Feel the Soul of the 2020 Encore Entertainment
Get ready to jam out, NOLA Style! Introducing your entertainment lineup for the weekend, DJ Fresh, Band Camp & Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Jon Cleary’s love and affinity for New Orleans music goes back to the rural British village of Cranbrook, Kent, where he was raised in a musical family. Cleary’s maternal grandparents performed in London in the 1940s, under the respective stage names Sweet Dolly Daydream and Frank Neville, The Little Fellow With The Educated Feet – she as a singer, and he as a crooner and tap dancer.
As a teen Cleary grew increasingly interested in funk-infused music and discovered that three such songs that he particularly admired – LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” Robert Palmer’s version of “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley,” and Frankie Miller’s rendition of “Brickyard Blues” – were attributed to Allen Toussaint as either the songwriter, the producer, or both. Cleary’s knowledge of Toussaint’s work expanded significantly when his uncle returned home to the U.K., after a two-year sojourn in New Orleans, with a copy of a Toussaint LP and two suitcases full of New Orleans R&B 45s.
As word of Cleary’s burgeoning talent began to spread around town, he was hired by such New Orleans R&B legends as Snooks Eaglin, Earl “Trick Bag” King, Johnny Adams, and Jessie “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” Hill, while also gaining the respect of the great Crescent City pianists Dr. John and the late Allen Toussaint. Years later, in 2012, Cleary recorded a critically acclaimed album of all-Toussaint songs entitled Occapella.
Today, Cleary’s work pays obvious homage to the classic Crescent City keyboard repertoire created by such icons as Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Dr. John, and James Booker – while also using it as a launching pad for a style that incorporates such other diverse influences as ’70s soul and R&B, gospel music, funk, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Cuban rhythms, and much more.
Band Camp is a 5-piece New Orleans based rock/pop cover band that has been wowing crowds for years with its explosive energy, diverse mix of music, outrageous costumes and state-of-the-art production… making every BAND CAMP event “The Ultimate Party Experience”! Band Camp is uniquely versatile in its song choices covering all your favorite hits from the 70’s, 80’s 90’s & today.
You’ll start the weekend off at the Health & Fitness Expo jammin’ to DJ Fresh and see him again on Sunday! DJ Fresh is the official DJ for the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team. He’s been asked to host national sporting events such as the Super Bowl, Major League Baseball All-Star Break, NCAA National Championship Concert Series as well as celebrity events for Usher, Rihanna, Jamie Foxx, Pitbull, Chris Brown, The Roots and even Mr. Elwood Blues himself, Dan Aykroyd. There are no limits to the genres of music mixed in to a DJ Fresh set!
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