JoJo Hermann (of Widespread Panic) & Slim Wednesday pay tribute to Professor Longhair

Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball:

JoJo Hermann (of Widespread Panic) & Slim Wednesday pay tribute to Professor Longhair

with special guest Michael Ray, Billy Walton Band

Mar 2 2019 · Sat

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show / $35 Seated

This event is 21 and over

Jojo's Slim Wednesday
Jojo's Slim Wednesday
Slim Wednesday focuses on the sound of New Orleans that was pioneered by artists like Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and The Funky Meters, all of which were a huge part of Slim Wednesday’s musical background.

Mix Jojo Hermann from Widespread Panic with The Dynamites and what do you get? Slim Wednesday, the day after Fat Tuesday—Southern Psych-Soul. Straight out of a deep soul/funk/boogie voodoo cauldron, Slim Wednesday’s debut full-length, Reptile Show, jumps from jam to deep dish funk to New Orleans piano to troubadour soul to Toussaint-style gut bucket. A new sound of some old sounds that have come around--to help us get down.

Slim Wednesday's lineup is stacked with funk, soul and jazz sluggers--with Jon Jackson (Macy Gray) on sax, Ben Clark (Anderson East) on trumpet, Jojo Hermann (Widespread Panic) on keys and vocals, Greg Bryant (Dara Tucker) on bass, Bill Elder (a.k.a. Leo Black from The Dynamites) on guitar and vocals, and Kevin Mabin, the heavy-hitting groove machine for this band since the get-go. All very busy guys, but several times a year, the planets align to bring this krewe together on the road, in order to deliver Louisiana soul, funk, and boogie in their truest, and newest forms.

A section of this show will be dedicated to the musical legacy of New Orleans’ piano legend Professor Longhair who would have turned 100 this year. There will be a section of the show dedicated to his music.
with special guest Michael Ray
with special guest Michael Ray
American trumpeter and composer. Best known for a long stint in Sun Ra's Arkestra from 1978 till 1992. Ray has also played trumpet for Kool & The Gang, Patti LaBelle, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, and Phish.
He currently leads his own New Orleans funk/jazz group, Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krewe.
Billy Walton Band
Billy Walton Band
There was a time when the Jersey Shore represented the best in American entertainment. Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, the Rat Pack, Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, they all made stops on the Jersey Shore. Tony Mart’s was the club Levon Helm was playing when Dylan called.

Of course we all know what happened in Asbury Park. The town, ravaged by riots in the late 60’s, became a melting pot of musical experimentation. Late night jams that ended when the sun came up were the norm. Bruce Springsteen & Southside Johnny were the two acts that made their way to an international stage from these humble beginnings.

For decades musicians have come and gone, always hoping to make a living and pursue a dream. Billy Walton is no different. Billy’s proving ground was Long Beach Island. There he was chaperoned from gig to gig by his Mom, two young to drive around and enter the clubs on his own. He always was up for a jam and looking to learn some tricks. For years Billy spent his time sharpening his skills, developing his stage act until he decided to step up to center stage with the Billy Walton Band.

The band has focused its’ effort in Europe. 13 tours since 2007 have established the group in the fertile British Blues Rock scene. In 2010 Billy got the call to join in with one of the masters of the Asbury Park sound, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. For years Billy toured with the Jukes. Most people don’t know that the creative force behind Southside was none other than Little Steven. A highpoint in Billy’s tenure with the Jukes was when they recorded a live version of Southside’s most acclaimed release, Hearts of Stone, with Little Steven.

New Jersey Rock Band the Billy Walton Band at Shorefire Recording StudiosGood things have been happening to the Billy Walton Band. The band recently signed to Vizztone Records for the release of Wish For What You Want. Produced by Tony Braunagel, the award winning BMA producer and current Eric Burdon drummer, this batch of songs will certainly take the band to the next level!

You can say Bruce Springsteen is a singer songwriter fronting an old-school rock n soul band. Southside Johnny is a soul singer fronting an old-school rock n soul band. Billy Walton is the guitar hero fronting the old-school rock n soul band. The horns are the common thread.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
http://www.ardmoremusic.com