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Feb. 8: New Orleans Suspects in Concert

New Orleans funk and R&B supergroup to play at Hooligans.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 1-7-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Rootsy, New Orleans funk and R&B supergroup New Orleans Suspects perform on Sunday, Feb. 8 at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Avenue (Madison East Center) Mankato. The concert features the New Orleans Suspects from 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. with no support act opening the show.

The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The musical abilities of New Orleans Suspects are far from suspect after considering the sounds and collective résumés of the all-star group, The group formed in the summer of 2011 and is comprised of some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleans including: Reggie Scanlan on bass (The Radiators, Professor Longhair Band); “Mean” Willie Green on drums (Neville Brothers Band); Jeff Watkins on saxophone (James Brown Band, Joss Stone Band); Jake Eckert on guitar/vocals (Dirty Dozen Brass Band); and CR Gruver on keyboards and vocals (The Meters).

Known for their blazing performances, the New Orleans Suspects' live set combines original songs with hits and obscurities from the Allen Toussaint and Dr. John songbooks as well as favorites from the Radiators, Neville Brothers and the Dirty Dozen repertoire. The San Diego Union Tribune called the group “a rollicking blend of funk, jazz, blues, rock and vintage New Orleans R&B, designed to fill dance floors with gyrating celebrants.”

"Ouroboros" is the band’s third release and the follow up to their 2012 live CD, "Caught Live At The Maple Leaf." Featuring 10 original songs, "Ouroboros" defines the band’s sound, which is one that puts their own twist on the traditions of New Orleans music--fever-inducing funk, irresistible R&B rhythms, Longhair rhumbas, dancing-in-the-street second lines, jazzy soul-drenched horns, mind-melting swamp hoodoo, and feet-don’t-fail-me-now Carnivale music. The CD takes the listener on a wild ride through the city’s musical history in a brand new vehicle. The title of the recording was carefully chosen by the band. The Ouroboros is a powerful symbol--an ancient circular icon of a serpent eating its own tail--that symbolizes cyclicality and things that begin anew as soon as they end. This idea perfectly describes the New Orleans Suspects, a band that represents a second chance, or rebirth, for its veteran members.

Tickets are $15 in advance and available at Hooligans, online at, or by phone, 507-389-5549. Tickets day of show are $18. Call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549, for more information on the event. 

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