The New Orleans Suspects began playing together in 2009 as a pick-up band at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans. Comprised of some of the most seasoned, highly respected players in NOLA, the group originally called themselves The Unusual Suspects. Their chemistry was undeniable and by the summer of 2011 they decided to tour full-time, and renamed the band New Orleans Suspects. They quickly began attracting large crowds from San Francisco to New York. In four short years they released three CDs and established themselves as one of New Orleans’ best supergroups.
The band features drummer “Mean” Willie Green, a thirty-year veteran of the Neville Brothers, bass player Reggie Scanlan, who spent thirty-three years with The Radiators, long-time Dirty Dozen Brass Band guitarist Jake Eckert, classically trained pianist CR Gruver who immersed himself in New Orleans piano styles after touring with national bands such as Outformation and singer/songwriter Angie Aparo, and finally saxophonist Jeff Watkins who served twelve years as leader of the James Brown Band.
New Orleans Suspects will be appearing in Portland on Thursday, September 8 at 10:00 pm at The Goodfoot Pub & Lounge, 2845 SE Stark Street. Admission is $12.00.
Opening the night will be a performance will be Portland R&B band Boys II Gentlemen.