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21 & over
Description: $20 adv / $20 day of show
The Creole String Beans:
Since forming in 2003 the Creole String Beans have defined a new era in South Louisiana rock ‘n roll by digging up the most obscure New Orleans and Louisiana Swamp Pop chestnuts, mixing in the most iconic of local glory-days hits, and delivering this hot musical gumbo with style and energy. Their crowd pleasing performances range from Saint’s tailgate parties (where guests like Jimmy Buffet respond to the vibe by grabbing a guitar and belting out songs) to sweat soaked dance fiends whirling in ecstasy at Jazz Fest. The ‘Beans started out as a vehicle for Rick Olivier (vocals/guitar) and Rob Savoy (vocals/bass) to keep the cherished sounds of their South Louisiana roots alive. Rob is a veteran of popular rock outfits like Bluerunners and Cowboy Mouth while Rick labored in more obscure combos like the Bush Hogs and Marais Boys. Bryan Barry joined them on drums after completing stints with bluesman T-Model Ford and other Fat Possum Records artists. In 2005, the ‘Beans expanded their sound by adding keyboard “secret weapon” Brian Rini to contribute piano, fat organ riffs, and vocals. Not long after, the “Terrytown Horns” section of Travis Blotsky and veteran Derek Huston came on board to provide beefy tenor and bari-sax textures. With the right musicians finally in place, the ‘Beans released their first CD in September 2009 and proceeded to embark on their busiest year ever with performances at French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest, Voodoo Music Experience, Family Gras, and Gretna Fest! With their new release, Shrimp Boots & Vintage Suits, the group moves forward once again with a fresh batch of authentic sounding original songs added to their already successful South Louisiana repertoire. The album features hard rocking funk grooves about out of control spillway parties, soulful blues of jilted lovers and female convicts, and tongue-in-cheek swing tunes about shopping mall paranoia and thrift store comfort that blend seamlessly with swamp rock obscurities from deeper in the crypt than any band has gone before. From jump, the band’s mission has been to keep the great indigenous music of New Orleans and South Louisiana alive in a live context; to keep the dancers sweating on the floor and the listeners smiling behind their beers. Shrimp Boots & Vintage Suits is simply the next step in their evolution as Swamp Pop Ambassadors to the World.
The seeds of Bunny Gang first germinated in Ireland in 2008. Flogging Molly bassist & Bunny Gang founder, Nathen Maxwell announced “I have this music inside me and it was just time get it out into the world.” Nathen called up his father, Maxwellvision, an accomplished musician and artist who not only wrote the theme song for the Gene Simmons reality show “Family Jewels” but also has a reoccurring role on the show, to join him on drums. Next step was to bring in So Cal native and childhood friend Mike Peralta on bass. Rounding out Bunny Gang would be Nat Nelson on guitars, who met Maxwell at Aggie’s bar in Ft. Collins, CO where they both played in separate bands.
What transpired is a refreshingly stripped-down sound that mixes the groups love of rock, reggae and folk music into an honest collection of songs that will appeal as much to fans of Jack Johnson, Manu Chao, and Bob Marley as it will Flogging Molly and the Pogues. Maxwell grew up as a teen in So Cal on a steady diet of roots, ska and reggae music and this has definitely blended his Bunny Gang tunes into some nice So Cal rock. After just returning from a successful tour of Japan, Bunny Gang will be performing one Southern California show to the public at The Mint on Saturday the 12th January 2013.