MUSIC BOX: Big Easy Beloveds

By on September 28, 2016

The Subdudes deliver the soulful, sundry sounds of New Orleans to the Center.

From soul, blues and gospel to rock swamp pop and funk, The Subdudes are emblematic of the Crescent City’s rich musical milieu.

From soul, blues and gospel to rock swamp pop and funk, The Subdudes are emblematic of the Crescent City’s rich musical milieu.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – Imagine Little Feat with a tambourine player for a drummer and an accordion in place of keys, add a hint of Van Morrison’s stretched out 70s sets, a touch of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo, and the soulfulness of Steve Winwood. Oh, yeah, and that New Orleans R&B flair that makes The Subdudes one hell of a musical quartet. Rooted in the Crescent City pastimes of soul, blues, gospel, Cajun, rock swamp pop, and funk, these dudes also bring fine vocal harmony with the focal point being singer/guitarist Tommy Malone.

The band originally came together after backing artists like Joni Mitchell and Roseanne Cash, eventually releasing a self-titled debut album in 1989. That album was followed up with a few albums that mixed original music and cover songs, including 1991’s Lucky and 1997’s Live at Last. After an eight-year sabbatical, the band joined Bob Dylan guitarist Freddy Koella to produce Miracle Mile in 2004, after which they made two appearances in Teton Valley for Music on Main in 2006 and again in 2009. If you followed the HBO series, Tremé, you would recognize their inclusion individually and as a group.

“New Orleans, with all of its problems, I just still love the way it feels,” Malone told Offbeat Magazine. “I split after [Katrina], tried the Nashville thing, and it just didn’t feel right. So I came home. The other day, I’m sitting on the stoop and a guy rides by on his bike playing a tuba, man. He’s got a smile on his face. You know he’s broke, but he’s smiling and happy, loving life. ‘Home.’”

With all founding members other than Johnny Ray Allen who passed away a couple years ago, Steve Amedee is on percussion and vocals, John Magnie plays keys, accordion and vocals, with relative newcomer Tim Cook on bass and vocals. The chemistry remains and so do the meaty grooves.

The Subdudes, 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 28 at the Center Theater. $55. jhcenterforthearts.org; 734-8956.

It’s that time of year again—where our steins runneth over with German beer during Snake River Brewing’s Oktoberfest.

It’s that time of year again—where our steins runneth over with German beer during Snake River Brewing’s Oktoberfest.

The Ultimate Ode to Beer

Held annually in Munich, Germany, as the world’s largest beer festival, Oktoberfest is traditionally a 16-day party attracting more than six million people. Imagine Germans dressed in dirndls and lederhosen where festivalgoers consume 1.5 million gallons of beer and 200,000 pairs of pork sausage. Thankfully, Snake River Brewing’s longstanding Oktoberfest necessitates its own town meeting of sorts—German style brews, traditional Oktoberfest style food, including the infamous sausage bier rocks, stein holding competitions and of course, polka tunes via Boise’s Wolfie and The Bavarians. Trumpet, accordion, clarinet, trombone, tuba, and drums makes for a zany good oompah session, and this one will be no different.

Oktoberfest featuring Wolfie and The Bavarians, 11 a.m. till late on Saturday, October 1 at Snake River Brewing. Free. 739-2337.

Lowe treks from Colorado

Wyatt Lowe’s 2015 release Songs from a Bottomless Well was one of the most notable local releases of that year. It rides the rockabilly revival a la JD McPherson’s retro release Signs & Signifiers with a fiery blues edge. Lowe is a young singer-songwriter with the look of a 20-something Johnny Cash, who fills a hefty portion of Lowe’s own bottomless well of influences that also includes Stratocaster-wailing Jimmy Vaughn. Lowe returns to Jackson after moving to Colorado last year, rejoining the Jackson-based Mayhem Kings, Jason Fritts (sax), David Bundy (bass) and Scott Closson (drums).

Wyatt Lowe & the Mayhem Kings, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1 at the Silver Dollar Showroom. Free. 732-3939. PJH

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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160928music_planetpicks-2WEDnesday

The Subdudes (Center Theater), Open Mic/Songwriter’s Alley ft. Katie & Nate Jones (Silver Dollar)

THURsday

Major Zephyr (Silver Dollar)

FRIday

Pam Drews Phillips Trio (Granary), Wyatt Lowe & The Mayhem Kings (Silver Dollar), BOGDOG (Town Square Tavern)

SATurday

Oktoberfest featuring Wolfie and The Bavarians (Snake River Brewing), Wyatt Lowe & The Mayhem Kings (Silver Dollar)

SUNday

Open Mic (Pinky G’s), Stagecoach Band (Stagecoach)

Monday

JH Hootenanny (Dornan’s)

TUESday

One Ton Pig (Silver Dollar)


About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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