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Big Sam's Funky Nation / Parlor Social / Max Nickou (Late Show)

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Big Sam's Funky Nation / Parlor Social / Max Nickou (Late Show)
Friday, June 16, 2017 9:30 PM
The Mint, Los Angeles, CA
  • 21 & over
Admission Type Price Quantity
Advance ticket sales have ended. More tickets will be sold when doors open. Cash sales only.
Show Details
  • Ticket Price: $14.00 - $18.00
  • Door Time: 9:15 PM
  • Restrictions: 21 & over
Performing Artists (Click on Artist for Reviews and Previews)
  • Big Sam's Funky Nation

    Big Sam's Funky Nation

    Noladelic PowerFunk. That’s the sound Big Sam’s Funky Nation have been whipping up for more than a decade. It’s high-energy music that mixes funk, rock & roll, hip-hop, and jazz into the same pot, glueing everything together with the brassy influence — and heavy grooves — of New Orleans.

    From national performances at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits to hometown appearances Voodoo Fest and Jazz Fest, Big Sam’s Funky Nation have built their reputation onstage. The band’s live performance are legendary, filled with blasts of brass, bursts of electric guitar, and the charisma of Big Sam, a frontman who sings, plays, dances, and involves the audience in everything he does. You don’t just watch a Funky Nation show. You become part of the show, singing along with Big Sam whenever he demands a call-and-response.

    A native of New Orleans, Big Sam first rose to fame as a member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, whose touring schedule kept the young trombonist on the road for 300 days a year. The group performed with bands from all genres, backing up Widespread Panic one minute before sharing the stage with Dave Matthews Band the next. A fan of diverse bands like Parliament Funkadelic, Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour, and Prince, Big Sam loved the variety that Dirty Dozen Brass Band offered. He wanted to front his own group, though. He needed to sing, to engage the crowd, to write his own songs. Inspired to chase down that dream, he formed Big Sam’s Funky Nation, reaching out to some of his favorite players from around the Big Easy — including Joshua Connelly, Chocolate Milk, Jerry “J Blakk” Henderson, and Drew “Da Phessah” Baham — to create his own supergroup.

    Big Sam isn’t the only member of the Funky Nation to sport some serious credentials. J Blakk kicked off his career as a trumpet player, even performing with Southern University’s marching band — Human Jukebox — before finding his love for bass. Horn player Da Phessah established himself around town as an in-demand producer and multi-instrumentalist. Guitar player Connelly grew up on rock & roll, eventually growing into a world-class musician whose style dips into rock, funk and jazz. Chocolate Milk began drumming in church. Together, those five musicians make up Big Sam’s Funky Nation, a group that knows no boundaries, no limits, no restrictions — only the thrill that comes from playing music inspired by the thrills of their New Orleans hometown.

    “We don’t cater to one demographic,” says Big Sam, rattling off a list of jam band festivals, jazz shows, rock clubs, and funk gigs that his band has played since 2007. “We play music for everybody. It’s not just funk; that’s the foundation, but the music goes from funk to rock to wild jazz. It’s music about love and partying. Everyone can get down with that.”

  • MAXI


  • Parlor Social

    Parlor Social

    ‘’If Cab Calloway, Outkast, and Lauryn Hill would have a love-child, it would sound
    like PARLOR SOCIAL.’’
    At the heels of his return from New Orleans, LA from working with music legend, Dr.
    John in helping to create his new show introduced at the recent New Orleans
    Heritage and Jazz festival, musical director Ric’key Pageot is ready to hit the stage
    with his band Parlor Social at The Mint, alongside the Nola funk master, Big Sam’s
    Funky Nation
    Voted 2014’s ‘Hot 100 Unsigned Live Artists and Bands in the USA’ by the national
    trade Magazine, Music Connection, PARLOR SOCIAL—Dessy Di Lauro (vocals),
    Ric’key Pageot (piano/keyboards)—brings a fresh approach to the music scene.
    Their electrifying live shows are more than just a performance, they are an
    unrivaled jubilated experience. Backline’d with a band equipped with old style
    instruments (a saloon piano sound, full brass horns, accordion and banjo), tappers,
    PARLOR SOCIAL pays detailed homage to the Harlem Renaissance. But the
    undercurrent of their urban & hip-hop beats reveals their sound is a uniquely new
    creation they’ve dubbed “speakeasy-soul.”
    PARLOR SOCIAL is fronted by Montreal-bred husband and wife writing team Dessy
    Di Lauro and Ric’key Pageot. Dessy provides sultry vocals that flawlessly
    encapsulate the spirit of Uptown’s early 20 th Century cultural boom through the
    prohibition era, but she offers a timeless approach that’s all her own. Serving as
    musical director and pianist/ accordionist, Ric’key is either playing the squeezebox
    or tickling the ivories with an affable buoyant stride that promotes the infectiously
    festive atmosphere of their concerts.
    In 2010, produced and backed by her husband Ric’key, Dessy released her first solo
    music video “Why U Raggin’, which won two Hollywood Music in Media Awards,
    including Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year. Her sophomore effort, 2013’s This is Neo-
    Ragtime, set them on an even bigger path of stardom when the album’s first single
    “Jump n’ Jivin’” was featured on ESPN throughout the 2013 NCAA basketball Final
    Four Championship. 2015 brought us her latest EP Say Hep Hep, nominated for a
    2016 Independent Music Award (IAM) for ‘Best Urban EP’, which boasts the aptly
    titled single and music video “Let Me Hear You Say Hep Hep.” Their single, “It’s
    Complicated (Let Go)’’ was also nominated for an IAM for Best R&B/Soul song of the
    Recently, PARLOR SOCIAL have performed their show at the Blue Note Jazz festival,
    CMJ Festival in NYC; London; Atlanta; Vancouver; Whistler Summer Concert Series;
    Montreal International Jazz festival; London; and The BRIC JazzFest in Brooklyn,
    opening for ‘West Coast Get Down’ saxophonist Kamasi Washington. In 2016, they
    have also opened for Grammy award-winning band Snarky Puppy member, Maz, at
    the legendary Roxy Theater in Hollywood, CA and New Orleans frontman/
    trombonist, Funky Big Sam.

Set Times:
  • 09:30 PM - MAXI
  • 10:15 PM - Parlor Social
  • 11:15 PM - Big Sam's Funky Nation

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