10PM: Al "Carnival Time" Johnson CD Release Party: "Beyond Carnival"
“Beyond Carnival” will be the first CD for Alvin Johnson, Sr., best known for his famous Mardi Gras song, “Carnival Time.” Al “Carnival Time” Johnson has been a New Orleans Mardi Gras icon for over 50 years. A Rhythm & Blues performer, Al is a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival veteran who has worked with the likes of Aaron Neville, Oliver Morgan and Bobby Lonero, as well as the late Tommy Ridgley, Jessie Hill, Bobby Mitchell, Eddie Bo and Ernie K-Doe. Al’s newest song, the critically acclaimed “Lower Ninth Ward Blues,” appeared in the Oscar-nominated film, “Rachel Getting Married.”
11PM: New Orleans Suspects
The group is comprised of musicians with experience and versatility that rival any other band the city has ever produced: “Mean” Willie Green has been the drummer for the Neville Brothers band since the 1980s. His taste in music spans the gamut of modern rock styles and he is as comfortable driving the beat as he is holding down the groove. Reggie Scanlan‘s career has been defined by his thirty-three years playing bass in The Radiators – the longest running rock act in the history of New Orleans – but his resume is far deeper. Scanlan spent much of the 1970’s in the bands of legends such as James Booker and Professor Longhair. Jake Eckert was the lead guitarist in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. He has performed with some of the biggest names in the business, including Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and Dave Matthews. CR Gruver is a classically trained pianist who immersed himself in New Orleans piano style after touring with nationally known bands such as The Meters Experience, Outformation, and singer/songwriter Angie Aparo. Jeff Watkins is an accomplished sax player, engineer and producer. He played all over the world leading James Brown’s band for 12 years, including the induction into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.
Together, these five musicians are The New Orleans Suspects. Known for their high-energy live shows, they create music that is firmly rooted in the modern New Orleans sound with compelling originals and tasteful covers. They released two albums in 2012 – their eponymous debut studio album, and “Live at the Maple Leaf”, making it into iTunes highly competitive “New and Noteworthy” page. The band is continually touring while working on a second studio album to be released in 2013.
3AM: Marco Benevento Band
The Marco Benevento Band features bassist Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) and drummer Andy Borger (Norah Jones, Tom Waits). Check out this audio archive of the band to hear a preview of the show! http://archive.org/details/benevento2012-11-15.flac16
We do not clear the room between shows, so your GA ticket includes admission to all 3 shows.
When & Where
Maple Leaf Bar
SINCE 1974, the Maple Leaf Bar has existed as the longest-running music venue in New Orleans, outside of the French Quarter, welcoming a diverse and incredible array of talent to its stage, as well as some of the most devoted music lovers in the universe. “The Leaf” as it’s lovingly referred to by its regulars, is a New Orleans enthusiasts’ musical paradise 7 nights a week all year round.
During Jazzfest, the Leaf’s festivities are at their highest peak. This year marks the 41st anniversary of this Uptown institution, built on a legacy of dancing and libations, and the bar is pulling out all the stops to celebrate for Jazzfest. The bar will feature live music every night of the week with their Funk N’ Stay Up concert series beginning at 2:30am after the 11 o’clock shows end and proceeding on till the sun light comes shining down on Oak street. From late-night shows that go till sunrise every night, to legendary collaborations that have never been seen before, both musicians and fans know that once the sun goes down on the Fairgrounds, the Maple Leaf Bar is the place to be!!!