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Little Gem Saloon, New Orleans 70112


445 S Rampart St Central Business District
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
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Tue, April 23, 2019 (7:30 PM CDT)
Alicia Renee


Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes with the Shannon Powell Trio
445 S Rampart St Central Business District, New Orleans, LA 70112 
$10.00

Upcoming Shows

Tue, April 23, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:30pm CDT )
Alicia Renee
Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes with the Shannon Powell Trio $10.00
Wed, April 24, 2019 (7:00pm - 10:00pm CDT )
Josh Hyde
Josh Hyde $8.00 - $10.00
Wed, April 24, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm CDT )
Cynthia Girtley
Cynthia Girtley $10.00
Thu, April 25, 2019 (8:30pm - 10:00pm CDT )
John Mooney, Marc Stone
John Mooney, Marc Stone

Throughout the years John Mooney has developed one of the most distinctive and easily identifiable guitar and vocal signatures of anyone alive today. In 1976 John moved to New Orleans and immersed himself in the city’s vibrant music scene. John regularly played with the likes of Earl King, The Meters, Snooks Eaglin, and the man who was to influence his music greatly, the father of New Orleans piano, Professor Longhair. At this place in time John successfully combined the sounds of the delta with the syncopated rhythms of the Crescent City to create the style that has become uniquely his own.

$15.00
Fri, April 26, 2019 (8:00pm - 9:30pm CDT )
Sharon Martin, Naydja CoJoe, Rechelle Cook
Ladies of Soul with Sharon Martin, Naydja CoJoe, Rechell Cook

What makes a voice unique and entertaining is surely exemplified in the ever-changing expression of the singer of songs and the teller of musical tales … in New Orleans, that mistress of coal soul is no other than Sharon Martin… a petite frame that carries one of the most powerfully soulful voices around… Martin is one of New Orleans’ most sought after entertainers. She has worked with and recorded for legendary Joe Sample having just recently finished a Japan "Blue Note Circuit" tour as the female singer in the Joe Sample's Creole Joe Band that includes the likes of Ray Parker, Jr. of "Ghost Buster" fame and more; the Prince of Zydeco, Mr. C. J. Chenier; Nick Sample, Skip Nallia. She will be seen as a night club act in the upcoming T. D. Jakes movie, "On the Seventh Day"; She completed 3 cuts (“Summertime”, “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and “Give Me One Good Reason”) on a CD produced by Fitchfield Music for Liberty Bank; she was one of the musicians featured on Harrah’s “Fulton Street Live”, a CD to assist the musicians after the disasters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; she is a featured artist on the CD for Katrina victims entitled “Her Name is New Orleans”. Her rendition of “Four Women” enthuses audiences. Her rendition of “I Will Survive” sets a new vision for the Gloria Gaynor song. Over the past couple of years, she has been working on special project with jazz legend great, Joe Sample and completed three songs on the CD called "Creole Joe". In May 2007, she served up a hot and spicy show in the Republic of Georgia (a former Russian province) before U. N. Ambassador John Tefft; and in July gave a 14-day tour through the country of Japan. Martin has been serving up exciting music not only to her loyal fans in New Orleans but also around the world… earning the respect and admiration of her peers and audiences everywhere. She was voted as one of the best vocalists by her peers in the OffBeat magazine in 1996. Martin has collaborated and shared the stage with some of the finest musical talents the music world has to offer including Joe Sample, Grammy great, Dave Bartholemew; New Orleans legend, Wilson “Willie T” Turbinton, Ellis Marsalis, Walter Payton, violinist Michael Ward, The House of Blues All Stars, Deacon John and The Ivories, The John Brunious’ New Orleans All Stars, Herman Ernest, The Wendell Brunious Jazz All Stars; The Carl LeBlanc Group, Grammy Winner Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison Jr. and a host of others. Her versatility as a vocalist and an entertainer has garnered her many spots as an opening act for major artists such as Roy Ayers, Gill Scott Heron, Nagee, Ronnie Laws, Buddy Guy, and Boz Scaggs. In New Orleans, Martin helped to establish the once thriving Showcase Lounge as one of the city’s most exciting addresses for Jazz and Blues, and was instrumental in the opening of Jin Jean’s Restaurant and Bar. She has performed many times over the years at the N. O. Jazz & Heritage Festival and other local festivals in New Orleans. Her talents are unlimited. As Program Director for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation she furthered her ability with producing many of its concerts for its programs. She was the recipient of the 2008 Asante Awards for her contribution to the culture, music and community.

