[UPDATE 4/25/23]: The Nth Power has added a pair of additional players to the lineup for its all-star tribute to The Gap Band at Toulouse Theatre in New Orleans, LA on Friday, April 28th. The late-night performance, which coincides with the first night of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, will now feature additional keys by Ghost-Note/Toto keyboardist Dominique Xavier as well as added percussion from drummer/vocalist Cliff Porter. Tickets are available here.

For a complete list of Live For Live Music‘s Fest by Nite events in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, head here.

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[3/8/23]: The Nth Power and a slew of talented guests will honor the music and legacy of The Gap Band with a special tribute concert at New Orleans, LA’s Toulouse Theatre on Friday, April 28th, 2023 [get tickets].

The performance, which corresponds with the first Friday of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, will feature The Nth Power alongside Dumpstaphunk members Ivan Neville (keys, vocals), Tony Hall (bass, guitar, vocals), Alex Wasily (trombone), and Ashlin Parker (trumpet). Trumpeter Aurelién Barnes of The Rumble and keyboardist Amy Bellamy (Sam Kinninger Band, Super Sonic Shorties) round out the lineup. For ticketing information, head here.

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For years, The Nth Power’s Nick Cassarino (guitar, vocals), Nikki Glaspie (drums), and Nate Edgar (bass) have used Jazz Fest as a testing ground for homages to their varied influences, from Earth, Wind & Fire (Earth, Wind & Power) to Nirvana (Nth Utero). The band’s 2018 Bob Marley & The Wailers tribute during Jazz Fest—which took place in the same room as this year’s Gap Band show, then known as One Eyed Jacks—was later released as a live album, Rebel Music. In 2019, The Nth Power convened its original lineup (featuring Nigel Hall and Weedie Braimah) and more at the French Quarter venue for a star-studded Jazz Fest tribute to Marvin Gaye (Time To Get It Together).

“We really love doing these annual tributes at Jazz Fest,” Nikki Glaspie told Live For Live Music. “We feel it deepens our knowledge of music by studying the greats. We have fun by giving it ‘The Nth Treatment’ and putting together an unforgettable experience for our fans.”

This year, The Nth Power will focus its Jazz Fest homage on The Gap Band, the Tulsa, OK-native funk/R&B trio comprised of brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson that rose to prominence in the 1970s and 1980s with hits like “Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)”, “You Dropped A Bomb On Me”, “Oops Upside Your Head”, “Outstanding”, “Early In The Morning”, and more.

“The Nth Power has wanted to do The Gap Band for years,” Glaspie explained. “We used to listen to them incessantly on long rides in Ron Burgundy (our van). And of course it’s only appropriate to team up with some of the funkiest people I know: my family of Dumpstaphunk.”

The Gap Band – “Burn Rubber On Me”(Live) – 1981

While The Gap Band’s impressive repertoire alone would have been enough to pique The Nth Power’s interest, the group’s goal in spotlighting the work and message of the Wilson brothers goes deeper than the music itself. “As many people know, the mission of The Nth Power is to spread the message of love and healing thru the power of music,” Glaspie explained. “Part of healing is identifying the ailments that have previously been covered up or not talked about. It was surprising to find out in 2021, the 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, that many people had never heard about it. The Gap Band is named after the streets Greenwood, Archer, and Pine in the historic Greenwood neighborhood also known as ‘Black Wall Street,’ which is where the massacre took place.”

The drummer added, “We look to honor the music The Gap Band made, raise awareness, and spread healing love while making people dance.”

Pre-sale for tickets to The Nth Power Presents: The Gap Band Tribute are available now using the password GAPBAND. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 10th at 12:00 p.m. CT / 1:00 p.m. ET. Scroll down for complete show details.

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This show is part of a long, varied list of concerts as part of Live For Live Music’s Fest by Nite series during New Orleans Jazz Fest 2023. The series is set to begin during weekend one of Jazz Fest with TAUK‘s Parliament-Funkadelic vs. Sly and the Family Stone celebration featuring Kanika MooreAntwaun Stanley, and The Horn Section at Toulouse Theatre (Saturday, 4/29, 9:00 p.m.); The Funk Sessions featuring members of LettuceGalactic, and more at Toulouse Theatre (Saturday, 4/29, 1:00 a.m.); SPAGA Plays Dead at Toulouse Theatre (Sunday, April 30th, 8:00 p.m.); and Maurice “MOBETTA” Brown & Friends at Toulouse Theatre (Sunday, April 30th, 1:00 a.m.).

During the “Daze Between” Jazz Fest’s two weekends, music fans in New Orleans can also take part in the fun at Daze Between New Orleans, a two-day music festival at Faubourg Brewery on Tuesday, May 2nd and Wednesday, May 3rd featuring four sets of Goose over two nights in addition to performances by Tank and the BangasLawrenceNeal FrancisDavid ShawGeorge Porter Jr. & Runnin’ PardnersEggyMeltHoney Island Swamp BandJ & The Causeways, and The Quickening. A portion of proceeds from the Daze Between New Orleans will benefit New Orleans nonprofit organizations via Rex Foundation. Find ticketing information via the festival website.

The Fest by Nite programming will continue through the “Daze Between” and into weekend two with Daze by Nite featuring members of Lettuce, Lawrence, Dumpstaphunk, and more with Eggy at The Howlin’ Wolf (Tuesday, 5/2); The Daze Between Band at Tipitina’s (Wednesday, 5/3 – SOLD OUT); a Steely Dan Tribute featuring members of Cool Cool Cool, The Nth Power, The Motet, and more at The Howlin’ Wolf (Thursday, May 4th, 1:00 a.m.); Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper: A Tribute to Art Neville & Dr. John at The Civic Theatre (Friday, 5/5, 9:00 p.m.); two nights of The Disco Biscuits at the Mahalia Jackson Theater (Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th); an LP Giobbi Dead House Dead & Company after-party at The Howlin’ Wolf with special guest Yesmann (Saturday, May 6th, 9:00 p.m.); Warship My Organs at The Howlin’ Wolf (Saturday, May 6th, 1:00 a.m.); and Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince at The Howlin’ Wolf (Sunday, May 7th, 12:00 a.m.).

Check out the gallery below for a running list of concerts included in the 2023 edition of Live For Live Music’s Fest by Nite series in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. For an updating list of announcements and ticketing details, head here. Follow Live For Live Music on social media to stay updated on new additions to the series as Jazz Fest approaches.


Show: The Nth Power Presents: The Gap Band Tribute ft. Members of Dumpstaphunk, Ghost-Note, More

Band: Nikki Glaspie (drums), Nick Cassarino (guitar/vocals), Nate Edgar (bass), Ivan Neville (keyboards/vocals), Tony Hall (bass/vocals), Dominique Xavier (keys), Alex Wasily (trombone), Ashlin Parker (trumpet), Aurelién Barnes (trumpet), Amy Bellamy (keyboards), Cliff Porter (drums/vocals)

Date: Friday, April 28th, 2023 (technically early a.m. April 29th)

Time: Doors 12:00 a.m. / Show 12:45 a.m.

Venue: Toulouse Theatre – 615 Toulouse Street, New Orleans LA 70130

Tickets: General Admission: $30–40 / VIP $70