As a part of The Mint’s new improv Wednesday nights (most recently featuring four amazing, unique shows led by Robert Walter in June), starting on July 11th, world-renowned and New Orleans-based drummer Stanton Moore will be playing at The Mint, for three consecutive Wednesday.
As a longtime Galactic diehard and recent transplant to this ginormous town from the Crescent City, I’ve had the pleasure of watching Stanton play in countless settings over the years. As an outgrowth of being the Big Easy’s most in-demand drummer, Moore is a popular choice whether its an all-night superjam or a surprise sit-in and I’ve been lucky enough Moore join a who’s-who of big-time players on the Southern jam scene including George Porter Jr., Widespread Panic, Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson to name a few. But no matter who Stanton is laying it down for, whether with Galactic (in its traditional, instrumental form, or with any of the touring vocalists the band has run with (Cyril Neville, Chali2Na, Corey Glover, and Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet)), the Stanton Moore Trio, Dragon Smoke or the incomparable Garage a Trois, Moore is the heartbeat, always fueling the performance with his seemingly ceaseless source of energy (he notably played 27 different times over 10 days during Jazz Fest in 2011 and maybe topped that figure in 2012).
It wasn’t until this past Wednesday at The Mint while playing alongside Jonathan Freilich and Robert Walter that I was able to get such a rare vantage point of Stanton at work. From stage left in the corner of The Mint, we had the perfect angle to peer into Moore’s mini drum laboratory as the scientist did WORK, making magic look easy with an array of tools and tricks you don’t see most drummers attempting without the aid of smoke and mirrors. This is going to be a memorable run and those who make it for all three will be in for something entirely different each night. Although it says Stanton Moore Trio on each date below, you can almost bank on the fact that from one week to the next, there’ll be little parallel. So get there early, stake out a table, tip your bartenders and marvel as Moore tears up the playbook and invites a revolving door of special guests to burn up the swanky and historic Mint. Wednesdays are about to get a whole lot funkier.
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Stanton Moore – Sprung Monkey
ABOUT STANTON MOORE
Born and raised in New Orleans, Stanton Moore is a dedicated drummer and performer especially connected to the city, its culture and collaborative spirit. Driven and inspired by the thriving music scene of his hometown which includes such greats as Professor Longhair, Dr. John and The Meters, Moore’s name is now mentioned amongst these Big Easy mainstays. In the early ‘90s, Moore helped found the New Orleans-based essential funk band Galactic. Their first album, 1996’s widely acclaimed Coolin’ Off, led to an intense tour schedule of nearly 200 gigs a year for the next ten years. Building on their fan base by adding an esteemed list of all-star collaborations to the six albums that followed, Galactic continues to amass a worldwide audience via recording and touring globally.
Moore launched his solo career in 1998 aided by eight-string guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter and saxophonist Skerik (Les Claypool, John Scofield, Roger Waters). The group recorded All Kooked Out! featuring a handful of local New Orleans musicians as well. In the midst of these recording sessions yet another concept was taking shape. Outtakes turned into the first Garage a Trois release, Mysteryfunk (1999). In 2000 the trio, led by Moore behind the drum kit, was joined by percussionist Mike Dillon (Les Claypool, Ani DiFranco) and has since released four more albums – Emphasizer in 2003, Outre Mer in 2005, and later by Marco Benevento for Power Patriot in 2009, and their most recent LP Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil in 2011.