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Show Recap: Fat Tuesday at Amoeba Hollywood With ORGONE

Posted by Billy Gil, March 7, 2014 12:18pm | Post a Comment

This year's Fat Tuesday celebration March 4 at Amoeba Hollywood kicked off with DJs playing all manner of funk, soul and zydeco from New Orleans or influenced by its rich musical history. Our resident emcee Gomez asked trivia questions, such as the difference between "cajun" and "zydeco" (one's a culture, the other's a type of music).

Los Angeles' ORGONE took the stage offering a flurry of horn blasts, funkadelic guitars and plenty of cowbell. Singer Adryon de Leon commanded with a soulful performance fronting the eight-piece band. "Don't Stop" sounded particularly alluring, with its rubbery bassline and lush, classic soul sound. They effused warm vibes perfectly suited to the day, singing "love is the answer" to a dancing crowd.

Amoeba's annual Mardi Gras parade began to prepare as the band played the funky "Say Goodbye." Meanwhile, ORGONE's bongos player had hips shaking, and the band got the audience to participate in a soul clap as de Leon channeled Donna Summer. As if the drum-fueled extended jam at the end of their set didn't already cement the fact that this band has chops, they helped out with a great, impromptu rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" as the parade started, with marchers wearing masks and playing instruments and its floats featuring an edifice of the late Lou Reed.

It was Amoeba's 9th time having the celebration, starting after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As always, a portion of all proceeds from the day went to Tipitina's Foundation and New Orleans Musicians' Clinic, which are dedicate to preserving New Orleans' musical culture and history.

 

See more photos of the event here.

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