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Glen David Andrews to start at 7 p.m

Date: 5/16/2015
From: 7:00pm to

Riverfront Amphitheater - OneMain Financial Stage

The rain came and went, so we'll start back up with Glen David Andrews at 7p.m.

The final scene of Spike Lee’s post-Katrina HBO documentary. “When the Levee Broke,” is an unforgettable moment with Glen David Andrews singing “I’ll Fly Away” at a mock jazz funeral. When he gets to the last line, he alters it to say: “New Orleans will never go away.”

Neither will Andrews. A battle with addiction nearly sidelined the singer and trombonist, but he’s back making music that blends second line with gospel, soul and rock. He and his band will appear at River Fest.

Andrews, 35, grew up in the Treme neighborhood, long a hotbed of second line music. He comes from a family tree rooted in New Orleans music. His older brother, Derrick Tabb, is a member of the Rebirth Brass Band, and his cousin, Troy Andrews, is better known to music lovers as “Trombone Shortly.”

Glen David Andrews has been making music since he was a teen, and one of his songs, “Knock with Me, Rock with Me,” has become a brass band anthem with its call-and-response refrain: “Gimme a dime, I only got eight.”

His more recent work features his big voice, all growl and gravel, with a battle-scarred intensity that is reminiscent of Solomon Burke and Wilson Pickett. He can also jump into an Al Greene falsetto or switch to a gospel style befitting his upbringing in the Zion Hill Baptist Church. Like Pickett, Andrews never stops moving on stage, giving a sweaty, ass-shakin’ performance that has made him a favorite at Jazz Fest and in New Orleans clubs.

His 2014 release “Redemption” recounts his recovery from addiction, starting from total surrender during detox to the pride of a survivor more than two years sober. The music links his own spiritual and physical rehab with the Crescent City’s post-Katrina recovery. Andrews goes from the rueful “Bad by Myself” to the lovely gospel ballad “Surrender” and then to the post-recovery anthems “Movin’ Up” and “You Don’t Know.”

"Redemption” restarted and redefined his career. Offbeat Magazine called it “a career-best triumph.” The Wall Street Journal said, “This city overflows with gifted musicians … Even in such a hometown, Glen David Andrews stands out.” Quint Davis, producer of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, said, “Glen is one of the giant talents of New Orleans music.”

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