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910 Skipper Road • Tampa FL 33613 • (813) 971-0666 • MAP
corner of Nebraska Avenue and Skipper Road • near USF • north of Fletcher • south of Bearss • east of 275


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All shows are rain or shine. The music venue is outdoors, with about half the audience area being covered, so dress appropriately. Sensible footware, please!

Unless otherwise noted, all shows at Skipper's are 21 and up with a valid ID or you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Meaning that, yes, persons under 21 can attend if and only if they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Well-behaved children under 10 are free unless otherwise noted for that specific show; they must be accompanied by their legal parent or guardian unless otherwise noted for that specific show.

Other than service animals, dogs are not permitted in the concert area, in the restaurant or in the Oyster Bar. Plese leave the ferret/parrot/iguana/lemur/etc. at home.

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Shane Meade & The Sound (SOUL/ROCK/JAZZ) Shane Meade is a gifted singer songwriter and catalyst behind the soul-infused, rock jazz project Shane Meade & the Sound. Formed in 2005, the Tampa, FL based group combines infectious vocals, melodic hooks with feel good grooves, and has the uncanny ability of turning even the largest of venues into an intimate musical experience. Nearly a decade into a career marked by steady artistic growth, relentless touring efforts throughout the southeast, Virgin Islands, and selected cities nationwide, SMS has also gained recognition and industry praise with both their 2010 double-disc album – "Candle Lights & Conspiracies", and 2014 release - "All Walks of Life". The overwhelming response to their most recent festival appearances and live performances has triggered a growing consensus that this group is well on their way to breaking out onto the national scene, capturing not only the ears but the hearts of an array of listeners. shanemeade.com

w/ Betty Fox Band (BLUES) Hailing from the heart of Southern Tampa, 26 year old soul singer Betty Fox's explosive voice is one to be reckoned with. Influenced by her years of singing in church, the intense love she has for soul music is apparent with every heartfelt note she sings. Her style has matured into a distinct blend of funk, soul and Chicago blues, with enough swagger and passionate live presence to captivate the most passive passer-by's attention. Her sweltering, seductive voice will draw you in and not let go until the final chord has changed and the last song is sung. bettyfox.net (Betty Fox Band just won the 2014 Suncoast Blues Challenge, congrats!)

8PM $7/10



- Platt Street Bridge will be available for $5 the night of the show!

Southern Train (ROCK/BLUES/COUNTRY) Southern Train delivers high energy Southern and classic rock with a country edge that will entertain all audiences. With a style reminiscent of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The AllmanBrothers, and The Rolling Stones, the band presents a danceable sound, often leaning toward modern country and pop. The sixpiece group features veteran local musicians. thesoutherntrainband.com

No Money Down (BLUES) Formed in Tampa, Florida in 2010, the No Money Down band is a four-piece blues ensemble that brings an exciting and unique blend of talent that creates a wide ranging interpretation of classic and original blues music. The band’s hard driving rhythm section combines with biting leads to move and inspire its audiences. Its members have played such venues as the Chicago Blues Festival, Jannus Live, Skippers, Tangerine Blues Festival and Buddy Guy’s and have opened for such greats as The Radiators, Southside Johnny and the Sean Chambers Band to name a few. Incorporating stylistic elements from Chicago, Mississippi and New Orleans while crossing over into Rock and Funk influences provides a varied and original sound for the audience. This diversity is further evidenced by its instrumentation, which includes lead guitar, harmonica, twelve-string slide guitar, bass guitar, drums and two vocalists. The group’s members represent a wide array of musical backgrounds that creates a unique texture and energy to well-known blues classics as well as its original compositions. The set list also features original arrangements of lesser known, hard grooving selections from a variety of vintage blues legends.

8PM $7/10


The show will consist of 90 minutes of Patel Conservatory @Straz Center's Rock School students recital. Christee Lenee will perform a set after the recital.

