7 Walkers @ George’s Majestic Lounge
Two weeks ago, George’s Majestic Lounge celebrated its 84th anniversary. As part of the two-day celebration, 7 Walkers headlined on Saturday, April 2. The supergroup is made up by Grateful Dead’s drummer Bill Kreutzmann, guitarist/vocalist Papa Mali, George Porter Jr. from The Meters, and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard.
7 Walker’s self-titled debut album is a celebration of classic Bay Area rock and New Orleans funk. But the show at George’s, which happened to be the last one of their Winter tour, was not only a celebration to the music that has feed these musicians and their followers for so many years, but was also one of the greatest showcases of talent I’ve ever witnessed.
Continue after the break for the rest of the review and photos.
There are lots to be said about each of the members of this supergroup, but it’s each of their styles coming together what makes this supergroup so amazing. The show started out with a “Space” jam, followed by “Bertha” and “Sue From Bogalusa.” The two sets of the night were sprinkled with a mix of Grateful Dead classics and new material. Papa Mali stopped after the first few songs and wished George’s Majestic a happy birthday. He remembered the first time he played at the Fayetteville venue in 1977.
Toward the end of the first set, Vince Herman from Great American Taxi joined the 7 Walkers on stage for Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” and “Friend of the Devil.” Herman also joined them on the second set for “Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad.” He spent the rest of the time enjoying the show with the rest of the crowd.
One of the highlights of my night was getting to hear George Porter Jr. sing The Meters’ “Just Kissed My Baby.” Here’s a video of it by DGold.
I was blown away by the high musicianship. And Matt Hubbard kept surprising me every time he’d pull a different instrument throughout the night. There came a point where he managed to play the keyboards, the harmonica and sing.
The stage’s background was as funky as the music, which made for a happy BOT featured photographer, Stephen Ironside. He lent his talents to BOT that night and he did an awesome job, as you can see.
The crowd was easy going, and there were plenty of Grateful Dead shirts around. It was a great night and well fitted for George’s anniversary celebration. The 7 Walkers are going to be around a few festivals this summer, catch them if you can!
Here’s the setlist for you:
Set 1: Space, Bertha , Sue From Bugalusa, Ha Now Baby, King Cotton Blues, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (with Vince Herman), Friend of the Devil (with Vince Herman), New Speedway Buggie, New Orleans Crawl, Eyes of the World.
Set 2: Bird Song, Just Kissed My Baby, 7 Walkers, Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad (with Vince Herman), Deal, Turn On Your Lovelight.