Year In Review: LMB NOLA Staff and Friends Live Music Highlights

This little corner of the Internet would not be possible without the hard work and support of the people below. We’ve got an eclectic confederation of folks keeping the wheels turning at LMB NOLA and we hope you enjoy reading our memories from the year in music. Continue on below as we recount our favorite shows, festival sets and those rare moments where we ended up at the right place at the right time. Thanks for visiting the site this year and please continue to support live music in 2012 and beyond!


Jimmy Grotting, Photographer

The Silent Comedy @ Tipitina's Uptown - 3/22/11 || Photo by Jimmy Grotting

Most Memorable Shows of 2011

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones at House of Blues || 10/11/11
Anders Osborne Trio at The Howlin’ Wolf || 1/22/11
Olivia Tremor Control & One Man Machine @ One Eyed Jacks || 8/29/11
Original Meters @ The || 10/30/11
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros @ Railroad Revival – Woldenburg Park || 4/26/11

Favorite NOLA Festival Set

The Radiators closing out JazzFest.

Best festival late night

Thievery Corporation @ The Sugar Mill || 5/7/11

Best Local Festival of 2011

Jazzfest. Can’t beat that weather.

Most Surprising Show of the Year

Bounce V @ The Republic

Favorite Band To Shoot

New Orleans Bingo! Show


North Mississippi All-Stars on Super Moon's Eve 2011 || Photo by Jimmy Grotting

Most Memorable Shows of 2011

(In no particular order, despite the numbers)
1. North Mississippi Allstars Supermoon Night @ Tipitina’s Uptown || 3/19/11
2. Dr. Dog & Felice Brothers @ Tipitina’s || 11/10/11
3. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes @ Railroad Revival Tour, Woldenburg Park || 4/26/11
4. Gary Clark Jr. @ House of Blues Parish Room || 9/11/11
5. STS9 Friday show @ HOB || 11/4/11

Best Festival Late Night

Ghostland Observatory @ CAC during Mardi Gras

Most Surprising Show of the Year

Benevento/Porter/Stoltz/Deitch @ Parish Room – After the improvisational first half, definitely didn’t see “F*ck You” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends” coming for set II. Incredible show.

Best Festival Set

Dr. John/Dan Auerbach/Pres Hall Superjam @ Bonnaroo || 6/12/11

Favorite local festival

The Oak Street Po-Boy Fest || 11/20/11. A much more manageable crowd this year, insanely delicious food, and George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners shutting things down with “Sneakin Sally Thru the Alley”

Favorite show you covered

Garage a Trois @ One Eyed Jacks || 9/23/11


ACL 2011 Photo Collage

Most Memorable Shows of 2011

1. Anders Osborne Trio @ The Howlin’ Wolf || 1/22/11 (a close second being the Anders-led Superjam w/ Friends at Tip’s
2. Arcade Fire @ Jazz Fest || 5/6/11
3. My Morning Jacket @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival || 6/10/11
4. Garage A Trois @ Louisiana Music Factory > Gregg Allman @ House of Blues > Megalomaniac’s Ball @ The Howlin’ Wolf || 5/4/11 – 3 shows in one day, the perfect way to ease into the 2nd weekend of Jazz Fest.
5. Yo La Tengo @ Tipitina’s || 1/29/11

Favorite NOLA Festival Late Night

2 a.m. Superjam in the Parish Room @ House of Blues New Orleans || 5/6/11 – Improvisational music at its absolute finest for the first 70 minutes or so set a dark and mysterious vibe in the Parish Room, and huge dividends were paid to those who stuck it out until the end in the form of some cool covers around 4 a.m.

What I’ll remember most about 2011

Interviewing Gregg Allman in May, a musical hero I’ve worshipped since the cradle. Also, launching this web site in January and then seeing far more concerts than a law student probably should.

Favorite NOLA festival set

The Radiators Jazz Fest Farewell with Friends || 5/8/11 – So much joy in the air that afternoon both on-stage and in the crowd – the festival-mandated “end time” of 7:00 p.m. was very soft and the Rads played on til about 7:20 p.m. with a host of special guests. Spirits were at an all-time high for the weekend, can’t think of a much better way to end a music festival.

