Dr. Duke & the Power Trio at Madam’s Organ

Every Once in a while Mid-west blues mainstay Duke Tumatoe finds a way to tour the East Coast. I first met Duke around 1978 in his home base of Indianapolis leading his band The All-Star Frogs. Duke was one of the most engaging and entertaining performers I had experienced to that point. He had the ability to fill a 2,000 seat auditorium for a New Years Eve show and to this day continues to regularly work the Mid-west circuit in addition to being a regular contributor to the syndicated Bob & Tom Radio show. 
The band evolved into Dr. Duke & the Power Trio (Dr. of High-ology) and they will hit DC this Friday night at Madam's Organ in DC.
A THEME SONG FOR RIGHT ON RHYTHM!   — (There it is under the Calendar on the right side of the page)
On one of his previous trips east he told me he was going to write a song using Right on Rhythm and its over-arching metaphor for life as it’s main theme. You’ve heard me say it “Whether you are dancing, playing, or just being, It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do it on time (hit the beat). I forgot completely about his statement but lo and behold on Duke’s new CD I Want to Be Rich there it is! ROR has been immortalized!

Follow the link http://electrogliderecords.com/drduketumatoe.cfm to purchase Duke’s new cd or find it on iTunes. Check out his crowd favorite Tie you up when you visit the site



Madam's Organ

2461 18th St NW

Washington DC



Hungry For Music Benenfit @ Bangkok Blues


Friday, May 6th, 2011 7:00 to 9:30

Price: $10.00 suggested donation


Help raise funds for Hungry For Music. "Providing the gift of music to underserved children with a hunger to play". http://hungryformusic.com/ 

Two bands performing this Friday. First up from 7 to 8 is "In Layman Terms" and from 8:30 to 9:30 It's "The Mike Westcott Band" 

The Bands playing are both all about family…. The Mike Westcott band will have Mike's Dad Dave Westcott on Drums with Good Friend Thierry Lenor on Bass. The ultimate family band in the opening slot is "In Layman Terms" and they feature 13 year old Brother and Son Cole Layman on Guitar, and 10 year old Sister and Daughter Logan Layman on Bass, with Mom Sandy Layman on Drums. 

Connect with In Layman Terms at http://www.facebook.com/pages/In-Layman-Terms/165015683543593

and Connect with The Mike Westcott Band at www.facebook.com/mikewestcottband


Grandsons @ the Surf Club


The Surf Club Live lives on as a great music venue this Thursday for a Cinco De Mayo show with the Grandsons.

When You’re Biking – Wear a Helmet / When you are working with your hands – WEAR GLOVES!

Through the years my tendency has been to abuse my hands. A few Sundays back I was doing some general gardening and various maintenance projects. At some point along the way I got what felt like a splinter along the palm side of the first knuckle on my index finger. Not paying it much mind as nothing was visible, I continued to work the day. Monday the next morning I woke to a definitely swollen finger but any pain was still centered around the splinter/prick area. I went to the area clinic ‘cause I was out of town and was prescribed an antibiotic.  On Tuesday I went to work but by the end of the day the knuckle at the palm was feeling discomfort. I continued the antibiotic. At about 2:30am Wednesday morning, I woke to an area that was throbbing and determined that I needed to get this checked out at the hospital. I woke Claudia to tell her I was heading out and would let her know what was going on. We both assumed that hey its an infection, there’s a splinter, they’ll clean it out, give me a shot and tell me to keep it clean. 
After the initial triage checkout the hand specialist is called and after a bit it is determined that I will see him that day either at his office or the hospital. He ends up coming in early to look at my hand and the words “we’re keeping you” give me a “you’re kidding, right?” reaction. I am then told there is an inflammation traveling along the tendon in my finger into the top of my palm and he is going to have to open it up and clean everything out and as an aside he adds, "good thing you came in when you did". That results in a 3 1/2 day stay and a course of antibiotics.
You can bet that from now on gloves are going to be step one.
On Sunday May 8 12:45 Grammy winner Chubby Carrier will be playing the House of Blues Stage at New Orleans Jazz Fest. A good part of his set is going to be given over to a tribute to his father, the late legend, Roy Carrier. If you’ve never seen Chubby play his father’s music – he can smoke it.  Roy was the first person to get me to play so I’ll be there and if my hand let’s me I’ll be playing rub board too.

