If you can’t be in New Orleans, the best way to feel like you are is via the musical gumbo served up by The Dirty Bourbon River Show.
Bringing the authentic noise of Nola to Pittsburgh Winery for one night (and their local debut) of musical revelry, The Dirty Bourbon River Show is an outfit that begs to be experienced live. The self-described “New Orleans Gypsy Brass Circus Rock” band occupies an imaginative sonic terrain where sousaphone and sax collide with and bar room piano.
Channeling everything from jazz, zydeco and bossa nova, to opera, gospel and funk, the vibrant quintet features a lineup of well versed multi-instrumentalists, including Noah Adams (vocals, piano, guitar, accordion, trumpet), Charles “Big Charlie” Skinner (vocals, trombone, wind toys), Matt “Slyfox” Thomas (vocals, saxophone, clarinet), Jimmy Williams (bass, sousaphone, flute) and Dane “Bootsy” Schindler (drums). Toss in some elements of vaudeville, cabaret, voodoo, gypsy, circus culture, and you have the musical mashup that is The Dirty Bourbon River Show.
Since forming in 2009, the River Show has released eight studio albums and logged some 600 live shows, performances propelled by on-stage energy and adept musical prowess. The band has attracted attention at high-profile festivals and concert venues across the US, including the Voodoo Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and the 69th Annual Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner in Washington, DC.
The group’s latest release, Accordion Anthology (2013), reworks material from several previous albums, using the accordion as the core instrument in each song arrangement. A ninth studio album is currently in the works, which will likely continue to showcase the band’s signature New Orleans roots, complex arrangements, syncopated rhythms, introspective lyrics and harmony-rich songwriting.
Teaming up to bring the eclectic ensemble to the Burgh from The Big Easy are Music Night On Jupiter and PANDEMIC (aka Tim Wolfson and Pete Spynda), who have been busy infusing the city’s live music scene with a breath of fresh air via a diverse lineup of bands, house shows, festivals and special events. Thursday’s concert is part of “Frenchmen on Penn,” an ongoing series featuring top musicians and acts from New Orleans.