 6 a.m. today with the “Sunrise Breakfast Jam” featuring the Norcal All-Stars. As is the Jazz Fest way, Bayou Rendezvous was jam-packed with special collaboration, sit-ins, and all-star groups that can only be brought together this time of year, when the hordes of world-class musicians flock to New Orleans.
Topping the bill were two supergroups, Dr. Klaw and the Bayou Rendezvous All-Stars. The Bayou Rendezvous All-Stars this year were comprised of Johnny Vidacovich (Astral Project), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Oteil Burbridge (Dead and Co., Allman Bros.), Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Stanton Moore (Galactic), and Eric McFadden (P-Funk, Anders Osborne)—an all-star group if we’ve ever seen one, who took to the stage in the main room for two hours. Following their funk-infused performance, Dr. Klaw took over—a group that featured The Shady Horns of Lettuce and Soulive fame, along with Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive), Nick Daniels III (Dumpstaphunk/Neville Brothers), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Alan Evans (Soulive/KDTU), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), and Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews).
It’s safe to say that with these musicians leading the charge, the night was something else. The night also saw performances by Orgone, Sophistaphunk, and Monophonics along with performances by collaborative groups like Space And Harmony, featuring Naughty Professor’s Bill Daniel and Sam Shahin and The Revivalists’ George Gekas and Rob Ingraham; Eric Struthers and Friends, a group heavy with veterans from Dr. John, who in addition to Struthers, included Roland Guerin, Herlin Riley, and Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, plus Joe Ashlar (Good Enough For Good Times/Eddie Roberts); and Lebo And Friends, brought together by Dan Lebowitz of ALO and Steve Kimock fame and featuring Steve Adams (ALO, Nicki Bluhm), Stu Allen (JGB Band, Phil Lesh), and Jay Lane (Ratdog, Primus).
As has been the theme for this week following the loss of Col. Bruce Hampton, the night of music was dedicated to the legend who had played Bayou Rendezvous frequently across its fifteen years, including a sneaky reunion of Aquarium Rescue Unit in 2004 billed as The Zambi All-Stars. You can check out the post that Bayou Rendezvous posted about Col. Bruce below, and check out photos from last night’s massive blow-out at the Howlin’ Wolf, courtesy of photographer Chad Anderson.