LIVE: Bonerama @ Parish Public House, 10/31/17

November 8th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg
Bonerama beat-masters Matt Perrien and Walter Lundy

Bonerama beat-masters Matt Perrien and Walter Lundy

Review and photographs by Prof. Teddy Clements, Ret.

Cross off from your bucket list “Hear burly gent rattle the roof with Sousaphone blasts, wearing a little black dress” if you hit the Parish Public House on Halloween.

Elegantly be-frocked Sousaphonist Matt Perrine dropped big bass notes with Bonerama from New Orleans: three trombones, guitar and drums plus Perrine, all costumed, like most fans. Some watching the World Series in the bar/dining room out front wore baseball uniforms, raising their glasses alongside Santa Claus. One guy was that Muppet who looks like a toothpaste tube; watching him bob and twist into the men’s room was worth the ticket.

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Bonerama partied for real, detonating funk riffs from their new Hot Like Fire album, honoring the late Fats Domino – “I’m Walkin’” was terrific! – or brassing up Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein” and the Allmans’ “Whipping Post” – both also tremendous. Trombones – Mark Mullins, Craig Klein and Greg Hicks – locked or soloed toward outer space, Bert Cotton’s chord-scratch guitar Kraz Z-glued brass blasts to the beat; and that pulse was strong and fleet in the hands and feet of newcomer Walter Lundy, whose turbaned ‘do almost reached the ceiling.

Fans pogo’ing, hipster-ing and doing the Funky Dumpster up front may be the best no-spill beer-equipped dancers this side of Jazz Fest. It was powerful, swampy, tight as Fats’ belt, and tasty as a po’boy.



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