The Long Awaited Update on Live Music in Mt. Pleasant. WE WON!


Those of you that have followed me over the years have heard much of the history regarding the voluntary agreement process that restricted (in fact banning it outright) the ability of the restaurants on Mt Pleasant St to host live music. Though the issue predated my involvement, I became fully engaged in 2003 testifying before the City Council and then trying to open dialogue with the group that authored the VA. I didn’t get very far but did begin to create a greater awareness of the issue in Mt Pleasant. In the fall of 2004 I ran for a seat (and won) on the ANC (Advisory Neighborhood Commission) to prevent the president of that group from getting in unopposed. The ANC over the next 2 years and beyond continued to push for change in the process that dealt with this, passing resolution after resolution calling for an opening up of the process.

    When my term ended in 2006 I along with Claudia Schlosberg, David Sachdev, Natalie Avery, Janelle Triebits, Phil Lepanto, Eugene Stephanus, Andrea Blatchford, Amber Gallup (dang I’m forgetting a couple names) formed a new group of neighborhood residents named Hear Mt Pleasant who’s first purpose was to work on changing the situation. Three restaurants, Don Juan’s, Don Jaime's and Haydee’s stepped up to challenge their old VAs and with the support of HMP began their fight to overturn them. What ensued was a years long legal battle in the chambers of the ABRA board and the yeoman’s efforts of Rick Massumi, Claudia and Rob Waldeck donating pro bono legal time to work this fight.
Last year the foundations of the old VAs began to crumble. This year THEY WERE OVERTURNED! WE WON!
    On Tuesday evening 4/26 at 6:00, We will be holding the first of two Mt Pleasant celebrations.  The first at Don Juan’s Restaurant will be a family night with puppeteers and local legend Lilo Gonzales, a neighborhood treasure.  The 2nd will be at Haydee’s on May 12. 
For more information, plug in Hear Mount Pleasant next time you log in on Face Book.



Zydeco By Birth Indeed!!

Chubby Carrier has landed the 2011 Grammy for Louisiana Music!!!

Big Daddy Roy is smiling down!!!

Nighthawks at Surf Club Live!

The Nighthawks play tonight at the best area roadhouse possible as they return to Surf Club Live more than two years after their last appearance there.
That the Surf Club is trying once again to give a stage to area musicians, is an encouraging event.  Owner Jim Byrum has committed to giving Thursday nights over to live music a serious try and it is up to us to see it works. We mourned when the SC stopped hosting live performance and we now have a second chance.

Phone  (301) 927-6310



Two rare chances to catch Robert Lighthouse this weekend
Robert has been spending much of his time in his homeland of Sweden but this weekend affords 2 chances to catch him in a band setting on his stateside home turf.
Tonight 1/28 Robert returns to one of his favorite rooms in DC appearing at Madams Organ. The band hits at 10:00






Madam’s Organ

Soul Food Restaurant & Blues Bar
2461 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
(In the
heart of Adams Morgan)
Phone (202) 667-5370 * Fax (202) 234-2826
(Intersection of Calvert, Columbia & 18th)



Saturday January 29th,
Benefit Blues concert for kinderusa.org (works with Palestinian Refugee Children in Lebenon and Gaza)
Universalist National Memorial Church
1810 16th St. NW, (corner 16th and S)
Washington, DC
730 Doors Open/Meet and greet
800 1st Blues set
845 Presentation by kinderusa
915 2nd Blues set
$10-$25 donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)
refreshments available; wheelchair lift available
sponsored by UNMC Social Action;

