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2018 Acts 

Honey Island Swamp Band

Great music begins with great songs, and great songs are what the Honey Island Swamp Band is all about. The band came together when Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Chris Mulé (electric guitar, vocals) were marooned in San Francisco after the levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. After a chance encounter with fellow New Orleans evacuees Sam Price (bass, vocals) and Garland Paul (drums, vocals), and with no prospects of getting home any time soon, they figured they’d better cook up something new, and quick!


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Meet The Honey Island Swamp Band:
Aaron Wilkinson – mandolin, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Chris Mulé – guitar, vocals
Sam Price – bass, vocals
Garland Paul – drums, vocals
Trevor Brooks – keyboards

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Funk Monkey

New Orleans has a new supergroup and its name tells you upfront what it's all about - Funk Monkey. Their untamed grooves showcase second-line funk, soul, & boogaloo that'll move your feet and feed your soul. 

In 2013, Bonerama's Greg Hicks and Bert Cotton brought together a few friends willing to commit to building something special, something different than the other popular groups they’ve played with. Greg's powerful trombone and Bert's tasty guitar are complimented by some of the Big Easy's finest - Jason Mingledorff (Papa Grows Funk) on sax, Rik Fletcher (Smilin' Myron) on keyboards, David Pomerleau (Johnny Sketch) on bass, and Eddie Christmas (John Cleary) on drums. 


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Arséne DeLay

A soulful voice, from a jazz tradition, with a heart of rock and roll, makes for a styling as complex as the city she calls home. Arsene spent much her life on the road, starting on Milwaukee’s rich underground hip-hop and poetry scene with Poetree Chicago, Growing Nation, Black Elephant, & Sheree Amore, while finishing a BFA in Theatre Arts, at Marquette University. Her acting career took her to Los Angeles, where she would put the Ascona Jazz and Heritage Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the REDCAT Theatre at the Walt Disney Concert Hall under her belt before finishing her Master’s Degree in Acting from California Institute of the Arts.

You can catch her doing her solo acoustic shows, the A2D2 Experience, the vocal duo powerhouse created by her and Antoine Diel, of the Misfit Power.

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The Iceman Special

These Big Easy Bombardiers pack an ample amount of audio artillery in their set and you better believe that the Funka-Delic swamp will rain down heavy when they plug in. The Iceman Special is 4 piece outfit transplanted from the swamps of Louisiana to the big city of New Orleans. They combine a sound of dirty funk and delicate groove with elements of disco and rock and roll to create danceable jams with plenty of edge and substance. Screeching yet smooth guitars, wandering yet punchy bass lines, electronic synth samples, driving drum beats and powerful vocals form one a kind soundscapes.


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Band members: Charlie Murry, Will Murry, Steve Staples, Hunter Romero

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The Soul Rebels

The Soul Rebels are riding high in 2018, receiving national attention with a performance onNPR’s Tiny Desk series, a debut late night TV appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, a headlining set at the global TED Conference, and an appearance and official soundtrack feature for Universal Pictures’ hit comedy Girls Trip. The band continues to expand its international reach touring four continents including Europe, Australia, China, South Korea and Japan. Their explosive stage presence has led to live collaborations with the likes of: Nas, G-Eazy,Portugal. The Man, Robert Glasper, Pretty Lights, DMX, Curren$y, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, GZA, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mobb Deep, Raekwon, Metallica, and Marilyn Manson among many others, and opening for Lauryn Hill and Nile Rodgers.

The Soul Rebels started with an idea – to expand upon the pop music they loved on the radio and the New Orleans brass tradition they grew up on. They took that tradition and blended funk and soul with elements of hip hop, jazz and rock all within a brass band context. The band has built a career around an eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and drums in a deep pocket funk party-like atmosphere. The Soul Rebels continue to chart new territory as they feature in major films, tour globally, and combine topnotch musicianship with songs that celebrate dancing, life, funk and soul.

Band members:

Lumar LeBlanc - President, Snare Drum
Derrick "Oops" Moss - Vice-President, Bass Drum and Percussion
Manuel Perkins - Sousaphone
Marcus "Red" Hubbard - Trumpet
Julian Gosin - Trumpet
Paul Robertson - Trombone
Corey Peyton - Trombone
Erion Williams - Tenor Saxophone

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New Orleans' newest Latin music sensation is Muevelo. That means "Move It" in Spanish, and that's just what you'll be doing with your feet, your hips and all the rest! Lead singer Margie Perez and Saxophonist Brent Rose have put together a talented ensemble that takes you on a musical journey to the Caribbean that will not let you leave the dance floor. In the 3 years since they formed, they have played The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The French Quarter Fest and The Congo Square Rhythms Festival. They currently have a once a month residency at Three Keys in Ace Hotel called "La Noche Caliente".

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Big Sam and The Krewe

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Scorpedos is Jake McGregor and Duz Mancini, and their close friends. They formed in New Orleans in the Summer of 2018, but both grew up in Los Angeles listening to the sounds of early 1970s Southern California. After playing in various rock bands around New Orleans, the duo has teamed up to write new songs and perform. They look forward to releasing their first singles in November. 

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Amanda Shaw and The Cute Guys

Mix a little bit of country and Cajun, with a touch of Rock-n-Roll and Blues, and you have a funky Louisiana flavor that fiddler and singer Amanda Shaw brings every time her high heels dance across a stage. Amanda's passion for her culture is evident in the diverse blend of music she creates with every note she plays.

Amanda’s award-winning music and high-energy performances with her band, The Cute Guys, produce a unique balance of mainstream harmonies with grassroots charm. She continues to master her technique by putting a personal Louisiana twist on performances at festivals and events around the world – locally, regionally and internationally. With regular appearances at iconic events like French Quarter Festival and Jazz Fest, Amanda has become a crowd favorite and a festival staple.

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Valerie Sassyfras and The Sasshay Dancers 

Valerie plays keyboard, accordion, and mandolin. She loves to make audiences go wild with her "wicked" choreography, often performed behind a lighted scrim.

Valerie has been delighting audiences for more than 20 years! Even though Valerie has strong roots in cajun and zydeco music, she continues to surprise crowds with fresh and hip new sounds. Some of Valerie's songs deal with heavy topics such as heartbreak, hardships, and death, while others speak about roller coasters, living in a van down by the river, and just plain having a good night out with your girlfriends! She truly covers the gamut of human emotion with her songwriting.

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