Dirty Bourbon River Show Plays Orlando in Support of New Album
The Dirty Bourbon River Show is a four-piece band with big brass sound hailing from New Orleans. Currently on an extensive tour in support of its latest album, Important Things Humans Should Know, the Dirty Bourbon River Show is making its way across the country inviting us all to participate in its tantalizing multi-genre extravaganza.
I caught the band on a Sunday night in Orlando at Will’s Pub, a regular spot for an eclectic mix of musical talents. That night, Orlando’s own The Getbye and Great Peacock from Nashville had opened up the show. The crowd seemed a bit thin as the Dirty Bourbon River Show took the stage, but that soon changed.
I was immediately struck by the infectious, energetic personality of frontman/vocalist Noah Adams, who transitioned from accordion to piano to trumpet throughout the night. The band similarly transitioned through a host of musical styles, including folk, gypsy rock, blues and jazz.
Dane “Bootsy” Schindler kept it all together with masterful and artistic drumming, while Matt Thomas exchanged his baritone sax for a tenor and again for a clarinet. Jimmy Williams wielded a sousaphone stage left, alternating between it and a bass guitar.
Soulful vocals from Sandra Love perfectly complemented Adams’ raspy tones, lending the band that signature New Orleans sound. Tracks from the new album (“Ezmerelda” and “Animal”) and others from Dirty Bourbon River Show’s vast repertoire (nine studio albums to date) were played, each one weaving a rich musical tapestry of sound and time and place.
It was an insanely fun performance that left me feeling playful and energized for the week ahead. Check out the band’s tour schedule to find out when you can take your place in the show and listen to more music at dirtybourbonrivershow.com.