Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ryan's Tavern Pictures From Saturday Night

Well the holiday crowd was thin but the music was not. An original Lagniappe member was in town from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Steve Bing sat in for a few songs and it was a treat to hear his Cajun Accordion and fiddle. The A/C was cranking and that was a good thing as the band was hot! Jessie's mom actually got the band to stay still for some camera poses. So yours truly took advantage, thus the the group photo above. Tough shooting people on the move constantly.

When the band returns Friday June 5th, take advantage of the Happy Hour prices on select appetizers from 4-8pm!! And I think on certain drinks as well. Ask your bartender for details!

Also sitting in to play bass was Jessie's dad, Geoff Berne. *Click on photos to see full sized version*

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Lagniappe Is Making a Record !

Ok, so they don't call it a record anymore. They are making a CD. I grew up in the day of albums when one could read the liner notes and sometimes enclosed lyrics,
without the aid of a magnifying glass (nowadays, after I put on my reading glasses) Here is a sample cut of them performing "Sheik of Araby"--click on the song title below. This is not the final version for the CD but still a great listen.

The Sheik of Araby

Some trivia on this tune: Tin Pan Alley was ever vigilant to cash in on popular trends, whether it be automobiles, airplanes, radio or motion pictures. A 1921 film The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino, was perfect fodder, and on the heels of its release music publishers Waterson, Berlin and Snyder published “The Sheik of Araby,” sometimes known as just “The Sheik.” It was released in 1921 and became a jazz standard later and adopted by many New Orleans bands.
Which just goes to show a great piece of music stands the test of time. Stay tuned for more updates on this project in the near future. ~~Sophia