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Laissez le bon temp rouler at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar: Let the good times roll with Nashville’s Bad Moon Blues Band and Leslie B. Smith of New Orleans
Nashville ain’t N’awlins, but come on uptown to Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar, Fri. Feb. 17 for a pre-Mardi Gras celebration with the boys of Bad Moon Blues Band and get your swamp groove on at 9:00 p.m. sharp. At 10:30 p.m.New Orleans native, Leslie B. Smith will front Bad Moon until 2:00 a.m with some foot stompin’ native N’awlins Mardi Gras fare.
Bad Moon is rising to the top of the local blues scene with a roster of pedigreed players Nashville calls its own. Bourbon Street regulars are familiar with Bad Moon’s sax player, Peter Burger, who played in Stacy Mitchhart’s house band for over a dozen years. Burger has an envious list of touring and recording credits that include performances in more than 20 countries. Bass player, Richard Sanders toured the US and Canada for a decade with Scott Holt’s blues outfit before joining Bad Moon in 2010.His career includes working with producer, Christopher Cross, as well as a string of songwriting credits over the past 30 years. Drummer, Vic Mastrianni, is well-known throughout the country among legendary bands he’s toured with globally. B.B. King and Elvin Bishop are among the blues luminaries Mastrianni has played with since moving to Nashville in 1975. Tom Whisenhunt is called a blues guitar wizard and has been the front man of Bad Moon since its inception. He co-wrote the 2003 Bluesy Award-winning CD, Bluesday Afternoon, and has two Bluesy Awards for Guitarist of the Year. Hammond B3 master, Moe Denham, who’s appeared with Ray Charles, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and John Lee Hooker among others joins Bad Moon for this performance.
Whisenhunt adds, “We’re such a diverse collection of blues influences, hell, Peter’s lived in a blues horn section for many years covering all kinds of blues. Richard’s years on the blues circuit with Scott has left him a master of any kind of Americana core groove – the funkier the better. Vic has a really rich texture to his playing having gone pro as a teenager in Ted Nugent’s first band, the Amboy Dukes, and then worked in so many other styles over the years. These guys grew up playing and listening to the same stuff I was doing growing up in Memphis. I don’t know what to call the stuff we’re playin’, but it’s meant to make you feel good. Guess you could call
Priding themselves on “playing the blues what don’t get played,” Bad Moon performs regularly throughout the greater Nashville area. Described as “smokin’ hot, steamy and sultry’ on the live music review platform http://Scout66.com Bad Moon plays contemporary blues from artists such as Tony Joe White, Robben Ford, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keb Mo, and Delbert McClinton.
A regular fixture in the New Orleans music scene, Leslie B. Smith brandishes a long list of local credits including many performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, supported with interviews on NPR and a variety of local media. She adds theatrical billing to her credit as a vocalist in “Swimming Upstream,” starring Felisha Rashad, Shirley Knight, and Jasmine Guy; directed by Broadway alum, Kenny Leon. Her recording and performing credits are topped by projects with Ellis Marsalis and Allen Toussaint.Smith appeared at Bourbon Street with Bad Moon Dec. 10, 2011 on the eve of the Titans v Saints football game to a house filled with gumbo ya ya (everyone talking at once) among Titans and Saints fans. Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar is located at 220 Printers Alley, (615) 242-5837.