New Jersey Stage
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The Saint and ElmThree Productions present Half Way 2 Mardi Gras at Asbury Lanes On July 31st
Half Way 2 Mardi Gras is a powerhouse night of New Orleans based rock featuring Bonerama, Eric Lindell & The Sunliners and The Soul Project. We are pleased to have Asbury Park's own Sandy Mack as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
Even in a city that doesn't play by the rules, New Orleans' Bonerama is something different. They can evoke vintage funk, classic rock and free improvisation in the same set; maybe even the same song. Bonerama has been repeatedly recognized by Rolling Stone, hailed as "the ultimate in brass balls" (2005) and praised for their "...crushing ensemble riffing, human-feedback shrieks and wah-wah growls" (2007). Bonerama carries the brass-band concept to places unknown; what other brass band could snag an honor for "Best Rock Band" (Big Easy Awards 2007 and 2010)? Co-Founders trombonists Marc Mullins and Craig Klein were both members of Harry Connick's band.
Eric Lindell writes music that is as at home on your front porch on a summer evening as it is in a hot sweaty club on a Saturday night. It is southern soul music, infused with R&B and a touch of New Orleans funk. It is blues music, glazed with a taste of country. It is simple, heartfelt song writing; melodic guitar solos and energized live performance. Eric has been writing and recording songs for over 15 years, and is now touring behind the strength of his latest release I Still Love You. His band's rhythm section, Myles Weeks on upright bass and Will McMains on drums, have been with Eric for over three years, making their performance on I Still Love You, as well as their live shows incredibly tight and intuitive. Both players are young, but have a swing feel of much more seasoned musicians.
Returning to New Jersey is The Soul Project. Digging deep into the soulful grooves dug by O.V. Wright and Wilson Pickett, the funky moves of James Brown and Maceo Parker, the old school cool of the Meters and The Neville Brothers, and the feel good fuel of the Crescent City itself, the Soul Project brings New Orleans soul with them wherever they go. Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, this group described as a "...hip group with horns..." spent 7 months building a following on the Jersey Shore and Tri-State area before returning to New Orleans to help and be part of the rebuilding process.
Asbury Lanes is a nightclub located at 209 4th Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712. For more information on the show visit http://HalfWay2MardiGras.com