If you’re in New Orleans, you need to come to this. No excuses.
We’ll let the (slightly abridged) press release speak for itself:
“While New Orleans is home to many globally famous music venues, the Crescent City also nurtures a lively circuit of lesser-known blues and R&B clubs where a cadre of first-rate musicians play for primarily for people from the immediate surrounding community. Functioning in a parallel universe or sorts, beneath the radar of mainstream media, these neighborhood joints—including Guitar Joe’s House of Blues, the Young At Heart Lounge, and The Place To Be—never advertise. You’ll search in vain for their listings in local newspapers. Even so, it is at vibrant, grassroots spots such as these that traditional blues and New Orleans R&B are nurtured right at the root.
“On Friday, January 22, at 7 p.m., an assemblage of top-notch musicians who often play these clubs will perform at another storied venue, Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-In-Law Lounge, 1500 North Claiborne Avenue. The headliners are guitarist and vocalist John T. Lewis (top photo), crooning keyboardist Rico Watts, and the dynamic R&B singers Tommy Singleton and C. P. Love. They’ll be backed by veteran bassist Richard ‘Tricky Dick’ Dixon, saxophonist Lawyer Givens, and Ben Sandmel (bottom photo), the former drummer for the great New Orleans bluesman Boogie Bill Webb. Following this group’s performance there will be a second set of expert blues and funk courtesy of The Millenium Band.
“This no-cover-charge performance celebrates the on-going radio documentary project Still Singing The Blues, which is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative and financed, in part, by a generous grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. New Orleans journalist/folklorist/musician Ben Sandmel is serving as one of the project’s consulting humanists.
“Come on out to the Mother-In-Law Lounge on Friday, January 22 for a great, free evening of downhome blues and soul by John T. Lewis, Tommy Singleton, Rico Watts, C. P. Love, and the Millenium Band. As Ernie K-Doe used to say, ‘It’s gonna be a mess!'”
Photo of drummer Ben Sandmel (bottom picture) by Philip Gould