World famous Tipitina's nightclub, the crown jewel of New Orleans live music venues, begins a 10-day celebration of its 25th anniversary Wednesday with a who's who of New Orleans musicians working under the name of The Tip's Allstars, featuring Leo Nocentelli, Willie Green, Ben Ellman, John Gros and Tony Hall. Also on the bill is Walter "Wolfman" Washington and The Roadmasters.
On Thursday it's the "Horns and Hatchets" show, a bill combining the best in New Orleans brass bands with Mardi Gras Indians krewes. Stars of this show are the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Rebirth Brass Band, the Lil Rascals Brass Band, the Wild Magnolias and Big Chief Peppy and The Golden Arrows.
Friday is the "Founder's Ball," with Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, George Porter Jr, Stanton Moore and June Yamagishi. Also on that bill is The Quartet, featuring Johnny Vidacovich, Brian Seeger, Rich Vogel and Ben Ellman.
Saturday's show is the Funky Meters and Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. Sunday is the Anniversary Cajun Fais Do Do featuring Bruce Daigrepont, with special guests Steve Riley and David Doucet.
JOE JACKSON COMEBACK
Last week Joe Jackson performed with Ben Folds at the latter's sold out Beacon Theater show in New York City. They played two Jackson songs and one Folds song. Jackson's "Volume 4" is coming out March 11 on Restless/Ryko Records. A full national tour will follow, beginning in New Orleans on March 14 and then moving on to Austin, Texas, for a special SXSW performance. "Volume 4" brings together Jackson's original band for the first time since 1980 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the seminal "Look Sharp."
JUNGLE RULES LIVE
Avant-hardcore band The Blood Brothers bring their abrasive brand of punk music to DVD Feb. 4 with the release of "Jungle Rules Live." Filmed on Sept. 27, 2002, in front of a rabid hometown audience at the 10-year anniversary of the Old Fire House, the band's local teen center in Seattle, "Jungle Rules Live" encapsulates the intensity that defines The Blood Brothers.
"Jungle Rules Live" features 11 live-in-concert tracks, as well as three audio-only bonus tracks -- "Ambulance vs. Ambulance" and "USA Nails," from "Burn Piano Island, Burn," and "Meet Me at the Water Front After the Social" from the band's recent indie release, "March On Electric Children."
The "Jungle Rules Live" DVD precedes "Burn Piano Island, Burn," The Blood Brothers' debut CD scheduled for release March 18. The Blood Brothers have built an ever-growing buzz by spending the past year touring steadily with bands like Glassjaw, Pretty Girls Make Graves, and Cadillac Blindside, and have just kicked 2003 off with a 14-date run with The Used that will be followed by headline dates in February, and a co-headline tour with Milemarker beginning mid-February.
LONG WAY HOME FOR DOKKEN
Veteran Heavy Metal veterans Dokken is joining with Whitesnake and Scorpions for a tour that begins Jan. 29 in Jacksonville, Fla., and continues through late March.
"To me, this is my dream tour," said vocalist Don Dokken. "Whitesnake and Scorpions are bands that I really respect and love. I'm excited about this tour. It's going to be great and the fans will be thrilled with this triple bill. I've never played any concerts with Whitesnake before, but I love the band and I've known David Coverdale socially for years. Of course, the Scorpions have been close friends for a long time and they helped launch my career when I sang background vocals on their 'Blackout' album."
Dokken, guitarist Alex De Rosso, bass guitarist Barry Sparks and drummer Mick Brown will play a hits-heavy set also featuring music from the 2002 album "Long Way Home" on CMC International Records, a division of the Sanctuary Records Group. The tour will move from Florida through Texas and out to California before heading for the Midwest, where it will wrap up in Chicago Feb. 28.
STACIE ORRICO IS STUCK
Stacie Orrico has an astonishingly powerful voice for a 16-year-old girl and she uses it to dramatic effect on her major label debut, scheduled for release March 25 on Virgin Records. The eponymous release will lead off with the single "Stuck," co-written by Orrico and produced by heavyweights Dallas Austin (TLC, Pink, Madonna) and Virgin Chief Executive Officer Matt Serletic (Carlos Santana, Matchbox 20, Aerosmith).
Orrico's first record, 2000's "Genuine," released on ForeFront Records when she was 14, quickly rocketed to No. 1 on Billboard's "Heatseekers" chart with sales nearing gold status. The record's success caught the attention of Destiny's Child, who asked Orrico to tour with them throughout 2001. This connection continues with her major-label debut as Anthony Dent, who produced the mega-hit "Survivor," adds his signature touch to Orrico's "Bounce Back."