$25.00 - $30.00
Fri, April 26, 2019 (10:00pm - 11:30pm CDT )
Sharon Martin, Naydja CoJoe, Rechelle Cook
Ladies of Soul with Sharon Martin, Naydja CoJoe, Rechell Cook

What makes a voice unique and entertaining is surely exemplified in the ever-changing expression of the singer of songs and the teller of musical tales … in New Orleans, that mistress of coal soul is no other than Sharon Martin… a petite frame that carries one of the most powerfully soulful voices around… Martin is one of New Orleans’ most sought after entertainers. She has worked with and recorded for legendary Joe Sample having just recently finished a Japan "Blue Note Circuit" tour as the female singer in the Joe Sample's Creole Joe Band that includes the likes of Ray Parker, Jr. of "Ghost Buster" fame and more; the Prince of Zydeco, Mr. C. J. Chenier; Nick Sample, Skip Nallia. She will be seen as a night club act in the upcoming T. D. Jakes movie, "On the Seventh Day"; She completed 3 cuts (“Summertime”, “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and “Give Me One Good Reason”) on a CD produced by Fitchfield Music for Liberty Bank; she was one of the musicians featured on Harrah’s “Fulton Street Live”, a CD to assist the musicians after the disasters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; she is a featured artist on the CD for Katrina victims entitled “Her Name is New Orleans”. Her rendition of “Four Women” enthuses audiences. Her rendition of “I Will Survive” sets a new vision for the Gloria Gaynor song. Over the past couple of years, she has been working on special project with jazz legend great, Joe Sample and completed three songs on the CD called "Creole Joe". In May 2007, she served up a hot and spicy show in the Republic of Georgia (a former Russian province) before U. N. Ambassador John Tefft; and in July gave a 14-day tour through the country of Japan. Martin has been serving up exciting music not only to her loyal fans in New Orleans but also around the world… earning the respect and admiration of her peers and audiences everywhere. She was voted as one of the best vocalists by her peers in the OffBeat magazine in 1996. Martin has collaborated and shared the stage with some of the finest musical talents the music world has to offer including Joe Sample, Grammy great, Dave Bartholemew; New Orleans legend, Wilson “Willie T” Turbinton, Ellis Marsalis, Walter Payton, violinist Michael Ward, The House of Blues All Stars, Deacon John and The Ivories, The John Brunious’ New Orleans All Stars, Herman Ernest, The Wendell Brunious Jazz All Stars; The Carl LeBlanc Group, Grammy Winner Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison Jr. and a host of others. Her versatility as a vocalist and an entertainer has garnered her many spots as an opening act for major artists such as Roy Ayers, Gill Scott Heron, Nagee, Ronnie Laws, Buddy Guy, and Boz Scaggs. In New Orleans, Martin helped to establish the once thriving Showcase Lounge as one of the city’s most exciting addresses for Jazz and Blues, and was instrumental in the opening of Jin Jean’s Restaurant and Bar. She has performed many times over the years at the N. O. Jazz & Heritage Festival and other local festivals in New Orleans. Her talents are unlimited. As Program Director for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation she furthered her ability with producing many of its concerts for its programs. She was the recipient of the 2008 Asante Awards for her contribution to the culture, music and community.

$25.00 - $30.00
Fri, April 26, 2019 (11:00pm - 1:00am CDT Saturday)
Creole String Beans
Creole String Beans $15.00 - $20.00
Sat, April 27, 2019 (8:00pm - 9:30pm CDT )
Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers
Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

