With their eclectic vaudevillian styled New Orleans influenced music, The Dirty Bourbon River Show has been known to incite a drunken good time. So, be sure to catch their last performance on June 5 at Banks Street Bar before they temporarily disband for the summer.
Their extremely varied song repertoire ranges from slow blues based jams with an intensely emotional saxophone to the folksy type circus music that sounds as if it could score Donnie Darko. The band is comprised of Noah Adams (vocals), Jethro Celestin (bass), Dane Schindler (drums), Wayne Mitchell (multi-instrumentalist), and guest guitarist Michael Franco (formerly of Funk Soul Family). They decided to play seven back-to-back gigs in area clubs to accommodate for the members who do not permanently reside in the city.
Well, most of the band left for the summer, and I had to try to pack all these gigs in back to back for the members who flew in for it to be worth the money, Adams said. But we want to be more regionally known and theres so many amazing venues to play here.
Adams moved to New Orleans as a transfer student at Loyola University where he first embarked into music as a one-man-band writing, singing, and playing all of his ownmusic. But he soon realized that he couldnt do everything by himself, and needed more people if you want to have a unique sound.
So, Adams recruited fellow Loyolians Schindler and Celestin to carry the groove of his circus funk and the Dirty Bourbon River Show expanded from there. They went on to play their first gig in Dec. 2008 at the Neutral Ground Café, and garnered the attention of local club owners around the city who began to book them for certain gigs. This led them to play at Tipitinas in March 2009, boasting the third biggest draw for Homegrown Night in Tipitinas history following behind Flow Tribe at number one, and Funk Soul Family at number two.
Their Dirty Bourbon River Show might be playing their last show before summer on June 5, but the boys arent putting up their Bourbon bottles just yet. Fans can hear them live once again this Fall when all the members are reunited. The band has also already released some home-made CD samples, but plan to continue recording their debut album slated to come out by the end of this year. Briana Prevost