Gov't Mule's ubiquitous guitar guru Warren Haynes recently stopped by Bonerama's set at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. Warren was apparently so impressed by the New Orleans' based four trombone fronted band that he asked the four "bones"; Mark Mullins, Craig Klein, Steve Sutter and Brian O'Neill, to sit in with Gov't Mule during its headlining festival set later that afternoon.

Haynes wasn't the only new Bonerama fan in Telluride. The band was all over Blues and Brews, sitting in with the Mule, as well as tearing down the Sheridan Opera House two nights in a row with a headlining late night gig on Saturday and a double bill with New Orleans' brothers Papa Grows Funk on Sunday night to close the festival. In short, Bonerama was the talk of the festival.

This Friday and Saturday, October 1st and 2nd, Bonerama brings their "only in New Orleans" brand of brass, rock and funk east for two headlining shows in New York City at Tribeca Rock Club (16 Warren St. (212) 966-7060). Trombone legend Fred Wesley of the JB Horns will join Bonerama as a special guest for both shows. One of Colorado's top unsigned bands Little Hercules, opens both shows.

Fred Wesley
When Bonerama did two sold out nights at Tribeca last March, it made the bold move of recording the shows for a live release, a follow up to the band's critically acclaimed debut, Live at the Old Point Bar. Wesley, along with Galactic's Stanton Moore, were both featured on the Tribeca gigs and will appear on the record, scheduled for release November 9th.

Bonerama is currently one of the hottest new bands to come out of New Orleans. The brainchild of Mullins and Klein, both veterans of Harry Connick, Jr's big band, Bonerama also features Matt Perrine on sousaphone, Burt Cotton on guitar, and Doug Belote (Mike Gordon band) on drums. While the trombonists still tour with Connick, don't expect a mellow sit down affair when Bonerama hits the stage. In the New Orleans tradition, Bonerama gigs are sweaty, high energy New Orleans dance parties. The sheer force of four trombones, sousaphone, guitar and drums playing power chords and riffs simultaneously is their calling card, not to mention that the band worships the two-headed altar of Jimi Hendrix and the Meters.

"The ultimate in brass balls...." says David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine.

Little Hercules

When Little Hercules is on stage their sonic expressions add to any top bill. Little Hercules has toured with Chicago's Grammy nominee Liquid Soul five years straight. Leo Nocentelli, founding member of the legendary Meters, and Life Time Achievement Grammy winner, asked the band to back him for a 2002 tour and again in 2004 during Jazz Fest in his hometown of New Orleans.

The respect continues to grow for Little Hercules. In 2004 alone Little Hercules has performed with the Greyboy Allstars, Soulive, The Radiators, Leo Nocentelli, Bo Diddley, Stockholm Syndrome and Liquid Soul. Little Hercules' unique blend of highly original music and fresh funky sounds keeps you rockin' and leaves you wanting more. Little Hercules has shared the stage with musical power houses Spearhead, Papa Grows Funk, Rebirth Brass Band, Spearhead, Porter/Batiste/Stolz, Zigaboo Modeliste, The Itals, G. Love & Special Sauce.

Bonerama's shows last March sold out quickly. This promises to be another New York City weekend to remember, so get your tickets in advance.

Dig the 'Bone!

Bonerama with special guest Fred Wesley and Little Hercules
Friday October 1st and Saturday October 2nd
Tribeca Rock Club
16 Warren Street
New York, NY
(212) 766-1070
Doors 8:30 p.m., Show 9:30 p.m. both nights

Tickets $15 in Advance, $20 Day of Show


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[Published on: 9/30/04]

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