Without music, trumpet players could book only early-morning gigs on army bases, and saxophonists would merely be Bill Clinton impersonators. Watch artists express their own style with today's Groupon for tickets to the "From the Crescent City of New Orleans to the Big Apple of New York City" Nolafunk.com concert series. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get two tickets to see A Soulful N'awlins Sunday Brunch with Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday, May 22 at 1 p.m. (up to a $30 value).
- For $15, you get two tickets to see the Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter “Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste Jr. at Sullivan Hall on Friday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m. (a $30 value).
- For $30, you get two tickets to see George Porter Jr. and Orgone at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m. (a $60 value).
- For $10, you get two tickets to see Johnny Sketch at Sullivan Hall on Friday, June 3 at 11:30 p.m. (a $20 value).
- For $40, you get two tickets to two Boneroux featuring Bonerama shows (four tickets total) at Sullivan Hall on Friday, June 10 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 11 at 10 p.m. (an $80 value).
- For $20, you get two tickets to see Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Zigaboo Modeliste (of the original Meters) at the Hiro Ballroom on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. (a $40 value).
- For $35, you get two tickets to see Rebirth Brass Band at Pier Garden at South Street Seaport on Wednesday, July 13 at 7 p.m. (a $70 value).
- For $30, you get two tickets to see Groundation at the Hiro Ballroom on Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. (a $60 value).
The "From the Crescent City of New Orleans to the Big Apple of New York City" Nolafunk.com concert series, presented by Creative Entertainment Group and Nolafunk.com, collects rock, blues, jazz, and funk acts to sonically transport East Coast ears to the marshy deltas of the Big Easy. Featured musicians include George Porter Jr., former bass player for funk progenitors and ironic metric-system opponents The Meters, whose 40-year career includes sessions with artists such as Paul McCartney, David Byrne, and Robbie Robertson. Recipients of a Big Easy Entertainment Award as 2010's Best Rock band, Bonerama polishes the brass band sound to a strong shine while lobbing Allen Toussaint–shaped water balloons into the crowd. The 12-piece Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra creates a kaleidoscopic blend of New Orleans party music, with smooth Ray Charles and Al Green–style soul, jam-band rock, and a splash of secular gospel.
Throughout the summer, artists take the stage at venues across the city, including the Pier Garden at the South Street Seaport for crowds of music fans and longshoremen tired of repetitive sea shanties about hung-over crew members. Crowds get close in the intimate Le Poisson Rouge and Sullivan Hall spaces, and the Asian-influenced Hiro Ballroom at The Maritime Hotel surrounds audiences with sleek decorations and paper lanterns.