J.P. McDermott to host concert to benefit Hungry for Music
On February 3, 1959 Buddy Holly lost his life in a tragic plane crash outside Clear Lake Iowa, and the world lost one of the most creative and engaging performers of the rock and roll era. Though it has been more than fifty years, Buddy's music lives on to this day.  The Washington area will remember Buddy and celebrate his life and music with a concert on January 29th at the Takoma Park Municipal Auditorium featuring popular local rockabilly musician and devoted Holly fan, J.P. McDermott.
Holly's Legacy
Buddy Holly was only 22 years old on that bitter cold night when the light plane he was traveling in crashed in a corn field, killing all on board, and putting an end to one of the most creative and prolific careers of the rock and roll era. In a scant three years, Buddy left behind nearly 100 recordings, including at least 40 original songs, among them some of the greatest in the rock and roll canon. Though we lost Buddy, songs like "Peggy Sue", "It's So Easy", "Rave On", and "That'll Be The Day" live on through the years.
Among the many acts that have covered Holly songs you'll find The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Linda Rondstadt, The Knack, The Trashmen, Nancy Griffith, Skeeter Davis, The Thirteenth Floor Elevator, The Searchers, The Stray Cats, Conway Twitty, and Los Lobos, not to mention the Serendipity Singers, and many more.
The concert will feature Buddy's exciting, fun, and heartfelt music all night long, with diversions into the careers of Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper who also perished in the same plane crash.
J.P. McDermott & Western Bop
Washington Area Music Association award winner J.P. McDermott (Best Country Vocalist, Country Recording of the Year) will host the show. McDermott has an abiding love for Buddy's music, and has hosted Holly events for a number of years, including a lecture at the Smithsonian on Buddy's life and musical legacy. 
McDermott's love for Holly's music extends even to the name of his backing band — Western Bop. Buddy's original business card touted that he played both kinds of music — Western and Bop.  Hard working and hard rocking DC area veteran musicians Bill Williams (guitar), Louie Newmyer (upright bass), and Tom Bowes (drums) make up the core of the band, joined by Chris Watling of The Grandsons on sax. The band will also be augmented with piano, organ, backing singers, and possibly strings to capture the sound of Holly's inventive music.
Benefitting Hungry for Music 
All of the proceeds from the concert will go to Hungry for Music, a DC based charitable organization that puts musical instruments into hungry hands. Children who demonstrate a desire to learn
music, or teachers who have willing pupils, but no instruments, are the beneficiaries. Says founder Jeff Campbell, "Most anyone will attest to the healing power of music; its ability to soothe in times of tension, its ability to transform sadness and aggression into hope and creativity."
J.P. McDermott is a long-time supporter of the cause, and believes in the mission of sharing instruments and musical experiences, so that children who would not normally have the opportunity can experience a kind of freedom and self-discovery that is often stifled in an atmosphere of economic hardship.
This event will be one of a kind, for a great cause, and one of the highlights of the Winter musical season!
The show starts at 8:00. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 
Saturday January 29, 2011
A Celebration of the Life and Music of Buddy Holly
with J.P. McDermott& Western Bop and Special Guests
City of Takoma Park Auditorium
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
8:00 p.m.
Tickets $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
Purchase tickets at www.hungryformusic.com
For more information contact:
J.P. McDermott
(301) 919-3214



Otis Taylor's
"Trance Blues Certified Jam Workshop"
Sunday, January 30th 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost $40

Otis Taylor Trance Blues Jam 

At the Archie's Blues Barbershop 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Maryland.

Otis Taylor (who has jammed with Muddy Waters, Hendrix and Springsteen) is holding this "acoustic blues" workshop on Sunday January 30th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Archie's Blues Barbershop. Cost for the workshop is $40.

To register for the workshop send an email to info@acousticblues.com. Seating will be limited.

All instruments, singers and songwriters are welcome to attend.
Come out to learn, have fun and jam.

Also go see Otis Taylor's Band at Blues Alley on Tuesday February 1st for two shows, 8pm and 10pm. Tickets are $25 bucks.
Otis Taylor ChicagoWith Otis Taylor, it’s best to expect the unexpected. While his music, an amalgamation of roots styles in their rawest form, discusses heavyweight issues like murder, homelessness, tyranny, and injustice, his personal style is lighthearted. Part of Taylor’s appeal is his contrasting character traits. But it is precisely this element of surprise that makes him one of the most compelling artists to emerge in recent years. In fact, Guitar Player magazine writes, “Otis Taylor is arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time.” Whether it’s his unique instrumentation (he fancies banjo and cello), or it’s the sudden sound of a female vocal, or a seemingly upbeat optimistic song takes a turn for the forlorn, what remains consistent is poignant storytelling based in truth and history.

