Big Sandy and His Fly-rite Boys, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
Ben Bell and The Stardust Boys
174 South Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA, 70802
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Big Sandy and His Fly-rite Boys
Twenty-five years, fourteen albums & hundreds of thousands of miles. What a dream it's been.
When I first got together for a garage rehearsal with a group of musician friends in the spring of 1988 in Anaheim, California, I never dreamed that I would someday be celebrating the silver anniversary of the rocking little band that formed that afternoon.. Yet here I am, looking back over a wild ride that has taken us around the world countless times, that has put us in front of national television audiences, and - most importantly - that has given me the opportunity to play the music that I grew up having such a passion for - Rockabilly, Rock & Roll, Honky-Tonk, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Doo-Wop... and now with the release of our new all-acoustic album "What A Dream It's Been", even a touch of Jamaican Rocksteady. Putting together the new record for Cow Island Music has brought back a flood of memories; we went through our entire catalogue of LP's, picked out some of our favorite original numbers, and gave them fresh new arrangements, rhythms, and instrumentations. In many ways , it was our way of looking back at everything that has led us to where we are now, while looking forward towards new musical horizons. Happy 25th Anniversary, Fly-Rite Boys! Here's to 25 more! cheers, Big Sandy
Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
Gal Holiday is a Country Swing band from New Orleans that incorporates original material with the best of country, rockabilly and western swing classics. Singer Vanessa Niemann, who started the band in 2004 began her career when she was 3 years old, playing tambourine on stage in the rural mountains of Maryland. Those mountain roots are still evident in her lively rendition of the band’s first original song, Blue Ridge Baby(2007) while homage to her adopted home radiates in Louisiana Waltz (2010).
Vanessa quickly progressed from tambourine to piano, trombone, clarinet and cello before focusing on voice, which led to her first professional work, performing with renowned D.C. area big band leader Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra. Her vocal range glides seamlessly from a dreamy Patsy Cline to a gritty, hard-edged Johnny Cash, with a twang of country reverence for Merle Haggard and Bob Wills. Vanessa’s encyclopedic knowledge of American roots music punctuates each performance and lends gravity to a New Orleans country band that must co-exist with traditional jazz, zydeco and funk. The band’s eponymous first CD sold out quickly after two pressings and in 2010, they issued their second studio CD, Set Two, galvanizing Vanessa’s place as a leader in the pantheon of New Orleans musicians. Set Two and the band won numerous awards, including a Best of the Beat from OffBeat Magazine for Best Country/Folk Band and Album.
The Gal Holiday band features some of the best country pickers in the New Orleans area and plays regularly at favorite spots in the Crescent City. 2012 marked their fifth year in a row performing at the world renowned New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and they have played with and opened for many amazing acts including Marcia Ball, Wayne Hancock, Mike Ness of Social Distortion and The Blind Boys of Alabama, a show in which Vanessa sang with the BBOA. In September of 2012, Vanessa was honored to be invited to sing leads during the DNC with the acclaimed band, Squirrel Nut Zippers whose 1996 album, Hot, went platinum. Outside of New Orleans, Gal Holiday tours regularly, equipped with a repertoire of classic, obscure and original songs that showcase Vanessa’s vocal talent and the band’s unique sound.