Christie Lenee (FUNKY FOLK) Christie Lenée has been capturing a wide audience across the US, touring frequently and delivering vibrant energy at every show. Her unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Bela Fleck, Andy McKee, and John Mayer- fusing folky/funky playfulness with pop/rock inspired songs and virtuosic guitar compositions. She is, as Skope Magazine states, “a refreshing burst of unrestrained love and feeling… It’s simply a joy to listen to her spirit break free.” Christie has been seen many times on stage with Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band) and a stellar cast of musicians including Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Jeff Coffin, and Stanley Jordan. Her eclectic guitar skills have not only accompanied other great artists, but she has also played a multitude of instruments on her own records. An extensive original repertoire of both vocal and instrumental music showcases her extensive musical background, with studies including classical, jazz, rock, blues, folk and flamenco. Her innate ability to fuse these styles propels an eruption of harmonic fluidity, delivering profound expressions and a vibrant live performance. christielenee.com




Milton Menasco & The Big Fiasco (COUNTRY-FRIED REGGAE) are a Coutry-fried, Electric Fueled Reggae explosion from Bozeman Montana. A national touring act Milton Menasco & The Big Fiasco blend Reggae and Country into a unforgettable "Beach Vibe" sound. Milton Menasco's song's are catchy, soulful and call to a place where you are hanging out, sippin' a drink and enjoying life. With southern brothers Daniel Boteler on bass and Michael Boteler on drums, Milton Menasco & The Big Fiasco have a genuine roots feel that makes your body want to move and your voice want to sing. Milton Menasco & The Big Fiasco are currently on tour in support of their new album "Lap of Luxury" which has been described as "The perfect mix of Roots Reggae and Beach Country". bigfiasco.net

7PM $5


Island Night w/Impulse (ISLAND/AFRO-BEAT/REGGAE) A 23-year-old tradition continues with the ever-amazing Impulse band playing reggae, zouk and Afrobeat under the stars with Red Stripe beer on special. Hooray Beer! impulseda.com
8PM $5


Grateful Dead Night w/Uncle John's Band (JAMBAND/TRIBUTE) Hippies please use side door... UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper's every Thursday at Skipper's since 1998. All bottled beer on special in Skipperdome. unclejohnsband.com
8PM $8



Cracker This December Cracker will be releasing their tenth studio effort, entitled Berkeley To Bakersfield, a double-album that finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape – the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield. Despite being less than a five-hour drive from city to city, musically, these two regions couldn’t be further apart from one another. In the late ‘70s and ‘80s a harder-edged style of rock music emerged from the Bay area, while Bakersfield is renowned for its own iconic twangy country music popularized, most famously, by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Yet despite these differences, they are both elements that Cracker’s two cofounders, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, have embraced to some degree on nearly every one of their studio albums over the last two decades. On Berkeley To Bakersfield, however, instead of integrating these two genres together within one disc, they’ve neatly compartmentalized them onto their own respective regionally-titled LPs. As Lowery explains, “On the Berkeley disc the band is the original Cracker lineup - Davey Faragher, Michael Urbano, Johnny and myself. This is the first time this lineup has recorded together in almost 20 years. We began recording this album at East Bay Recorders in Berkeley, CA. For this reason we chose to stylistically focus this disc on the music we most associate with the East Bay: Punk and Garage with some funky undertones. To further match our sense of place we often took an overtly political tone in the lyrics.” “This Bakersfield disc represents the ‘California country’ side of the band. Throughout the band’s 24-year history we’ve dabbled in Country and Americana but this time we wanted to pay homage to the particular strain of Country and Country-Rock music that emerges from the inland valleys of California.” Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Cofounders Lowery and Hickman have been at it for almost a quarter of a century – amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe ("Low," "Euro-Trash Girl,” "Get Off This" and “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me” to name just a few), and a worldwide fan base - that despite the major sea-changes within the music industry - continues to grow each year. crackersoul.com