Truth and history are at the heart of Recapturing the Banjo, Taylor’s fifth release on Telarc. Released in February 2008, the album explores the deepest roots of the banjo – an instrument that, despite its common associations with American folk and bluegrass, actually originated in Africa and made its way to the fledgling American colonies in the 1700s via the influx of African slaves. Entertaining and enlightening at the same time, Recapturing the Banjo includes performances by some of the most accomplished African-American banjo players on the current roots music scene: Guy Davis, Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Keb Mo and Don Vappie.

‘Over the years, the instrument just lost touch with its roots,” says Taylor, who has proven his banjo chops with two consecutive Blues Music Awards nominations (2005 and 2006) for Best Instrumentalist in the banjo category. ”I’m just trying to re-establish that connection.”

Heading To Louisiana


Heading to Louisiana For the inaugural Zydeco Music Awards on Thursday January 20 at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette. The first three Hall of Fame honorees are to be Clifton Chenier, Boozoo Chavis and Joseph Roy Carrier. It is so great to see the long overdue recognition for Roy Carrier’s contribution to the world of Zydeco. In fact it was the current younger generation of performers that pushed for Roy to be included along with greats Clifton & Boozoo. It is these musicians that cut their teeth at Roy’s Offshore Lounge and their way to make sure his legacy lives on.

From the Zydeco Music Awards web site http://www.zydecomusicawards.com/


Roy Carrier Biography

Bebe & Calvin Carriere' backstage at Jazzfest 1999

Bebe’s first ever performance in New Orleans at the age of 96 and Roy was the one that brought them there

     Joseph Roy Carrier was born in 1947 to a sharecropping family along with 8 siblings. From a hard-scrabble life, working the fields, Roy would eventually become the patriarch of the extended Carrier Family, one of the most influential music families of Southwest Louisiana. Starting with pioneering Creole fiddler Joseph Bébé Carriére, to Bebe’s younger cousin Calvin Carriére on to cousin Roy, the Carrier Family is found at critical junctures in the development of LaLa, Zydeco & Cajun music.

     Roy’s father, Warren was an accordion player. At the age of six, Roy was recruited to accompany his father on scrub board (frottoir) playing LaLa at night in the living room with relatives and friends who would stop by. The passing on of music from one generation to the next is part of the tradition of Zydeco that continues today.

      By the age of 10, Roy was working with his father playing house parties at night to help supplement the meager pay they earned by day in the fields. Roy soon graduated to drums and then guitar when his parents presented him a Sears Roy Rogers insignia guitar as a present. Roy’s eye though stayed focused on the accordion. Since accordions were hard to come by, Roy’s daddy wouldn’t let him play, fearing damage to his instrument. Undeterred Roy "borrowed" his daddy's accordion and taught himself to play in the barnyard. When he got caught, he got a whippin'. However, Warren understood his boy's determination and eventually allowed him to play.

     In 1961 at the age of 14, Roy formed the first Night Rockers band with himself on guitar, his brother Murphy on drums, his Uncle John on scrub board and Chris Johnson on accordion. By 1962 Roy was leading the band on accordion but a farm accident cost him most of the index finger of his right hand. It would be 2 years before Roy tried to play an accordion again.

      In the meantime Roy was following his idols soaking up as much pure Zydeco as he could in the clubs around Church Point, Lawtell & Opelousas. He was not old enough to enter the clubs so he would stand on a crate outside a window to watch and listen to his mentor Clifton Chenier. At 17 he picked up the double row accordion again determined to overcome the loss of his finger on his chord hand. In the process he developed a style of "crossing chords". It is a technique that is unique to Roy’s music and is one of his signature sounds.

