Tipitina's French Quarter comes out of the gates swinging this year for Jazz Fest. The pairings of lineups are so intriguing one might think you would need multiple tickets to each night or pay a high face rate, none of which is true. This intimate room of 450 people each night will get to witness music history in the making.

On the first weekend of Jazz Fest, three of New Orleans' most legendary drummers will share the room for an allstar-packed bill presented by JamBase. Legendary Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and his Funk Revue will hold its I'm On The Right Track CD release party with such New Orleans greats as Tony Hall (Dave Matthews, Jewel), David Torkanowsky (Astral Project), Renard Poche (Dr. John), Chris Rossbach, Eric Traub (Dr. John), and Mark Mullins (Bonerama, Harry Connick Jr.). Zigaboo is known for his late-night celebration in years past, but this year those who want the funk that put New Orleans on the map can get it before midnight on Friday, April 23, 2004.

Sharing this special night with Zig and all his friends is MVVP, short for Stanton Moore (Galactic), Rich Vogel (Galactic), Johnny Vidacovich (Astral Project, The Trio), and George Porter Jr. (The Meters) You may already know the history here, but for those that don't here it goes. MVVP rarely gets together because of busy scheduling conflicts, but when they do New Orleans is in for a rare treat. It is not often that two members of Galactic, an original Meter and one of New Orleans' greatest drummers get together for pure unadulterated funk. Yes there are two drummers--Stanton Moore and his teacher Johnny Vidacovich. In conclusion on this night you will get to witness the three most prolific New Orleans drummers along with other greats like the infamous George Porter Jr., David Torkanowsky, Renard Poche, Mark Mullins, Tony Hall, and Eric Traub.

After all the funk is wiped off the walls of Tipitina's French Quarter from the first weekend throwdown described above, NYC's Ropeadope New Music Seminar, Jazz Fest edition will take place in this intimate room on Thursday, April 29th for an evening of musical bliss. New York City has witnessed a few of these seminars and each time they are packed with special guests and unique collaborations. In this installment Benevento/Russo Duo, Stanton Moore, Charlie Hunter, DJ Logic, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Skerik, and Sex Mob will hit the stage and warp your mind for hours. Yeah you right!

As Friday approaches, Tipitina's French Quarter is going to go back to its roots with one of New Orleans' most popular and most intriguing lineups in some time--Papa Grows Funk. This band in a very short time has swept this nation of funksters with its original, raw funk, fueled by John Gros, Russell Batiste, June Yamagishi, Jason Mingledorf, and Marc Pero. From coast to coast, their fan base has multiplied over the years and for good reason. These guys are the real deal. After PGF lockjaws the crowd, bandleader John Gros will stay on his B3 organ while Ivan Neville jumps on clavinet and Robert Walter sits in front of the Rhodes. The "264 Keys Summit" is just that--three amazing keys players feeding off each other. If that weren't enough, the rhythm section provided by no other than Stanton Moore and Kirk Joseph will keep these cats moving at ferocious speeds.

There's no doubt about it: the lineups presented this year at Tipitina's French Quarter are full of creativity that is sure to translate into an unforgettable Jazz Fest.

4.23 | MVVP & Zigaboo's Funk Revue CD Release Party – 10PM - $27.50
4.29 | Ropeadope New Music Seminar: Jazz Fest Edition – 9PM - $25.00
4.30 | 264 Keys Summit & Papa Grows Funk – 10PM - $22.50

Tickets are available through www.sciticketing.com (on sale 2/27 at 10 a.m.) and www.tipitinas.com (on sale 3/2 at 11 a.m.). Don't be shut out to these intimate events. Tickets will go very quickly!

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[Published on: 2/27/04]

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