Juice to Play Paddy’s Saturday night
Juice will perform a free show at Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail tonight.The band was founded late in 1995 with the musical intention of mixing the heavy rhythmic groove of groups like The Meters and Sly & the Family Stone, with group improvisation influence from bands such as the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. Front man Dave Jordan made an impact on the Baton Rouge music scene in the early/mid ’90s by sharing the bill with such notables as Widespread Panic, George Porter, Merl Saunders, The Aquarium Rescue Unit and The Samples, to name a few. As the primary songwriter in the group, Jordan’s influences can be heard in his writing, from the organic instrumental grooves of the Meters, to the sharp wit and social commentary of Bob Dylan and the rhythmic wordplay of Dr. John.Accompanying members include Aron Lambert on drums and vocals, Sam Hotchkiss on guitar and vocals, Joe Krown on organ and keyboards and Jeff Watkins on saxophone. Another Louisiana native, Lambert hails from the French Quarter. His musical pedigree runs deep. His uncle, Alan Jaffe, founded the world famous Preservation Hall. As a child, he was taught by New Orlean’s jazz patriarch bassist Walter Payton. He’s jammed with such notables as Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and Daryl Dybka (Frank Zappa). Hotchkiss has been a mainstay on the New Orleans scene for over a decade and has contributed to various bands, venues and festivals in the area. Krown is the most recent addition to the band and offers a solid musical repertoire along with pronounced key strokes to complement the band’s talent. Last but not least, saxophonist Watts has played with some of the industry’s all time greats. In the early ’90s, he was recruited by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, to join the world renowned James Brown Horns. He spent 13 years with Brown, all the way up to his death. He has performed in countless countries, and on nearly every continent.This impressive compilation of musicians offers time-tested experience and fresh talent. For a true Big Easy experience, Juice supplies fans with original jazz and exceptional funk. Juice was voted “Best emerging Funk/Soul/R&B band in New Orleans” by offbeat Magazine.