2019 Band Bio's by Bob Adamek
Multiple Grammy winning singer Aaron Neville will headline the Main Stage on Saturday at Crawfish Fest this year, making his second appearance at the festival. His career is now in its 6th decade as New Orleans most well known singer. Neville is beloved for his silky smooth voice and brilliant falsetto during his work with the Neville Brothers, Linda Ronstadt and solo hit songs like “Tell It Like It Is”, “Everybody Plays The Fool” and “Hercules”. He is touring behind the strength of his most recent album Apache.
The Marcus King Band
Crawfish Fest is very excited to have such a quickly rising star headline our Main Stage on Sunday this year. The six piece Marcus King Band is lead by the 22 year old guitar prodigy Marcus King. They have already recorded three full-length albums and an EP, two of which were produced by Warren Haynes, and Marcus co-wrote a song with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach for the most recent album Carolina Confessions. Marcus has created a lot of buzz in the music world from his soulful and honest guitar playing and writing. He has frequently played on stage with some of the greatest guitarist of our time such as Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and Billy Strings. His set promises to be most memorable!
Super group Neville Jacobs will headline the Bulleit Bourbon Pavilion Stage on Friday night for campers and King Crawfish Krewe ticket holders. Four extremely accomplished musicians make up this one-of-a-kind band including Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk, Keith Richards, Neville Brothers, Dragon Smoke), Cris Jacobs (The Bridge), Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk, Neville Brothers, Dave Matthews and Friends, Trey Anastasio) and Brady Blade (Dave Matthews and Friends, Emmy Lou Harris, Jewel). Ivan and Cris each brought songs into the project and they have written several songs together, released on their debut album Neville Jacobs. Their individual tour schedules keep them so busy, it is a special event when they get to play together, don’t miss it!
Rebirth Brass Band
The Grammy winning Rebirth Brass Band is one New Orleans most famous musical ambassadors. From their long standing Tuesday night residency at the Maple Leaf Bar, to festival main stages all over the world, the band has delighted audiences with a unique combination of traditional brass band, funk, hip hop, R&B and the unmistakable sound of New Orleans. Rebirth’s influence has spread far and wide, but no more than in their own New Orleans, where legions of younger brass bands have also learned to soak up a myriad of musical influences to adapt into the brass band style. Rebirth hits the Main Stage right before the Saturday festival headliner, Aaron Neville.
Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience
Terrance Simien accomplished something that no other zydeco musician ever has, winning a second Grammy! Through years of touring and recording, Terrance has proved his worth as an artist, a legacy that is now enshrined with music’s highest honor, a Grammys. Terrance is very adept at interpreting any song into his zydeco style, and delivers a truly joyous live show, always interacting with the crowd, tossing Mardi Gras beads out and leaving the crowd worn out from dancing. Terrance opens the main stage and closes the Bulleit Bourbon Pavilion Stage on Saturday this year.
Cowboy Mouth are Crawfish Fest veterans, playing sets that leave their fans absolutely buzzing. At previous CFF shows they closed out their set with their biggest hit, “Jenny Says,” while drummer and lead singer Fred LeBlanc would start to invite kids that were close to the front, up on stage to play drums with him. One year five kids were lifted up onto the stage, given drumsticks and the chance of a lifetime, to play drums at the peak of a huge rock-n-roll show. The crowd was inspired, the kids were psyched and when they finally got to join in, the fairgrounds exploded. You couldn’t find someone that wasn’t smiling. Cowboy Mouth returns to Crawfish Fest on Sunday this year to close out the Bulleit Bourbon Pavilion Stage. The band is simply an adrenaline injection!
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, simply put, are the fathers of the modern day brass band. They have performed with artists like Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Dizzy Gillespie, Norah Jones and Widespread Panic. They have been exciting audiences all over the world for over 40 years and are now making a return trip to Crawfish Fest. The Dirty Dozen have 12 studio albums, combining traditional brass band music with funk, jazz, R&B and soul. There live shows are full of energy and have the feel of few other bands, as they have played together for over half a lifetime. Check out their set on the Main Stage on Sunday afternoon this year!
