4th Annual Crawdebauchery Host’s Huge Crowd
– review of the show at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater Field.
The 4th annual CrawDebauchery festival kicked off Saturday at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater Field. Once again celebrating all things New Orleans, this great little party got started with amazing music by Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. There is nothing like a little Zydeco Music to start the day and this was followed by the one man band Suitcase Junket. I knew I was in for some great music, but first I had to eat.
Once again the food was amazing with boiled crawfish everywhere. Of all the food vendors, Shuck and Dive was the best with real authentic Cajun food. After I took advantage of all the flavorful delicacies it was time for more music. Next up was an amazing band from New Orleans called Cha Wa. With three Mardi Gras Indians in the band, these guys threw down a sweet set full of funk, reggae and Indian chants. This music will make you move your feet as it combines both the Mardi Gras Indian tradition and the history of New Orleans rhythm and blues.
They opened with a cool chant called Injun, Here They Come and quickly launched into a blistering rendition of Fiyo on the Bayou, The Neville Brother’s Classic. More Mardi Gras music followed with Casanova and then a sweet version of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing. Next up was Lil Liza Jane, Brother John and the Bob Marley classic Every Little Thing. The highlight was a phenomenal take on Hey Pockey Way, another Neville Brothers cover. What can I say, but these guys are a superb band and one I highly recommend you check out.
The amazing vibe continued into the late afternoon with music by Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers. This was Dwayne’s 4th appearance at Crawdebauchery and he never fails to disappoint. Maggie Koerner followed on the main stage and her beautifully soulful vocals had the massive crowd captivated. With songs like He Call Me Mama, Dig Down Deep, Bird, and Neutral Ground she left her fans screaming for more.
Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars filled the 7:15 slot on the Abita Beer Stage. This 3x GRAMMY nominated Louisiana band has been performing worldwide at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues for over 20 years. There set was very tight and they drew a massive crowd, however I left early to go get ready for The Revivalists on the Southern Comfort Stage.
There is no doubt in my mind that The Revivalists are one of the best bands out there. Hailing from New Orleans, this seven-piece band includes the ever present front man David Shaw on guitar and lead vocals, Zack Feinberg on guitar, Ed Williams on pedal steel guitar, Rob Ingraham on saxophone, George Gekas on bass, Andrew Campanelli on drums and Michael Girardot on keys and trumpet. The band started about 20 minutes late, but they quickly made up for it. They opened with Monster and then sprang into Stand up. Their set also included You and I, Catching Fireflies, Upright, Move On, Fade Away, All in the Family, Keep Going, It was a Sin, Criminal and Soulfight. The encores found Maggie Koerner joining in for a beautiful rendition of the Bee Gees cover To Love Somebody. They next invited local musician at large Roosevelt Collier to sit in on the lap steel guitar for Elementary and their new hit, Wish I Knew You.
All in all day 1 of Crawdebauchery was amazing. It was a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the high 80’s. This festival is definitely growing and promoter Don Mathews should be very pleased with this year’s turnout. The Sunday line up promises to be stellar with bands like The Stooges Brass Band, The Revelers, The Hip Abduction, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band and the New Orleans super group, Raw Oyster Cult.