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The New Orleans Suspects, the Cotton Ginnys 

When: Thu., April 19 2012
Price: $12, $10/advance
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There’s a newly established New Orleans supergroup on the jam band circuit, and they boast a genuine all-star roster. Comprised of veterans of several legendary Crescent City acts, the New Orleans Suspects are bassist Reggie Scanlan of the Radiators, drummer “Mean” Willie Green of the Neville Bros., pianist CR Gruver of Outformation, and sax man Kevin Harris and guitarist Jake Eckert, both of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The group formed last year in the wake of the breakup of the Radiators. “It all started with jam sessions at the Maple Leaf, an old music club uptown in the neighborhood where Willie and I live,” says Eckert, a member of the Dirty Dozen since 2007. “Wednesdays were like wild-card nights when local musicians could get together at the last minute. We had all been friends for a long time, so when everyone showed up, everyone dug it. The club owner nicknamed us the New Orleans Suspects, and we took it from there.” The band’s ever-evolving set list is a mix of old-school blues and funk standards and obscurities with a slew of soul-based originals with plenty of authentic New Orleans flavor. They’ve been touring clubs and festivals all year. “It just naturally turned into a real band with great chemistry,” Eckert says. “The great thing about New Orleans is that whole scene is kind of like one big band. Everyone knows the same music and speaks the same language.” Admission at the Pour House is $12 at the door and $10 in advance, but there’s $2 off the price with a ticket stub from the Warren Haynes Band concert at the Charleston Music Hall.
— T. Ballard Lesemann
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