3 Shows to See This Weekend 7/17/15 – 7/19/15

It’s going to be a hott weekend in Nola, but the show must go on! Here’s a few awesome shows happening this weekend you don’t want to miss!

Shotgun Jazz Band: Friday, 7/17 at The Maison @ 7PM

Playing traditional jazz with a feisty background of swing, the Shotgun Jazz Band combines an irresistible set of rhythms with an abiding love of the bluesy, driving sound that used to fill the city’s dance halls. While the influences are old-school, this band’s appeal is nothing short of timeless: a Shotgun show promises nothing less than a high-energy, foot-stomping evening of musical mayhem. They released their first album Algiers Strut in October 2011, featuring Marla Dixon on vocals, Ben Polcer of Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns on piano and vocals, John Dixon on banjo, Christopher Johnson of Smoking Time Jazz Club on tenor sax, and John Gross of the Panorama Jazz Band on sousaphone.

Hot Club of New Orleans: Saturday, 7/18 at Three Muses @ 5:30PM

So these guys, the Hot Club of New Orleans, have challenged themselves with an awesome task: take the swing era music of Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, and Stephan Grappelli (among others), retain the classic groove, avoid sounding like a museum piece and then infuse it with their own modern sensibilities. Well, the first thing is these guys can all swing like mad. And they’re not a bunch of stuffy old “moldy figs.” But they do love this music-you can tell in their passionately delivered solos and the sly vocal readings. And, with two guitar players and an upright
bass, they deliver the goods you’d expect from one of the swingingest drummers in New Orleans-but in keeping with the classic format of this music, there is actually no drummer…

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet: Sunday, 7/19 at Snug Harbor @ 8PM
With each passing year Jason Marsalis continues to grow and develop as both a composer and performer. With a fire in his heart and a passion for the music, his will to swing has never been more resolute. The maturity and the command he possesses over his music is clearly evident to those who have heard or seen him.