The New Orleans Suspects, Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra

High Sierra Presents

The New Orleans Suspects

Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra

Sat, June 9, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$15.00 - $20.00

Chef Jeff Rosen of Ave 9 offering NOLA cuisine. Shrimp and grits: $9 Kind Greens and Ham: braised ham hocks, collard greens, apples and sweet onions: $7 (vegetarian version also) Buttermilk fried chicken with bacon jam: $10/ $8 (entree or po boy) Combo: $15 Apple beignets with salted caramel: $5

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The New Orleans Suspects
The New Orleans Suspects
Featuring members of The Radiators, The Neville Brothers & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

It's been said that the musicians of New Orleans are all members of one gigantic band that breaks up into smaller groups on a nightly basis. If this were really the case, *The New Orleans Suspects* would be in a class all their own. The group is comprised of musicians with experience and versatility that rival any other band that the city has ever produced.

*"Mean" Willie Green* has been the drummer for the Neville Brothers band since the 1980s. His unique attack has defined funk drumming for a quarter of a century. Yet, he is not a one-dimensional player. His taste in music spans the gamut of modern rock styles and he is as comfortable driving the beat as he is holding down the groove.

*Reggie Scanlan's* career has been defined by his thirty-three years playing bass in the Radiators, the longest running rock act in the history of New Orleans. But his resume is far deeper. As a young musician he played with blues musicians on the west coast chitlin circuit before returning to his hometown to back up legends like James Booker and Professor Longhair.

*Jake Eckert* is the sterling-toned lead guitarist in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Before joining the quintessential New Orleans funk/brass band, he honed his chops as part of the thriving southern rock scene in Atlanta, cutting his teeth with the likes of Derek Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton. While living in Los Angeles, he played in the band New Soul Underground along with jazz great Larry Carlton. He has had a chance to perform with Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, & Dave Matthews to name a few.

*CR Gruver* is a classically trained pianist who was bitten by the bug known as New Orleans music after stints touring with nationally known bands such as Outformation and the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Angie Aparo. Since moving to New Orleans he has immersed himself into the scene and has become a well-regarded sideman adept at James Booker-style piano machinations and the swelling B-3 stylings of Art Neville. Besides playing with many of the city's local luminaries he also leads his own local band, Funkifry'd.

*Kevin Harris* is a founding member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. His tenor saxophone work has graced recordings across the gamut from pop stars Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews and the Black Crowes to zydeco legend Buckwheat Zydeco, jazz songstress Norah Jones, and Modest Mouse, Widespread Panic and many more.

Together these five musicians create music that is firmly rooted in the modern New Orleans sound with compelling originals and tasteful covers. The rhythm section of Scanlan and Green are as comfortable together as red beans and rice. Gruver tickles the ivories or soars into the stratosphere on the organ. Harris provides stellar saxophone fills and solos with great aplomb. Eckert's rhythm guitar work neatly complements his razor sharp solos. Though the band can clearly jam, with Eckert and Gruver trading off on lead vocals they are no simple jam band.
Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra
Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra
Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste is a master drummer, rhythm innovator, percussionist, and New Orleans legend. The most highly acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the Crescent City, Ziggy's creativity has been a wellspring of funk influence for three decades and inspired many Hip-Hop tracks. His innovative work as a member of the internationally acclaimed R&B group, The Meters, as well as his side work with artists like Keith Richards, Robert Palmer, and Dr. John, has garnered him an unparalleled level of respect among musicians and fans. Ziggy's style is unique. He is a master of creating funk grooves and new concepts for funk drumming. Zigaboo's music consistently demonstrates that "Modeliste is the most brilliant American Funk percussionist of the Contemporary Era!" The King of the Funky Drums, Percussion Maestro, and Godfather of Groove, Zigaboo Modeliste takes listeners to funk depths only he could possibly reach!

The original The Meters LP's were all recorded with Ziggy at the drums and his work has been sampled many times over from artists such as Musiq, Queen Latifah, Run DMC, NWA, Ice Cube, Salt N' Pepa, Cypress Hill, EPMD, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Naughty by Nature, and Tweet just to name a few. Ziggy is a BMI award winner for the Young Gunz track, "Can't Stop Won't Stop" and his drum sound also provided the main loops for Amerie's "1Thing," which was nominated for two Grammy's and was #1 on the R&B charts.

Ziggy has written over 200 songs individually and collectively with The Meters. His songwriting displays both his musical genius and original funk style. He is especially renowned for his syncopated rhythms and his second line funk styles. Zigaboo's songs have been released on over 56 albums nationally and internationally. His tunes have also graced such movies as "Two Can Play That Game," "Jackie Brown," "Drum Line," "8 Mile," "Hancock," a Nike Commercial for Footaction, and most recently, the TV show "Battleground Earth: Ludacris vs. Tommy Lee" on Planet Green.

Zigaboo's latest release, "New Life," came out in 2011 and is available for download from iTunes. All of his solo albums are available on CD at and Ziggy's first solo CD, entitled "", was released in 2000 and was reviewed as one of the most outstanding comeback records of the year. In 2004, the follow-up CD, "I'm on the Right Track," featured special guests Dr. John and Bernie Worrell. "Funk Me Hard Live" is a collection of funk originals recorded in 1980 and released in 2009. All these iconic albums were released on Zigaboo's own label, JZM Records.

"The fourth album released by talented drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, New Life is certainly a must buy...the drum beats, matched with catchy lyrics and topped with a hearty dollop of New Orleans soul denotes another success from Zigaboo Modeliste" Where Y'at Magazine April 2011

"Zigaboo Modeliste, the high performance engine behind the funk limousine of the Meters, has tinkered with his identity as a leader, but appears to have arrived at a perfect medium for his solo persona with New Life."
John Swenson - Offbeat Magazine May 2011

Ass-shaking instant classics, each and every one. But New Life, issued by Oakland, Calif.-based JZM Records, wouldn't have been nearly so interesting without its unexpected earlier detours into some seriously fonky R&B side roads. Modeliste shows he's can still conjure up the Meters magic, but also that his brilliance is not confined to those old records.
Something Else Reviews, July 2011
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103