It’s hard to imagine a better match than the spirit of New Orleans with the vibe of the Grateful Dead, so Voodoo Dead just seems to make perfect sense. Debuting in 2015 at the NOLA Jazz Festival, and the 2020 East Coast edition features guitar wizard Steve Kimock on lead, Dead & Company’s Jeff Chimenti on keys, George Porter Jr., the King of New Orleans bass, and John Morgan Kimock (Mike Gordon) on drums. They will be joined by Al Schnier (moe.), Jackie Greene, and Wally Ingram at various shows (see below).
With a slightly varied lineups (with Kimock and Chimenti participating in all shows to date), it’s gone on from just an idea to becoming an annual, late-night staple at JazzFest as well as popping up in clubs around the country. The band embodies a celebratory vibe with a serious depth of improvisation that sets it apart.
The Big Chief requests your presence to come get down with Voodoo Dead!
2/5/20, Wednesday Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA
2/6/20, Thursday Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
2/9/20 Daikanyama, Tokyo
2/11/20 Bay Hall, Yokohama
2/12 Club Quattro, Umeda, Osaka
4/5/20 Skull and Roses Festival, Ventura, CA
4/9/20 Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO
4/10/20 Gothic Theatre, Denver
4/11/20 Gothic Theatre, Denver
4/24/20 Republic, New Orleans, LA
4/25/20 Republic, New Orleans, LA
The core four will play all shows. Al Schnier will join the band on guitar and vocals 2/5 & 6, and 4/24 & 25. Jackie Greene (guitar/vocals) will play on 4/5, 4/10 and 4/11. Wally Ingram will sit in on 2/6.