Preservation Hall Jazz Band bring a taste of New Orleans to Sweetwater Music Hall

Preservation Hall Jazz BandBy Kory Thibeault //

Preservation Hall Jazz Band //
Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA
June 1st, 2015 //

Preservation Hall Jazz Band dropped by Sweetwater Music Hall last Monday, convincing everyone in attendance that Frenchman Street was only a step out the door. If you are not familiar with this band or Preservation Hall for that matter, I suggest you do your research and treat your ears.

In the tradition of keeping jazz alive and relevant, Preservation Hall and its house band of the same name are iconic. While the lineup is ever-evolving, Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been touring for decades, bringing their New Orleans flavor to the national stage.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall’s lineup on this night consisted of bandleader Marc Braud, creative director Ben Jaffe, Rickie Monie, Joseph Lastie Jr., Clint Maedgen and Ronell Johnson. As Monie states, “Up until now, we’ve been a band that’s based on a repertoire that’s existed for a century, but that’s the balancing act: how do you honor your history and forge ahead in a way that celebrates your past? We’re not a museum. We’re a living, breathing part of New Orleans.” That last part is especially true. This band lives and breathes jazz music, which is essential to their mission of keeping it relevant in a rapidly changing world.

Personally, I believe jazz music to be one of those American art forms that will always have a place embedded in our hearts. All one has to do is open themselves up and truly listen. Jazz transcends. Jazz fills the soul. I am elated there are still musicians like Preservation Hall Jazz Band has who continue to do so.

Loop master Keller Williams keeps his fans guessing at Sweetwater Music Hall

Keller WilliamsBy Benjamin Wallen //

Keller Williams //
Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA
April 17th, 2015 //

The one-man music-making loop master Keller Williams performed a full solo set at the Sweetwater Music Hall only a few days before the launch of his 21st album entitled Vape.

Many of Williams’ songs are road-tested before they are recorded, and this album is no different. However, there were a few tracks not road-tested that were some really tasty treats last Friday night. One in particular called “Jesus’ Gun”, Williams’ take on the gun-toting nuts who live in the U.S., started off the show and got the crowd relaxed.

Keller Williams

Sprinkled in were some new renditions of classic Grateful Dead tunes that had this fan laughing and applauding at the same time. Just when you think you know how the songs are going to play out, Williams spins them on their head and kills it. He certainly doesn’t seem to be slowing down, and seeing a full solo set in the Bay Area was a fantastic treat.

With an All-Star supporting cast that includes none other than Phil Lesh, Scott Law, Jackie Greene, Jason Crosby and Alex Koford, Williams will grace the other Grateful Dead shrine in Marin County for his record release party at Terrapin Crossroads on April 20th in what will surely be another magical performance.

PHOTOS: Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Bob Weir at Sweetwater 4/18


By Sterling Munksgard //

Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Bob Weir & Maria Muldaur, Howell Devine //
Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA
April 18th, 2014

A New Orleans institution, Preservation Hall Jazz Band hit the road every year when they aren’t delighting local audiences in the French Quarter. When visiting Preservation Hall in NOLA, the group take requests from show-goers in the hallowed 100-person space — just don’t request “Saints”, it’ll set ya back ten bucks.

In between consecutive weekend dates at Coachella, the legendary group played at Sweetwater Music Hall just over the Golden Gate Bridge, and one of the Bay Area’s own local icons Bob Weir graced the stage, along with folk songstress Maria Muldaur. Weir also joined opener Howell Devine. View the snaps below from Sterling Munksgard.

PHOTOS: Zepparella at Sweetwater Music Hall 3/22


By Sterling Munksgard //

Zepparella with Michael Lee Firkins //
Sweetwater Music Hall — Mill Valley, CA
Saturday March 22, 2014 //

Zepperella rocked out before a sold out Sweetwater crowd on last weekend. The All Female Led Zeppelin Tribute band busted out hits such as “Ramble On”, “Whole Lotta Love”, “Immigrant Song”, “Communication Breakdown” and countless others.

The band announced an extensive summer tour with dates across the USA this summer. Show include Kansas City, Omaha, Chicago, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Austin, Dallas and more. Check out the bands official Facebook page to RSVP for the show in your town. Visit the bands official website for photos, videos, show dates, and merch.

03-28 Point Arena, CA – The Arena Theater
03-29 Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews
05-02 Half Moon Bay, CA – Old Princeton Landing
05-23 Portland, OR – Dantes
05-24 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
06-13 Nevada City, CA – Miner’s Foundry
06-21 Petaluma, CA – The Mystic Theatre
06-27 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
06-28 Billings, MT – Railyard Ale House
07-05 Lake Tahoe, Nevada – Crystal Bay Casino
07-06 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
07-08 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
07-09 Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
07-10 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
07-11 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
07-17 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
07-18 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
07-22 Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
07-26 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
07-29 Austin, TX – Red 7
07-30 Dallas, TX – Trees

Until then, check out the bands official music video for Dazed and Confused: