Kermit Ruffins is a New Orleans fixture and all around entertainer.  As the owner of Kermit’s Treme Mother In Law Lounge, he is host, BBQ chef and master of ceremonies as well performer.  He gained fame as an original member and co-founder of Rebirth Brass Band but left in theContinue Reading

Snarky Puppy’s second night at the Variety Playhouse was stellar, as usual.  The enthusiastic crowd was treated to a special Ready Wednesday encore featuring a couple of special tricks.  First, Bill Laurance, who penned the tune, opened it up with a dark, gothy Shofukan intro leading into the tune.  Then,Continue Reading

Mopapod? Dopatet?  The double bill of Dopapod + The Motet at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on 11/18 promised to be a funk extravaganza as it was the last of the pairing of these two bands on the tour.  The pumped up crowd was stoked from Dopapod’s opening (Dopapod openingContinue Reading

Ghost-Note, the innovative percussion-driven funk band rolled into Aisle 5 ATL and drew a huge, energized crowd. The band, led by Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, each of Snarky Puppy fame, put their imprint on the funk with their original tunes drawn from their first album Fortified and theirContinue Reading

Nice interview with Jeff Watkins of The New Orleans Suspects. Definitely an under the radar supergroup that you need to check out if you haven’t already got the word. We set out to New Orleans to talk to saxophone player Jeff Watkins, who after years of touring with greats likeContinue Reading

Voodoo Visionary just released a striking new sophomore album “Off the Ground”. You can stream it here exclusively for a limited time. Funkadelic Threads provides a nice review of the album and the group’s album release party a week ago at Aisle 5 in Atlanta. Cold Shallow Moon I’ve GotContinue Reading

This is the first in a multi-part blog about my favorite band, Snarky Puppy.  I was first encouraged to see the band by a young fan while attending a Lettuce rager at Terminal West (Atlanta). A quick check on the venue website revealed that the Pups were scheduled to hitContinue Reading

The New Orleans Suspects are a an unsung, multi-talented, all-star band playing fantastic NOLA-style funk.  This was definitely my favorite City Winery show to-date as they brought the raucus, ruckus that they’re known for from the opening licks of Swampthang to the rousing finale of Big Chief. The City WineryContinue Reading

The New Mastersounds went to Nashville to record some of their classics live right to vinyl thus creating an album that has the groove and feel of one of their live shows.  For those of us who listen to digital music, we had to wait 6 months digital version ofContinue Reading

Can’t wait to see two of my favorite funk bands together at Terminal West on December 15. This is an appetizer of things to come — from The New Mastersounds album Breaks from the Border, Turkuaz take “On the Border.”Continue Reading