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April 2015

Ogden After Hours - Sweet Crude
April 23, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Indie Rock group Sweet Crude are indigenous to South Louisiana and would like to show the world that they can make “progressive music that also embraces this region's French-speaking tradition.” The group is engaged in keeping the language relevant via art and they accomplish this through using both English and French in their lyrics combined with original compositions that playfully complement each other.

Sweet Crude are Jonathan Arceneaux, Sam Craft, Jack Craft, Stephen MacDonald, Alexis Marceaux, Skyler Stroup, and Marion Tortorich. Five out of seven in the group have music degrees and with so many musicians, drums and instrument switching, the music sometimes evokes a tribal feeling enhancing the percussive sounds in the Cajun French language. Their music incorporates the Cajun French dialect in a completely unique way making Sweet Crude a band you don’t want to miss in New Orleans.

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Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

May 2015

Ogden After Hours - The SpeakerBox Experiment
May 7, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Simply put, The SpeakerBox Experiment is an eclectic mix of individuals from the New Orleans music scene; each of whom has had the privilege of accompanying a host of major industry artists, as well as opportunities to play on local, national and international stages. Though each was successful in their respective careers, they came together through the band’s founder—Nick Mercadel—to combine their creativity, ideas, and musicality with a single goal: to produce great music.

The SpeakerBox Experiment joins the musical styles of writer, producer/composer, singer/songwriter and drummer Nick Mercadel; keyboardist, songwriter, producer/composer Jason Hodge; singer, producer/composer and keyboardist Marcus Doucette; singer/songwriter Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph; guitarists/bassists Ken & Shemaiah Turner and drummer Lemuel “Lem” Clark.

The band’s collective talent enables them to write, compose and produce all of their own material to transcend genre boundaries; fusing Pop, Soul, Rock and R&B to create a sound that is genuinely theirs. The group released their debut album The SpeakerBox Experiment Volume 1: Love Stories in August of 2014.

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Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Andre Bohren
May 14, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Andre Bohren is a lifelong musician. From early obsessions with Peruvian flutes and ‘50’s Rock ‘n Roll to his discovery of classical piano and syncopated funk, Bohren is constantly broadening his musical horizons. At the age of 16, he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra as the featured piano soloist and was soon touring the U.S. and Europe with his father, American roots musician Spencer Bohren. After a decade of near complete focus on piano, which included five years of study under Dr. Janet Ahlquist and two years under Dr. John Murphy at Loyola University in New Orleans, Andre Bohren founded the eclectic funk-rock band Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes (JSDN), this time manning the drum chair. Composition and percussion drove Bohren for the next ten years while JSDN toured the country extensively, bringing his music to such renowned stages as Red Rocks Amphitheater, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and New York City’s Knitting Factory.

Bohren continues to revisit his love of the classical piano repertoire and has put together a program that includes works by Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin, Debussy, Balakirev, Scarlatti and more that covers nearly the whole musical spectrum of sounds, rhythms and emotions.

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Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Susan Cowsill
May 21, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Susan Cowsill first entered the pop-culture scene at the age of eight as the youngest member of the ’60s musical family the Cowsills, who graced the AM airwaves with such enduring pop hits as “Hair” and “The Rain, the Park and Other Things,” and who were the real-life inspiration for TV’s famed Partridge Family.

In adulthood, Susan Cowsill has emerged as a singer-songwriter of singular emotional insight and musical resonance, first as a key member of beloved alt-roots-pop supergroup the Continental Drifters and more recently on her widely acclaimed second solo album Lighthouse. Lighthouse’s soulful, personally-charged songcraft reflects the artist’s experiences during a wrenching period which saw Cowsill dealing with the deaths of her brothers Billy and Barry, and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, which claimed most of her and her family’s material possessions and temporarily displaced them from Susan’s adopted hometown of New Orleans. The album reflects the hard-won lessons of Cowsill’s experiences, while maintaining the unmistakable sense of optimism and spirituality that’s always been at the heart of her work.

