Mike Dillon Band

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How many artists have been praised a “punk rock provocateur,” “jazz vibraphone visionary,” and “percussion virtuoso” in the same sentence? There’s only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Primus, Rickie Lee Jones, Dean Ween Group and Ani Difranco, and collaborations such as Nolatet, Garage a Trois, The Dead Kenny G’s, Critters Buggin or bands he has led, including Mike Dillon Band, Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.

Over the past decade, Mike Dillon has released a number of acclaimed albums, intertwining a range of influences from Zappa-esque eccentricity to Fishbone punk funk, D.C. Go-Go to Milt Jackson-influenced vibraphone majesty. Never before, however, has he recorded music so personal and committed to a sustained mood as his latest album, Functioning Broke. The recording finds Dillon solo on vibraphone and various percussion, building each track into its own minimalist, but multi-dimensional auditory landscape.

The current version of the Mike Dillon Band features guitarist Cliff Hines, Bassist Nathan Lambertson and a rotating cast of drummers including Claude Coleman Jr. (Ween), Brendan Bull, G. Maxwell, Doug Belote and Paul Thibodeaux. With this line up, Dillon has continued exploring the connection between New Orleans street beats, Ska, funk, Hardcore and jazz. The band will release a new record in February 2017 titled, “Life is not a Football.” Produced in New Orleans by Richard Maloney and Dillon with engineers Rick Nelson and Robert Mercurio, this album sounds like a Spotted Cat trad band that grew up playing Dead Kennedys and invited Captain Beefheart over for a dinner cooked by Thelonious Monk. The Mike Dillon Band has supported acts like Galactic, The Revivalists, Clutch, Primus, and Fishbone, while continuing to play music festivals and in cities across the U.S.

In 2016 and 2017, the Gambit’s Big Easy Awards named Mike Dillon “Performer of the Year” and the Mike Dillon Band “Best Punk/Metal Band” in New Orleans.
Mike’s latest release, Life Is Not A Football, released April, 2017 (Royal Potato Family) is “A recording with the Big Easy coursing through its veins and equal parts Frank Zappa and The Butthole Surfers in its DNA. Life Is Not A Football, is a no-holds-barred affair, complete with rallying cries for justice, truth-to-power political and existential rants and plenty of inside jokes.

Combien d’artistes peuvent se vanter d’avoir été qualifié de “provocateur punk rock”, “visionnaire jazz” ou de “virtuose des percussions” dans la même phrase? Il n’y en a qu’un seul : Mike Dillon. Que ce soit pour ses affiliations à des artistes comme Les Claypool, Primus, Rickie Lee Jones, Dean Ween et Ani Difranco; pour ses collaborations avec Nolatet, Garage a Trois, The Dead Kenny G’s, Critters Buggin ou pour les groupes qu’il a formés dont Mike Dillon Band, Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, Billy Goat et Hairy Apes BMX, le Texan crée ses propres critères musicaux depuis plus de 25 ans. En 2016 et 2017, le Gambit’s Big Easy Award nomme Mike Dillon comme “artiste de l’année” et désigne Mike Dillon Band comme “meilleur groupe metal/punk” à la Nouvelle-Orléans.

Performance Lineup:

04/29/2018 1:30 pm Scène Laborde Earles Law Firm Fais Do Do

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