It's time for a Superjam bringing together some of the best players in the Gulf with some from of the best from the San Francisco Bay! Rock and funk axe-slingers from both parts of the country will join forces for one special night to emote with the combined spiciness of Cajun Country and the laid-back hippiedom of the San Francisco Bay Area (but don't let the hippies fool you; there's some mighty serious jazz, funk and rock coming from the City By The Bay).|
Bring your dancing shoes for what promises to be a rockin', funky good time with the SF / NOLA SUMMIT!
Stu Allen (SF) - Guitar/Vocals
Best known for his work with Phil Lesh & Friends, JGB, The Rock Collection, Mars Hotel, AXIAL TILT, John Mayer, CRYPTICAL, John Scofield and more, Stu Allen is widely recognized as one of the top Jerry Garcia "channelers" around. He previously held the lead guitar spot in JGB -- Garcia's keyboardist Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band -- for more than half a decade.
Melvin states, "Stu has grown into his own...It's really scary what I see him do on stage and what I hear. Even when I close my own eyes for a moment and I'm not looking at anybody, where my mind goes is remembering being on stage with Jerry (Garcia), and it's really spooky at times."
Grateful Dead founding members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir turn to Stu to cover the Jerry slot in their San Francisco Bay Area shows and elsewhere, but his guitar prowess goes far beyond giving tribute to Jerry; Stu will show the Café Istanbul crowd just how funky a guitarist from the Bay Area can get...which is pretty freakin' funky!
Billy Iuso (NOLA) - Guitar/Vocals
A New York native who formed the funky, psychedelic guitar-fronted Brides of Jesus in the early 90s, Billy Iuso 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 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 scene, forming the Restless Natives in 2002 and performing regularly with the Wild Magnolias and Anders Osborne.
Today, the Restless Natives remain a local music scene staple, while Billy frequently sits in on guitar with old friends like Osborne, Porter and Neville. A longtime proponent of the peace through music message, Billy has also paid homage to his musical heroes as a member of Dead Feat alongside Grateful Dead alum Bill Kreutzmann and Little Feat guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett.
Mitch Stein (SF) - Keyboards/Vocals
Mitch is one of the West Coast's most in-demand keyboardists. He has played piano since the age of 4, is an alum of The Berklee College Of Music, and over the past few decades has performed and/or recorded with such jazz, blues, rock and funk greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul McCandless, Frank Morgan, Jaco Pastorius, Bob Weir, David Grisman, Narada Michael Walden, Norton Buffalo, Mike Clark, Charles Neville, Jim Keltner, Todd Rundgren, Derek Trucks, Peter Cetera, Gary Burton, Leland Sklar, Scott Page, Johnny Nitro, Freddie Hubbard, Karl Denson, Jon Anderson, Larry Braggs, Luther Tucker, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Dave Malone, Camile Baudoin, Reggie Scanlan, Max Weinberg, The Greyboy Allstars, John Entwistle, John Lee Hooker, Little Jimmy Scott, Buddy Rich, Les Claypool, Tootie Heath, Melvin Seals, Zero, John Heard, Mickey Hart, Rob Wasserman, Donna Jean Godcheaux, Peter Albin, Peter Rowan, Dark Star Orchestra, Bill Kreutzmann, Harvey Mandel, Al Foster, Von and Chico Freeman, Steve Rodby, Papa John Creach, and many others.
Tony Hall (NOLA) - Bass
Tony is one of the most respected, versatile and productive bassists in the business. In addition to his work with the Neville Brothers (Yellow Moon), Dumpstaphunk and his signature bass line on Daniel Lanois "The Maker", Tony has performed and/or recorded with a long list of world-class artists including Bob Dylan, Edie Brickell, Aaron and Charles Neville, The Meters, Johnnie Taylor, N'Dea Davenport, Harry Connick, Jr., Emmylou Harris, Jewel, Dave Matthews, Trey Anastasio, B.B. King, Marc Broussard and many others.
Eric Bolivar (NOLA/SF) - Drums
Eric Bolivar is a musician who has shared his deep groove with people all over the world many times over. This musical journey has seen him perform with a wildly diverse list of world-renowned artists including Blue Note recording artists Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Gale and Karl Denson as a member of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. During his tenure with Denson, Eric had the opportunity to perform with several special guests including Karl's old boss Lenny Kravitz, as he would join the band onstage in different cities and on multiple occasions.
Eric's New Orleans connections have seen him work with many of the city's legends including George Porter and Leo Nocentelli of The Meters, multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Anders Osborne, GATORATORS (Dave Malone, Camile Baudoin and Reggie Scanlan from The Radiators plus keyboardist Mitch Stein), Ivan Neville of the Neville Brothers, and Brian Stoltz of the Neville Brothers, Funky Meters and Bob Dylan fame.
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2372 St Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117