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GoNOLA Guide to Live Music in New Orleans in January

Here’s a roundup of the shows you can’t miss.

Dinosaurchestra performs at d.b.a. (Photo: Katie Sikora)

Happy New Year to you and yours from all of us here at GoNOLA! We hope the holidays were relaxing because you’re going to need your energy going into the new year. Our January roundup is full of shows that will entertain and surprise you in this first month of 2019.

Jan. 5: The Quickening at Gasa Gasa at 10 p.m.

Saturated in soul and marinated in love comes the music of The Quickening. The band started in 2012 when guitarist and songwriter Blake Quick assembled a panel of musicians that have enhanced the meaning of “feel good” music. The band has already made a huge impact in the New Orleans community and is eager to spread the word “like butter” throughout the country.

Dinosaurchestra performs at d.b.a. (Photo: Katie Sikora)

Jan. 8: Dinosaurchestra at d.b.a. at 7 p.m.

Dinosaurchestra is a New Orleans-based band that plays a rich mixture of the city’s sounds from the last century, including Traditional New Orleans Jazz and R&B. Spanning from Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington to Fats Domino and David Bartholomew – you may even catch a Mozart arrangement in a set or two.

Jan. 10: Little Cosmicana featuring Motel Radio at Three Keys at 9 p.m.

Little Cosmicana is the kid sister of Simple Play’s annual Cosmicana Festival, celebrating psych rock, indie, alt country, and folk music from the Southeast, Gulf Coast, and beyond. It’s a free show from the cosmos. This month brings Motel Radio, an indie rock band with an atmospheric, harmony-driven sound and a unique dual frontman arrangement.

Jan. 11: Mike Dillon at d.b.a. at 10 p.m.

This is one of Mike Dillon’s—known for his jam scene drumming in the band Garage a Trois—first shows at home since the surprise release of a secret solo album entitled Bonobo Bonobo. The record was recorded here in New Orleans and features Galactic drummer Stanton Moore, GIVERS percussionist Tiff Lamson, James Singleton, Brendan Bull, and Ari Kohn of Brass Lightning, Cliff Hines, and O.A.R. touring trombonist Evan Oberla. I think it’s safe to say we will see some of these faces swing in throughout the night.

NOJO 7 (Photo: Katie Sikora)

Jan. 12: NOJO 7 at Three Keys at 9 p.m.

NOJO 7 is a small but mighty ensemble of brass musicians from the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra that focuses on contemporary compositions and progressive, cross-genre collaborations. This particular NOJO 7 appearance is in celebration of NOJO Artistics Director Adonis Rose’s birthday and is being hosted by Galactic drummer Stanton Moore.

Soul Rebels at Tipitina’s at 10 p.m.

The Soul Rebels started with an idea: to expand upon the pop music they loved on the radio and the New Orleans brass tradition they grew up on. They took that tradition and blended funk and soul with elements of hip hop, jazz, and rock all within a brass band context. The band has built a career around an eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and drums in a deep pocket funk party-like atmosphere. The Soul Rebels continue to chart new territory as they feature in major films, tour globally, and combine topnotch musicianship with songs that celebrate dancing, life, funk, and soul.

Jan. 18: Nesby Phips “Therapy” Record Release with THE GRiD at 9 p.m.

Nesby Phips returns to Three Keys to release his latest album, Therapy, accompanied by The Grid and making sounds you never thought possible. They’ll show you why they are your favorite rapper’s favorite band.

Sweet Crude (Photo: Katie Sikora)

Sweet Crude at d.b.a. at 10 p.m.

In one of their last shows at home before embarking on a month-long European tour, Sweet Crude will be on Frenchmen performing progressive music that also embraces the region’s French-speaking tradition. Through their journey as a band, Sweet Crude has joined a small but fervent group of young Louisianians engaged in keeping the language relevant through art and music.

Jan. 23: Scorpedos at Gasa Gasa at 9 p.m.

Duz Mancini of Coyotes and Jake McGregor of Gold and The Rush and McGregor have teamed back up to bring us all something fresh and very, very different from their Americana roots.

Sexual Thunder! (Photo: Katie Sikora)

Jan. 25: Sexual Thunder! at the Joy Theater at 10 p.m.

With wild and funky original music influenced by greats like Parliament Funkadelic, George Clinton, Greyboy Allstars, Lettuce, J Dilla, The Meters, Lenny Kravitz, and Talking Heads, Sexual Thunder! will bring a show that is impossible for you to pass up.

Katie Sikora graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Visual Journalism and worked as Photo Editor at The Peninsula Pulse in Door County, Wis., Media Strategist for Levy Restaurants in Chicago, Ill., and an Archivist at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, La. before pursuing her namesake photography business shooting everything from shark tagging research to vodou ceremonies and—you guessed it—weddings! Her photographs have been published by The Chicago Sun-Times, Gambit, The Times-Picayune, RedEye Chicago, The New Orleans Advocate, Houseshow Magazine, Antigravity Magazine, In The Bite Magazine, Thrillist, CBS Chicago, NBC Chicago, and the World Wildlife Fund amongst others. She is the creator and director of The Sexism Project, an ongoing portrait and interview series featuring the stories of real women in real industries experiencing real sexism.

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