Monday, July 26, 2010

Update: Jesse Thomas and the Gin Mill Kings July 24 at 10 PM - Elysian Cafe

Update 7/26/2010:

Here are some video highlights from Saturday's Performance at the Elysian Cafe Hobokenites Larry Ochs on guitar and John Keim on keyboards backed up lead singer Jesse Thomas coming in from New Orleans. The backroom was packed for this noteworthy blues performance. Blogger's note: There is something about the lighting at the Elysian that makes getting good video and photos difficult so here goes anyway.

Jesse Thomas and The Gin Mill Kings at the Elysian Cafe 7-24-2010:

Jesse Thomas and the Gin Mills Kings at Elysian Cafe 7-24-2010

Original post  7/20/2010: Here is a free music event coming to Hoboken this weekend worth checking out:

Jesse Thomas and the Gin Mill Kings
When: Saturday July 24th 10:00 PM no cover
Where: Elysian Cafe, 1001 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ

The Elysian Cafe at Night

Jesse Thomas and the Gin Mill Kings are:

Jesse Thomas - vocals
Lawrence Ochs - guitar, slide
John Keim - keyboards
George Mattesini – bass, vocs
Ron Metz – drums

The Gin Mill Kings: They provide fine foot stompin' live music and entertainment that knocks your socks.

The GMK's rock the house be it a pub, club, roadhouse, radio station or arena.

Ron lays down some seriously solid grooves on the skins. Geo pumps the bass with upbeat soul while John tears up the melodic keys. Lawrence fills in fanciful rhythms on the electric geetar, rippin' and smokin' up the neck. George's warm tenor vocs fill the room.

Jessie Thomas: New Orleans is renowned for the vibrancy and diversity of its music. Jesse Thomas, or Young Jesse as he was once known, is an artist who was brought up in an era when Crescent City R&B was at the peak of its popularity. Born, off Rampart Street, where "the music flowed day and night", Jesse's senses were assailed by the vibrancy of its rich musical heritage.

Jesse pays tribute to many of the artists he has worked with including Chris Kenner, Ernie K-Doe, Earl King, Huey "Piano" Smith, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Guitar Slim, Little Richard et al. His considerable talent and the sheer exuberance of his performance make him a treasure trove for all lovers of New Orleans rhythm and blues. ◦