The New Orleans Suspects, a new group that includes two members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, an ex-Radiator, and the Neville Brothers' longtime drummer, are coming to St. Louis to perform at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 24 at the Old Rock House.
The Suspects (pictured) are comprised of DDBB saxophonist Kevin Harris, a founding member of that group, and its current guitarist Jake Eckert; bassist Reggie Scanlan, formerly with the long-running rock/funk band, the Radiators; drummer Willie Green, who's been touring and recording with the Neville Brothers since the mid-1980s; and keyboard player and vocalist CR Gruver, who has worked with several New Orleans roots music acts.
The Suspects started playing together informally in 2009, and officially became a band last year after the Radiators retired and the Neville Brothers reduced their touring schedule. In a blog post last April, Scanlan described their sound like this: "…like most bands from New Orleans, we cover a lot of ground…Traffic, Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder, Little Feat, Wet Willie, The Band, Robert Palmer, Bob Dylan, and Little Milton…and, of course, we do a ton of N.O. music…Professor Longhair, James Booker, The Meters, Lee Dorsey, and Allen Toussaint…we also include music from our alma maters, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band." The Suspects also have completed recording their first album, though no release date has been announced yet.
Tickets for the New Orleans Suspects at the Old Rock House are $12 in advance, $15 day of show, and go on sale at 5:00 p.m. this Friday, March 16.
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