Keller Williams brought his good book of Grateful Gospel to New Orleans’ The Howlin’ Wolf on Sunday. The performance came following the end of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival weekend one over at the Fair Grounds Race Course.
Just hours after Red Hot Chili Peppers closed down Jazz Fest, Keller and his congregants trudged down to the banks of the Mississippi River to be anointed in what Williams characterized as “the gospel of Jerry.” The performance saw the barefooted barb translate the eternal and everlasting Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia songbooks into a gospel format, similar to his bluegrass adaptations with Grateful Grass. Along the way, Williams welcomed guitarist Ari Joshua, who is currently in the midst of a weeklong residency at Howlin’ Wolf.
Williams’ performance came as part of Live For Live Music‘s Fest By Nite concert series, set to continue through both weekends of Jazz Fest (and the days between) all across New Orleans. Though the Fair Grounds will stay quiet until Thursday, the music will never stop with a full lineup of events including the inaugural Daze Between Festival set to begin today, May 3rd, and continue on Wednesday at Faubourg Brewery with performances from The String Cheese Incident, Snarky Puppy, Lettuce, Eric Krasno & Friends, and more. Check out a full schedule of Fest By Nite concerts below and click here for tickets.
A gallery of images of Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel at The Howlin’ Wolf is available courtesy of photographer Adam McCullough.
Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel w/ Ari Joshua – The Howlin’ Wolf – 5/1/22 – Partial