w/ Megan Jean and the KFB (AMERICANA PUNK DANCE) Megan Jean and the KFB perform a folk-inspired demented blend of Americana, punk, dance, and the avant-garde that has been described as heavy metal, from 1927. Inventive percussion, electrified banjo, and a voice like the Devil Herself have earned Megan Jean and the KFB a dedicated following all over the East Coast. Calling the road home on a “never-ending tour,” this transient married duo has taken their nomadic musical lifestyle and transformed it into a kind of Voodoo that unites scenes, fans, and musical styles. This is a band that lives to perform, and is fueled by sheer guts and know how. A washboard and a banjo have never sounded so fresh, so new, so musical. The band was featured on PBS performing their original composition “These Bones” as part of a music documentary series Music Voyager, which broadcast internationally and led to many new opportunities for this eclectic and very talented duo. In July of 2012 they won the prestigious “Under The Radar Competition” at FloydFest, one of the Southeast’s major grassroots folk and bluegrass festivals. They have shared the stage with Shovels and Rope, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Rising Appalachia. meganjean.net

w/ Have Gun Will Travel (AMERICANA FOLK) Florida's multiple Best of the Bay-winning Americana makers HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL have a natural instinct for combining folk, pop, rock and classic country influences to create a sound all their own. "Their music has a great energy to it with infectious, sing-along choruses and refrains" remarked NPR's Robin Hilton. American Songwriter called HGWT's music "organic, infectious Americana Pop. Their music has a refreshing immediacy to it." HGWT's music has been featured in a national Chevy TV commercial; multiple episodes of the PBS series Roadtrip Nation; a GTE Federal Credit Union TV and radio ad campaign; and an episode of CBS's The Good Wife. Their albums have spent months on the CMJ Radio Top 200 chart and ranked as high as No. 3 on WMNF 88.5 Tampa's list of most-played albums. HGWT's live performances have been described as rousing, rollicking, energetic and dynamic. "Matt Burke & co. have what it takes to win over any crowd" - Suburban Apologist. facebook.com/hgwtmusic

8PM $17/20



Come Back Alice(PERFORMS FILLMORE EAST ALBUM) Structured largely from improvisational
influences, the band found their unique sound by allowing each member to artistically express their individual style(s). “Everyone said you couldn’t combine quirky classical stylings with funky drums and fiddles and still end up with an audience friendly genre”, says lead guitar and vocalist Tony Tyler, “…but it’s that unexpected combination that makes people quickly take notice and groove along with Come Back Alice.” Founded towards the end of 2011, the CBA train is quickly picking up steam. With a passion
for live performance, the band comes equipped with a full production of lights, sound, and a promise to never play the same show twice!!

Holey Miss Moley (PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE METERS)Described as a “a quintet dripping in jazz,
funk, rock and blues with a touch of reggae and ska thrown in for good measure”, Holey Miss Moley draws from a wealth of influences and repertoire while always maintaining a groove that will surely get one out of their seat. This “filthy funk” sextet from central Florida can range from hard hitting riffs and
dynamic grooves, to calming harmonies and smooth melodies that give the listener a full spectrum of blissful sonority. facebook.com/HoleyMissMoley

8PM $10/13



Dale Ann Bradley (BLUEGRASS) Dale Ann Bradley is a fi5 ve time International Bluegrass Female Vocalist of the year Award winner as well as other numerous awards . Her band is an Internationally touring band with tours in Europe and Ireland this year alone . She is from the coal fields of Appalachia, Eastern Kentucky - and began singing and playing guitar at 14 years old.

Dale Ann Bradley Band:
Dale Ann Bradley - lead vocalist and guitar.
Steve Gulley-bass guitar and vocals
Stuart Wyrick-banjo
Scottie Powers-mandolin
Phil Leadbetter- dobro

w/ Cotton Eyed Does (NEO BLUEGRASS AMERICANA) The Cotton Eyed Does are a Neo-Bluegrass, Americana, Roots band. Together they bring strong lead vocals and blended harmonies that will reach your inner soul.

