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Fiya Fest 2013 during New Orleans Jazz Fest

Fiya Fest 2013

Fiyawerx Productions is an up and coming live music event promotion powerhouse and Fiya Fest is their flagship event to raise funds and awareness for The Roots of Music. On May 3, 2013, Fiyawerx went big with the first annual Fiya Fest and you can catch a glimpse below.

Funk It Blog’s Fiya Fest 2013 Highlight Video:

Dragon Smoke (Ivan Neville, Eric Lindell, Stanton Moore, Robert Mercurio)
Country Livin’, Landslide [Fleetwood Mac cover], Sunday Morning, Padlock (with Nick Daniels), Karate (with The Roots of Music)

Karl Denson & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Horns with Nikki Glaspie, Eddie Roberts, Robert Walter, Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman
It Ain’t My Fault [Smokey Johnson cover], Who Took The Happiness Out? [Dirty Dozen Brass Band cover]

The New Orleans Suspects & The Bonerama Horns
Mardi Gras Moms Ball (with Big Sam), Pocketful Of Grits, All The Money

Funky But Better (Big Sam, Terence Higgins, Doug Wimbish, Eric McFadden, Roosevelt Collier & Khris Royal)
Funky But Better Jam, ??? (with Mike Dillon) (inc. Treme & Shake That Thing Girl), ??? (with Mike Dillon)

G.A.B.E. (George Porter Jr, Anders Osborne, Billy Iuso, Eric Bolivar)
Will It Go Around in Circles (with Skerik, Corey Glover & Peter Levin), He Bite Me (The Dragon) (with Corey Glover & Skerik), Mr. Charlie

Also check out the youtube page of Cement Level Studios for more Fiya Fest 2013 videos.

You can also find my videos from the 2012 and 2011 Fiyawerx Family Funktion Crawfish Boils here and here.

2012 Bear Creek Orchestra At Large feat. Robert Walter, Will Bernard, George Porter Jr, Billy Martin, Jennifer Hartswick, Nigel Hall, Billy Iuso, Pee Wee Ellis, etc.

Orchestra At Large

Every year since 2007 the Bear Creek Music & Art Festival has brought together a huge family of artists from around the country who are steeped in the underground funk scene. This festival prides itself in having more sit-ins than any other festival and this is encouraged by having several Artists At Large that roam around the festival, jumping in and playing with as many different acts as they can.

In 2012, the Artists At Large included Alecia Chakour, Andrew Block, The Atlanta Funk Society Horns, Billy Iuso, Freekbass, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Michelle Sarah, Pee Wee Ellis, Robert Walter, Roosevelt Collier and Will Bernard. The Orchestra At Large set, an annual tradition begun in 2011, gives all of these artists, plus others, the chance to really come together and play in unique formats. For 2012, the Orchestra At Large set took place at 12:30pm on Sunday morning at the Big IV Amphitheatre. While most festival-goer’s were not quite up and out of their tents yet, I was able to capture most of the set with 2 video cameras for your viewing pleasure.

Nigel Hall & George Porter Jr

It was truly a pleasure to see the once in a lifetime rhythm section of George Porter Jr & Billy Martin. Other highlights included Jennifer Hartswick belting out Led Zeppelin‘s Whole Lotta Love over a psychedelic haze of guitar fuzz, Michelle Sarah showing her vocal chops on a cover of Bill Withers‘ hit When I’m Kissing My Love, as well as the interplay, respect, and love between George Porter Jr & Nigel Hall during their cover of Billy Preston‘s Will It Go Round In Circles. ENJOY THE ENTIRE SET BELOW IN 6 PARTS:

PART 1:
Song 01. Play It Back [Robert Walter] (Robert Walter, Billy Martin, George Porter Jr, Will Bernard, Billy Iuso, Andrew Block, Pee Wee Ellis, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)
Song 02. Zig Zag [Pee Wee Ellis] (Robert Walter, Billy Martin, George Porter Jr, Will Bernard, Billy Iuso, Andrew Block, Pee Wee Ellis, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)

PART 2:
Song 03. Whole Lotta Love [Led Zeppelin] (Jennifer Hartswick, Freekbass, Robert Walter, Billy Martin, Will Bernard, Billy Iuso, Andrew Block, Pee Wee Ellis, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)

PART 3:
Song 04. Love Having You Around [Stevie Wonder] (Nigel Hall, Alecia Chakour, Freekbass, Nikki Glaspie, Robert Walter, Will Bernard, Billy Iuso, Andrew Block, Pee Wee Ellis, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)
Song 05. Will It Go Round In Circles [Billy Preston] (Nigel Hall, Roosevelt Collier, George Porter Jr, Nikki Glaspie, Will Bernard, Andrew Block, Pee Wee Ellis, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)

PART 4:
Song 06. Trippin Over Dragons [Billy Iuso] (Billy Iuso, Freekbass, Nikki Glaspie, Robert Walter, Will Bernard, Pee Wee Ellis, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)

PART 5:
Song 07. When I’m Kissing My Love [Bill Withers] (Michelle Sarah, Roosevelt Collier, George Porter Jr, Derrick Freeman, Wil Blades, Will Bernard, Andrew Block, Pee Wee Ellis, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)