In addition to being the youngest artist to ever score a Billboard hit single, Susan Cowsill has also lent her voice to albums by Dwight Twilley, Giant Sand, the Smithereens, Carlene Carter, Nanci Griffith, Redd Kross, Jules Shear and Hootie and the Blowfish. She was the first artist to cover a song by future cult legend and current comeback star Sixto Rodriguez, releasing her version of his “Think of You” as a solo single on Warner Bros. Records in 1977. She also recently teamed with fellow troubadours Jon Dee Graham and Freedy Johnston as the Hobart Brothers & Lil’ Sis Hobart on the critically lauded album At Least We Have Each Other.

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Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Mississippi Rail Company
May 28, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

The aim of Mississippi Rail Company is moving music forward via a vehicle of the past. Their music is an experiment in irony, embracing New Orleans roots music, rock 'n roll, folk, and blues traditions while refusing to fall subject to any of their claims. Their music breaks wholly new ground, rejecting any pull toward a simple re-hash of past musical genres. There is nothing tired, tried, or weary about their sound as it re-thinks (and re-shapes) a century of American musical traditions. In short, it manages to sound as if it could have been produced in 1920, even as its content and structure are decades ahead of its time.

Mississippi Rail Company's first self-titled EP exemplifies a group who has breathed in, mastered, and understood hundreds of musical influences, only to breathe them back out in one unique expression. Their follow-up full-length Coal Black Train, recorded in the swamps of Maurice, Louisiana, leaves trails of ghost stories, love songs, and murder ballads of the American South.

In such fashion, Mississippi Rail Company continues to steam ahead in a manner evocative of so many old conventions yet remains fresh and exciting. They are to New Orleans music what Old Crow Medicine Show is to bluegrass and Los Po-boy-citos is to Latin: neither descendent from nor mimetic of their genre.

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Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

June 2015

Ogden After Hours - Cardinal Sons
June 4, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

The three brothers of Cardinal Sons have cultivate a sound steeped in the musical identity of their upbringing by balancing heavy synth lines and crunchy guitar with steady drums. Raised in Mississippi and finding a home in New Orleans -- John, Joe, and Dave play danceable indie rock leavened with three-part harmonies and a left hand for a bass player.

Their debut recording Cardinal Sons Make an EP honors the straightforward, whole-souled creative process that took root among them early on. With the release of their debut came endearing videos, one for "October Rolls,” a second for "Underdressed,” and later, a fully-animated piece for “Young Guns.” The videos showcase their unmistakable dynamic, and a quirky but candid preview of the brothers.

While preparation began for their next recording, Cardinal Sons traveled to NYC in the Fall of 2013 and won the NewSong Contest, an international performance and songwriting showcase and competition. Their winnings included ten days of studio time in March 2014 with producer Charlie Sexton (Marc Cohn, Lucinda Williams, Arc Angels) at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios, as well as performances at the Sundance Film Festival, New York’s Lincoln Center and an upcoming appearance on NPR’s Mountain Stage. Out of the sessions with Sexton came the Cardinal Sons follow up, The Echo Choir EP, which was released in 2014. The five song EP presents the brothers as expanding and refining their sound, crafting venerable pop hooks without losing sight of their soulful foundation.

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O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
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Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Little Freddie King
June 11, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Born in McComb, Mississippi in 1940, Fread Martin grew up playing alongside his blues guitar-picking father, then rode the rails to New Orleans during the early fifties where he crossed paths with itinerant South Louisiana bluesmen such as Polka Dot Slim and Boogie Bill Webb whose unique country-come-urban styles would influence his own. Honing his guitar chops at notorious joints like the Bucket Of Blood (which he later immortalized in song) he jammed with Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker, and also played bass for Freddie King during one of the guitarist’s stints in New Orleans. People began comparing the two musicians’ styles, hence Martin’s pen name Little Freddie King. While well-versed in a variety of styles, lately Little Freddie sounds a lot more like his cousin Lightnin’ Hopkins. Little Freddie has become the monarch of the Crescent City blues scene and is one of the last juke joint blues masters who still tours.