5PM $12/15



Galbraith Group (PROGRESSIVE FUNK JAZZ BLUES ROCK) A family trio bringing the jamband sound to our renditions of obscure creations, as well as classic tunes, from conceptual jazz & funk to 70's prog rock.

w/ Between Bluffs (ROOTS ROCK)

and Row Jomah

7PM $7


Island Night w/Impulse (ISLAND/AFRO-BEAT/REGGAE) A 23-year-old tradition continues with the ever-amazing Impulse band playing reggae, zouk and Afrobeat under the stars with Red Stripe beer on special. Hooray Beer! impulseda.com
8PM $5


Grateful Dead Night w/Uncle John's Band (JAMBAND/TRIBUTE) Hippies please use side door... UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper's every Thursday at Skipper's since 1998. All bottled beer on special in Skipperdome. unclejohnsband.com
8PM $8



Jubilee Riots (formerly, Enter the Haggis) “We toured and recorded as Enter The Haggis for a long time but that name no longer represented the music that we’re making” says the band’s multiinstrumentalist, Craig Downie, who plays everything from trumpet to bagpipes. Over the years the band has meticulously crafted their sound, transforming their original Celticjam into something diverse and multifaceted; something uniquely their own. The name Jubilee Riots was chosen, paying homage to their hometown, Toronto. As Enter The Haggis, the band released seven studio albums and toured internationally, landing high profile gigs on “Live with Regis and Kelly” and A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts,” as well as being the feature of a concert/documentary on PBS. With a new album and new name the band hopes to build on this legacy and has an extensive tour lined up taking them through Canada, the US and to Europe. After such a unique and ambitious concept for an album it’s easy to wonder how the band could step things up on a future release. “Oh, we’ve got some ideas up our sleeves” Lewington says. “I recently suggested to the guys that we do an instrumental album inspired by an episode of the original Star Trek.” Clearly for fans both old and new, the ride is just getting started.jubileeriots.com

w/ Bloody Jug Band Drawing inspiration from historic JUG bands of the 1920’s and 30’s as well as the darker side of Blues and Rock n’ Roll, the BLOODY JUG band carves out its own niche in a genre of music that has never seen such a bloody incarnation. bloodyjugband.com

8PM $15/18


Paul Thorn (AMERICANA) Paul Thorn's new album Too Blessed To Be Stressed stakes out new territory for the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer. "In the past, I've told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life," the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. "This time, I've written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I've done it with a purpose: to make people feel good." Which explains numbers like the acoustic-electric charmer Don't Let Nobody Rob You Of Your Joy, where Thorn's warm peaches-and-molasses singing dispenses advice on avoiding the pitfalls of life. The title track borrows its tag from a familiar saying among the members of the African-American Baptist churches Thorn frequented in his childhood. "I'd ask, 'How you doin', sister?' And what I'd often hear back was, 'I'm too blessed to be stressed.' " In the hands of Thorn and his faithful band, who've been together 20 years, the tune applies its own funky balm, interlacing a percolating drum and keyboard rhythm with the slinky guitar lines beneath his playful banter. Thorn's trademark humor is abundant throughout the album. I Backslide On Friday is a warm-spirited poke at personal foibles. "I promised myself not to write about me, but I did on 'Backslide,' " Thorn relates. The chipper pop tune is a confession about procrastination, sweetened by Bill Hinds' slide guitar and Thorn's gently arching melody. "But," Thorn protests, "I know I'm not the only one who says he's gonna diet and just eat Blue Bell vanilla ice cream on Sundays, and then ends up eating it every day!" Mediocrity Is King takes a wider swipe, aiming at our culture's hyper-drive addiction to celebrity artifice and rampant consumerism. But like Everything Is Gonna Be All Right, a rocking celebration of the simple joys of life, it's done with Thorn's unflagging belief in the inherent goodness of the human heart. paulthorn.com

