Kermit Ruffins and The Nth Power to Bring NOLA to Ardmore Music Hall
The Philly area will get a double dose of NOLA the first week of December when both The Nth Power and Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers will come to the Ardmore Music Hall.
The Nth Power is a super group that is NOLA to its core. At the helm are drummer/vocalist Nikki Glaspie (who formerly played with both Dumpstafunk and Beyoncé) and keyboardist/vocalist Nigel Hall (of Warren Haynes Band and Lettuce). Hall currently resides in New Orleans and has been heavily involved in the music scene there for some time now. Glaspie has also been a NOLA regular, having toured with some of the city’s most beloved musicians, including Dumpstafunk and The Neville Brothers. The band first performed at NOLA’s classic late night venue The Maple Leaf Bar during Jazz Fest 2012. Jennifer Hartswick called and asked the two if they could help her put together a band to play for a post-Fest show and so the Nth Power was born. The two are joined by guitarist Nick Cassarino (of Jennifer Hartswick Band and The Shift), bassist Nate Edgar (of John Brown’s Body), and newest member Weedie Braimah (of Toubab Krewe). Their unique blend of jazz, soul, funk, gospel, and world music is a treat for the ears, with a message of pure love that could melt even the coldest of hearts. Listen to this band play and try to feel nothing. I dare you. And I’m willing to bet you’ll fail, much to your own delight. Catch them on Wednesday, December 3. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8:30pm with opening act Freekbass. Buy a ticket in advance for $10 here or at the door for $13.
Kermit Ruffins has been a staple in the New Orleans music community for decades. As a high school student in the early ‘80s, Ruffins was a co-founder of Rebirth Brass Band, a NOLA institution and dependable late night performer (you can catch a performance nearly every Tuesday at the Maple Leaf Bar). In the early ‘90s he left Rebirth and founded The BBQ Swingers, a traditional jazz quintet. Though he now splits his time between Houston, Texas (where his wife currently works) and his beloved New Orleans, you can often find Ruffins playing weekly in the city he calls home. However, on December 4 you won’t have to travel all the way to the Crescent City to catch this first-class jazz trumpeter and his band – just head on out to Ardmore Music Hall. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8:30pm with Cory Henry Group (featuring keyboardist Cory Henry of Snarky Puppy). You can purchase a ticket in advance for $20 here or at the door for $25. A VIP option including a traditional NOLA crawfish and gumbo dinner, a meet & greet session with Ruffins, and reserved seating is also available for $50.
So get out to Ardmore and warm up this December with a fiery explosion of NOLA jazz fusion. If you can’t get to NOLA, this very well may be the next best thing.