Walter "Wolfman" Washington and The Roadmasters
Walter “Wolfman” Washington has been a fixture on the New Orleans R&B scene since the late 1950’s. Playing with Lee Dorsey through the 60’s and then Johnny Adams through the 70’s, Walter formed his own band, The Roadmasters in the late 1970’s and has been touring, playing and recording with them ever since. The Roadmasters have been built into one of the premiere R&B bands touring today, giving life to sound that made New Orleans a recording destination of choice for so many R&B acts during the peak of American Rhythm and Blues. At 75 years of age, Walter is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from OffBeat Magazine this year. Walter will be closing the Bulleit Bourbon Pavilion Stage for campers and King Crawfish Krewe ticket holders this year on Saturday night.
Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
Geno Delafose was born into the Zydeco tradition, playing in his father’s band, the Eunice Playboys from the time he was eight, in 1979. By 1994 he was fronting his own band, French Rockin’ Boogie, and they are still playing together today. As Geno has pushed the envelope of Zydeco, infusing influences from traditional Cajun music as well as Country music, he was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007. Geno will be busy on Sunday this year at Crawfish Fest 2019, opening the Pavilion Stage and closing the Dance Hall Stage.
Bishop Gunn is a band born out of Natchez Mississippi with a genuine soulful southern rock and blues pedigree. They recorded their debut record, released in 2018 and titled Natchez, at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and FAME Studios. They have soulful vocals and a great musical chemistry. New comers to the Crawfish Fest lineup, Bishop Gunn will be playing on the Bulleit Bourbon Pavilion Stage on Sunday afternoon.
Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet
Corey Henry grew up playing trombone in the Treme Brass Band before winning a Grammy with Rebirth Brass Band and spending several years playing with Galactic. Leading his own Treme Funktet he recently released his debut album Lapeitah produced by the Pimps of Joytime’s Brian J. Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet will be the featured artist on the Bulleit Bourbon Pavilion Stage on Saturday night for campers and King Crawfish Krewe ticket holders and will also play a Main Stage set on Sunday!
John Papa Gros Band
Long time Crawfish Fest favorite, John Gros is back this year with his John Papa Gros Band. John’s band Papa Grows Funk was a Crawfish Fest staple though their thirteen-year run. John is very dedicated to moving New Orleans piano music forward, drawing from a lifetime of funk, R&B and Rock and Roll influences. He has subbed in the Funky Meters many times, backed Bruce Sprinsteen, John Fogerty, Irma Thomas and Aaron Neville on stage, and has a dedicated work ethic to go with a big hearted talent. Fans of funk and true New Orleans piano are in for a real treat on Saturday’s Main Stage set. Don’t be late and bring your dancin’ shoes!
Jonathon Long has been touring since he was 14, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Dr. John, Warren Haynes and Rockin’ Dopsie. Long released his third album in 2018 titled Jonathon Long, which was produced by Crawfish Fest veteran artist Samantha Fish. The blues singer and guitar player has toured as an opening act for BB King and is a regular at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Jonathon brings his powerful blues guitar playing to the Bulleit Bourbon Pavilion Stage on Saturday afternoon this year.
After their explosive Crawfish Fest debut 2016, Flow Tribe is back! The six man unit, made up of New Orleans natives has played the main stages multiple times at Voodoo Fest and Jazz Fest. The band plays live with ferocious energy, basing their music in deep grooves as they effortlessly move between funk, R&B, Reggae and the special gumbo that permeates all of New Orleans music. Flow Tribe’s high-energy stage shows are not to be missed; they engage the crowd, sometimes play out in the crowd and leave their fans happy. Their most recent album is Boss, which is the fourth in their catalogue. Their Saturday Bulleit Bourbon Pavilion Stage set is not to be missed!