Favorite local festival of 2011

7 days of sunshine at Jazz Fest (although school prevented me from attending the first three). The morning catharsis waiting in the Gospel Tent is an unparalleled festival experience. Much needed after a night on the Riverboat or a 2 a.m. show in the Quarter.

Best Indie (Whatever that means) Bills

A couple shows from the stacked fall schedule stick out above the rest:

Toro y Moi / Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Bass Drum of Death @ One Eyed Jacks || 10/10/11
Dr. Dog / Felice Brothers @ Tipitina’s Uptown || 11/10/11

Surprise Show of the Year

The debut performance of Jason Ricci’s band Approved By Snakes at a free show in early-January at Tipitina’s, only a scant few were lucky enough to be in attendance. I wasn’t aware the harmonica was capable of such things. Haven’t heard about this band performing together since that night. If that one show is Approved By Snakes’ sole legacy, they made it count.

Outta Town Highlights

Phish had the best lights I’ve ever seen at the Hollywood Bowl – CK5 saw the capabilities provided by the unique Shell stage and painted one fine technicolor canvas – it was special, even by Phish standards || 8/8/11
– Watching the four Original Meters playing together for the first time in life was surreal – saw them perform a 4-song mini set at the 10th Annual Bonnaroo festival that started at 12:30 a.m., sandwiched between Eminem and . Such is Bonnaroo. || 6/11/11.
– Delta Spirit, , My Morning Jacket, , and the FUTUREBIRDS highlighted a trip to Texas for the Austin City Limits music festival.
– A Labor Day concert in Lake Martin, AL with Blues Traveler and Tea Leaf Green. It was still early enough in the fall that the debate over who was the best college football team in the state was still a reasonable talking point and John Popper played up to this with the crowd while downing about 27 liquor drinks and putting on stellar 2+ hour jam-heavy set (w/ Radiohead cover). The football debate has since been resolved.
– Not really a highlight per se, but I had the opportunity to watch the Darius Rucker perform on the Sea Island Golf Course in my hometown of St. Simons Island, GA in October. Easily (sadly?) the biggest concert event to hit the Golden Isles of Georgia in the last couple decades.


tUnE-yArDs @ One Eyed Jacks || Photo by Marc Pagani

I didn’t get out as much as I would have liked in 2011, as I was traveling so much on assignment. That said, I really did enjoy the tUnE-yArDs show at One Eyed Jacks. I always enjoy shooting local brass band shows, because the band is animated, and the crowd gets equally, if not MORE into it. I love all of the buckjumping and heel toe dancing that goes on at those shows. Glen David Andrews was a favorite to shoot this year, as was Cedric Burnside, who I was hired to shoot several times this year.


Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes @ The Maple Leaf || Photo © Lon Marchand

5 Most Memorable Shows

Benevento / Billy Martin / Reed Mathis @ Le Petite Theatre || 4/29/11 – These three in a Spanish mansion in the French Quarter? I would do it every Friday. Fantastic show.

Allen Toussaint @ Snug Harbor || 5/5/11

Galactic Lundi Gras @ Tipitina’s || 3/7/11 – Woke up cheery-eyed around 4:00am, got dressed, hit Tip’s around 4:30 for the last set… talk about a different experience from the usual.

Bach Around The Clock @ Trinity Episcopal Church || 3/19/11 – Albinas Prizgintas and friends play Bach for 24 hours straight, culminating in a midnight Toccata and Fugue in D minor on the house organ, only lit by candlelight. Ellis Marsalis stopped by for a small set just before the finale

FUTUREBIRDS @ One Eyed Jacks || 9/13/11 – Definitely my favorite Tuesday of the year.

Best Festival Late Night

George Porter Jr, June Yamagishi, Ivan Neville & Johnny Vidacovich @ The Maple Leaf || 5/4/11 – If there is a better way to kick off second weekend than with these guys in the Maple Leaf please let me know. June hammering out the “Just Kissed My Baby” intro almost brought that place down.

