The New Orleans Heavyhitters Drum Championship ft. Zigaboo Modeliste

Joy Theater Presents

The New Orleans Heavyhitters Drum Championship ft. Zigaboo Modeliste

Wed · May 3, 2017

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

$17.50 - $60.00

This event is all ages

$3 from each ticket sold will go to the New Orleans Muscian's Clinic

Zigaboo Modeliste
Zigaboo Modeliste
Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste is a Master Drummer, Rhythm-Innovator, Percussionist, and a 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 of all musicians and a great many Hip-Hop samplers. 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, & Dr. John has garnered him an unparalleled level or respect among musicians and fans. Ziggy's style is unique; he is a master of creating Funk Grooves and new concepts of Funk drumming. He is especially known for his syncopated rhythms and his unique second line Funk styles, which has been sampled, imitated and copied many times over.

Ziggy recorded on all the Original LP's with "The Meters" and is 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, & Tweet just to name a few. Ziggy is a BMI award winner for Young Gunz, "Can't Stop Won't Stop" and also Ziggy's drum sound provided the main loops for Amerie's "1Thing" nominated for 2 Grammy's which also reached the R & B charts at Number 1.

Ziggy has written over 200 songs individually and collectively with "The Meters" that display his songwriting genius and distinctive Funk Styles. This collection of songs has been released on over 36 albums nationally and internationally. His tunes have also been in movies such as "Two Can Play That Game", "Jackie Brown", "Drum Line", "8 Mile" a Nike Commercial for Footaction and most recently the TV show, Ludicris VS Tommy Lee on Planet Green and the movie "Hancock".

Ziggy released his first solo CD in 2000 entitled "Zigaboo.com" which was reviewed as one of the most outstanding comeback records of the year. "I'm on the Right Track" released in 2004 included appearances by special guests like Dr. John and Bernie Worrell. The album demonstrates that "Zigaboo Modeliste is the most brilliant American Funk percussionist of the Contemporary Era!". This year, Zigaboo will release "Funk Me Hard" which is a live recording of his 1980 performance with Gaboon's Gang at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans.
Nikki Glaspie
Nikki Glaspie
Although the name conjures up images of the acclaimed poetess; Nikki Glaspie uses her gift as a drummer to inform and inspire.

Born in Fredricksburg VA, raised in Montgomery County MD and Raleigh NC to a family of black southern ministers, Nikki Glaspie is anything but your typical, pious southern belle. When most girls her age were having tea party's, at the tender age of 8, Nikki was the full time drummer for her church. It was there that Nikki honed her skills, began to develop her own unique style of drumming, and fell in love with performing. Learning to play alongside her mother, who was on keys, Nikki G's musical education began in the home, listening, mimicking, and imagining. Throughout the years Nikki was influenced by the likes of Pat Metheny, Bootsy Collins, Dave Grohl, Doobie Powell, J Dilla, Hezekiah Walker, Fred Hammond, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Dennis Chambers and many, many more. In the end though, regardless of all the musicians, and lessons Nikki attributes her talent to be " a gift from God".

Steadfastly pursuing her career as a performance artist, Nikki moved to Boston, Ma in 2001 to pursue her dream of playing, creating, and communicating through music. Nikki made Boston her own; Fitting snugly some where between the walls of Berklee College of music and the small, cramped walls of one of Boston's most famous jazz clubs, Wally's. Albeit, Berklee College provided the academic and theoretical aspects necessary to any artist's formation, it was at Wally's that Nikki was able to forge unique student-teacher-friend relationships with local and world-renowned artists to soon make a name for herself. The magic of Wally's is found in its cramped quarters seeped in American jam-band tradition. With it's Appollo-esque, 'sink or swim' atmosphere, Nikki was able to put her drumming and performance skills to the test, proving she could 'hang with the baddest cats' in the area.

During her four years in Boston, Nikki G also had the honor of playing with some of the most talented artists around including Andre Ward, State Radio, Ceelo, Pharoe Monch, Dave Fuczyinski, Me'Shell Ndgeocello, Maceo of De La Soul, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Brenda Russell, Greg Phillagaines, just to name a few. Nikki's reputation for providing solid sticks grabbed the attention of Zildjian, the cymbal and drumstick manufacturer, quickly signing Nikki for a cymbal endorsement in 2003.

