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New Orleans Suspects
New Orleans Suspects began playing together in 2009 as a pick-up band at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans. Comprised of some of the most seasoned, highly respected players in NOLA, the group called themselves The Unusual Suspects. Their chemistry was undeniable and by the summer of 2011 they decided to tour full-time, renaming the band New Orleans Suspects. They quickly began attracting large crowds from San Francisco to New York. They've released four CDs and established themselves as one of New Orleans’ best supergroups.
Eric Vogel, born and raised in New Orleans, is inspired by the sounds of the city. Inspired by his relationship with Regi and Victor Wooten, Eric has played with everyone in the music business from blues with North Mississippi Allstars to funk with the Great Fred Wesley. Eric is a Jedi on the bass. His Kung Fu is VERY STRONG!
Jake Eckert was the longtime lead guitarist in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Traveling the world, he has performed everywhere from Palace Square in Russia to 2009 Grammy Awards ceremony. He has other talents as well, receiving a Grammy Award in 2011 for recording engineer and producing albums for John Mooney, Cedric Burnside, and New Orleans Suspects, among others.
CR Gruver is a classically trained pianist who immersed himself in New Orleans piano styles after touring with national bands such as Outformation and singer/songwriter Angie Aparo. Adept at James Booker-style piano and the swelling B-3 stylings of Art Neville, Gruver has also become a well-regarded sideman for Leo Nocentelli of The Meters.
Jeff Watkins is an accomplished sax player, engineer and producer. He spent twelve years leading the James Brown Band, including Brown’s induction into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. He also worked for six years with Joss Stone as her producer, engineer, and bandleader.
The four albums New Orleans Suspects have released since 2011 include their eponymous debut studio album and a live recording, Caught Live at the Maple Leaf, which made it into the iTunes® highly competitive “New and Noteworthy” page.
The band’s third recording Ouroboros, released in October 2014, is an all-original studio album that characterizes the band’s sound and puts a contemporary twist on the funk, rock, and R&B traditions of New Orleans music, placing them in a class of their own.
The fourth and most recent album, Kaleidoscoped, released in September 2016 on both CD and vinyl, is being hailed as their best and most original to date, being added to over 100 radio stations in North America and receiving rave reviews. Both of these last two albums appear on New Orleans label "Louisiana Red Hot Records".
The Suspects closed out 2017 with two jampacked shows at The Hamilton in Washington DC recording their second live album. Set to be released in Feb 2018 the new album showcases the band as it stretches it legs further into the jam band world while staying true to its unmistakable combo of blues, swampified rock, and New Orleans funk.
As their sound evolves and changes it’s still the best way to describe this 18 + year old powerhouse touring band from New Orleans, LA. In addition to changing the way people think about the trombone, the sound of Bonerama has become an influence and contribution to the sound of New Orleans music today. With newer acts such as Trombone Shorty and Big Sam’s Funky Nation joining them on on the national music scene, it’s New Orleans that has benefited with a newfound reputation as being a bonafide "Trombone Town".
These bands carry the trombone like the trophy it truly is in New Orleans.
The band has performed and recorded with countless national artists such as R.E.M., OKGo, Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Jill Sobule and so many more, all while bringing their distinctive sounds from New Orleans to a national spotlight. Festivals and events such as Monterey Jazz Fest to High Sierra Music Festival, Jam Cruise, Bear Creek Festival and of course the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival only outline the extensive festival work this band has under its’ name. National television appearances on CNN and HBO (Comic Relief, Treme) have further exposed Bonerama to a wide range of unsuspecting new viewers.
While enduring lineup changes, member displacement, tragedy and loss over the years, the song for Bonerama has remained the same; being centered around their beloved trombone & city, while striving for greatness with a fun spirit.
Whether it’s their inventive covers or funky, rocking originals, Bonerama is calling you to Shake It Baby. To the left and to the right. Or anyway you like it, and all in between.
Rest assured, Bonerama will take you on your most memorable RIDE ON THE SLIDE!
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003