Admission is $10 at the door (No advance tickets sold)
Arrive early to secure the best seat
We do not sell out shows
Beverages available by donation
Souvenir merchandise available
Food for purchase next door (by ladies of First Free Mission Baptist Church)
Sit inside or bring chairs to sit outside
Children welcome, no pets, no ice chests
WILLIE SUGARCAPPSFriday, September 9, 6:30-9 pm
Willie Sugarcapps brings together five of the most accomplished Gulf South singers/songwriters and instrumentalists. The quintet features Will Kimbrough, an Alabama native, on vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and percussion. He has recorded with Jimmy Buffet, Little Feat and worked with Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris; Sugarcane Jane which is husband-wife Anthony Crawford, vocals, guitar, mandolin, bass, kick drums, banjo and fiddle and Savana Lee, vocals and guitar and both Alabama natives; Grayson Capps, vocals, guitar and harmonica, an Alabama native who moved to New Orleans at 18 forming local band Stavin' Chain and House Levelers and getting acting degree at Tulane; Curley Hughes, electric guitar, lap steel guitar and drums, who grew up in Mobile, Ala. and has played lead guitar and toured with Black Oak Arkansas.
THIRTEEN MOONS, MEZCAL JAZZ UNIT, GRAYHAWK PERKINSFriday, September 16, 6:30-9 pm
Making their third visit to the New Orleans area in the past few years, the Mezcal Jazz Unit of southern France, a quartet, will again team up with GrayHawk Perkins, of the Mandeville area, an internationally acclaimed Native America musician, educator, storyteller, historian. They performed at the Dew Drop together a few years back and were scheduled again for Feb. 20, 2014 but that had to be moved to nearby Ruby's Roadhouse dues to stabilizing work on the 1895 Dew Drop building. This time they will be performing Thirteen Moons, featuring vocal chants by Perkins and original jazz compositions by Mezcal leader and bassist Emmanuel de Gouvello of near Montpellier, France. Thirteen Moons based on research by Perkins celebrates the 13 moons of the ancient Native American calendar told in the Mobilian dialect which was an invented language created by several Gulf South tribes to ease communications when meeting and trading goods along regional Native American trade and travel routes. Joining de Gouvello will be Daniel Solia, drums; Jean Marie Frederic, guitar and Christophe Azema, saxophone.
GOSPEL NIGHTFriday, September 23, 6:30-9 pm
A gospel choir composed of members of the historic First Free Mission Baptist Church located next door to the Dew Drop will begin this special evening devoted to northshore gospel groups. Regular fans of Dew Drop events each spring and fall will know of the church because of the popular home cooked meals church members, using a kitchen between the Dew Drop and their church, prepare and offer for a nominal fee for each of the Dew Drop concerts. The First Free Mission Baptist Choir will take the stage from 6:30-7:30 pm.They will be followed from 8-9 pm by the Mighty Supremes, a nine member gospel group with vocalists and backing musicians from the Covington-Mandeville areas. Led by Willie Laurent Jr., the gospel group has performed at numerous churches and public events in St. Tammany Parish and in New Orleans including the House of Blues.
PEACE OF CAKEFriday, October 7, 6:30-9 pm
What began as a shared musical interest among several west Mandeville residents and musicians who also happened to attend and appear in musical offerings at Mary Queen Of Peach Catholic Church on West Causeway Approach has evolved into a popular and busy regional jazz and dance band in demand for festivals, dinners and fundraisers. Praised for their tight harmony and skilled playing, they have appeared at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Rock n Bowl in New Orleans and the Lakehouse on the Mandeville lakefront. The group consists of Lindsey Piatolly, vocals, Ellen Rosenow, vocals, Randy Lanier, drums, Yvette Crist, piano, John Esparros, guitar, Pat Rosenow, trumpet, vocals, all from Mandeville and John Wray, bass, Baton Rouge and Blake Richard, keyboards, New Orleans. Working on the theme, "jazz is where you find it," they excel at classic jazz standards and popular jazz dance tunes.
DAVID TORKANOWSKY & FRIENDSFriday, October 21, 6:30-9 pm
A driving force in New Orleans piano for five decades, Torkanowsky is a keyboard master of jazz, blues, funk and New Orleans rhythm and blues. He will be making a return visit to the Dew Drop and presented a rollicking Christmas show to close out the fall season last year. Over his long local musical career he has worked with many New Orleans jazz and rhythm and blues icons such as Irma Thomas, the late Allen Toussaint, George Porter and modern jazz piano legend Errol Garner. He is the son of classical composer and conductor Werner Torkanowsky who led the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra for years and his mother was a famed world-touring flamenco dancer. Before settling into the vibrant New Orleans music scene, he trained at the Berklee School of Music. Torkanowsky is expected to appear at the Dew Drop with backing musicians and possibly one or more guest vocalists.