     In 1973, at the age of 26, Roy went to work on the offshore drilling platforms. The next 16 years of his life were spent in a cycle of 7 days of hard labor offshore and 7 days playing music on land. All through this period, there would be impromptu jam sessions in the barnyard that included Boozoo Chavis, Delton Broussard, John Delafose and Chris Johnson. Following the family tradition,                        Roy’s children, sons Chubby (Joseph Roy Jr.), Troy (Dikki Du) and daughter Elaine all became members of the Night Rockers before they were 10 years old.


     Roy considered Clifton Chenier his mentor and other than his cousin Clifton, Roy's cousin, Bebe Carriere had the most influence on Roy's music. Bebe would pull out his fiddle and play whenever Roy asked. "I always would get excited watching him stomp his feet and work out on his fiddle. Accordion players would always get tired, but not Bebe. He was one of the best I ever heard."

     In 1980 while still working the rigs, Roy purchased a neighborhood roadhouse in Lawtell and christened it The Offshore Lounge. 1981 marked the establishment of Thursday night Zydeco jams at Roy's Lawtell, Louisiana club.Patrons could enjoy as many as six bands for a two dollar cover charge. Throughout the 80’s it became THE place for aspiring Zydeco musicians to meet, learn and jam with other Zydeco musicians. It is difficult to find any Zydeco musicians that came of age in the 80’s and 90’s that weren’t schooled and encouraged by Roy. From helping Beau Jocque find his boogie to encouraging John Delafose to perform publicly and giving him songs in the process, to loaning equipment to Zydeco Force, to giving Geno Delafose his first paying gig, Roy was a guiding force in the development of Zydeco.

     Roy’s first recordings occurred in 1987 for Lee Lavergne’s Lanore Records. From 1987 to 1992, four cassettes were produced and from that material two CDs were licensed to other labels. Some of that material can now be found on Mardi Gras Records Zydeco Soul CD. In 1989 Roy quit the offshore rigs to focus full time on his music. At the urging of his elder son Chubby who had already broken away to lead his own Bayou Swamp Band, Roy began touring outside Southwest Louisiana. His first trip to the Mid-Atlantic was in 1992 and Roy became a regular in clubs up and down the East Coast. Roy was a great chef and loved to cook for his family, friends and fans. When Roy came to town you could not only count on great music but a big pot of gumbo. Roy served up his signature dish along with sage advice on life, music,love and marriage. Along the way Roy endeared himself to countless SW Louisiana musicians, friends across the US and around the world.

     In 1996 Roy began recording music for the Right on Rhythm label out of Washington DC. Five critically acclaimed CD’s resulted. Nasty Girls in 1997, Twist & Shout in 1998, Offshore Blues in 1999, Whiskey Drinkin Man in 2002 and the last one, Living Legend, licensed to Severn Records for national distribution in 2005. Real Blues Magazine recognized Roy Carrier multiple times in their Annual Real Blues Awards for being the best Zydeco Band or releasing the best Zydeco CD. Roy’s music never veered far away from the blues-based style of Zydeco’s origins and at heart Roy truly was a blues man. Roy made a few appearances at the New Orleans Heritage Festival and overseas headlined festivals in The Netherlands and France.

     With Roy’s passing in 2010 the first tier of original Zydeco players are all but gone. Clifton Chenier, Boozoo Chavis,Rockin’ Dopsie, John Delafose, Delton Broussard, Marcel Dugas all left an indelible mark on the music. Bringing up the end of that class was Roy Carrier. Performing for more than 50 years, Roy was the bridge from Zydeco’s beginnings — to where it is today. He will be missed.

We’re Keeping Roy’s Dream Alive


It was an absolutely incredibly great day at Slim's Y Ki Ki in Opelousas on New Years Day as well over 300 people from all over the country and Louisiana danced at the Keeping Roy's Dream Alive event. Money was raised to begin the repairs to the Offshore Lounge And Dikki Du will be keeping us informed on the progress and work. There are still a few of the special edition Roy Carrier Collection CDs available so if you want one just click on the buy CDs button att he top of the page.

Here is a link to the Keeping Roy's Dream Alive site where Dikki will post pics: http://keepingroysdreamalive.yolasite.com/

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