Artist Spotlight: AF THE NAYSAYER’s Premier Music Video

Check out upcoming BR Artist, AF THE NAYSAYER’s new music video, “Sunday”  produced by  Jim McKay & Outlander Productions.
The man behind AF THE NAYSAYER, Amahl Abdul-Khaliq, has been steadily gaining attention for his work with the hip-hop and jazz communities from BR to New York. He’s recently been featured on the cover of DIG Magazine for his involvement in the Dolo Jazz Suite, a monthly producer showcase that specializes in jazz and hip-hop influenced electronic music.
What piques our interest beyond the diversity of his sound is that Amahl is providing something essential to the local music scene that benefits us the whole musical community- independent entertainment with expert coordination. His shows are thoughtful, his projects are consistent, visually intriguing and well orchestrated, yet there’s an ease to it all that still feels homegrown.

So we just wanted to take a minute to say how much we appreciate the ingenuity, community, and professionalism by everyone involved. Keep working hard, it shows! To read more about the Dolo Jazz Suite, visit, www.dolojazzsuite.com or find them on facebook.

Jive Update: Farewell to Luke Ash and a much-needed break…

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Farewell to Luke Ash, tonight at the Haven.

Hi all,

There are many great options on the calendar, but this week I wanted to call your attention to just one show— American Thrift presents To The Highway with Whistlin’ Luke Ash at the Haven Listening Room TONIGHT, Friday 6/19/14 (7pm, BYOB, donations accepted). I’ll let Jive Flamingo’s Ben Herrington explain the significance of the event.

Where did Baton Rouge music begin? For me it was on a Monday night on Chimes Street when I ran into Luke Ash and we started a second line around the bar playing SAINTS. Also around that time, whilst I was performing with Peter Simon on melodica and accordion, I heard Clay Parker for the first time on the back deck of North Gate Tavern (now The Library At Northgate). It was over at Chelsea’s Cafe one night when I heard Jacob Christopher Zachary and pretty soon I was hearing incredible performances from him and other folks at Haven Gallery and Listening Room, folks such Denton Hatcher, Jodi James, Ryan Harris, and Barrett Black. These folks wrote some of the most incredible songs I had ever heard, and they performed them mainly, it seemed, for their friends and for their family and to simply express themselves. I believe that the spirit of community and of musicians supporting and respecting one another that theses songwriters helped create here has continued and grown and multiplied. Even though many who carry the torch today are not aware of these guys, I believe what they started has now spread to all musical genres in our city. The musicians in Baton Rouge make the music that they want to make without trying to fit any preconceived notions or molds or impress any powers-that-be. And they support one another like nowhere else. Luke is moving to Montana but he will always be with us. Be there at the Haven on Laurel tonight. –Ben Herrington

Tonight you’ll hear the musicians mentioned above and more in a beautiful farewell tribute to one of our city’s best songwriters. It is sure to be a very memorable evening. For my part, I will truly miss writing Luke’s name so often on this blog and hearing his beautiful delivery of so many bone-cuttingly true songs. And I won’t stop putting Luke’s albums in the player when I’m in need of his authentically soulful lyrics and truly gifted melodic inventions. Thanks for all you’ve done for Baton Rouge music, Luke.

I hope you can all make Luke’s show at Haven tonight. As for the other nights this week, I hope you will check the calendar for more selections this week. There are no Jive Picks this week because I have decided for various reasons to take a break from this normally weekly post until August. The calendar will still be updated each Tuesday and we’ll still be making other posts, so don’t stop following up on Facebook and checking the calendar for selections! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite of Luke’s lovely songs.

Farewell for now,

Jess

 

Jive Picks: Saul Conrad, the Hitchhiker, Zenbilly and More! #ListenLocalBR

The Hitchhicker rocked JiveFest. Catch them tomorrow at the Varsity!

The Hitchhicker rocked JiveFest. Catch them Saturday at the Varsity!

