While the oppressive heat that takes hold of New Orleans during the summer months has yet to show any signs of retreat, Fall is indeed on the way. One need look no further than the return of autumn’s younger but nearly identical sibling to YLC’s “Wednesdays At The Square”, the free Harvest The Music concert series, which kicks off an eight-week run at Layfayette Square on September 14. “Big” Sam Williams and His Funky Nation play the opening ceremonies, and a cast of some of New Orleans’ best usual suspects will be trotted out over the following two months:
The series continues every Wednesday through Nov. 2 with headliners Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Roadshow, Bonerama with Dave Malone, Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Jon Cleary’s Philthy Phew, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Buckwheat Zydeco.
Trombone Shorty‘s October 12th performance – which will be his first New Orleans gig after he unleashes a new album on the world in September – should be circled on everyone’s music calendar, but so should Bonerama‘s appearance on September 28. The reigning champions of brassy, funked-out rock and roll will be joined by “former” Radiator Dave Malone throughout the fall, and towering country/blues force-of-nature Alvin Youngblood Hart will be opening.
Admission is free and the music starts at 5PM each week. All proceeds from the sale of food, drink, arts and crafts benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.