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Published: 2011/05/02

Howlin Wolf Welcomes Mos Def with Hot 8 Brass Band, Booker T. with Marco Benevento, Tony Hall, Skerik and Friends

New Orleans’ Howlin Wolf hosted some intriguing collaborations this Saturday night. The New Orleans jazz/brass/hip hop group Hot 8 Brass Band performed a collaborative set with Mos Def that mixed the conscious rap songs with traditional New Orleans anthems. Saturday night’s performance was part of a tour featuring Mos Def and Hot 8 Brass Band. The Hot 8 Brass Band also recently played some dates with Lauryn Hill and sat in with the Fugees’ singer at Coachella.

Saturday night’s Howlin’ Wolf performance also featured a special Booker T. and Friends set. Performing in support of his new studio album The Road From Memphis, Booker T. shared the stage with previously announced guests like Tony Hall, Raymond Weber, Clarence “Trixie” Slaughter and Marco Benevento. A handful of additional musicians also sat in at various points throughout the performance, including guitarist Will Bernard, saxophonist Skerik and drummer Nikki Glaspie.


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ryan May 3, 2011, 10:55:19

Anyone who saw this show at the Wolf knows it SUCKED. 4,000 fans dwindled to about 25 by the end. Bar empty. Dancefloor empty. Mos Def slumped around the stage with nothing to say, bad dancing, and a weird substitute for what a musician does when he sits down behind a drum set. Embarrassing night for Howling Wolf.

r. stone May 3, 2011, 14:38:13

I agree with Ryan. The show was billed as Mos Def backed by the Hot 8, which was misleading at best. Also, when did Booker T. play? Was it after 2am?

Robert May 6, 2011, 16:00:42

One of the worst shows I saw at Jazz Fest 2011. I am a Mos Def fan, and I love New Orleans brass, but this show was incredibly lame. Advertising suggested that Mos Def and Hot 8 would be playing together, but in the end, Mos Def came out for half of one song. Hot 8 is way overrated. There are far better brass bands in New Orleans. I saw the Stooges for the first time, several nights before, and there was no comparison. The transition from full brass of Hot 8 to Mos Def on turntables was a giant buzz kill. Mos Def’s set was full of garbled turntable noise and uninspired rapping. At first I thought it was the venue, but then I saw Mos Def play with John Legend the next day at the fest. He rapped for about 2 minutes incoherently, and then stood on the stage for the encore. WTF? Come on Mos, step it up!!! Best show first week-end was Trombone Shorty during Tip’s event on Monday night.

Leon tolo May 7, 2011, 11:46:37

This show sucked major knob. Lost a lot of respect for mos def. I actually thought the performance was a joke for a while. Beyond awkward, his freestyle was weak, dropping lines like, “pomegranate, pomegranate, poo poo pa doo.” it was awful. Hot 8 played two songs with him. Wish I would have been on Frenchman st that nIght.
We heard so much amazing music in Nola that week… this was the only low point.

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