PART 6: (shot by CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS)
Song 08. He Bite Me (The Dragon) [The Meters] (George Porter Jr, Roosevelt Collier, Terrence Houston, Robert Walter, Billy Iuso, Will Bernard, Skerik & Pee Wee Ellis)

George Porter Jr & Billy Martin

Bear Creek All-Stars – Jazz Fest Late Night at One Eyed Jacks – May 2nd, 2012 (VIDEOS)

VIDEO 1: George Porter Jr + Soulive + James Casey on sax, Eric Bloom on trumpet, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Ryan Zoidis on sax + Ivan Neville & Nigel Hall guesting on keys
Funky Miracle > I Need More Time > Funky Miracle:

VIDEO 2: George Porter Jr + Soulive + James Casey on sax, Eric Bloom on trumpet, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Ryan Zoidis on sax + Ivan Neville & Nigel Hall guesting on keys
Funky Miracle > I Need More Time > Funky Miracle (continued):

VIDEO 3: George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Mike Wooten on guitar + James Casey on sax, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Joe Cohen on sax
The Chicken (James Brown cover):

VIDEO 4: George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Mike Wooten on guitar + James Casey on sax, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Joe Cohen on sax + Nikki Glaspie on backup vox and Robert Walter guesting on keys
The World Is A Ghetto (War cover):

VIDEO 5: George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Mike Wooten on guitar + James Casey on sax, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Joe Cohen on sax + Nikki Glaspie on backup vox and Robert Walter guesting on keys
The World Is A Ghetto (War cover) (continued):

VIDEO 6: George Porter Jr, Eddie Roberts, Robert Walter, Nikki Glaspie & Roosevelt Collier
Ain’t No Use (To Cut You Loose) [lower quality audio, shot without external mic]:

VIDEO 7: Eddie Roberts, Robert Walter, Nikki Glaspie & Joe Cohen on sax
Flood In Franklin Park (Grant Green cover):

VIDEO 8: Eddie Roberts, Robert Walter, Nikki Glaspie & Joe Cohen on sax
Louisiana Slim (Leon Spencer cover):

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If you want more, Marc Millman Photography has some videos from this show on his youtube page. Please check out his site and support his work, he has prints available for sale and his photography is fantastic.

Here are Marc’s videos from this show:

Alecia Chakour, George Porter Jr, Neal Evans & Robert Walters, Eddie Roberts, Nikki Glaspie + James Casey on sax, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Nigel Hall on tambourine and background vox
Piece Of My Heart (Janis Joplin cover):

George Porter Jr, Nigel Hall, Eddie Roberts, Nikki Glaspie + James Casey on sax, Joe Cohen on sax, Eric Krasno guesting on keys
Leave Me Alone:

George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Robert Walter, Will Bernard + Joe Cohen on sax
He Bite Me (The Dragon) [beginning missing, including guitar solo, due to mic problems]:

George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Mike Wooten on guitar + James Casey on sax, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Joe Cohen on sax
The Chicken (James Brown cover) [complete, including first 2 minutes missing from my video]:

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Bear Creek Allstars
May 3, 2012
New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s – late night

SBD matrix: SBD + Schoeps mk41v > cmc6 > kc5 > UNL2 > DR680 > ? > FLAC
Recorded by Steve S. cosmicsoul420@gmail.com

AUDIO DOWNLOAD: TORRENT or LIVE MUSIC ARCHIVE

01. Funky Miracle > I Need More Time > Funky Miracle (George Porter Jr, Soulive, James Casey, Eric Bloom, Natalie Cressman, Ryan Zoidis, then joined by Ivan Neville & Nigel Hall)
02. Piece Of My Heart > Mr. Big Stuff > Piece of My Heart (Alecia Chakour, George Porter Jr, Neal Evans, Robert Walters, Eddie Roberts, Nikki Glaspie, James Casey, Natalie Cressman & Nigel Hall on tambourine & background vox)
03. Leave Me Alone (George Porter Jr, Nigel Hall, Eddie Roberts, Nikki Glaspie, James Casey, Joe Cohen, Eric Krasno on keys)
04. The Chicken (George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Mike Wooten, James Casey, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Joe Cohen)
05. The World Is A Ghetto (George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Mike Wooten, James Casey, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Joe Cohen, Nikki Glaspie on background vox, Robert Walter)
06. Happy Birthday Robert Walter
07. He Bite Me (The Dragon) (George Porter Jr, Adam Deitch, Robert Walter, Will Bernard, Joe Cohen)
08. Aint No Use (To Cut You Loose) (George Porter Jr, Eddie Roberts, Robert Walter, Nikki Glaspie & Roosevelt Collier)

George Porter Jr – bass, vocals
Eric Krasno – guitar
Alan Evans – drums
Neal Evans – keys
James Casey – sax
Eric Bloom – trumpet
Natalie Cressman – trombone
Ryan Zoidis – sax
Ivan Neville – keys
Nigel Hall – keys, tambourine, background vocals
Alecia Chakour – vocals
Robert Walter – keys
Eddie Roberts – guitar
Nikki Glaspie – drums, background vocals
Joe Cohen – keys
Mike Wooten – guitar
Jennifer Hartswick – trumpet
Will Bernard – guitar
Roosevelt Collier – steel guitar