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Published: 2012/05/02

ALO Covers The Band, Members of Little Feat and the Dead Collaborate at the Republic

As previously reported, New Orleans’ Republic hosted a long night of music on Friday as part of JazzFest. The night also served as the first annual Nolafunk Jazzfest Series’ inaugural event.

Marco Benevento Trio opened the night and then several noted musicians participated in a jam session. When all was said in done, the super jam brought together Anders Osborne, Little Feat’s Paul Barrère and Fred Tackett, guitarist Billy Iusso, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and Bonerama drummer Eric Bolivar. One highlight merged the music of Little Feat and the Dead when “Dixie Chicken” segued into “Tennessee Jed.”

ALO then took the stage at around 2:45 AM Saturday morning. The quartet offered a loose, jam-heavy set that stretched until 5 AM. Partway through the night, the group—which features a singing drummer and has also functioned as something of a revolving band backing different artists over the years like The Band—covered The Band’s “Ophelia.” A ukulele-colored version of “Storms And Hurricanes” closed the night. ALO will perform at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl on May 9.

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