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Events / R&B/Urban Soul (26)

Tuesday, December 1

Dragon Smoke

Teragram Ballroom

Los Angeles, 90017


Dragon Smoke is a band that formed as part of the New Orleans Jazz Fest tradition of the "Superjam". The "Superjam" idea is to put together a band of people who don't normally play together and see what happens. With the dual vocals of Ivan Neville and Eric Lindell, matched with the Galactic rhythm section, Stanton Moore and Rob Mercurio the band quickly realized, "We are a great band!" and has played every Jazz Fest since it's inception in 2003. This inception took place at the famed Dragon's Den, hence the name of the band. The music centers around Lindell's blue eyed soul , Neville's funk and R&B, and Galactic's groove. Besides a couple trips to the West Coast, this band has been strictly playing in New Orleans. With everyone in the band being a leader on their own, it is rare to get this band together. And when it does, it shows that these guys are really having FUN! From the interplay between the members, you would think that Dragon Smoke has been playing shows forever.

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Wednesday, December 2

Friday, December 4

Booker T. Jones and Black Joe Lewis

Royce Hall - UCLA

Los Angeles, CA 90095


It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax Records hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High” and “Melting Pot”, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream. Sound the Alarm, his latest record, finds the Hammond B3 organ master looking ahead yet again, laying down his distinctive bedrock grooves amid a succession of sparkling collaborations with some of contemporary R&B’s most gifted young voices. 

Black Joe Lewis is an American blues, funk and soul artist influenced by Howlin' Wolf and James Brown. He formed his band in Austin, Texas in 2007. In March 2009, Esquire listed Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears as one of the "Ten Bands Set to Break Out at 2009's SXSW Festival." Now four records into his career, Joe has not settled on a single formula. With 2013's "Electric Slave," he dropped the Honeybears moniker for his band and created yet another fiercely entertaining record. "In Electric Slave, Black Joe Lewis has crafted a reference point that’ll supplant those old YouTube performances and provide future Lewis scholars with what is arguably the defining point of his career." ~ Drowned In Sound

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Saturday, December 12

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