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Three of the OG Meters and Page McConnell welcomed a number of guests to The Joy Theater in New Orleans last night + watch The Original Meters’ reunite on Thursday.
About Khris Royal
It seems Khris Royal was born to be a musician. This exceptionally innovative New Orleans native has been playing the saxophone since he was seven years old, and has been producing and writing his own music since age fourteen. In high school, Khris’ musical talents were nurtured at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) in classrooms that had once seated jazz greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Terrence Blanchard, and Donald Harrison. While attending NOCCA, Khris also developed a closer bond with long-time mentor Alvin Batiste, a clarinetist who also taught known musicians Randy Jackson, Henry Butler, and Maurice Brown. At sixteen, Khris was granted a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Soon after, Khris became a founding member of the band, The Usual Suspecks, which was well known for their Sunday and Wednesday night gigs at Boston’s legendary Wally’s Jazz Cafe. In 2007, the twenty year old musician left Boston to pursue an opportunity to collaborate with the Regiment, a Los Angeles-based horn section that played and or Recorded with Bobby Brown, Mary J. Blige, Ashanti, Nelly and The Game in addition to performing on tour with Fantasia Barrino. To date, Khris has played and or recorded with Erykah Badu, Goapele, Bobby Brown, Ashanti, Nelly, Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, Russell Batiste, Clyde Kerr Jr., Maurice Brown, Herlin Riley, Delfeayo Marsalis, D.J. Quick, Tony Clifton, The Sam Kininger Band, The Wild Magnolias, Glen David Andrews, Johnta Austin and Mary J. Blige, and is also featured with the Regiment on Season 2 of The Boondocks.
Umphrey’s McGee dusted off Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” for the first time in nearly five years last night in Cleveland.
Spafford dusted off an Eagles cover and delivered their debut of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during their first of two from Terrapin Crossroads – watch full show pro-shot video.
Trey Anastasio sat in with Mike Gordon’s solo band for the first time since 2014 last night at The Sinclair in Boston joining his Phish bandmate for the majority of the second set and encore.
Umphrey’s McGee teamed with Big Something’s Casey Conrad on a Rolling Stones cover and unearthed a true rarity last night at Stage AE.
Widespread Panic returned to The Capitol Theatre for the first time in 27 years kicking off their first-ever headlining run at the historic rock palace on Friday night.