It is evident from the numerous notable performances that Nikki's remarkable chops and universal appeal make her the perfect compliment to any style of music. After years of providing the grooves for other artists, Nikki has several of her own projects. Nikki has been fortunate enough to play frequently at the New Orleans Jazz Fest with the likes of Soulive, Karl Denson, G Love & the Special Sauce, Melvin Sparks, Russell Baptiste, Ivan Neville, Dumpstaphunk, The North Mississippi All Stars, Big Sam's Funky Nation, George Porter of the Meters and the list goes on…

Nikki G's musical prowess extends farther than the drums, she excels both in front of and behind in the scenes in areas such as composing, arranging and producing alongside singer/songwriter, Adam Joseph, whose vocal styling an be described as a cross between Erykah Badu and Ben Harper, Nikki G co founded the production company, The Elegant Children. In 2003 she was executive producer and co-produced Adam Joseph's debut album, How I Seem to be.

In 2006 Nikki returned from a full scale European tour with rising 'rebel-soul' sensation, Martin Luther. Shortly after her return Nikki was chosen to be a member of Beyonce's new all female band! Nikki G. played her first BET Awards show in June 2006, followed by a full-scale worldwide tour with Beyonce in 2007. After traveling the world with the biggest Superstar in the world, Nikki returned home to her roots. Touring the United States with the Sam Kininger band and several other artists including Mexican Christian sensation Zaira, the talented Jennifer Hartswick of Trey Anastasio Band, Atlanta's gorgeous Joi, the eccentric Cody Chestnut and the explosive Ingmar Thomas & the Cypher. Upon completion of Beyonce's fourth album, 4, in 2011, Nikki decided to exclusively focus on her own music, solo career and to get back to her number one love: FUNK MUSIC!

In 2006 Nikki returned from a full scale European tour with rising 'rebel-soul' sensation, Martin Luther. Shortly after her return Nikki was chosen to be a member of Beyonce's new all female band! Nikki G. played her first BET Awards show in June 2006, followed by a full-scale worldwide tour with Beyonce in 2007. After traveling the world with the biggest Superstar in the world, Nikki returned home to her roots. Touring the United States with the Sam Kininger band and several other artists including Mexican Christian sensation Zaira, the talented Jennifer Hartswick of Trey Anastasio Band, Atlanta's gorgeous Joi, the eccentric Cody Chestnut and the explosive Ingmar Thomas & the Cypher. Upon completion of Beyonce's fourth album, 4, in 2011, Nikki decided to exclusively focus on her own music, solo career and to get back to her number one love: FUNK MUSIC!

Nikki currently plays tours with several New Orleans's based bands including Dumpstaphunk and The Neville Brothers. She also just released her first solo recording with her new band, The Nth Power. She has also performed with Chaka Kahn, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Destiny's Child and George Michael.
Alvin Ford Jr.
Alvin Ford Jr.
Drummer - Dumpstaphunk
Stanton Moore
Stanton Moore
Born and raised in New Orleans, Stanton Moore is a dedicated drummer and performer especially connected to the city, its culture and collaborative spirit. Driven and inspired by the thriving music scene of his hometown which includes such greats as Professor Longhair, Doctor John and The Meters, Moore's name is now mentioned amongst these Big Easy mainstays.

In the early '90s, Moore helped found the New Orleans-based essential funk band Galactic. Their first album, 1996's widely acclaimed Coolin' Off, led to an intense tour schedule of nearly 200 gigs a year for the next ten years. Building on their fan base by adding an esteemed list of all-star collaborations to the six albums that followed, Galactic continues to amass a worldwide audience via recording and touring globally.

Moore launched his solo career in 1998 aided by eight-string guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter and saxophonist Skerik (Les Claypool, John Scofield, Roger Waters). The group recorded All Kooked Out! featuring a handful of local New Orleans musicians as well.

In the midst of these recording sessions yet another concept was taking shape. Outtakes turned into the first Garage a Trois release, Mysteryfunk(1999). In 2000 the trio, led by Moore behind the drum kit, was joined by percussionist Mike Dillon (Les Claypool, Ani DiFranco) and has since released three more albums – Emphasizer in 2003, Outre Mer in 2005 and Power Patriot in 2009.

