The weekend is near, here are some ideas for fun…
THURSDAY JUNE 25 @ THE REPUBLIC - ZOMBOY
If the work week has been a long one and you need to let loose on some undead dubstep, English producer Zomboy is the only way to kick start your weekend. Citing influences such as Skrillex, Rusko, Bare Noize, and more, his music is fast paced and aggressive, leaving you no option but to move your feet. With festival performances under his belt such as Ultra music festival and TommorowWorld, this is a pretty rare show that you wouldn't want to miss. But don't take it from me, decide for yourself by giving his latest EP a listen...
FRIDAY JUNE 26 @ THE HOWLIN' WOLF - REBIRTH BRASS BAND
This hometown ensemble need no introduction, but if you somehow haven't got to see these guys do their thing, you need to go check them out. Kermit Ruffins and Phillip and Keith Frazier are among the legendary New Orleans natives that make up this brass ensemble. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. If you can't catch this show the band plays every Tuesday at the Maple Leaf, so make sure you go show some love for these local legends.
SATURDAY JUNE 27 @ THE HOUSE OF BLUES - JASON TURNER BAND
If your dancing shoes are just about worn out from the electronic and jazz music you've been immersing yourself in, take a chill night and enjoy the sultry acoustic sounds of Jason Turner and band. Turner founded the band in 1997 and since then the group as played over 2,500 shows opening for the likes of the Avett Brothers and Jake Owen before 30,000 at The Bulldog Bash festival, Violent Femmes, Robert Randolf and the family band, Blessed Union of Souls, Tim Reynolds of Dave Matthews Band, Tantric, Crossfade, Josh Kelly, Crossin Dixon, Autovaughn, Jeremy Lister, Brian Fuente, Shelly Fairchild and Ingram Hill. Take an easy night and let Josh Turner and the band sweep you away on a musical voyage.
SUNDAY JUNE 28 @ GASA GASA - SAGE FRANCIS
If you've been digging the music but need a little rap in your musical diet, Sage Francis will be doing his thing on Sunday, just for you. More than a recording hip hop artist, Sage is almost just as famous for his slam poetry skills. Hailing from Providence, RI, Sage was influenced early as a child by other east coast acts such as RUN DMC and Public Enemy. Sage has been seen on stage with rappers/artists such as Atmosphere, Brother Ali, and Eyedea & Abilities. Mix up the weekend music with some East coast rap, a slam poem or too, and debate on whether you're going to call in sick Monday.
MONDAY JUNE 29 @ GASA GASA - SIMON LOTT
If you played hooky and have the energy to hit another show, drummer and Baton Rouge native Simon Lott will be holding the beat steady on Monday. He is currently drumming for Charlie Hunter 's trio and plays with many fine musicians all around the United States. In addition to performing, Lott has also acted as a drum instructor at the University of New Orleans and teaches privately wherever he may be. Simon released his first record as a leader when he was 18. He is working on a follow-up called Simon Lott's Things to be released later this year. Other up-and-coming projects include recordings with Charlie Hunter Trio, Monika H. Band and Todd Sickafoose's Blood Orange. He has recently released an album on 8bells records called it's ok to sit in the middle of the road henry with the improvising collective renwicke. Kick back and relax to some jazz drumming on Monday and recalibrate back into work mode for the week.