By ZL Boudreaux
Baton Rouge’s own Captain Green will be headlining the first of Chelsea’s two-night Back-To-School Bash, laying the funk down thick for the masses Friday night.
Bringing it home Saturday is New Orleans’ Madd Wikkid and Baton Rouge’s DJ Automatik.
“DJ Automatik is one of the best DJs I’ve heard in the area.” said John Tulley, Chelsea’s Talent Buyer/Promoter. “[Madd Wikkid is] classic New Orleans, horns and solid gold soul, and he’ll mash it with grimy hip-hop stuff, trap once in a while, dubstep, house.”
Springing it off August 28 are CBDB, a progressive rock band from Tuscaloosa, AL and Stoop Kids, also from New Orleans who call themselves “a love letter between doo-wop and hip-hop.”
Both acts were picked by Captain Green who has spent the year funking up the east and gulf coasts with a style Tulley describes as “progressive funk freak-out.”
“I trust those guys’ taste,” said Tulley, “They always kind of set up their own openers and they always do great with it. Always put together a great show.”
The Back to School Bash continues into Saturday like Dylan going electric with DJ Automatik’s legendary mixes and Madd Wikkid’s thundering Big Easy take on hip-hop.
“We wanted to do something fun but with a diverse pallet.” said Tulley.
If 10 p.m. is too late for you, Friday and Saturday or you’re not 18 yet there are all-ages shows from 7-10 p.m. in Chelsea’s side bar both nights.
Ragana, a 2-piece doom-metal from Olympia, Wa. will be melting faces on Aug. 28 along with The It’s, uncorrupted Lafayette rock n’ roll, the fuzzy slide guitar workings of locals Cajun Clam and the New Orleans grunge worshipers, World is a Vampire.
On Aug. 29 you can witness history at the Lower Chakra’s reunion show, a classic Baton Rouge punk band from the ‘80s.
Look for more bashes, blowouts and [bad-ass or boss] shows at Chelsea’s Café on Perkins in the future.
“Local bands are always welcome, and we’re also trying to get some touring acts, some regional acts, some breaking or before-they-break artists who next year would be too big to play Chelsea’s.” said Tulley “We already have a pretty good lineup coalescing for September through December.”