Busted On Bourbon: Iko Allstars – NOLA’s Dead Tribute

Busted On Bourbon: Iko Allstars – NOLA’s Dead Tribute

Billy Iuso, Reggie Scanlan (of the Radiators), John "Papa" Gros, Brian Stoltz, Eddie Christmas, CR Gruver (of the New Orleans Suspects), Michael Fouquier (of Gravity A), With Special Guests Johnny Vidacovich, Papa Mali + More TBA

Fri · February 23, 2018

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$10.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages

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Billy Iuso
Billy Iuso
"It's a tribute to his growth as a musician that this much firepower could appear on an album that stays resolutely in service to the song." -- John Swenson, Offbeat Editor-at-Large When New Orleans guitarist Billy Iuso changed his musical course on 2013's "Naked," his newly sharpened focus on singing and lyric writing received critical acclaim -- and plenty of love from his national fan base. Now front and center in a way they've never been before, Billy's earthy vocal tone and the disarmingly raw sentiments embedded in his lyrics lend a richer dynamic to the muscular fretwork that's always powered his performance. Combined with shifting blues-rock textures, echoes of psychedelia and soulful New Orleans funk rhythms, the results paved the way for a reinvigorated, more song-centric direction in Billy's artistic output. In 2014, he took those concepts a step further, returning to the studio to record "Overstanding" with an all-star cast of special guests including George Porter and Art Neville.

Citing Porter and Neville as well as Bob Marley, Paul Weller, Steve Winwood and Traffic among his many muses, Billy explains that as he matures, inspiration comes from a mix of words, sounds and musicians. "I'm writing more songs as I get older," he says. "Sometimes a new song comes from a story, sometimes from a guitar riff – each one has its own life."

A New York native who formed the funky, psychedelic guitar-fronted Brides of Jesus in the early '90s, Billy quickly developed a strong following on the Wetlands scene alongside Warren Haynes, Blues Traveler and the Spin Doctors. As the Brides' popularity continued to soar, they shared bills with Widespread Panic and the Dave Matthews Band. While touring and collaborating with a host of key members of the jam band community, Billy explored the roots of the bands that influenced him most – including Little Feat, whose music turned him on to the Meters. Eventually, he opened for the Funky Meters at shows across the country. It wasn't long before George Porter and Art Neville were encouraging him to relocate to New Orleans permanently, which he did in 1996. Billy quickly established himself on the live music scenes, forming the Restless Natives in 2002 and performed regularly with the Wild Magnolias, Anders Osborne and as an original member of Dead Feat alongside Grateful Dead alum Bill Kreutzmann and Little Feat's Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett.

Today, the Restless Natives remain a local music scene staple, along with Billy's acoustic performances he also frequently can be found on the guitar with old friends like Porter and Neville amongst many others.
Reggie Scanlan (of the Radiators)
Reggie Scanlan (of the Radiators)
Reggie Scanlan is a bass guitar player and photographer from New Orleans, Louisiana and a founding member of swamp rock band, The Radiators.

In 1974, Scanlan got an opportunity to jam with legendary New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair (aka "Fess"). In 1977, Scanlan was invited to join Fess's band, and he toured with Fess until the end of the year, when most of the band was replaced. During that time Scanlan and guitarist Dave Malone were in a band called Road Apple. In January 1978 Ed Volker invited both men to jam with Camile Baudoin and Frank Bua, Jr. who were members with him in a band called The Rhapsodizers. The jam lasted for about 5 hours and at the end of the session The Radiators were born. Reggie's photography is the cover art for two of the Radiators albums, New Dark Ages and Bucket of Fish.
John "Papa" Gros
John "Papa" Gros
New Orleans native John “Papa” Gros (pronounced grow) has spent more than a quarter-century behind the piano championing the music of the Big Easy. He turns over a new leaf with his second solo album, River’s on Fire, which is set for release August 26th. It’s a record that mixes the sounds of rock & roll, funk and rootsy Americana into a genre-bending gumbo that carries on the tradition of New Orleans, both honoring its past and helping to shape its future.

Inspired by hometown hero and longtime colleague Allen Toussaint, who passed away while Gros was recording the album on the Vermilion bayou in southwest Louisiana, River’s on Fire is John’s first release since his former band, Papa Grows Funk, disbanded in 2013. The quintet held down a weekly residency for more than a dozen years at the famous Maple Leaf Bar in Uptown New Orleans, mixing the smooth sophistication of a jazz quintet with the wild, anything-goes spirit of Mardi Gras. Papa Grows Funk released six critically-acclaimed albums along the way, including Needle in the Groove, which was co-produced by Toussaint — with Gros leading the charge as the group’s front man, songwriter and organ player.
CR Gruver (of the New Orleans Suspects)
CR Gruver (of the New Orleans Suspects)
CR Gruver is a classically trained pianist who immersed himself in New Orleans piano styles after touring with national bands such as Outformation and singer/songwriter Angie Aparo. Adept at James Booker-style piano and the swelling B-3 stylings of Art Neville, Gruver has also become a well-regarded sideman for Leo Nocentelli of The Meters.
Venue Information:
Joy Theater
1200 Canal St
New Orleans, LA, 70112
http://www.thejoytheater.com/