Canal Street Tavern
308 East First Street
8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013
Digging deep into the soulful grooves dug by Walter “Wolfman ” Washington, Grant Green, and Dr. Lonnie Smith, the funky moves of James Brown and Maceo Parker, the old school cool of the Meters and The Neville Brothers, and the feel good fuel of the Crescent City itself, the Soul Project brings New Orleans soul with them wherever they go. “Every time I get onstage I’m looking for that magic moment,” says Soul Project guitarist and lead singer, Jon Cristian Duque. “It supersedes everything else, when people lose themselves in the music, when everything is swinging and everyone knows what to do.” Inspired by the music of the Meters, the Neville Brothers and Galactic, Soul Project has spent more than a decade perfecting the funk-soaked grooves that yield those all-consuming musical moments. Cristian, who honed his chops performing with Walter “Wolfman” Washington during his early days in New Orleans, founded the band in 2002. He proceeded to lead an evolving roster of cohorts over the years before finding himself in creative sync with Will Repholz on bass (Mem Shannon, Dave Jordan), drummer Colin Davis (Groovesect, Gravy), Jeremy Habegger (Hammond B3, Rhodes) and David Ludman (sax).Together, they’ve earned a reputation for being one of the most consistently tight ensembles to emerge from New Orleans’ competitive Frenchmen Street scene in years. Mixing elements of jazz, soul, blues and gospel with a real Crescent City feel, Soul Project reliably draws crowds who come in to dance to their epic, high-energy sets– and keep returning for the band’s packed weekly gigs at clubs like Café Negril and Blue Nile.Together, the band excels at bringing out the best in one another’s individual abilities, whether they’re interpreting a Bobby Blue Bland classic or putting a new spin on an original tune.
General Admission 13.65