New Orleans Radiators Dave Malone, Reggie Scanlan and Camile Baudoin, along with 35-year Neville Bros. drummer “Mean” Willie Green and John “Papa” Gros, have re-formed their legendary super group Monkey Ranch for three nights only at Brick and Mortar, 1710 Mission St., San Francisco, Thurs. through Sat., Nov. 3, 4 and 5. The band will present three separate themed shows, with a completely different theme and set list each night, with a New Orleans food element each night featuring favorite home recipes from each band member.
The series, “Monkey Ranch Presents the History of Music in Three Easy Lessons,”
will be divided as follows:
Thurs, Nov. 3 WALKING TO NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana hits, plus a second set of Radiators hits, misses and covers.
Fri., Nov. 4 CRAWFISH AND CHIPS – British Invasion, New Orleans style, plus a second set of Radiators hits, misses and covers.
Sat., Nov. 5 FISH HEAD SOUL EXPLOSION – Motown, Stax, Atlantic and Hi Records favorites, plus a second set of Radiators hits, misses and covers.
The band has already started planning and rehearsals for the event, which will be the only West Coast appearance of the group. The band plans to take advantage of Dave Malone’s unusual ability to arrange covers to make them his own, a trait for which the Radiators were famed. The Radiators fan-favorite covers included wild renditions of The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil,” and “Not Fade Away,” and the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows,” as well as other British Invasion favorites such as “Sunshine of Your Love,” and “Gimme Some Lovin.’” Classic R&B songs covered by the band and sung by Malone included Clarence Carter’s “Slip Away” and Johnnie Taylor’s “Who’s Making Love.” The Radiators were well known for their covers of myriad Louisiana swamp pop and New Orleans R&B tunes. Fans will hear greater depth in all areas than ever before, plus many Radiators hits and misses from their 34-year touring career.
Monkey Ranch was founded in 1996 by Dave Malone as a band strictly for local New Orleans engagements, with no eye toward touring. This will be the first shows ever performed outside the city of New Orleans by Monkey Ranch.