JOJJO WIGHT NEW ORLEANS FAMILY BANDFriday, November 4, 6:40-9 pm
Jojjo Wight, of Covington, leader of this traditional jazz band created especially for this Dew Drop appearance, is an active musician and music teacher at Southeastern Louisiana University and after hours music lessons at Lanier Music Store near Mandeville. She was inspired by a 2014 album recorded in New Orleans called Charlie Devore & His New Orleans Family Band on which she and her father performed. For this appearance the band she had formed will offer several traditional jazz classics from that record and other iconic jazz numbers. The Dew Drop set will include Jamie Wight, her father, cornet; Lester Caliste, trombone; Brian O'Conell, clarinet; Ryan Burrage, saxophone; Lars Edegran, guitar; Kerry Lewis, double bass, John Royen, piano; and Jojjo Wight, drums. In addition to the Wight's, musicians at the Dew Drop who were on the 2014 record are O'Conell, Burrage and Edegran.
TOM McDERMOTT & MESCHIYA LAKEFriday, November 18, 5:20-6:30 pm
McDermott, who has trilled youngsters with his playing and information for the Dew Drop JazzKids program, is one of the most highly regarded pianists in New Orleans and elsewhere from touring. The St. Louis native came to the city in 1984 after landing gig at the World's Fair that year. While in town he hard the late piano legend James Booker and soon returned to the city full time. He played with the Dukes of Dixieland and co-founded the New Orleans Nightcrawlers jazz band. He has a master's degree in music and has produced 15 albums. Lake is considered among the most accomplished of a younger generation of musicians and vocalists drawn to New Orleans for its rich legacy in traditional jazz and blues. She now leads her own big band and often appears in duet piano-vocal sest with McDermott at Buffa's and Chickie Wah Wah from which they have produced a live CD.
MESCHIYA LAKE & LITTLE BIG HORNSFriday, November 18, 7:00-9 pm
Growing up in South Dakota, Lake was winning local vocal contests before, at the age of 20, she joined the touring Know Nothing Family Zirkus Zideshow And End Of World Circus. The touring collective eventually meandered its way to New Orleans where she says she immediately felt the draw and spirit of the city's rich musical legacy. She settled in the city and was soon singing lead with Loose Marbles, a street band honoring the city's traditional jazz. She also teamed up with transplanted vocalist Erika Lewis, who now is lead vocalist for Tuba Skinny, and they performed on the streets in the French Quarter as Magnolia Beacon duet. Since 2009 she has led her own 7-piece traditional jazz band, Little Big Horns, that has become one of the most praised of the new younger traditional groups comprised of young people from around the county who migrated to New Orleans. She and the band have produced three albums.
BARNEY FLOYD JAZZ BANDFriday, December 2, 6:30-9 pm
Floyd, one of the area's most in demand trumpet players, has been a member of numerous jazz bands including the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. He has been a professional musician since 1981 and toured with Broadway shows and Shrine and Ringling Bros. circuses. Settling in New Orleans since 1988 he has performed and recorded with Dr. John, Gatemouth Brown, Nicolas Payton, Luther Kent, Johnny Adams, the Dixie Cups and others. He has toured with many top acts and most Sundays plays traditional jazz at Commander's Palace with the Joe Simon Jazz Band. He has created a traditional jazz band especially for his debut Dew Drop appearance and it will include him and his wife, vocalist Elizabeth Floyd, both of Abita Springs; Tommy Sciple of New Orleans, bass; Ed Petersen, Mandeville, saxophone; Richard Scott, piano and Tom Chute, drums.
DON VAPPIE'S CREOLE CHRISTMASFriday, December 16, 6:30-9 pm
Vappie, of Covington, a world famous jazz banjoist who is also masterful on other instruments and who tours extensively, has created one of the most sought after and critically acclaimed special events of the New Orleans area holiday season. Drawing on his life experiences as a musician, having performed in multiple genres, Vappie has created unique arrangements of traditional holiday songs as well as original compositions. Along with his musical friends who will join him on the Dew Drop stage for this holiday treat, they will weave a tapestry of jazz, blues, New Orleans rhythm and blues, all a crowd pleasing fusion of pure joy in celebration of peace and love to help listeners celebrate the holiday season. Vappie has long been a friend and valued supporter of the work of the Friends of the Dew Drop and has appeared on stage in several settings including his acclaimed big band.