Little Freddie’s official debut album was a 1971 LP on New Orleans’ Ahura Mazda Records on which he shared billing with his band mate John S. “Harmonica” Williams. Unofficially titled Rock and Roll Blues, the nine original songs that make up the LP are raw, gut-wrenching and filled with passion. Almost 36 years later, Little Freddie resurfaced with Swamp Boogie (Orleans), an album of purely original material (notable titles are “The Great Chinese” and “Cat Squall Blues”) that features the likes of Earl “Pass The Hatchet” Stanley on bass. He followed it in 2000 with Sing Sang Sung, a greasy live set that documented more New Orleans street poetry like “Bad Chicken” and the aforementioned “Bucket of Blood.”

Little Freddie King’s recordings include Harmonica Williams and Little Freddie King (1971), Swamp Boogie (1996), Sing Sang Sung (2000), FQF Live (2003), You Don't Know What I Know (2005), Messin' Around tha House (2008), Gotta Walk With Da King (2010), Jazzfest Live (2011), Back in Vinyl, LP (2011), Chasing tha Blues (2012). His latest album Messin’ Around Tha Living Room was released in 2015 and features William Jordan (bass), Bobby Lewis diTullio, Jr. (harp), Luke Winslow King (slide guitar), Vasti Jackson (guitar) and “Wacko” Wade (drums).

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O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
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Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - The Asylum Chorus
June 18, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Formed in 2011, The Asylum Chorus (originally St. Cecilia's Asylum Chorus) was slated to perform a one-off performance at New Orleans' Preservation Hall. After the first performance, the intensity of the musical connection led the members of the chorus to decide to start building something more out of the pet project.

The Asylum Chorus pulls its repertoire from a deep well of American vocal traditions and also surprises their audiences with creative twists on modern pop tunes.

Mostly comprised of professional pop and classical vocalists, The Asylum Chorus also derives its unique sound by incorporating vocalists whose primary instruments are something other than voice. This unique blend of vocalists gives The Asylum Chorus an authentic, rootsy sound.

In the few short years that the group has been together, they have risen quickly through the musical circles of New Orleans, playing at several French Quarter Festivals, Voodoo Fest and regular shows at Preservation Hall, Buffas, Chickie Wah Wah and DBA.

The Asylum Chorus is Lucas Davenport (bass), Tim Robertson (tenor), Dave Pomerleau (tenor), Amy Trail (alto), Ashley Shabankereh (alto), Hannah Kreiger-Benson (soprano), Melanie Gardner (soprano).

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O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
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Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Electrifying Crown Seekers
June 25, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

The Electrifying Crown Seekers are a country-tinged gospel group from Marrero, Louisiana with stomping rock sounds and vocal harmonies. Originally from Liberty, Mississippi and trained in Jimmy Reed-style blues guitar, James Williams is now the only original member of the almost 50 year old Crown Seekers, currently backed by members of his large musical family and their community. Throughout those years, the Crown Seekers have brought their music and praises to audiences throughout the United States and abroad including tours in France. The group was featured in the documentary film By and By: New Orleans Gospel at the Crossroads (2013). They have also performed for over twenty years at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The current members of the Crown Seekers are: James Williams Sr. (guitar, vocals) Lloyd Fradieu (vocals), Raymond Patin (bass, vocals), Gregory Sanders (vocals), Lynn Williams (keyboard, vocals), Keith Williams (drums), Irvin Hartford (vocals), and newest members Walter Bell (vocals) and John Allen (vocals).

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OAH Lagniappe!
O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
Free for Museum members | $12.50 at the door for nonmembers

Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org