The Parish at House of Blues New Orleans welcomed The TWERK Tour last night, Friday October 16th. The tour, featuring co-headliners Twiddle and The Werks, attracted an eclectic crowd in the New Orleans music-going community — and it was immediately clear that everyone in the room had come out to dance.
The Werks eased into the set with “Inside a Dream”, and as the music began the crowd seeped in. The audience was sucked in immediately, and wasted no time to get moving. One of the highlights of the night was The Werks’ rendition of Grateful Dead’s “The Other One”, with guitarist Chris Houser on vocals. As is the case when any Dead cover is played, those listening went wild. The Werks jammed the Weir classic for about twenty minutes, with the band’s own melodies sandwiched between verses. Everyone was in good spirits as the set ended with a birthday cheer for bassist Dino Dimitrouleas (October 16th is also Weir’s birthday).
Twiddle began their set around 11 pm, with a room full of jam lovers who were eager for more. Ryan Dempsey teased fans with some Vanessa Carlton piano lines as the band got set up on stage. Mihali Savoulidis brought out New Orleans’ Tom Witek (Tom Witek Jazz Quartet) to accompany Twiddle for “Hattibagen McCrat”. Twiddle’s choice to cover Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” (yes, that song from Titanic) had fans quite emotional, with both laughter and heartfelt singing filled the air. Twiddle finished the set with “Polluted Beauty”, but the crowd wanted more.
After adamant chanting for an encore, Twiddle returned to the stage with members of The Werks to perform “Hattie’s Jam/When it Rains it Poors”.
The impressive lighting in the beautifully rustic Parish room at the House Of Blues, as well as the adoring vibes from the audience, were the icing on the cake to this lively night of live music. Catch the TWERK Tour when it hits your city!
Twiddle and The Werks ‘TWERK TOUR’ Dates:
10/8 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony
10/9 Philadelphia, PA TLA
10/10 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
10/11 Richmond, VA The Broadberry
10/12 Asheville, NC New Mountain Asheville
10/13 Chattanooga, TN Revelry Room
10/14 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
10/15 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay
10/16 New Orleans, LA The Parish at House of Blues
10/22 Dallas, TX Trees
10/23 Rockdale, TX Art Outside
10/24 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
10/27 Columbia, MO Rose Music Hall
10/28 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
10/29 Urbana, IL The Canopy Club
10/30 Grand Rapids, MI The Stache
10/31 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
11/1 Chicago, IL Chop Shop
11/3 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Tap House
11/4 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
11/5 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
11/6 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
11/7 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
11/10 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
11/11 Portland, OR Star Theater
11/12 Eugene, OR The WOW Hall
11/13 San Francisco, CA The Independent
11/14 Crystal Bay, NV Crystal Bay Club
11/19 Bloomington, IN Bluebird Nightclub
11/20 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
11/21 Cleveland, OH The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern