LMB LA: New Duo Wil Blades and Billy Martin Play The Mint June 2nd
This Saturday night up at The Mint you won’t wanna miss Billy Martin, drummer for legendary musical scientists Medeski, Martin & Wood, joining forces for a night of deep and heavy sonic exploration with Wil Blades, a much buzzed about young organist from the San Francisco live music scene. This is a new collaboration celebrating the release of their debut LP Shimmy (seriously, peep their update of the traditional spiritual “Down By The Riverside.”). If I learned anything from my last three years as a New Orleans resident it’s that any wondrous musical baby that spills out kicking and screaming from a kickin’ Crescent City music joint will – almost without fail – organically grow into an improvising wild child not to be missed from day one. Continue below for a stream, download and a video of this brand spankin’ new duo playing live.
Wesley grew up in coastal Georgia and is a former resident of The Music City and the Big Easy where he helped get Live Music Blog: NOLA off-the-ground, managing it in New Orleans through Jazz Fest 2012. Hodges is now an attorney living amongst THE CALIFORNIANS in West LA. His favorite artists include My Morning Jacket, Pink Floyd, Sigur Rós, Widespread Panic, Futurebirds, The Allman Brothers Band, Dr. Dog, Tame Impala, Anders Osborne, Monster Rally, Radiohead and Bobby & The Midnites. Daft Punk is actually playing at his house tonight and you're invited.
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