Mark Mullins – Trombone / Lead Vocals
Craig Klein – Trombone / Lead Vocals
Greg Hicks – Trombone / Vocals
Bert Cotton – Guitar
Matt Perrine – Sousaphone / Electric Bass
AJ Hall – Drums
Bonerama…has always been hailed as “unlike anything you’ve ever heard before”…
As their sound evolves and changes it’s still the best way to describe this 15 year old powerhouse trombone touring band from New Orleans, LA. In addition to changing the way people think about the trombone, the sound of Bonerama has become an influence and contribution to the sound of New Orleans music today.
With newer acts such as Trombone Shorty and Big Sam’s Funky Nation joining them on on the national music scene, it’s New Orleans that has benefited with a newfound reputation as being a bonafide “Trombone Town”.
These bands carry the trombone like the trophy it truly is in New Orleans.
The band has performed and recorded with countless national artists such as R.E.M., OKGo, Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Jill Sobule and so many more, all while bringing their distinctive sounds from New Orleans to a national spotlight.
Festivals and events such as Monterey Jazz Fest to High Sierra Music Festival, Jam Cruise, Bear Creek Festival and of course the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival only outline the extensive festival work this band has under its’ name. National television appearances on CNN and HBO (Comic Relief, Treme) have further exposed Bonerama to a wide range of unsuspecting new viewers.
While enduring lineup changes, member displacement, tragedy and loss over the years, the song for Bonerama has remained the same; being centered around their beloved trombone & city, while striving for greatness with a fun spirit.
Whether it’s their inventive covers or funky, rocking originals, Bonerama is calling you to Shake It Baby. To the left and to the right. Or anyway you like it, and all in between.
Rest assured, Bonerama will take you on your most memorable RIDE ON THE SLIDE!
The new album, Shake It Baby:
Shake It Baby is available worldwide: April 23, 2013
Special Guests: Dr. John, Mike Mills (R.E.M.) George Porter, Jr. (Meters), Dave Malone (Radiators) and Mike Dillon (Les Claypool).
12 fresh unreleased studio tracks.
This will be Bonerama’s sixth major release. Live at the Old Point (2001), LIVE From New York (2004), Bringing It Home (2007), You Are Not Alone (2008, OKGo and Bonerama), Hard Times (2009)
The album features robust and colorful packaging created by the popular New Orleans artist, Jamie Hayes.
The Beat Hotel
The Beat Hotel is a 10-piece band with a 3-piece horn section playing New Orleans Swamp Funk music. The band captures the Crescent City’s unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk, soul and blues with a wonderful groove sensibility that is both creative and fresh. With the roots of its music deep in the Bayou (The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, The Meters, Alan Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Jon Cleary, Henry Butler, etc…), The Beat Hotel has well-crafted melodies, a kicking horn section, rich vocal harmonies and deep grooves that consistently energize Music Festivals and Club’s wherever they play.
The band was formed after Bruce Blaylock (the musical director and lead guitarist) returned to his hometown of Bethesda, Maryland after having moved to New Orleans for college and law school at Tulane University. While attending Tulane, Bruce got deep into the New Orleans music scene and ended up playing with some of the great musicians and bands in the city.
So when Bruce later returned to his hometown of Bethesda, armed with the knowledge of how to play this swampy New Orleans funk style of music, he pulled some of Washington’s finest musicians together to form The Beat Hotel. For example, the band’s lead singer, Lauren Cattaneo is one of the city’s premier lead vocalists with a fierce touch that can bring out the juice in the funk. Bass player Jan Zukowski is a local legend having spent decades anchoring the Nighthawks. Drummer Francis Thompson teaches percussion at the Duke Ellington School of Arts. Justine Miller from the multi-award winning band Chopteeth is on trumpet. Vocalist Caz Gardiner is one of the working-most singers in the DC area and a frequent contributor to Ronnie Newmyer’s Band House Gigs. And keyboardist Jim Levy is a nationally accomplished jazz pianist, professor and composer. Other veteran musicians in the band include sax player James Bazen, Doug Elliott on Trombone, and Howard Buie on guitar and vocals.
The Beat Hotel has now been working in the DC area for many years, has played the top clubs in the city, including The Hamilton, Gypsy Sally’s, and Bethesda Blues & Jazz, and has built a loyal following playing the wonderful music of New Orleans. Come on out and enjoy some real New Orleans swamp funk music!