Chickie Wah Wah

w/ The Overstuffed Poboys & The Squirrel Nut Zipper Horns…. He was born in Oxford, Ms. His genealogy is of Scottish and Italian origin. His early life was filled with music, as his father and relatives were skilled instrumentalists and singers. He began joining the family musical circle at an early age and by age […]

May 06 Saturday – Jimbo Mathus’ Southern Soul R&B Revue w/ Robert Finley @ 11pm

South Memphis String Band w/ Luther Dickerson, Jimbo Mathis, & Alvin Youngblood Hart w/ special guest Louie Michot & Corey Ledet

May 04 Thursday – South Memphis String Band w/ Luther Dickinson, Jimbo Mathus, Alvin Youngblood Hart @ 11pm

Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, (Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter) & plays those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar […]

May 04 Thursday – Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun @ 8pm

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR AT SHOWTIME….. Singers SongWriters … It Happens twice a year @ Chickie Wah Wah…..

May 02 Tuesday – John Fohl, Johnny Sansone, & Anders Osborne w/ special guest Cris Jocobs @ 8pm

Jazz, R&B, Piano and vocals…. Described by many as the funkiest band in the city that has the funkiest musicians in the world, Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen are the gem in the NOLA crown. A four piece riot of gospel harmonies and foundation rocking grooves – a southern soul band like no […]

April 28 Friday – Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen @ 9pm
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May 06 Saturday – Jimbo Mathus’ Southern Soul R&B Revue w/ Robert Finley @ 11pm

w/ The Overstuffed Poboys & The Squirrel Nut Zipper Horns….

He was born in Oxford, Ms. His genealogy is of Scottish and Italian origin. His early life was filled with music, as his father and relatives were skilled instrumentalists and singers. He began joining the family musical circle at an early age and by age eight was proficient at mandolin. By 15, Mathus had been taught the rudiments of guitar, piano and harmony singing. The family’s repertoire consisted of hundreds of folk, bluegrass, country blues and pre-recorded songs passed down through the Mathus and Byrd families. His father was an avid outdoorsman, traveler and also raised hunting dogs and horses. Thus, Mathus’ early life consisted of hunting and fishing in the Corinth, Ms. area….

May 04 Thursday – Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun @ 8pm

Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, (Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter) & plays those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock ‘n’ roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk.

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April 28 Friday – Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen @ 9pm

Jazz, R&B, Piano and vocals…. Described by many as the funkiest band in the city that has the funkiest musicians in the world, Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen are the gem in the NOLA crown. A four piece riot of gospel harmonies and foundation rocking grooves – a southern soul band like no other. Running the full gamut from second line street beats to old school rhythm and blues, the party is propelled by Cleary’s vocals and dazzling piano chops.

As Rolling Stone’s David Fricke summed up, “Cleary can be an absolute monster on his own, but Cleary’s full combo R&B is as broad, deep and roiling as the Mississippi River, the combined swinging product of local keyboard tradition, Cleary’s vocal-songwriting flair for moody Seventies soul and the spunky-Meters roll of his [band, the Absolute Monster] Gentlemen.”

A respected session and sideman, British blues pianist and composer Jon Cleary has worked with rock, blues, and soul artists like Bonnie RaittMaria MuldaurTaj Mahal, and Eric Clapton. Raised on blues, jazz, and soul records, his love of New Orleans blues and jazz in particular took him across the ocean after he graduated from art school.

Upon arriving in New Orleans, Cleary started hanging out at one of the city’s most storied venues . He soaked up the bar’s atmosphere, realizing that blues piano was his calling; the house he lived in had a piano, on which he spent hours practicing. He became a side performer, playing with bluesmen like Smokey JohnsonJames Singleton, and George Porter. One of these gigs included Walter “Wolfman” Washington in the audience; taken with Cleary‘s playing, Washington offered Cleary a spot in his own band. Cleary played with Washington for two years, continuing his introduction to more sophisticated forms of R&B and blues, as well as incorporating Latin influences into his style.

April 30th Sunday – Alex McMurray – Seth Walker – Grayson Capps “Song Swap” @ 8pm

Singer, Songwriter, Roots…

If Alex McMurray’s songwriting seems a bit dour at times—okay, most of the time—well then that’s totally intentional. “Like Blanche DuBois in Streetcar,” he says, “I find sorrow to be quite a beautiful emotion. Loneliness can be nice.” And he’d know. A New Orleans fixture since the ‘80s, the guitar slinger is now widely recognized as the embodiment of the downtown New Orleans lifestyle: sketchy bars, cracked sidewalks, fallen-down houses, tattered hearts, broken spirits, discarded chicken bones. He’s often compared to Tom Waites; they both have whiskey-throated voices and share a curious ability to find inspiration in the degenerate, not to mention an obsession with the Ninth Ward. Except McMurray actually lives there.

The driving delivery and infectious down-home style of Seth Walker’s voice and songs resonate with Blues and Roots music.

Although he is heavily influenced by guitar players BB King, T-Bone Walker and Snooks Eaglin to name just a few, Seth also has a great gift for songwriting in the blues idiom. “These songs sound like classic – matter of fact, they are!” says Chris Tomlin, Gold Record recording artist. Growing up in rural North Carolina surrounded by a musica, artistic family has lent itself to Seth’s natural ability to entertain audiences with his music and the ease with which he performs. W.C. Clark, considered The Godfather of Austin’s Blues scene, is featured on Seth’s second album Meet Me in the Middle and believes the music is in his blood. “Seth is from a long line of great players and singers. He’s rich with soul, a tasteful player and a warrior in the field.” Seth has honed his skills for the last ten years in Austin, TX, playing among the best blues musicians in the world. Seth now lives in New Orleans.

”Hailing from South Alabama and spending over a decade in New Orleans, revered singer-songwriter Grayson Capps has found listeners the world over enthralled by his stinging tales of the Southern Gothic. In his own words, he explains: “I write songs which have the voice of dead prophets masquerading as town drunks screaming ‘look at us we’re pretty, too!'”

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May 06 Saturday – Willie Sugarcapps @ 8pm

Willie Sugarcapps – the dynamic collective of Will Kimbrough, Anthony Crawford & Savana Lee of Sugarcane Jane, Grayson Capps, and Corky Hughes

A stage built to resemble a back porch, a connection brewed between Kimbrough, Crawford, Lee, Capps, and Hughes. Individually, these musicians have written, recorded, and toured throughout the US, with the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Kate Campbell, Dwight Yoakam, and Steve Winwood, to name a few.

Willie Sugarcapps went on to build a solid following, and performed on such lauded programs as Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, NPR’s Mountain Stage and Music City Roots.