PREVIEW: 7 Walkers @ Tipitina’s 10/18/11

| Photo ©Jay Blakesberg

7 Walkers make their first stop at Tipitina’s tomorrow night for what will sure be a fun evening on Napoleon Ave. The still new supergroup have popped up a few times in the city since forming last year (including a few songs at JoJo Hermann’s Down On The Bayou III, a sold out late-night Jazz Fest show at the old Scottish Rite Temple and a blistering set at The Rusty Nail’s “Day Of The Dead” festival…), but have yet to put down a full on Tipitina’s gig, a rite of passage for any band with any roots in the city of New Orleans.

As you may know by know, 7 Walkers is an abundantly talented group of artists hailing from diverse musical backgrounds that consists of (Guitar/Vocals), (Bass/Vocals), (Drums) and (Keyboard/Organ/Harmonica/Trombone etc…). The band has a hearty collection of Grateful Dead tunes in their live rotation, along with a few New Orleans traditionals and 7 Walker originals (Papa Mali has written most of the new stuff with the help of legendary lyricist Robert Hunter). The addition of Porter to the mix came about organically, with Mali reaching out after original bassist Reed Mathis (of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey/Tea Leaf Green) was committed to other gigs and couldn’t tour – the band has even used New Orleans’ sousaphone king Kirk Joseph on a few gigs when Porter has other obligations (and will use all three at some point in the current tour).

I would put down some cash on the fact that we will see quite a few guests tonight – even when these guys have been out on the road far removed from their respective homes they’ve been joined by an impressive litany of guest musicians on-stage for a jam or two. Steve Kimock, Mike Gordon, Joan Osborne have all lended a hand thus far in the 7 Walkers journey, and thus tonight, the smart money is on this list being added to.

Doors are at 7:00 pm and the show should start around 8:00 pm, so don’t sleep on this one, because in addition to this being their long overdue first stop at Tipitina’s – the show is also being recorded for a live release!

7 Walkers – Sugaree (@ Down On The Bayou III)

7 Walkers – Just Kissed My Baby (@ Busters | Lexington KY)

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