"New Orleans Swamp-Funk Spectacular"
**PAPA MALI'S GROOVY GETDOWN**
Papa Mali (born Malcolm Helm Welbourne in Vicksburg, Mississippi, May 6,1957) is a New Orleans based, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. He has been a touring musician and recording artist for decades. Yet, he is probably best known as the front man for 7 Walkers, a band formed in 2009 that includes three musical icons: Grateful Dead founding member and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, The Meters’ founding bassist, George Porter Jr. and lyricist Robert Hunter, who penned most of the Grateful Dead’s classic catalog (along with the late Jerry Garcia) and now co-writes much of 7 Walkers material with Welbourne. Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and Willie Nelson collaborator, Matt Hubbard completes the line up. Their self-titled debut was released to critical acclaim in November of 2010. Papa Mali is also known for his own live performances and recorded output, most notably his two albums for Fog City Records (2000’s Thunder Chicken and 2007’s Do Your Thing), both produced by Dan Prothero and the latter featuring some of New Orleans’ most legendary musicians. His work as a producer includes 7 Walkers (Response, 2010), The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn, 2007) and records by Lavelle White, Omar and the Howlers, Wendy Colonna, The Greyhounds and others.
(Drums of Further, Primus, Ratdog, Electric Beethoven)
Jay Lane is an American drummer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a founding member of Furthur, Electric Beethoven as well as the Golden Gate Wingmen with John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, and Reed Mathis. Bob Weir's RatDog, Scaring the Children with Weir and Rob Wasserman, Jay's Happy Sunshine Burger Joint, and the hip hop/jazz fusion band Alphabet Soup. He was one of the first drummers of Primus, playing with the band for around eight months in 1988 and later rejoining the band from 2010-2013.
(Bassist of Sly & The Family Stone, Tower Of Power)
In 1973 Bobby Vega started his professional career as a bass player (he was 16 years old) on Sly Stones’ single “I Get High on You.” A Bay Area musician’s musician Bobby has since played with artists ranging from Joan Baez to Etta James. Bobby filled in when legendary Tower of Power bass player Francis “Rocco” Prestia had to take some extended leave. Bobby’s resume is so impressive it puts him not only on stage with the greats, but after over four decades, has
made him a legend as well. Bobby was added to Bass Player Magazine’s Top 100 Bassists of all time in 2017. He made the cover of Bass Player Magazine in 2016. Bobby wrote a column for Bass Player from 2014 to 2016.
Bobby was recognized in the May 2010 Bass Player Magazine commemorating on the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Jazz Bass. “Bobby Vega is that good. “Put-the-bass-away-work-at-the-gas- station” good.”” – Kenna Shaw, BadAssBassPlayer.com Aug 2009 “Hold on to your hats! Are you listening? Here it goes... Bobby Vega is the worlds most insanely bad-ass bass player. You see what he does and sometimes the notes you hear and the movements he makes don't make sense. Then you ask yourself, "Self? How did he do that?" That's why he's Bobby Vega, and we aren't.” Jim Dunlop Picks, USA September 2009
Voted #1 Favorite Video in Bass Player TV 2008 AND 2009 Readers Polls
(Hammond B3 & Keys of Stanton Moore Trio, Dr. Lonnie Smith)
From cookin’ with Blues legend John Lee Hooker, organ summits with B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, television and radio appearances, Wil Blades is gaining critical acclaim and international recognition. Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area’s first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum internationally. He has been named “Rising Star” for organ in the Downbeat critics poll every year since 2006. Wil has been wowing audiences with groups such as “O.G.D.,” “Amendola Vs. Blades”, “Stanton Moore Trio”, “Steppin” and Billy Martin Wil Blades Duo". In 2007 Blades released his much anticipated debut record, “Sketchy”, on Doodlin’ Records. In addition to performing with legendary artists such as John Lee Hooker and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wil has performed and recorded with Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Billy Martin, Anders Osborne, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others.
(direct from New Orleans)
Deltaphonic is a New Orleans duo that blends fingerpicking blues, funk, and roots rock into a surprisingly big sound. Since its formation in 2014, the band has released two critically acclaimed albums, performed at the 2018 New Orleans French Quarter Fest as well as some of New Orleans’ most iconic venues, and maintained a national tour schedule averaging 150 dates/year.
Propelled by a the frenetic performances and memorable songwriting of band leader Andrew T. Weekes and drummer Ciaran Brennan, Deltaphonic has cultivated a distinct sound that veteran music critic Robert Fontenot described this way: “If you opened a lounge outdoors in a graveyard next to a swamp, this would be the only album you’d need on the jukebox … NOLA finally has an answer for the Black Keys and the White Stripes—dark Americana with history’s dust shaken off.”