w/ Beth McKee (SWAMP SOUL) Beth McKee has lived through the South from Mississippi to New Orleans, through Florida, Texas and North Carolina and is well familiar with both the joys and hard times necessary to create meaningful music. In 2012 she brought her full-hearted voice to “Next To Nowhere,” an all-original collection of songs carved from the struggles of life as a working musician in the South. With stellar reviews and radio airplay worldwide, including a nationally aired tourism commercial for her home state of Mississippi, her talents continue to be exposed to wider and wider audiences. Her follow up, again all McKee material, further explores her inner landscape and musical influences and is scheduled for release in early 2015. While spending some time off-road to record the new album Beth saw a need to unify her local songwriting community. In early 2014 she began hosting a monthly singer/songwriter series at Orlando hotspot The Smiling Bison. The series quickly became one of the most well attended regular events in town and from it Beth has spawned an all female songwriters circle that meets monthly with every member writing a song each month using a word or phrase that Beth provides ahead of time. After her New Orleans band Evangeline terminated their contract with MCA Records and broke up in the mid 1990’s Beth took a break from the music business and worked on developing her craft. She honed her songwriting skills in 2010 by recording and releasing “I’m That Way” and breathed her fire into the works of Chess Record’s Louisiana legend Bobby Charles. “Recording Bobby’s songs was a great study in songwriting and I learned a lot from it and from him.” Bobby, was so impressed with Beth’s interpretations of his songs that he asked her to sing with him on his own record “Timeless” which she did and which would turn out to be the last before his death. Beth has a strong desire to give back to the communities she visits during her tours, so she founded a network of over 2,300 southern women that she dubbed her Swamp Sistas. With their help, Beth hosts gatherings called “La Las” around the South. The Swamp Sista La Las are celebrations of regional music, food and culture and raise awareness and money for community issues and organizations that are important to the group. The most recent Swamp Sista La La was held in June, 2013 at SECCA in Winston Salem, NC in conjunction with Cobblestone Market. Prior La Las raised money for The Eagles Nest Foundation , WMNF Community Radio in Tampa, Fl. And awareness for Indie retail in Orlando Florida’s Audubon Park Community. More La Las are in the works. Singing, songwriting and piano playing are still Beth’s primary passions and it’s easy to see that when she performs. Beth’s songs speak a universal message and encompass the musical genres that emerged from the Southern US: Soul, New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Zydeco, Gospel, Country. Beth writes of the courageous human spirit with a gritty voice that rings true and from experience. That’s a message that — no matter who we are or where we come from – we need to hear. bethmckee.com

8PM $20/25

You can purchase advance tickets online at wmnf.org/events by calling the station during business hours at 813-238-8001 or in person at Skipper's Smokehouse or other WMNF ticket outlets.



Travelin McCourys (BLUEGRASS) Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Rob McCoury on banjo, Jason Carter on fiddle, and Alan Bartram on bass with featured guests on guitar and vocals, is the latest incarnation of the most awarded band in the history of bluegrass – The Del McCoury Band. No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive acoustic music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie and Rob continue their father’s work – a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. Based in tradition the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful but they also bring something fresh and rejuvenating to the stage. Recently the McCoury's debuted the widely successful festival on wheels called The Bluegrass Ball bringing spontaneous live collaborations, the hallmark of the McCourys, to clubs across the country. The band has a confidence that comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. They are known not only for their individual prowess on their instruments but also the tight rhythm, the soulful material and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters. The Travelin’ McCourys are quickly becoming known amongst fans and musical icons alike collaborating with the likes of Vince Gill, The Allman Brothers, Phish, and Warren Haynes, Steve Earle, Dierks Bentley, Yonder Mountain String Band and MANY more! travelinmccourys.com

and Billy Nershi of String Cheese Incident

w/ Dre and the Tampa Collective (JAM ROCK AMERICANA SOUL) The Tampa Collective is a new all-pro jamband (featuring vocalist Dre Anders), that draws from the celebrated roots of successful and talented bands that cut their musical teeth in the Tampa Bay area, such as Tom Petty and Ray Charles. Borrowing from many of the best bands and studio musicians in the region,The Tampa Collective draws on these roots and blends them with Dre’s Swedish musical heritage, to create something new. The Collective not only brings their fresh sound to The Bay Area, they’re creating a platform to showcase the best local talent, and serve as the jamband “at large” for national acts to sit in with when passing through. Comparisons have already been made to such bands as North Mississippi Allstars, Widespread Panic, and The Dave Matthews Band. Live collaborations by their very nature are an edge of the seat experience…even more so when drawing on the unique talents of so many respected musicians, who are coming together to create a sound that blends the past with the present. facebook.com/TheTampaCollective

5PM $15/20




Sol Driven Train

7PM $7/10


Island Night w/Impulse (ISLAND/AFRO-BEAT/REGGAE) A 23-year-old tradition continues with the ever-amazing Impulse band playing reggae, zouk and Afrobeat under the stars with Red Stripe beer on special. Hooray Beer! impulseda.com
8PM $5