Get your music on, BR. For more selections and details, check the calendar. #ListenLocalBR

THURSDAY:

  • Juke Joint Jubilee with folks like Clay Parker, Eric Schmitt, Melissa Wilson and Ryan Harris at Red Star (americana/folk/country)

FRIDAY:

  • Early: Saul Conrad at Chelsea’s (sidebar, folk, 7pm)
  • The Bedlamville Triflers + Zenbilly at Red Star (rockabilly/”demented pyschobilly”)

SATURDAY:

  • The Hitchhiker opens for Black Star Riders feat. Thin Lizzy Members (hard rock, we’re a big fan of the Hitchhiker)

MONDAY:

  • Early, Free: Bloomsday James Joyce Celebration feat. Irish Music at Baton Rouge Gallery (6:30-9pm)
  • Free: Pelican House Allstars at Pelican House (small ensemble jazz)

And now for the clips!

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Jive Picks: Christopher Denny, Royal Teeth, Hot Summer Nights, Cool Jazz and MORE!

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Until it finds a new home, Mud and Water will live in our hearts. <3

In case you haven’t heard, Mud and Water’s physical home is no longer at 174 South Blvd. Opened in late 2012, Mud and Water’s unswerving dedication to top-notch original music was one of my main inspirations for starting Jive Flamingo, and I will dearly miss seeing shows at the venue. However, I am delighted to report Jeremy Woosley will continue Mud and Water as a production company while looking to relocate by the fall. In fact, tonight (Tuesday) is Mud and Water Productions’s first show at Red Star, featuring the talented singer songwriter Christopher Denny. Get out and support ‘em!

Other highlights this week include the start of another popular Hot Summer Nights, Cool Jazz series at LSU School of Music– get tickets now if any are left!

BONUS: Check the clips below for the killer new England in 1819 video featuring the LSU Tiger Girls and the Southern University Marching Band!

Here are the picks! Check the calendar for more selections and details and #LISTENLOCALBR! 

TUESDAY:

  • Early:  Christopher Denny at Red Star (8:00pm, singer songwriter)

WEDNESDAY:

  • Early, Free: Royal Cyclops Presents: Songwriters in the Round at Chelsea’s Cafe (7:30pm)

THURSDAY:

  • Early: Hot Summer Nights, Cool Jazz feat.  Phillip Manuel and Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson at LSU Recital Hall (7:30pm)
  • Amy Andrews + the Rakers at Henry Turner Jr’s Listening Room (singer songwriter/ rock)

FRIDAY:

  • Early: Hot Summer Nights, Cool Jazz feat. Tony Dagradi and Steve Masaowski at LSU Recital Hall (7:30pm)
  • Royal Teeth/ Watchers/ Baby Bee at Varsity Theatre (pop/ indie rock)

SATURDAY:

  • Early: Greg Trooper w/ Don Hood at Red Dragon Listening Room (8pm, BYOB, singer songwriters)
  • SpeakEasy + 99000AD at Spanish Moon (funk/neo-soul)

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Jive Picks: Radiopalooza, Prom Date video release, Slomile Swift and more!!!

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Radiopalooza is Saturday! Photo by Chelsea Layne

This week: Prom Date music video release party tonight, Captain Green does Zappa tomorrow, Radiopalooza on Saturday (96.9 WHYR free festival and fundraiser in North Blvd. Town Square) and way more! For more details and selections, check the calendar. #LISTENLOCALBR!

