The 14th Annual NolaFunk Mardi Gras Ball was headlined by Voodoo Dead at The Capitol Theatre on February 6. The impressive supergroup consists of Steve Kimock, Dead & Company’s Jeff Chimenti, moe.’s Al Schnier, Wally Ingram, John Morgan Kimock and The Meters’ George Porter Jr.
The night was kicked off by Breakdown Brass, a large band of horns from Brooklyn. It was their first time playing The Capitol Theatre. The large group of horns managed to sound really clear and not all on top of each other, full of intricate rhythms and dance worthy grooves. Breakdown Brass even played “Mary Jane” & “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy.
Voodoo Dead, the super group… You’ve got some heavy hitters like Chimenti from Dead & Company, Al Schnier from moe., and the gosh darn bassist for the funkiest funk that ever funk’d The Meter’s very own George Porter Jr. His bluesy, rugged vocals really shined on “Sugaree.” The funk could definitely be heard, added with taste, not to stray too far from the composition of the tunes. He went on to describe how the song “Look-Ka Py Py” came to be written… one day a broken piston on a long car ride inspired this song.
The band went on to play “I Walk on Guilded Splinters” a nod to New Orleans, honoring the great Dr. John. “Eyes of the World” and “After Midnight” featured intricate jams and amazing vocals by Porter. They closed up the night with a heart warming “Turn on Your Love Light.”
The band has announced a tour that features shows in Ardmore, PA, three shows in Japan, and will headline the 2020 Skull & Roses Festival in April out in Ventura, CA, a festival celebrating The Grateful Dead.
Setlist: Shakedown Street, Sugaree, Look-Ka Py Py (The Meters cover), Ophelia, I Walk on Guilded Splinters (Dr.John cover), Eyes of The World, Drums, Space, After Midnight, Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles cover, instrumental), Turn on Your Love Light.