Grateful Dead Night w/Uncle John's Band (JAMBAND/TRIBUTE) Hippies please use side door... UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper's every Thursday at Skipper's since 1998. All bottled beer on special in Skipperdome. unclejohnsband.com
8PM $8



COPE (JAMBAND) egarded by many(including us) as the kings of the Tampa Bay jam scene, Cope has won over their legions of fans with eclectic covers featuring re-imagined melodies that give way to expansive improvisations and freewheelin’ originals.

w/ High Cotton (JAM) Like a Truck Redlining Across a Southern Night…
Here Comes High Cotton High Cotton is the definition of good things and fine times, played through a collection of classic Widespread Panic songs. Drawing from the early Panic years, their live shows are full of grit and edge. Mixing influences of southern rock, a bit of the Allman Brothers, Santana, the Dead, and if that’s to your liking, you will love High Cotton. Encouraged by friends who love Widespread, High Cotton was spun-up to recreate the Widespread experience. Originally, the band existed as a hobby as all members have regular jobs. Even with 70+ years of live performance experience between them, they have a tough row to hoe, but these seven band members give it their all. Their experience will mirror your experience, if you are already familiar with Widespread. Breaking from today’s standards, the music is true, emotional, and definitely not plastic. With fans already trading copies of the shows, they are well on their way to bringing Widespread out of the house and onto a local stage. The essence of Widespread breaks with natural music and performance convention, so expect a raw and energetic show when you see them. Their repertoire of over 50 songs includes Chilly Water, Love Tractor, C. Brown, and others. Long time Widespread Panic fans have filled music centric venues from South Pinellas to Pasco County, Hillsborough and beyond. New listeners are pleasantly surprised with the efforts and talent of High Cotton and quickly become fans. High Cotton is the definition of good things and fine times. These boys are just that. So if you’re a fan of big, powerful jams, full of percussion, get out and hear High Cotton as soon as you can!

8PM $10/13


Damon Fowler Group (BLUES)



Betty Fox Band (BLUES)

Selwyn Birchwood (BLUES)

5PM $7/10




Donna the Buffalo

8PM $25/30


Donna the Buffalo

w/ TBA

8PM $35/40



Donna the Buffalo

w/ TBA

8PM $25/30



The Spinney Brothers (BLUEGRASS)





Marcia Ball (NEW ORLEANS BARRELHOUSE PIANO) Born in Orange, Texas in 1949 to a family whose female members all played piano, Ball grew up in the small town of Vinton, Louisiana, right across the border from Texas. She began taking piano lessons at age five, playing old Tin Pan Alley tunes from her grandmother’s collection. From her aunt, Marcia heard more modern and popular music. But it wasn’t until she was 13 that Marcia discovered the power of soul music. One day in 1962, she sat amazed while Irma Thomas delivered the most spirited performance the young teenager had ever seen. According to Ball, “She just blew me away; she caught me totally unaware. Once I started my own band, the first stuff I was doing was Irma’s.” In 1966, she attended Louisiana State University, where she played some of her very first gigs with a blues-based rock band called Gum. In 1970, Ball set out for San Francisco. Her car broke down in Austin, and while waiting for repairs she fell in love with the city and decided to stay. It wasn’t long before she was performing in the city’s clubs with a progressive country band called Freda And The Firedogs, while beginning to hone her songwriting skills. It was around this time that she delved deeply into the music of the great New Orleans piano players, especially Professor Longhair. “Once I found out about Professor Longhair,” recalls Ball, “I knew I had found my direction.” When the band broke up in 1974, Marcia launched her solo career, signing to Capitol Records and debuting with the country-rock album Circuit Queen in 1978. Discovering and honing her own sound, she released six critically acclaimed titles on the Rounder label during the 1980s and 1990s. In 1990, Ball—collaborating with Angela Strehli and Lou Ann Barton—recorded the hugely successful Dreams Come True on the Antone’s label. At the end of 1997, Marcia finished work on a similar “three divas of the blues” project for Rounder, this time in the distinguished company of Tracy Nelson and her longtime inspiration, Irma Thomas. The CD Sing It! was released in 1998 and was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 1999, Marcia and her band appeared in the nationally televised Public Television special In Performance At The White House along with B.B. King and Della Reese. Marcia has been featured on leading television and radio programs, including Austin City Limits and NPR’s Fresh Air and Piano Jazz. She performed in Piano Blues, the film directed by Clint Eastwood included in Martin Scorsese’s The Blues series which aired on PBS television nationwide in 2003. Marcia has also appeared The Late Show With David Letterman with The New Orleans Social Club, where she not only reached millions of people, she helped to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, she had a role in the independent film Angels Sing starring Harry Connick, Jr., Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson. Ball has been the subject of stories in many national publications, including USA Today, Keyboard, DownBeat, Billboard, and in newspapers from coast to coast. She has twice performed on A Prairie Home Companion, appeared on World Cafe and Whad’Ya Know?, Public Radio International’s Studio 360, as well as on XM/Sirius satellite radio. Ball has been featured on the covers of The Austin Chronicle as well as Blues Revue magazine, as well as in countless lead stories in entertainment sections of publications around the country