THURSDAY:

  • Early: Christian Lee Hutson w/ Denton Hatcher at Chelsea’s (7:00pm, singer songwriters)
  • Prom Date Music Video Release with Minos the Saint and Rareluth at Chelsea’s (electro-pop, chamber folk)

FRIDAY:

  • Captain Green does Frank Zappa at Varsity Theatre (funk/jazz fusion)
  • West Without + The Millburns at Chelsea’s (rock/ pop rock)

SATURDAY:

  • Early, FREE: Radiopalooza festival for WHYR 96.9 at North Blvd. Town Sqare (3:00-10:00pm, various artists, details here)
  • Early: Movies and Music on the Lawn: Denton Hatcher and the Soapbox Blues plays score to silent film Momma’s Boy on the lawn at Baton Rouge Gallery (8pm, alt country, details here )
  • Sweet Crude and Slomile Swift at Spanish Moon (cajun fusion/ electronic)

And now for the clips!

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Jive Picks: Stoop Kids, Erin Miley, Robert Ellis, Onion Loaf, Bantam Foxes and MORE!

Mark your calendar for Radiopalooza, Saturday May 31st!

Mark your calendar for Radiopalooza, Saturday May 31st!

Yes, yes, Bayou Country Super Fest is happening this weekend…. But don’t fret if you can’t get to Tiger Stadium. Even if you’re missing George Straight and Reba McEntire, you can hear great music all over town.

And to prove it, here are this week’s picks. For more selections and details, check the calendar. Also, heads-up: the next JF Jazz Night is Wednesday, May 28 at Mud and Water, featuring the John Madere Quintet. 

THURSDAY (today):

  • Stoop Kids with Funkin Fierce at the Libary at Northgate (Nola “hip hop & doo wop”)
  • Linear Downfall/ Simple Interest/ The Patsies at Mud and Water (experimental/ pyschedelic/ rock)

FRIDAY:

  • Early: Singer songwriter benefit for JaMarcus Major (local boy struck by a vehicle) at Haven Listening Room (7-9pm, event details here)
  • Robert Ellis w/ Erin Miley at Mud & Water (8pm singer songwriters, americana)
  • 80’s Night with England in 1819 and special guests at Spanish Moon (one time event! should be super fun!!)

SATURDAY:

  • Onion Loaf / Trailer Hounds at The Varsity Theatre (funk)
  • The Widowers/Neat/Bantam Foxes at Mud and Water (rock)

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Jive Picks: Shakey Graves, Jodi James, Jim Lauderdale, We Are Scientists and MORE!

Hear Jodi James at Garden District Coffee Saturday night. Photo by Jade Morel

Hear Jodi James at Garden District Coffee Saturday night. Photo by Jade Morel

Wow! Baton Rouge, thank you so much for making our first JiveFest such a special day for our music community! Even in the rain, you all really captured the spirit of Baton Rouge music. If you haven’t yet, check out Nola.com-Baton Rouge’s great post covering the event.  We can not begin to say how much we appreciate all the support we got from the bands, our sponsors (special shoutout to Baton Rouge Music Studios, Silky Screens, Highland Coffees, American Thrift and Mud and Water), and the wonderfully engaged audiences. We can’t wait for next year!

Now on to the picks…   Tonight (Thursday), we are in for a real treat as “anti-folk” hero Shakey Graves comes to Mud and Water. We hope to see you there or at one of the other great shows this week! For more selections and details, check the calendar.

#LISTENLOCALBR!

THURSDAY:

  • Early: Strangers & Light at Chelsea’s Cafe (7:00pm americana)
  • Shakey Graves with the Tontons at Mud and Water (blues/ “antifolk”)

FRIDAY:

  • Early: Red Dragon Songwriter Series – Jim Lauderdale with Peter Cooper at the Manship Theatre (7:00pm)
  • Eric Lindell & Co. at Mud and Water (soul/blues/R&B/songwriter)
  • Mike Foster Project at Chelsea’s (brass band/fusion)

SATURDAY:

  • Early: Jodi James and Luke Ash at Garden District Coffee (two of BR’s best singer-songwriters / folk) (8pm)
  • We are Scientists & PAWS at Spanish Moon (rock)
  • Mike Dillon Band at Chelsea’s (jazz/post-punk/fusion)

And now for the clips!

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