Moore extended his solo discography with the release of Flyin' the Koop (Verve/Blue Thumb) in 2001, and III (Telarc) in 2006. Following the latter Modern Drummer called Moore's trademark sound "infectious, jazz-meets-Bonham, nouveau second-line." Recorded at the legendary Preservation Hall in New Orleans, III featured organist Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars, The Head Hunters) and guitarist Will Bernard (T.J. Kirk, Doctor Lonnie Smith) as the Stanton Moore Trio, with special guests Skerik and trombonist Mark Mullins (Galactic, Bonerama, Harry Connick, Jr., Better Than Ezra).

In 2008, Moore looked to continue his scaled back session crew with Walter and Bernard to record Emphasis! (on parenthesis). Says Moore, "When it came time to do another record, I had already known for a while that I wanted to build on the momentum of this band – three musicians who were becoming a unit unto themselves – and I wanted to get a little more adventurous with the music itself."

In April 2010, Moore releases Groove Alchemy. The 12-track set is the culmination of Moore's multimedia project that also includes an instructional book and DVD of the same name. All three facets of the project are designed to explore the roots of funk drumming by examining the work of pioneers like Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, and Zigaboo Modeliste – each of whom made their mark at different times throughout the 1960s as the engines driving James Brown's and the Meters' legendary rhythm sections – and in turn tracing their influences back to the rhythms coming out of New Orleans in the earlier part of the 20th century. Recorded at Levon Helm's studio in Woodstock, NY, this project is the follow up to the widely acclaimed Take it to the Street DVD and book that focused specifically on New Orleans drumming styles.

Showing his outstanding versatility, Moore has appeared on Heavy Metal Grammy nominees Corrosion of Conformity's In the Arms of God, Irma Thomas' After the Rain (winning a grammy in the process), Robert Walter's Super Heavy Organ, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Boots Riley's (the Coup) Street Sweeper Social Club, Will Bernard's Blue Plate Special, Diane Birch's Bible Belt, Alec Ounsworth's (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) Mo Beauty and Joss Stone's Colour Me Free!. He continues to play dates globally with an ever-evolving cast of musicians including John Scofield; Karl Denson; George Porter, Jr., and Leo Nocentelli (of the Meters); Charlie Hunter; Warren Haynes; John Medeski and Chris Wood (of Medeski, Martin and Wood); Donald Harrison Jr.; Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dr. John, Tab Benoit, Robert Walter; the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to name a few.

With a bachelor's degree in music and business from Loyola University, Moore stays involved in education by constantly giving clinics and teaching master classes and private lessons all over the world. He has been a contributing writer for Drum!, Modern Drummer, and DownBeat magazines. To date Moore has been featured on the covers of twelve drum publications worldwide. In 2005, he launched a signature line of cymbals with Bosphorus Cymbals and a signature drumstick with the Vic Firth stick company. In 2009, Moore developed his own drum company to introduce his signature titanium snare drum that he designed in conjunction with Ronn Dunnett. In 2010, Moore collaborated with Gretsch Drums to design and launch his new 4.5"x14" signature wood snare drum. In 2011, Moore and LP introduced the new signature pandeiro which was created to be used as an accessory piece for the drumset.

Deeply affected by Katrina and its aftermath, New Orleans' native son was quick to lend a hand by spearheaded the Tipitina's Music Workshop, free Sunday seminars that cater to children and a rotating cast of well-known professionals to promote the preservation of New Orleans music. He also set up the Staletta Fund, a scholarship started by he and his wife Aletta to help cover costs for aspiring students to attend jazz camps, auditions and further their education.

Moore stays active as a spokesperson for the Gulf Restoration Network and is a regular proponent of and player with the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars. Additionally he serves on the board of directors for the Roots of Music, a free music education and academic mentoring program founded by Derrick Tabb, drummer for Rebirth Brass Band and recent nominee for CNN's Heroes awards.
Venue Information:
Joy Theater
1200 Canal St
New Orleans, LA, 70112
http://www.thejoytheater.com/