On Saturday I was invited to photograph at a small Los Angeles Nightclub, The Mint. The Mint dates back to 1937 and many acts played/broke from this club. Artists such as Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Ben Harper and Bonnie Rait. The club has great a great vibe and the sound excellent. On Saturday I heard three New Orleans artists over two shows.
Jon Cleary was on first. He is actually from Kent in England and now lives in NOLA studying ‘the musical culture and life in NOLA’. Jon has performed with Bonnie Rait, Taj Mahal, BB King and Eric Burdon. His band is called Jon Cleary and The absolute Monster Gentlemen with Cornell Williams on bass, Eddie Christmas on drums, and my favorite, Darnell ‘Big D’ Perkins on guitar.
Next was The Tin Men, a combination of sousaphone (Matt Perrine), washboard (Washboard Chaz) and guitar (Alex Murray). The Tin Men have been called ‘one of the most interesting bands to emerge from New Orleans in years’. They certainly lived up to that….
Closing out the show was Paul Sanchez and The Rolling Road Review featuring Arsene Delay and Antoine Diel . Paul is New Orleans born and was one of the founding members and primary songwriters of Cowboy Mouth. Paul is a prolific writer with songs covered by Darius Rucker, Irma Thomas.
Great night, good company with great music….does not get any better – well it does if you bring your camera…..