I caught Big Sam for the first time in the middle of the day at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Jazz Fest to those in the know, and it was Dance Party USA. In August, I had to drag some friends to see them at the Continental Club...and I had to drag those same friends out of the bar because they were having way too much fun!! I also took my little brother to see them at the Blue Nile on Frenchman Street in NOLA, and he had a blast. There were even random trumpet players coming into the club from off of the street to jam out on stage. Big Sam looks is always stylin' and profilin' while dancin' around in his sunglasses, and playing the trombone...and the rest of the band definitely knows how to get funky! If you're up for gettin' your dance on this Friday, that's the place to be. I'm always a fan of hearing music from my beloved New Orleans in Houston!
Speaking of getting your dance on....Jonathan Tyler and crew are also a must-see at the Main Street venue. I caught these guys before the O.A.R. show at Warehouse Live in April and was blown away by their performance. We purchased their CD and its fun and funky....if you're a fan of anything with a steel guitar and you're a jammer...then you will most definitely dig these guys. They will be opening up for JJ Grey in early 2009 at several House of Blues across the south, Houston included. The tracks "Gypsy Woman" and "She's From the Other Side" are catchy and if you can't find a way to dance to them, then you need to get some boogie shoes.