It is slightly lightheaded that I woke up from a well-deserved night of sleep, after what seemed to be a particularly vivid and wild dream. And that for good reason - New Orleans-based quintet Dirty Bourbon River Show heated up Marigny’s Siberia last night with their self-called ‘gipsy circus rock’. The opening act, art rock formation Hildegard, introduced the show efficiently with their poppy experimental electro-jazz music.
After touring their latest and ninth album, “Important Things Humans Should Know” for about a month, Dirty Bourbon showed love to their hometown’s audience. From the moment frontman Noah Adams’ gravelly voice started resonating amongst the colourfully-dressed crowd, we had no choice but to be dragged onto Dirty Bourbon’s whisky-fuelled boat.
If images of fire eaters, jugglers, elephants and contortionists easily came to our minds while this very unique brass band was performing, we sort of became acrobats ourselves, swirling and dancing to its cabaret-like music. The band threw song after song to the audience’s face, making it impossible not to be invigorated by its melodies.
All dressed as characters from Mortal Kombat (yesterday’s show was also a pre-Halloween Bash), the band members performed with passion the theme song of the same video game and also an all-time favorite, 1956 classic ‘I Put a Spell on You’. Magic happened : Dirty Bourbon River Show totally enchanted once again their fellow New Orleanians.