8PM $20/25




Voices of the Wetlands Allstars (LEGENDARY LOUISIANA ALL STARS) Voices of the Wetlands All-stars - Grammy Nominee Louisiana’s #1 roots music export and Grammy Nominee Tab Benoit has assembled a stellar ensemble of fellow New Orleans musicians (including N.O. Legends, The Meters and Neville Brothers, Cyril Neville, fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux, influential New Orleans drummer Johnny Vidacovich, harmonica/accordion player Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, and New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux to forge a musical plea for the fragile eco-system that is the increasingly depleted wetlands surrounding their hometown. In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, the chorus of the group’s otherwise savory, funk-charged opening song "Bayou Breeze"--"Don't let the water wash us away"--now seems like a haunting, unheeded warning recorded eight months before disaster struck. Armed with songs like, "We Ain't Gonna Lose No More (Without a Fight)," they are taking to task an administration that's ignored the urgent needs of their homeland in favor of misadventure in Iraq. As well as songs like "Louisiana Sunshine" that continue to focus largely on environmental concerns that grow more urgent with every tropical storm that gathers in the Gulf, it's also a show that is rife with New Orleans' cross-cultural musical joie de vivre, as witnessed by Benoit and Osborne's Cajun-seasoned "We Make a Good Gumbo" and the slinky African rhythms of Monk Boudreaux's "Me Donkey Want Water." The band’s music sounds like Louisiana Rock, Funk, Soul, and Cajun classics that have risen from years of music history and the environment that the music comes from. The Voices of the Wetlands Organization formed the first national out-reach program to educate and make the public aware that Louisiana was in danger; the refineries that line the coast of Louisiana were unprotected due to years of neglect by locals and oil companies. We all knew that our culture was already fading but if you can connect a direct relationship to Louisiana and the rest of the US, then maybe our elected politicians would take notice and vote for the issues that were important to the people and the culture of Louisiana. That relationship that makes most people take notice is drawn from the rich OIL and GAS industry that dwells under Louisiana and off its shores. After every hurricane now, you will see gas prices rise and they never come back down to where they once were. “We have brought a lot of attention through these legendary musicians who are at their musical prime. They are pioneers of a sound and style that is indigenous to Louisiana’s wetlands and every performance is filled with passion.” --Rueben Williams of the Thunderbird Management Group/Voice of the Wetlands Organization The Voice of the Wetlands All-stars has appeared at both the Democratic and Republican Conventions and appears annually at the Voice of the Wetlands Festival in Houma, Louisiana. If there is one group that encapsulates the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, it is the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, an improbable cooperative with a cause.

The Voices of the Wetlands All-stars is: Tab Benoit – Guitar and Vocals Cyril Neville – Percussion and Vocals Big Chief Monk Boudreaux- Vocals and percussion Johnny Vidacovich – Drums Waylon Thibodeaux – Fiddle and Vocals Johnny Sansone – Harmonica, Accordion, and Vocals Corey Duplechin- Bass

8PM $25/30



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