Jackson Buck, host of KFAI's Freewheelin', curates a night of live music every first Friday of the month at Harriet Brewing! On Friday, September 5th, it's The Swamp Poppas:
The Swamp Poppas play a mix of tunes from southwest Louisiana and the surrounding country. Lots of Swamp Pop with a little Zydeco, Cajun, Swamp Blues and and Louisiana Rock n' Roll.
Drummer Joe Luoma, guitarists Paul Gagner and Ted Halvorson, saxophonist Max Ray and bassist Karl Smelker (host of KFAI's "Louisiana Rhythms") have played in numerous bands including;
* The Explodo Boys
* The Wallets
* The Minnesota Barking
* The Swamp Sextet
* Jumbo Ya Ya
* The Alfalfa Males
* Three Bedroom Rambler
* The Suburbs
* Mister Rowles
* and many more
The band came together while providing backing support for the yearly Swamp Pop Extravaganza Concert benefiting Second Harvest.
They enjoyed playing together so much they decided to get together more than once a year. When the gents play you can usually expect some of the featured vocalists and instrumentalists from the Extravaganza to show up and try some new tunes or just get in a little practice. Recent gigs saw Rich Lewis and Lucinda Plaisance sitting in to sing some Bobby Charles and Irma Thomas classics.
Food Truck: Hot Indian Food
Facebook Event Page: Freewheelin' 1st Friday @ Harriet Brewing