Last night my husband and I had the opportunity to go hear The Mar-Tans at Darwin's in Marietta. I had not heard them before but I love New Orleans music like they do and I knew that they had a connection to the late great Sean Costello so I was very curious. I am very glad we went and if you missed it I promise to do my best to make sure you know where they are around town so that you won't miss them again! They gave one of the most exciting and fun performances I have seen in a long while!
Matt Wauchope did an amazing job on keyboards and vocals, while Melvin Zachary provided the bass. Special guest Count M'Butu handled hot percussion on the congas and sang "Stormy Monday" as well as I've ever heard it sung. Two other special guests, Norm Fricke and Travis Cottle played horns as cool and hot as you can imagine. There was a guest drummer and I did not get his name but he was good! Together, they played New Orleans standards, blues and original numbers that kept the crowd excited and me ecstatic for the whole time we were there, for about an hour and a half of the show. I imagine it went on quite a bit longer and I wish I could have stayed but I couldn't..
While I was there, though, I got to hear great numbers like "Tipitina," "Jambalaya" "a couple of Fats Domino tunes, and some great original numbers like "Talk About My Baby" and "Nice to See You," which are available on The Mar-Tans' new CD, Repurpose.
It was a fantastic night at our favorite club with our favorite staff, some kicking nachos, and a fabulous band. I intend to see The Mar-Tans every chance I get and I suggest you do the same!