The Story 

New Orleans native Davis Rogan established a name for himself in the Crescent City as a hyperactive DJ on radio station WWOZ and later as keyboardist-rapper-principal songwriter and frontman for the New Orleans funk band, All That. A product of New Orleans public schools (he played in the Mcdonough 15 Elementary School Band under the direction of Walter Payton), Rogan was raised in the Carrollton neighborhood and currently resides in Treme. Growing up in the late ‘70s, he came under the sway, concurrently, of punk bands like the Dead Kennedys and the Butthole Surfers, New Orleans piano legends Professor Longhair and James Booker and legendary funkateers Parliament-Funkadelic and his hometown heroes, The Meters. Rogan’s All That emerged on the scene in the mid 1990s along with similarly funk-based groups like Royal Fingerbowl and Galactic. He later provided the inspiration for the audacious character Davis McAlery on the HBO series Treme. This is Rogan’s second appearance at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. 

The Sound 

There’s a touch of Randy Newman in Rogan’s clever originals like “The New Ninth Ward” and “Fly Away,” some old school New Orleans R&B charm in tunes like “Rivers of Babylon” and “Low Down Dirty Ways” and the irrepressible spirit of the Crescent City in originals like “Hurricane,” “Dog In Me,” “Damn You, Sweet Bourbon” and “Strippers.” Listen closely and you’ll catch an abundance of detailed references about the people, places and things to eat that make up life in the City That Care Forgot. 

Where & When: Iron Pier Craft House, Friday + Saturday

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Michael Kline