Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers

CEG & Nolafunk Presents

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers

Jonathon Boogie Long

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

A limited number of admissions are available at the door, first come first serve, no re entry, CASH only!

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
It takes all of 30 seconds.

Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation
or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs
immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins.

Passion.

The 44-year-old New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it,
and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the
swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to
whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later.

"You definitely pick that up from me. Thats definitely the way I live, man,"
he said. "From the time I wake up in the morning, I'm itching for my next
show to happen. It can't get here fast enough for me. I think thats the
basic ingredient of New Orleans music. Our traditional music. Its really
just happy music. A lot of other jazz players are very technical and
concentrating on studying hard. We study hard, too, but what we most want
to do is just get up there and experiment with the tunes that weve been
playing for years and years."

At this point in his career, in fact, having fun at work is a prerequisite.
The mandate for fun in performing traces back to a musical role model Louis
Armstrong. Though he grew up in a decade when Michael Jackson, Bruce
Springsteen and Madonna were at the top of late-teen playlists, Ruffins
still vividly and emotionally recalled the moment when Armstrong a New
Orleans icon became the be-all and end-all of his musical universe.

"When I started out playing, it was down on the streets in the French
Quarter for tips, and wed sit and watch all the guys in suits going inside
to play in the clubs," he said. "I was watching one day when, all of a
sudden, I heard one trumpet on the juke box. I was 19 or 20 years old, and
it was Louis doing a solo on When You're Smiling. I was so overwhelmed that
I went that day and bought all the CDs of his that I could find. I started
to watch videos all the time, and from then on, whenever my friends got
together to play, wed be drinking, eating barbecue and watching Louis
Armstrong."

Ruffins legacy-in-progress includes co-founding the Rebirth Brass Band in
1983. Rebirths creation was inspired by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which
was credited with bringing influences of funk and contemporary bebop into
New Orleans style brass bands.

In 1992, he founded the Barbecue Swingers, a traditional jazz quintet that
mixes music with another of his true loves, food. And now, hundreds of
shows and barbecues later, prolonging the status of jazz in New Orleans is
among Ruffins pet projects.

He'll play himself in an upcoming HBO series named "Treme" for the
neighborhood and lifestyle essential to its musical and cultural history.

"Kermit Ruffins is one of the prime reasons why New Orleans is mending
post-Katrina, bringing his good-time music to the people as an entertainer,"
said All Music Guides Michael G. Nastos on Billboard.com, "As a trumpet
player and singer of heritage jazz, soul, and popular music, he's uplifting
the spirit of Crescent City dwellers who are slowly but surely rebuilding
their neighborhoods. This CD further defines that role."
Jonathon Boogie Long
Jonathon Boogie Long
From Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jonathon Boogie Long was born with the blues coursing through his veins. Brought up in a Southern Baptist community, he first picked up the guitar at the age of six, teaching himself old gospel songs. Years later, a teenage Long found himself playing weekly gigs at blues clubs and events around town. At fourteen, he left school to lay down his roots touring with local legends Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor from 2003 to 2005. Additionally, he has toured with Chris Duarte, Kenny Wayne and Tyree Neal on the Chitlin’ Circuit. Boogie has shared the stage with standout musicians such as Dr. John, Rockin’ Dopsie, Monte Montgomery, Ellis Hall, Kenny Neal, Larry Garner, Henry Gray, Lil Ray Neal, and Lou Marini of the Blues Brothers Band.

In 2011, Boogie Long was crowned Guitar Center’s “King of the Blues” from a field of over 4,000 contestants, in the competition for #1 Unsigned Blues Guitarist in America (bit.ly/o013s6). Soon after, Boogie was sought out to film 2013’s “Boogie Blues Magic,” an instructional three-DVD set on which he shares his original tricks for learning fundamental blues styles (www.boogiebluesmagic.com). On another recent project, Boogie co-starred in the independent film, “We Be Kings,” a fictional story about an elderly couple that owns a juke joint in the Mississippi Delta.

Boogie currently fronts his own blues/soul trio, The Blues Revolution. His soul- stomping vocals and monster guitar shredding, paired with bluesy songwriting chops make his powerhouse performances a “must see” on the upcoming 2013 tour season. In April 2013, Boogie was tapped by B.B. King to support his four week tour. Also, he was given a prime slot at the New Orleans Jazz Fest Blues Stage! Quickly ascending from Baton Rouge to the main stage, Boogie Long is on track with his lifetime goal of championing blues music and its roots. His debut record was released in April of 2013.
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/

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