It takes all of 30 seconds. Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins. Passion. The 44-year-old New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later. "You definitely pick that up from me. Thats definitely the way I live, man," he said. "From the time I wake up in the morning, Im itching for my next show to happen. It cant get here fast enough for me. I think thats the basic ingredient of New Orleans music. Our traditional music. Its really just happy music. A lot of other jazz players are very technical and concentrating on studying hard. "We study hard, too, but what we most want to do is just get up there and experiment with the tunes that weve been playing for years and years." At this point in his career, in fact, having fun at work is a prerequisite. "Thats really the only way I can do it anymore," Ruffins said. "I do occasionally play a straight-ahead gig like a business meeting or a private party once in a while, where all theyre asking me for is background music, but Id rather get people up and dancing than just having dinner and listening. Id rather be in one of the New Orleans clubs, and Ill only take gigs in places that have a dance floor. There are places around the city that I played for years, but now I wont do it because nobodys dancing." The mandate for fun in performing traces back to a musical role model Louis Armstrong. Though he grew up in a decade when Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna were at the top of late-teen playlists, Ruffins still vividly and emotionally recalled the moment when Armstrong a New Orleans icon became the be-all and end-all of his musical universe. "When I started out playing, it was down on the streets in the French Quarter for tips, and wed sit and watch all the guys in suits going inside to play in the clubs," he said. "I was watching one day when, all of a sudden, I heard one trumpet on the juke box. I was 19 or 20 years old, and it was Louis doing a solo on When Youre Smiling. "I was so overwhelmed that I went that day and bought all the CDs of his that I could find. I started to watch videos all the time, and from then on, whenever my friends got together to play, wed be drinking, eating barbecue and watching Louis Armstrong." A visit earlier this year to "Satchmos" former home in New York since labeled a national landmark and transformed into a Queens College museum was similarly life-changing for Ruffins, who eagerly, and humbly, accepts any comparisons to his idol. "I really cant put into words what that meant," he said. "You look at the stairs out front where he would give lessons to neighborhood kids, and then you go through the house and see his rooms and press buttons and hear his conversations, it was so powerful for me. I was very choked up. "Thats someone who really, really led one of Americas true art forms. He was really the cherry on top of New Orleans music. And now I see it being passed on to younger kids, and for me to have a role in that and to maybe do the things he did is so spiritual to me." Ruffins legacy-in-progress includes co-founding the Rebirth Brass Band in 1983. Rebirths creation was inspired by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band which was credited with bringing influences of funk and contemporary bebop into New Orleans style brass bands. In 1992, he founded the Barbecue Swingers, a traditional jazz quintet that mixes music with another of his true loves, food. That combination helped create his first release for Basin Street Records The Barbecue Swingers Live recorded at Tipitina's in New Orleans on Nov. 14, 1997. And now, hundreds of shows and barbecues later, prolonging the status of jazz in New Orleans is among Ruffins pet projects. ***As show availability is subject to change at the discretion of the artist, please check back often. Refunds will be given in the event of cancellation.****

$25.00 - $30.00
Sat, April 27, 2019 (10:00pm - 11:15pm CDT )
Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers
Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

It takes all of 30 seconds. Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins. Passion. The 44-year-old New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later. "You definitely pick that up from me. Thats definitely the way I live, man," he said. "From the time I wake up in the morning, Im itching for my next show to happen. It cant get here fast enough for me. I think thats the basic ingredient of New Orleans music. Our traditional music. Its really just happy music. A lot of other jazz players are very technical and concentrating on studying hard. "We study hard, too, but what we most want to do is just get up there and experiment with the tunes that weve been playing for years and years." At this point in his career, in fact, having fun at work is a prerequisite. "Thats really the only way I can do it anymore," Ruffins said. "I do occasionally play a straight-ahead gig like a business meeting or a private party once in a while, where all theyre asking me for is background music, but Id rather get people up and dancing than just having dinner and listening. Id rather be in one of the New Orleans clubs, and Ill only take gigs in places that have a dance floor. There are places around the city that I played for years, but now I wont do it because nobodys dancing." The mandate for fun in performing traces back to a musical role model Louis Armstrong. Though he grew up in a decade when Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna were at the top of late-teen playlists, Ruffins still vividly and emotionally recalled the moment when Armstrong a New Orleans icon became the be-all and end-all of his musical universe. "When I started out playing, it was down on the streets in the French Quarter for tips, and wed sit and watch all the guys in suits going inside to play in the clubs," he said. "I was watching one day when, all of a sudden, I heard one trumpet on the juke box. I was 19 or 20 years old, and it was Louis doing a solo on When Youre Smiling. "I was so overwhelmed that I went that day and bought all the CDs of his that I could find. I started to watch videos all the time, and from then on, whenever my friends got together to play, wed be drinking, eating barbecue and watching Louis Armstrong." A visit earlier this year to "Satchmos" former home in New York since labeled a national landmark and transformed into a Queens College museum was similarly life-changing for Ruffins, who eagerly, and humbly, accepts any comparisons to his idol. "I really cant put into words what that meant," he said. "You look at the stairs out front where he would give lessons to neighborhood kids, and then you go through the house and see his rooms and press buttons and hear his conversations, it was so powerful for me. I was very choked up. "Thats someone who really, really led one of Americas true art forms. He was really the cherry on top of New Orleans music. And now I see it being passed on to younger kids, and for me to have a role in that and to maybe do the things he did is so spiritual to me." Ruffins legacy-in-progress includes co-founding the Rebirth Brass Band in 1983. Rebirths creation was inspired by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band which was credited with bringing influences of funk and contemporary bebop into New Orleans style brass bands. In 1992, he founded the Barbecue Swingers, a traditional jazz quintet that mixes music with another of his true loves, food. That combination helped create his first release for Basin Street Records The Barbecue Swingers Live recorded at Tipitina's in New Orleans on Nov. 14, 1997. And now, hundreds of shows and barbecues later, prolonging the status of jazz in New Orleans is among Ruffins pet projects. ***As show availability is subject to change at the discretion of the artist, please check back often. Refunds will be given in the event of cancellation.****

$25.00 - $30.00