John Medeski's Mad Skillet is headlining Ludlow Garage on Friday, November 9th! The date is part of a U.S. tour in support of their self-titled, debut album to be released November 9 on Medeski Martin & Wood's Indirecto Records.
Led by the hugely influential keyboardist and featuring guitarist Will Bernard and the legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band rhythm section of sousaphonist Kirk Joseph and drummer Terence Higgins, Mad Skillet is first and foremost a product of New Orleans. The band's inception can be traced back to the late-night sets that go down every year during New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. For years during that annual festival-after-the-festival, Medeski would seek out gigs with Bernard, a New York-based guitarist rooted in jazz, but adept across genres. After traversing various players and configurations, the tandem hooked up with Joseph and Higgins, both of whom Medeski had met when he produced the Dirty Dozen’s 1999 record, Buck Jump. Fiery after-hours shows at spots like the Little Gem Saloon firmed up the band’s profoundly intuitive rapport.
"Something happens there. There's something in the air, the water, the food," says Medeski. "Every time we play, it really is magical. We get together and this thing lifts. It has a life of its own, beyond any of us. There's a lot of ESP in New Orleans music. There’s a certain feel that New Orleans guys have that you can’t get anywhere else."