Crawdebauchery Festival 2016 Brings a Taste of New Orleans to South Florida!
– review of the 3rd annual event at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater.
Although the crowds were not overwhelming, the spicy food and cool drink coupled with the great music, all made for a really wonderful atmosphere. Two stages were set up not too far apart, just outside the main amphitheater. There was wonderful weather all weekend and a phenomenal musical line up, loaded with great New Orleans bands. Of course numerous other activities like the Gumbo Rumble, the Call to Artists, and the Krewe Competition all added to the fun.
Saturday’s musical experience began promptly at 12:30 with Stan Street and The Street Walkers on the Jam Stage. This was followed by Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band on the Zydeco Stage. As people danced to the cool Cajun jams, I decided to try the crawfish etoufee. I garnished my dish with some nice hush puppies and enhailed the whole deal in about 2 minutes. Anyway, next up was The Rockin’ Jake Band, featuring Rockin’ Jake, and I must say this local musician is one hell of a performer. When it comes to really good, original blues music, Rockin’ Jake knows what’s up. Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers took over around 4:30 and played a solid set tasty Zydeco music. As the evening approached, the crowd was growing in anticipation of Maggie Koerner, who would serve as an opener for Galactic, the evening’s headliner. Needless to say Galactic is clearly one of the best funk bands out there. In addition to Erica Falls joining them on vocals, Maggie Koerner also lent a hand. It was still fairly early when Galactic finished so I packed up and headed to another nearby venue for some more music.
The following morning I woke up and quickly downloaded everything from day 1. As I got ready for the Sunday edition of Crawdebauchery, I took a quick glance at the line up and realized I better hurry up. The John “Papa” Gros Band was scheduled to start at 1:15 and I arrived with not a second to spare. What can I say? John’s new band is amazing! It really looked like these guys were having fun as they dished out a few new original tunes as well as a couple of fun covers. The Savoy Family Band and Friends held the 2:15 position on the Zydeco stage and performed to a really nice crowd of appreciative fans. Soon after that, Bonerama kicked off their stellar set. Mark Mullins, Craig Klein, and Greg Hicks have been playing trombones together for as long as they can remember, and now they have created a unique sound that’s all their own. With Bert Cotton on guitar, Matt Perrine on sousaphone and electric bass, and AJ Hall on drums, Bonerama creates infectious and powerful horn music. There set included originals like Regulator and Kagergen as well as a few sweet Led Zeppelin covers like Black Dog, and Good Times Bad Times. In addition John “Papa” Gros and Camille Baudoin sat in for these fantastic jams.
The Lafayette Rhythm Devils took over the Zydeco stage about 15 minutes late but their show was superb. They enjoyed a sizable crowd as they busted out some great classic Cajun Zydeco music. However, Raw Oyster Cult, the main event as far as I was concerned, was getting ready back over on the main stage. Needless to say, Dave Malone and the boys delivered a nasty set complete with new songs, old songs, and a sit-in with the Bonerama horns. They opened with Metric and quickly launched into a fun new song called 16 Monkeys. I especially enjoyed The End of the Line into Revival, the legendary Allman Brothers Band cover. Rockin’ Jake sat in for Never Let Your Fire Go out and then bones joined in for Black Rider, Confidential and Like Dreamers Do. As I look back on this set list, I am pretty happy about what I was able see.
It had been a long weekend, and even though Chubby Carrier had one more set to play, I was too spent. I packed up contently satisfied with an amazing weekend of fun and music and called it a day. Once again, many thanks to Don Mathews and the town of Pompano Beach for throwing such an amazing party. I also want to give a shout to fellow taper, Dan “Spyder” Nolan, and a special thanks to Adam Firtel at Cheesehead productions.