George Porter, Johnny Vidacovich, Anders Osborne, Old Point Bar., New Orleans- 2/13
Well, it took me awhile to get to the show. Forgive me, it's the day after
Mardi Gras. Here in NOLA shows start late and go late. After gettin’ a bit
regular, I mosied around the corner to my neighborhood music mecca, "The Old
Pernt." The crowd, as usual, is down home about a hundred strong and ready
to groove. It’s Ash Wednesday. Folks around here are adorned with ash on
the forehead and most have promised to never drink again.
Junco Partner, the funk is rollin’ and so is the beer. Knocked out
The mostly improved show was as tight as a couple of fellows sitting around
jammin’ could possible be. George was comfortably seated in the back of
this small stage with Anders to his right. Johnny was poised up front,
sporting a bright red T-shirt. Recently, Mr. George Porter received best
bassist award and Mr. Johnny Vidacovich received the drummer/percussionist
in New Orleans by Offbeat Magazine. Accompanied by Anders, releasing his
new album, most fittingly named, Ash Wednesday Blues, the three musicians
pulled off a magnificent prelude for ya’ll coming for "The Fest."
Highlights included, a killer "Big Boss Man" sung by George. Johnny went
off with one of his unique, lengthy solo’s and in true form, Ander’s bluesy
style brought the beat back full circle with driving guitar rhythms.
Anders schooled his comrades on his new song, "Soul Livin". Fifteen second
music lesson. This way, that way, with a twist. George. Johnny. Got it!
Yes, indeed!!! They got it. A melodic, post Mardi Gras number with which
we all could relate. Yes, with a twist.
George pulled out a couple of Meters licks, but really stuck to a free
flowing jam. Eyes closed, feeling the music he rolled in an out of his
masterful bass grooves we all love to here.
Vidacovich provided the backbone and tempo leading the threesome through
flawless pace and decibel changes. Stanton Moore looking over his shoulder,
leaning against the bar, studiously absorbed Johnny’s snare drum tactics.
Anders the youngest of the three, but only by years, showed his diverse
musical talents moving from blues, to funk, into a wonderful guitar version
of Professor Longhair classic, "Junco Partner".
I could not have asked for a better Ash Wednesday party. The three of these
musicians knew just what we were all feelin’ after a bead frenzied, all out
Mardi Gras. If I could sum this show up in one word, it would be "classy".
I only hope they can put together more dates in the future. If you happen
to see them on the bill for Jazz Fest, I highly recommend taking a trip
"cross the river" for a terrific venue and a good ole' time, Westbank Style.