Most Surprising Show of the Year

I went into Explosions In The Sky (9/28/11) and Gary Clark Jr. (9/11/11) with no real expectations (and was blown away both times), but as far as just one of those “go out for a beer and get worked by a local band” stories… I will say The Colin Lake Trio @ dba on the first Thursday of Jazz Fest. All the way on the Colin Lake bus after that one.

Best Festival Set

I’m going to go with Robert Plant & The Band of Joy at Jazz Fest. I have always been a big Zep fan and so on the First Friday I snuck off to the fest solo, nuzzled up with some old timers about 35 feet back at the Acura Stage, and got to watch the spit fly out of Bob’s mouth during a late-afternoon Jazz Fest “Ramble On”. It was special.

Favorite Show You Covered

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones @ House of Blues (10/11/11). Vic Wooten is still ending Flecktones gigs with the greatest bass solo of all time.

Best Local Festival Set

Anders Osborne & Friends @ Hogs For The Cause || 3/26/11 – Anders Osborne, Carl Dufrene, John Gros & Eric Bolivar. City Park. March. Pork. Daquiris in a pouch. Nuff said?

Best Out-of-Town Show

Gotta go with Furthur at The Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Went to go see Bobby and Phil in one of my favorite theatres in the country, left questioning matters of deeper importance. The first set was pretty much perfect, and the second set played out something like “Wharf Rat -> Born Cross Eyed -> Dark Star -> Time -> Dear Prudence -> Terrapin Suite”. Complete heatshow.

Favorite Show Overall

As I am sure at least one on this site will go with, I have to say The Super Jam @ the House of Blues Parish Room. That was completely a mind-bender. People were exploding in the bathroom.



Man Man @ One Eyed Jacks || Photo © Joshua Brasted

3 Most Memorable Shows of 2011

1. Dithyrambalina performance conducted by Quintron at the Music Box. Brooklyn-based artist Swoon collaborated with Artists in New Orleans
to create a musical house with guest performances by a long list of
local and national talent including Mannie Fresh and Andrew W.K.
PHOTOS from Last Performance // PHOTOS from 2nd Performance

2. Friendly Fires || 10/9/11. I’ve been to an exorbitant amount of shows in the past few years, some sold out and some a barren wasteland. The Friendly Fires show at Tipitina’s had around 40 people in attendance and
despite this turned the entire room into an all out dance party that made everyone forget about how empty it was. Brooklyn MC (photos from his set here) opened and also killed it.

3. Big History’s EP Release party for All at Once at One Eyed Jacks was one of the best local band shows I’ve been to this year, the show was packed, a testament to their local success. They have matured a lot in the past year and have received an abundance of local and national publicity.

What Will You Remember Most About The Year In Music?

I had the opportunity to go on tour and spend time in the recording studio with Nola’s (PHOTOS). We traveled up the East Coast in support of their self titled E.P, recorded a Daytrotter session, and performed at SXSW.

Favorite NOLA Festival Set

Kanye West at Essence Festival was among the most impressive festival sets I saw this year. The performance was great and the production was amazing.

Best Local Festival of 2011

Foburg Fest.

Favorite Band To Shoot.

I think my favorite from this past year was Man Man (PHOTOS). It was a fun and exciting performance and took place at my favorite venue to shoot things at, One Eyed Jacks.


3 Most Memorable Shows You Saw In 2011?

1. Bear Creek Music and Art Festival continues to be one of the most wonderful musical fests. Heavy on New Orleans, and the Funk, and located in one of the most gorgeous music venues in the US, Bear Creek works hard to take care of its patrons — its family. I’ve been invited back the past two years as a staff photog, with very limited instruction — “We love you, we love what you do. Go do your thing for us.” The festival promotes a carnival-esque atmosphere with costumes and themes, and the cold temps at night make that easier. I was dressed as Santa Claus one night, and was told by one of my friends working security that they all got a kick out of the announcement that after whatever allotted time, “only Santa is allowed in the photo pit.”

2. For the Original Meters set at Voodoo Fest this year, I put away my camera and danced on the front row of the audience instead of taking pictures. It reminded me of being an 18 year old at Tipitina’s, and reminded me that I’m a music fan first and a music photog second.

