Papa Mali and Friends + Camile Baudoin and the Living Rumours + Honey Island Swamp Band + Jimmy Leslie + The Dave Jordan Band + The Iko Allstars + Frogs Gone Fishin’ + The SoulaBillySwampBoogie Band + Mike Dillon with Yojimbo performing at The Rusty Nail on May 2, 2012 for the Daze Between Festival
For some, long days at the Fairgrounds and late nights at their favorite rock club for seven days over two weekends are not enough to satisfy their Jazz Fest-induced live music jones. Enter the Daze Between Festival, lodged between the first and second weekend of The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which returns to the Rusty Nail for the third straight year.
This time around the event returns to it’s origins as a one-day affair, but the modest courtyard stage of festivals past is being replaced by a full-scale outdoor set-up, making room for bona fide full band performances inside and out. Daze Between veteran Papa Mali will return to headline the day-long tribute to the music of The Grateful Dead, while the diverse group of “Friends” who will end up joining him could include any combination of the talented motley crew he runs with. As Mali currently tours with Bill Kreutzmann and New Orleans living legend George Porter, Jr. (as 7 Walkers), and has shared the stage with everyone from Willie Nelson to Burning Spear, his have always been performances notorious for exciting pop-ins and unexpected cameos.
Also returning from last year are the Honey Island Swamp Band, Colorado jam band Frogs Gone Fishin‘, members of San Franscisco’s Tea Leaf Green and the Iko All-Stars (featuring Billy Iuso, former Radiators Reggie Scanlon, CR Gruver and Gravity A‘s Mike Foo). Jimmy Leslie, the Mike Dillon Band, Dave Jordan and TheSoulswampbillyboogieband round out the lineup, while the ghost of the Rads will be further represented by guitarist Camile Baudoin and his newest project The Living Rumors.
The music starts at 3pm on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 and a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Gulf Restoration Network. NOLA Brewing and Sailor Jerry are sponsoring the event, and vendors will offer hot boiled crawfish, Woody’s Fish Tacos, McClure’s Barbeque, and plenty of fresh shucked oysters.
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The Beams performing at The Rusty Nail on March 25, 2012
Blind Texas Marlin and friends performing at The Rusty Nail on December 7, 2011
Skate Night performing at The Rusty Nail for NOLAW‘s “Steamy Summer Brawl” on July 16, 2011
Country Fried + Jenn Howard & Crazy McGee + Frogs Gone Fishing + Lubriphonic + The Iko Allstars + Honey Island Swamp Trio + Papa Mali and Friends + special guests performing at The Rusty Nail on May 3, 2011 and May 4, 2011
If you, like me, happened to walk into the Rusty Nail on the Tuesday or Wednesday between last year’s Jazz Fest weekends, you were treated to significantly more than just the comfortable atmosphere and reasonably priced drinks that are the bar’s specialty. You would have walked into a day-long, indoor/outdoor music extravaganza featuring local and regional favorites plus appearances by the likes of Bill Kreutzman and Blues Traveler’s John Popper.
The “Daze Between” Festival is coming back for 2011, with proceeds from the event benefiting The New Orleans Musicians Clinic and the Gulf Restoration Network. On May 3, Nail regulars Jenn Howard & Crazy McGee and Country Fried will be joined by Chicago funk outfit Lubriphonic and a Tea Leaf Green/ALO mashup dubbed The San Francisco Free For All.
Wednesday’s lineup is awesomely filled with a variety of supergroups paying musical tribute to the Grateful Dead. It’s Dead tunes all day, interpreted by Papa Mali and Friends, the Honey Island Swamp Trio, the Iko All-Stars (featuring Billy Iuso, the Radiators’ Reggie Scanlon, CR Gruver and Gravity A‘s Mike Foo), Drums and Space (featuring Particle‘s Steve Molitz, Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret. and a variety of special guests) and Counterclarkwise (another incarnation of a Tea Leaf Green/ALO collaboration).
Wall-to-wall music, hot boiled crawfish, freshly shucked oysters and jambalaya are sure to help you get a running start on the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; and if last year was any indication, there should be plenty of surprises in store.
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