Many large music events create a current of post-show activity; in the wake of such movement, further music is geared to continue the level of excitement of live music fans. One such occasion which has succeeded in maintaining the vibrant energy of the surroundings is a traveling experience known as the Everyone Orchestra. Fusing numerous members of the music community with a beneficial cause, the Everyone Orchestra will descend on downtown New Orleans at the Howlin' Wolf on Saturday, April 26th for a joyful improvisational jam session like no other in the city.

Founded and led by multi-instrumentalist Matt Butler, the Everyone Orchestra is a revolving cast of stellar musicians who come together to showcase their craft, improvise, and raise funds for a good cause. In New Orleans, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Sierra Club and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

With roots in the improvisational and jamband communities, the Everyone Orchestra is made up of numerous top-caliber musicians including regional and national acts such as Col. Bruce Hampton, Derek Trucks Band (all members), Carlos Washington and the Amazing Giant People (Carlos Washington, trumpet, formerly of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), Deep Banana Blackout (guitarist Fuzz, sax players Hope Clayburn and Rob Somerville, trombonist Bryan Smith), Jambay (multi-instrumentalists Matt Butler, Chris Haugen, and Mike Sugar), A.L.O (keyboardist/vocalist Zach Gill, bassist Steve Adams, guitarist Dan Liebowitz), and New Orleans keyboardist Lee Frank, those present at Howlin’ Wolf will witness a jam session of epic proportions. “Throughout the night, improvisational grooves will be the underlying foundation and different players will be highlighted doing what they do best,” says Matt.

To help raise additional funds and awareness, a raffle benefiting the Sierra Club will be held with the winner awarded the conductor spot for one song at the event. The music of the Everyone Orchestra will not only satisfy the cravings of those in attendance, but it will also raise awareness and protect the as proceeds will go to benefit the Sierra Club New Orleans and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

All of this talk about music and integrated improvisational instrumentation is wrecking havoc on my brain... I believe I'm having a flashback to my experience in February when Phish played the Midwest, and the Everyone Orchestra took over the Taft Theater for two nights of musical expression... [Read a show review.]

Ellie Sanders
JamBase | Ohio
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