Load remaining images George Porter Jr. Trio with June YamagishiWhat is there left to say about George Porter Jr. that hasn’t been said countless times before? Easily one of the most respected and revered bass players of this or any age, Porter is one of the most respected elder statesman of the music world. As one of the founders of the legendary band The Meters, he is responsible for much of what the world thinks of as funk music. His playing style is as unmistakable as the energy he brings to each and every performance. Let’s watch what the man can do with a pair of tracks from his Trio’s performance at NOLA Crawfish, along with special guest and guitar wonder June Yamagishi, including a spectacularly funky “Turn On Your Love Light.” Papa Mali & FriendsThe bayous of Louisiana have given birth to an amazing array of flora and fauna, and few musicians more exemplify the spirit of their cajun country heritage than the drawling, sprawling guitarist Papa Mali. Heralding from Shreveport, LA, Mali found his life’s mission defined on the streets of New Orleans after witnessing legends like George Porter Jr. and Dr. John. Mali was joined by former 7 Walkers band mate Matt Hubbard and funky local bassist Eric Vogel, along with special guest Brian J of the Pimps Of Joytime. Watch a couple of stellar clips from the show below. John “Papa” Gros & FriendsThe second Papa to bring the noise to the second day of the NOLA Crawfish Festival was funky and soulful keyboard player John Gros. Equally adept at ribald, barrel-rolling piano solos as he is at bringing the house to a stand still with his whisper quiet vocals and ivory tickling, Gros (pronounced “Grow”) brought a stellar cadre of the city’s finest to help him close out the second day of the festival. The cheers were long and loud as he took the stage, and seemed to rise with the end of each tune he shared with the audience. Yamagishi stayed handy after his previous musical destruction with George Porter Jr. to help Gros and company finish the day in fine style. With two incredible days in the books, fans are buzzing at the final day’s pair of super jams, a crawfish cook-off to be judged by some of the artists themselves and one more chance to sample the limited edition suds from the NOLA Brewery. Check out the full schedule below, and find more information here.Check out a full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Marc Millman and Sam Shinault: The NOLA Crawfish Festival‘s second day built on the foundation of love already established with more food, more fun and more of the music that defines New Orleans. Situated in the “daze between” Jazz Fest weekends, a pairing between Shaggy, the NOLA Crawfish King and NOLA Brewing Company made for the perfect environment to host a musical celebration.Yesterday marked the second day of the festival, bringing an incredible lineup of musicians to the forefront. Legends like George Porter Jr., Papa Gros, Papa Mali, Billy Iuso, June Yamagishi and many more were all on hand for the second day festivities. Let’s take a look at some of the artists and highlights from day two of the NOLA Crawfish Festival.Billy Iuso & The Restless NativesGuitarist Billy Iuso is a shining example of the Crescent City’s musical fire power. Though not a native, Iuso has been grandfathered in to the local music scene through his relentless work to bridge the gap between funk and rock. Since arriving in the early 2000’s, Iuso has tirelessly gigged around town with his band, The Restless Natives, as well as hundreds if not thousand of sit ins with the many friends he’s amassed along his long journey from his birthplace in New Jersey to his beloved bayou home. Check out a couple of his tunes from yesterday’s stellar set on the Tap Room stage below.
On Friday afternoon, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team left College Park, Maryland on a rather neutral note as they tied the Maryland Terrapins 2-2.This was the Badger women’s first tie of the season and brings their record to a still-impressive 8-2-1 overall and a 2-1-1 record in the Big Ten Conference.Sophomore star Dani Rhodes got the offensive action started early for the Badgers. She scored consecutive unassisted goals in the 23rd and 25th minutes of the game to put the Badgers up 2-0, but they were unable to keep the lead for much longer.Women’s soccer: Badgers fall to Michigan in overtime, ending seven game winning streakEven though the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team managed to take the game into overtime, they would still fall Read…The Terrapins rallied back and answered with goals by Gi Krstec and Jenna Surdick in the 58th and 68th minutes, respectively. Badger goaltender Caitlyn Clem gave it her all for a solid 110 minutes of overtime action and managed to set three saves, but it was not quite enough to stop the Terrapins second half rally.After allowing just two goals in the previous seven games, the Badgers have now allowed two goals in each of their last two games — a telling explanation for the end of their win streak, at least for now.The Badgers will need to tighten up their defense once again if they want to remain relevant in the Big Ten and the NCAA as a whole. Their defense, as well as the youth-powered offense led by Rhodes and Rice, is what got this team ranked ninth overall as recently as last week. And that is what must return if the Badgers want to have a successful Big Ten season.After the tie, the Maryland Terrapins are now 7-2-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the Big Ten Conference. This was a solid showing for the Terrapins in a game in which the Badgers were considered to be the favorites. Although they did not win, they should be proud of their effort and will want to keep the goals coming when they host the Minnesota Gophers on Sunday afternoon.Women’s soccer: Badgers look to uproot undefeated Garden State rivalThe University of Wisconsin will attempt to hand Rutgers their first loss in a thrilling Big Ten matchup. After a Read…The Badger women move on to Rutgers University campus on Sunday afternoon at noon to take on the Scarlet Knights womens soccer team. The game will be available to watch on the Big Ten Network. Tune in to watch the Badgers attempt to get their win streak back on track.