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes is about to pass their 18th anniversary, a feat which caused front man, Johnny Sketch (Marc Paradis), to reflect “We have pretty much the same line up, especially since Hurricane Katrina. That is a pretty big milestone to me. The best part of this band is the drive to move forward”.
This is Johnny Sketch’s fourth trip to Crawfish Fest. Marc spoke about his excitement to play this festival again “I was ready to come back about the minute it ended last time. There aren’t too many festivals like this throughout the country, where there are so many bands from New Orleans, and the bands and the fans are all on the same page”. The band is touring behind the strength of their latest album Sketch and will be playing for campers and King Crawfish Krewe ticket holders on Friday night this year.
Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas
Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas won the 2015 Clifton Chenier Lifetime Achievement Award, owing to 30+ years of excellence in Zydeco touring and recording. The award is especially fitting since Clifton Chenier is Nathan Williams biggest and earliest inspiration. Zydeco is soulful, fast paced music designed to get you up off your feet and dancing with the band. Nathan’s relentless pursuit of this has made him an international star. Nathan hits the Dance Hall Stage both on Saturday and Sunday this year.
Darcy Malone and the Tangle
Darcy Malone, the daughter of the Radiators Dave Malone, and her husband, guitarist Christopher Boye are the husband and wife team at the heart of The Tangle. Getting the Tangle moniker from the tangled array of musical influence on their music, the band writes infectious pop and rock melodies that fill their debut record Still Life. The band released a four song EP in 2018 titled Make Me Over, which has a harder edge to it as the band continues to evolve and stretch. Darcy Malone and the Tangle kick off all the festivities on Saturday on the Bulleit Bourbon Pavilion Stage at Crawfish Fest 2019.
Amanda Fish is making her Crawfish Fest debut on Sunday this year on the Bulleit Bourbon Pavilion Stage. She is touring on the strength of her second studio album Free, which opened up at number 6 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart. Among other accolades Fish received the Sean Costello Rising Star Award from Blues Blast Magazine for her first album, 2015’s Down In The Dirt. Amanda is the older sister of two-time Crawfish Fest artist Samantha Fish.
The Iceman Special
The Iceman Special are quickly becoming a sensation in New Orleans, owing to their high energy rock and roll shows. The four-piece band is fronted by brothers Charles and William Murray on bass and guitar, with the added psychedelic lead guitar sounds of Steve Staples. They have been touring hard behind the release of their self-titled debut album The Iceman Special, doing many dates at the beginning of this year with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. They will be opening up the Saturday night music for campers and King Crawfish Krewe ticket holders in the Dance Hall.
Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew
Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew come to the Dance Hall stage on Saturday and Sunday this year. This is fitting because they have been called “Definitive dance hall music”. Jesse has been playing Cajun music based out of southwest Louisiana for over 40 years now, and in 1998 was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame. He has received many awards from the Cajun French Music Association, often called the Cajun Grammys, and knows this genre of music as well as anybody playing today.
Tony Smith and The You know How We Do Crew
For thirty years, Tony Smith has been spreading the word of Gospel jazz with his saxophone. He has a Gospel jazz radio show on WFDU 89.1FM in Teaneck NJ, and will be filling the Sunday morning Bulleit Bourbon Pavilion Stage Gospel set at this year’s Crawfish Fest. This has been a very popular scene at Crawfish Fest in the past, where artists like The Lee Boys, Campbell Brothers and the Matt Angus Thing with Anthony Morgan’s Choir have gotten Sunday started off right with a set of energetic Gospel. Tony Smith and the You Know What We Do Crew will bring the Word through their Gospel jazz to all on Sunday morning this year.
Big Mamou is a band made up of seasoned musicians from eclectic backgrounds, who came together to form a wonderful mix of Country, Cajun and Zydeco music. The Montclair NJ band are making the first appearance at Crawfish Fest and have the honor of kicking the whole festival off on Friday, on the Bulleit Bourbon Pavilion Stage for campers and King Crawfish Krewe ticket holders.