September in New Orleans: the summer heat still lingers in the air, but the mornings begin to rise a little bit later and the night arrives earlier and earlier, hinting at the first signs of fall. Musicians and artists begin to return to the city after summer tours and necessary sabbaticals, ready to bring their one-of-a-kind artistry and sound back to New Orleans in time for the fall season. DJ Soul Sister celebrates her birthday this month and invites us all once again to join in the celebrations. Gravity A is ringing in their 15th anniversary since bringing their electronic funk to audiences for the first time. Galactic is laying down the welcome mat for their Back To School special featuring their new lead singer, miss Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph. Summer may be over for everyone else, but for those of us here in the Crescent City, the good times never stop rolling.
September 1: Slugger at d.b.a. at 10 p.m.
Slugger is New Orleans’ newest jazz/funk supergroup featuring Terrence Houston of the Funky Meters and George Porter, Jr.’s band, Joe Johnson of Tank and The Bangas, Noah Young of Naughty Professor, and Joe Bronstein.
What makes Extended so exciting to the jazz community in New Orleans is the way they create, each with an awareness of each other, including plenty of space for improvisation and interpretation. Extended is Brad Webb on drums, Matt Booth on bass, and Oscar Rossignoli on piano. All of them compose for the group, and with the particular musical personalities of the group foremost in mind—an approach that has thrilled locals and will likely soon reach audiences both nationally and internationally.
Gravity A celebrates their 15th anniversary this year after their inception in 2004. Gravity A has developed a unique sound inspired by the soulful funk and second-line fusions of their hometown, yet still draws heavily upon the eclectic possibilities of electronic progressions. Gravity A has become the torchbearer for the city’s late-night soundtrack featuring the unmistakable sound of New Orleans funk, tight drum n’ bass breaks, and intoxicating trance. The band’s unique sound is highly dependent upon the musicians’ passion for live instrumentation and improvisation.
Formed in New Orleans in 2017, Jank Setup gained their reputation packing raucous college house parties. They have since transitioned to playing sold-out gigs at established venues while still bringing that same jank energy. Their explosive live act brings together potent, yet sensitive vocals laced with tight-knit rhythmic grooves, complemented by colorful brass harmonies.
New Orleans veterans Galactic take the stage following Jank Setup, which is sure to include songs from their most recent album, Already Ready Already. This show also marks one of the first local performances with their newest lead vocalist, Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph of Tank and The Bangas fame.
September 11 (18 & 25): Water Seed at Maple Leaf Bar at 10 p.m.
A Billboard Top 40 Recording Artist, Water Seed is a progressive band that dares to bring new musicianship, dexterity, and creativity to the music scene. Their ever-growing resume includes multiple performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, two performances at Essence Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival, the Flood City Music Festival, a three month residency in Russia, The Legendary Bitter End in New York, and countless other venues and festivals throughout the world.
The New Orleans Wildlife Band has been turning heads in the local music scene since their formation in the Fall of 2016. Led by bassist Grayson Brockamp, their music seeks to defy labels by embracing a multitude of styles based in the tradition of swing, blues, and soul. Brockamp’s brother, Bailey Hinton, sings with a Gospel sensibility that can bring a tear to your eye and a crowd to its feet. The band also features pianist Shea Pierre, drummer Simon Lott, and saxophonist Ricardo Pascal.
If you’ve ever seen a DJ Soul Sister set at the Hi-Ho Lounge or Mimi’s in the Marigny, then you know how powerful and, well, insane, her sets can get. And if you’ve never seen a DJ Soul Sister set, well then, you desperately need to take yourself out for the night to this birthday bash.
September 21: Meschiya Lake at d.b.a. at 7 p.m.
The creator of the Little Big Horns Jazz Band, Lake was recognized as Female Performer of the Year, three years running, at the Big Easy Awards, was named Best Female Singer in Offbeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat poll in 2013 and 2014, and in 2013 the Little Big Horns were honored with the Best of The Beat’s coveted Best Trad Band award. Along the way, Meschiya has found the time to record, write, and produce another two albums with the Big Horns, Foolers’ Gold, and Bad Kid’s Club, as well as work in-studio as a vocalist with other musicians. After relocating to Europe for a year, she has returned and is wasting no time getting back into the groove of things.
Mancini, the creator of bands like Coyotes and Scorpedos, has brought his Californian rock n’ roll and Americana roots to the American south, primarily New Orleans and Nashville. This show marks the beginning of another new chapter for the guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter.