New Orleans isn’t New Orleans without the music. Every week, The Troubadour takes weeknights to the next level with nightly live music on the second floor in The Lounge from 9PM- 11PM. The evening includes rotating live music from local artists, a late night happy hour highlighting beer and wine specials plus a discount off their tasty shareable punch bowls. Browse this week’s lineup and get to know the talent here!
Monday April 17 – Sasha Masakowski
“Vanity Fair Magazine recently listed Sasha Masakowski as one of the top jazz musicians in the world and December 2015 issue of Downbeat Magazine named Sasha among the most innovative musicians coming out of New Orleans to date. She has performed 5 years consecutively at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and has toured across the U.S., Asia, Europe and Central America.”
While Sasha still stands as one of the most prominent genre-defying voices on the New Orleans music scene, she recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY, where she continues to earn a reputation as a ingenious improviser, composer and performer. She has performed as a leader at notable NYC festivals and venues such as NY Hot Jazz Festival, Winter Jazz Festival, Blue Note Jazz Club, Brooklyn Bowl, and The Jazz Standard. Sasha currently leads two bands of her own that range from traditional New Orleans jazz (Sidewalk Strutters) to experimental electronic art-pop (Tra$h Magnolia), and is also the co-leader of Hildegard, an electro-rock collaboration between Masakowski and guitarist/ sound-designer Cliff Hines.
“There is a rare musical triple point where talent, vision, and a wicked sense-of-humor meet. Damn few artists ever make it there. I believe that it must be the address of one Sasha Masakowski.” – All About Jazz 2015”
Tuesday April 4 – Daria & the Hip Drops (unplugged)
“Daria & The Hip Drops utilize Caribbean influence with an alternative pop aesthetic to create catchy hooks and danceable upbeat tunes. If you are a fan of artists like Santigold, TuNeYards, early No Doubt and The Talking Heads, this band may be a favorable addition to your playlist.
Songwriter Daria Dzurik fronts the band, who plays steel drum, keys, and sings lead vocals for the group. Dzurik and producer Graham Robinson brought together a collaboration of artists that provide backing grooves to create The Hip Drops. Songs put together by Daria & The Hip Drops have been sculpted to bring out certain music elements, whether it be harmonies or rhythms with a blend of genres. With the fusion and unique style Daria & The Hip Drops create, there is something every listener can enjoy.”
Wednesday April 5 – Amanda Ducorbier
“Amanda is a New Orleans based singer/songwriter who has traveled from coast to coast recording with widely respected production houses and Grammy nominated producers. She was a contestant on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Season 3, and also just made her debut at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2016.
Currently, Amanda is recording the finishing touches on her most recent EP with producer/bass player of Better than Ezra, Tom Drummond.
She is a resident performer at the The Roosevelt Hotel, The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone, and the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans.
Thursday April 6 – CoolNasty
CoolNasty is one of the youngest bands to enter the New Orleans Arena of great musicians. Founded in March of 2015, this group of individuals has entertained a variety of audiences all over the United States. They specialize in jazz-fusion, but can adapt to any situation of any musical style. Along with having original music, they are also known for revamping of cover tunes into their own cool and nasty style! They have played festivals such as Gem and Jam(AZ), Essence Festival(LA), Deep Ellum Arts Festival(TX), and many more to come!
Friday April 7 – Retrofit
“Retrofit was birthed in the heart of Mid City, New Orleans when four ambitious local musicians decided to further their careers and immerse themselves in everything soul. Inspired by the rhythmic nature of the Big Easy along with the rich musical heritage of the south Louisiana region, the boys simply had to open their ears to let in the music that has inspired their signature sound. With roots in Blues, Gospel, R&B, Afrobeat, Funk, and all forms of Soul music, Retrofit seeks to create sound waves to revive the spirits of its audience.”