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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New music residencies in New Orleans highlight Mardi Gras Indians and Americana

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click to enlarge Irving "Honey" Banister performs with Cha Wa. - KIM WELCH
  • Irving "Honey" Banister performs with Cha Wa.

Melding traditional Mardi Gras Indian chants, funk and R&B with a diverse, full-band lineup, Cha Wa begins a Sunday night residency at The Den at the Howlin' Wolf (907 S. Peters St.) this month. Starting 8 p.m. Oct. 11, the band launches its Sunday Night Second Line series. (The Hot 8 Brass Band's ongoing Sunday night residency at The Den follows.) Tickets are $10.

The band — Irving "Honey" Banister, J'Wan Boudreaux, Joe Gelini, Kerry "Boom Boom" Vessell, John Fohl, Devon Taylor and Steve Malinowski — was formed in 2010; "cha wa," according to the band, is Mardi Gras Indian slang for "We're coming for ya!" Banister's father, Irving Banister Sr., was a longtime New Orleans guitarist — "Honey" Banister is a member of the Creole Wild West Indians. Boudreaux's grandfather is Golden Eagles' Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, who also performed with the Wild Magnolias, among the originators of Mardi Gras Indian funk, performing fully feathered-suited funk lifted from chants and street-bred performance.
click to enlarge The Kid Carsons. - BRIAN PADDISON
  • The Kid Carsons.

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— folk and Americana duo John Renshaw and Emily Davies — and Bear America Records founders and alt-country rock 'n' roll family band The Kid Carsons will host Bear America Live!, a weekly residency at Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret St.) styled as a late-night TV talk show beginning this month.

For its inaugural edition at 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, Bear America Live! features Ian Wellman of Palmyra and The Kid Cardinal Sons (members of power-pop trio Cardinal Sons with The Kid Carsons) with guest-host Patrick Shuttleswerth, aka Jonathan Parish's multi-media nightmare televangelist. The series will also have "commercials" broadcast between segments.

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