Southampton Arts Center Presents ‘100 Years of New Orleans Music’ on December 17

The HooDoo Loungers
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Southampton Arts Center has announced its final live production of 2016 with the third “LIVE from Southampton Arts Center” concert in partnership with The Jam Session. Part three will take place on Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. with 100 Years of New Orleans Music – From Louis Armstrong to Trombone Shorty featuring The HooDoo Loungers and guests. The concert will be recorded live for The Jam Session Radio Hour to be aired on local NPR affiliate WPPB 88.3 FM. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments provided compliments of Union Cantina.

Members of The HooDoo Loungers, including music historian/filmmaker Joe Lauro and drummer Claes Brondal on drums, will present a retrospective of the countless and continuously evolving forms of New Orleans music. The 100-year survey will begin with the gutbucket blues and jazz of Bunk Johnson, and continue with the hot jazz of Louis Armstrong through to New Orleans swamp rock and the voodoo sounds of  Dr. John and the Neville Brothers. The eclectic concert will follow a chronological time line of New Orleans music ending with the more current brass band style as exemplified by Trombone Shorty and the Soul Rebels. 

“100 Years of New Orleans will be a musical odyssey of a true American art form—jazz! Infused with anecdotes, Joe Lauro will present a unique experience deeply rooted in the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans,” Brondal says.

“This is not just another concert series. Our idea is to make each evening about more than the sounds of different genres and cultures, but also the flavors and customs that inspire the music. It is an experience for the ears, eyes and taste buds!” Southampton Arts Center Director of Programs Amy Kirwin says.

The series will continue in 2017 with its first concert, South of the Border: The Latin Side of Charlie Parker, featuring Morris Goldberg and his band, on Saturday, January 14 at 7 p.m.

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