A few more players have been added to NOLA 50: Celebrating The Music Of New Orleans. The show, set to take place on Friday, May 3rd at intimate French Quarter venue One Eyed Jacks, will honor New Orleans’ rich and beloved musical tradition. The band–featuring a previously-announced lineup of iconic New Orleans musicians, modern-day local heroes, several members of Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, and more–will now feature the great piano player and vocalist Jon Cleary (Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen), as well as the talented bassist George Gekas (The Revivalists). In addition, local favorites Boukou Groove, led by guitarist Derwin “Big D” Perkins, have been announced to open the show.
For half a century, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has consistently shined a spotlight on the Crescent City as one of the cultural capitals of the world. As Jazz Fest celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, Live For Live Music Presents: NOLA 50 will take the audience on a retrospective tour of the music and musicians that have helped build this legacy in the Big Easy.
GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement award winner and bass hero, George Porter Jr. of The Meters, will lead the charge alongside Dumpstaphunk keyboardist/vocalist Ivan Neville. They will be joined by Neville’s fellow Dumpstaphunk members, Ian Neville and Alvin Ford Jr. on guitar and drums respectively, as well as Lettuce’s Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff on guitar and Eric “Benny” Bloom on trumpet. Guitarist and vocalist Walter “Wolfman” Washington, recent recipient of OffBeat Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award, will also join the band for this special occasion, as will the versatile and enigmatic saxophonist and late night jazz fest favorite, Skerik. Jon Cleary, the celebrated pianist and vocalist, and George Gekas, bassist for The Revivalists, will also make appearances during the show.
Tickets to NOLA 50: Celebrating The Music Of New Orleans are sold out, but look out for a chance to win tickets to this special one-off show in the coming weeks. For full event information, as well as the event poster by artist Kellin Townsend, see below.
Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Show: Live For Live Music Presents: NOLA 50 – Celebrating The Music Of New Orleans
Artists: George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Ian Neville, Alvin Ford Jr., Eric “Benny” Bloom, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Skerik, Jon Cleary, George Gekas w/ support from Boukou Groove
Venue: One Eyed Jacks – 615 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Tickets: SOLD OUT
Time: Doors – 9:00 PM / Boukou Groove – 9:30 / NOLA 50 – 11:00 PM