When Bonerama struts onstage with its four-trombone frontline, you can guess it’s not quite like any rock ‘n’ roll band you’ve seen. When they tear into some vintage New Orleans funk, there’s no questioning from which city these guys hail. And when those ‘bones start ripping into Hendrix and Led Zeppelin licks, all stylistic bets are off. Even in a city that doesn’t play by the rules, New Orleans’ Bonerama is something different. They’re not a traditional brass band, but they’ve got brass to spare-even with no trumpets or saxes in sight. They can evoke vintage funk, classic rock and free improvisation in the same set; maybe even the same song. Bonerama has been repeatedly recognized by Rolling Stone, hailed as ‘the ultimate in brass balls’ (2005) and praised for their ”crushing ensemble riffing, human-feedback shrieks and wah-wah growls’ (2007). Bonerama carries the brass-band concept to places unknown; what other brass band could snag an honor for ‘Best Rock Band’ (Big Easy Awards 2007)? As cofounder Mark Mullins puts it, ‘We thought we could expand what a New Orleans brass band could do. Bands like Dirty Dozen started the ‘anything goes’ concept, bringing in the guitars and the drumkit and using the sousaphone like a bass guitar. We thought we could push things a little further
A singular performer/writer/arranger, Bromberg’s remarkable musical versatility and innovative resourcefulness have earned vast critical and popular acclaim. He is also impossible to classify, as one critic perceptively wrote, ‘David Bromberg fits no pigeonholes. He is part of everything contemporarily musical. He is a product of blues, country, jazz, folk, and classical music. From his early success as a guitar virtuoso, Mr. Bromberg has developed into a brilliant entertainer.’
Jonathan Edwards came to fame with his toe-tappin’ anti-war anthem ‘Sunshine,’ which still gets played on the radio, decades later. He’s one of the funnest artists to see in concert, which is why we’ve had him at the Narrows several times.
On November 16, Jeff Focault will release his 6th full length album Cold Satellite, a collaboration with contemporary American Poet Lisa Olstein, author of Radio Crackling, Radio Gone and Lost Alphabet. Pairing Olstein’s visceral imagistic language with the rawboned authority of a rock band, Cold Satellite’s stripped down ethos harkens back to records by Crazy Horse and The Faces with menacing electric guitar and ethereal pedal steel twined in ragged salvos that arc into moments of breathtaking stillness. Featuring Astellar line up including Billy Conway (Morphine , Twineman) drums, Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) Bass, David Goodrich (Chris Smither) Electric guitars and Nashville session veteran, Alex McCollough on pedal steel. This is one of a handful of shows the band will do this year
With the release of her latest cd ‘Lighthouse’ Susan Cowsill secures her spot as one of the preeminent singer songwriters of her generation. The record is full of hope and optimism. It features Susan’s signature vocals, great songs and impeccable musicianship. She’s a Narrows favorite and always delivers a great show.