3. Lastly, having the opportunity to work with so many talented and emerging bands in NOLA. This year I’ve gotten to know and shot Honey Island Swamp Band, Earphunk, Revivalists, Flow Tribe, Khris Royal and Dark Matter, Chawah, Mississippi Rail Company, and Yo Jimbo. While it’s fun to shoot famous artists, it’s somehow more rewarding to try and help a younger band along its path, even if it’s just with a few encouraging words and a couple of free pics.


Simple Play Presents ||

3 Most Memorable Shows you witnessed in 2011?

1. Galactic Halloween @ The Howlin’ Wolf
2. Alex Grey @ House of Blues
3. Karl Denson @ Tipitina’s on Cinco de Mayo

What Will You Remember Most About This Year In Music?

The rise of Dubstep. YOU CANT ESCAPE IT! Also putting on the Galactic Halloween show was pretty awesome.

Most Memorable NOLA festival set

The Original Meters at Voodoo

Favorite Local Festival?

Jazz Fest of course.


3 Most Memorable Shows of 2011?

In no particular order…

Marco Benevento, George Porter Jr., Adam Deitch and Brian Stoltz Super Jam – Late Night Jazz Fest – The Parish Room @ House of Blues || 5/6/11

Just an absolutely ridiculous display of musicianship and improvisation. Didn’t get going til past 3am, but everyone in the house was going until the sun came up. what a night….

Black Star Reunion @ House of Blues – 9/6/11

Just wow.

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group – Parish at House of Blues

Not even I knew Cedric was going to show up….although they, technically, were performing under the name “Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group”, the fans did not care to make the distinction as all of the members of the Mars Volta walked out on the stage and delivered one of the most blistering small club sets I have ever seen. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to say “I saw that band in a teeny little club..”…well, I did.

What Will You Remember Most About The Year In Music?

The passing of NOLA legend Coco Robicheaux, Blues legend Hubert Sumlin, and Amy Winehouse. The last shows of the Rx Bandits. Omar Rodriguez in the Parish. The ridiculous Royal Family Ball of Jazzfest 2011…so many to recount…

Favorite NOLA Festival Set

Block Party 2011, Rx Bandits, Parking Lot party…absolutely awesome. Respect to the Community Records crew. Jazzfest, Voodoo, French Quarter Fest, and more are all a huge part of this city. But, we need people like Community Records continuing to allow this tradition to grow in New Orleans, in whatever genre possible.

Favorite Local Festival of 2011?

Jazzfest, duh.


Best Album Cover (And Album Title)

Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil – designed by band member Skerik’s 10 year old daughter Koko


Live Performers of the Year

Anders Osborne || Photo © Marc Pagani

A Toss-Up: Anders Osborne – A string of performances from January to May from a benefit show at The Howlin’ Wolf to the 2nd Sunday on the big stage at Jazz Fest were all entirely unique and proved that this guy can play with just about anyone and deliver an atmosphere-bending performance that will leave you speechless.

George Porter Jr. || Photo © Jimmy Grotting

George Porter Jr. – Our February Artist of the Month and local hero has Restless Funk Syndrome and showed zero signs of slowing down in 2011. George toured the globe with the funky METERS, recorded a live album with 7 Walkers @ Tipitina’s, released Can’t Beat The Funk, and played four festival shows with the Original Meters (two at Outside Lands, one at Bonnaroo with Dr. John and Allen Toussaint and threw an epic party on Voodoo’s final day).

We Will Sorely Miss Seeing…

The Radiators – Wrapping their career with a lengthy run of high-demand shows, from the Tipitina’s Anniversary shows in January to the Last Watusi 3-nighter in June, 2011 was one wild ride for Fish Heads across the land. Feel very lucky to have been able to see them three final times in 2011 and once again for an encore performance on 11.11.11, when three members of the band returned to the stage (Pomerlau, Baudoin and Malone) as the Raw Oyster Cult.

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About the author

Wesley grew up in coastal Georgia and is a former resident of The Music City and The Big Easy where he helped get LMB NOLA off-the-ground after launching in January 2011. Over the past few years, he has also contributed steadily to JamBase and Relix Magazine. Recently, Hodges moved on to L.A. where Abita Beer is hard to find, costs about $6 if located and impromptu parading in the streets will most likely get you arrested on the spot.

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