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Every once in a while, (or every day perhaps), I am reminded why we are so damn spoiled to live here New Orleans. The pulse of the culture(s) of south Louisiana beat's within all of us and it's misty dew(if one chooses to receive) protects us from the tragedy of a mundane existence. The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars played last night for the Harvest the Music series at Lafayette Square to a pretty large crowd as expected. This was the second time in a few weeks I have seen the band with Johnny Vidacovich and Stanton Moore both on drums, last night simultaneously.......now thats pretty damn special......and as Johnny leaves for another gig, Terrence Higgens plops down in his seat and takes over without missin a beat. Somethin else was different last night too......Cyril Neville and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux are on the Blues Cruise so they weren't avail., which at first thought is kinda sacrilegious......no problem, before the show I asked Rueben how we were gonna handle that absence of culture? He pointed back towards Camp St. and said, “I got “Honey” (Bannister) and some other indians comin through the crowd at the time Monk usually takes the stage.” Also added to the line up for the first time was Tommy Malone which was very cool, and my man Anders Osborne was a special guest....As Cyril would say, “We make a good gumbo” and last night was a perfect example......Even when short a couple important ingredients, we figure out a way to make due or even make better sometimes........last night was somewhere in the middle of “due and better”..........Add all of the aforementioned to Tab Benoit, Johnny Sansone, Waylon Thibodeaux, and Corey Duplechin, and you have a pretty damn good version of the Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, one both Cyril and Monk would be proud of......incredible show last night.......Enjoy the pics....Jerry ;-) More pics and a musical slideshow can be seen at http://www.nativeorleanian.org/voice_of_the_wetlands_allstars_harvest_the_music_10_24_13
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