An Evening with Take Me To The River
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty
Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and
incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul.
This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the
Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12
studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to
Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass
Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genrebending romps and high-octane performances.
The History of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began
showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud,
but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over
a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and
the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early
predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession
playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot,
burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the
late '70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club
decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these
early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue's name: The Dirty
Dozen Brass Band.
Ivan Neville and Ian Neville, members of Dumpstaphunk, stand out among New
Orleans’ best as part of one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the
Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from
Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that
dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious
musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements.
Ivan has played and appeared on several Neville Brothers records, two Rolling
Stones albums, as well as his father Aaron Neville’s solo records. He has
performed in Bonnie Raitt’s band and was a member of Keith Richard’s solo
band, the X-Pensive Winos. With Dumpstaphunk, Ivan and Ian have performed
on the Late Show with David Letterman and become mainstays at music festivals
across the country.
George Porter Jr.
George Porter Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art
Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed
in the mid 60's and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk
then called R&B. The Meters disbanded in 1977, but reformed in 1989. Today
the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of
which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit
Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as
George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning more then four
decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the
Meters, but he's notched session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney,
Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj
Mahal, Ryan Montbleau and live performances with Mickey Hart, Bill
Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno (and
including recent studio releases with Warren Haynes and Bill Kreutzmann) just to
name a few.
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian phenomenon is part music, part heritage,
part ancestry, part revelry, part fashion, and oft misunderstood. Big Chief Monk
Boudreaux is one of the most famous and enduring leaders of that culture and
head of the Golden Eagle Mardi Gras Indian tribe. Joseph Pierre “Big Chief
Monk” Boudreaux is the leader of the Golden Eagles, a Mardi Gras Indian tribe
of New Orleans, Louisiana. Born in New Orleans on Pearl Harbor Day,
December 7, 1941, Boudreaux is a vital figure in the tradition, and has
steadfastly distinguished himself as a gifted folk artist and dynamic performing
musician through his unwavering dedication to this singular African American
Boudreaux is known for his long-time collaboration with Big Chief Bo Dollis and
the Wild Magnolia group, though he left the group nearly a decade ago to form
the Golden Eagle Mardi Gras Indians. His latest album Rising Sun is a
collaboration with Reverend Goat Carson, a professed “Renegade Cherokee.”
In 2016, Boudreaux was given the lifetime honor of the National Heritage
Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lost Bayou Ramblers Duo
Lost Bayou Ramblers was formed in 1999 by brothers Andre and Louis Michot,
performing the roots Cajun music they learned as members of Les Frères
Michot, the family band their father and uncles formed in the 80's. The brothers
quickly began playing clubs and festivals around Louisiana, and taking the
traditional music they were raised with to new levels of rhythmic energy and
spontaneity, producing the punk and psychedelic labels given to the band by
reviews over the years.
Their Jack White produced performance in the 2017 documentary series and on
the accompanying record release American Epic helped solidify Lost Bayou
Ramblers’ reputation as one of the world’s finest traditional Cajun outfits, if one
of the least orthodox. With eight albums, a Grammy win for Best Regional Roots
album, contributions to the score of the Oscar-nominated Beasts Of The
Southern Wild, and touring with both Arcade Fire and the Violent Femmes, Lost
Bayou continues to swing wide from their Louisiana home base.
Featuring Jermaine Bossier, chief of the 7th Ward Creole Hunter gang & Romeo
Bougere, chief of the 9th Ward Hunter gang. Once rivals, they now come
together to make beautiful music. Regulars at the legendary Tipitina’s and New
Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, they have also performed with the Stooges
and Papa Mali.
Terence was born in New Orleans in 1970 and was raised in the suburb of old
Algiers. He was introduced to the drums at a very young age by his great
grandfather and he has been playing ever since. In high school he was one of
two students chosen from the state of Louisiana to perform in the McDonald's
All-American band, after high school he enrolled in music studies at Southern
University, after a few years he decided to pursue a career in the music business.
Terence credits George Porter Jr. for taking him under his wing and introducing
him to the vast repertoire of New Orleans music.
His professional career has taken him all over the world and his unsurpassed
skills on the drums have allowed him to play with an eclectic group of musicians.
Terence has performed with artists like Dr. John, Earl King, Fats Domino, Allen
Toussaint, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Johnny Adams, The Wild
Magnolias, Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk, Norah Jones, Ani DiFranco, John
Scofield, DJ Logic, Robert Randolph, Widespread Panic, The Black Crows, North
Mississippi All-Stars, Treme Brass band and many other New Orleans artists.