John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, a funk quartet featuring guitarist Will Bernard and two members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band—sousaphonist Kirk Joseph and drummer Terence Higgins—will release its self-titled debut album on Nov. 9.
The nine-track disc, recorded at the Living Room, a cathedral-like studio situated directly across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans, will be released on Indirecto Records.
Mad Skillet, which nods to the Meters, Ennio Morricone, and Sun Ra, was formed in after-hours jam sessions during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
“Something happens there. There’s something in the air, the water, the food,” Medeski, who plays keyboards in the jam-band trio Medeski Martin & Wood, says in a press release. “Every time we play, it really is magical. We get together and this thing lifts. It has a life of its own, beyond any of us. There’s a lot of ESP in New Orleans music. There’s a certain feel that New Orleans guys have that you can’t get anywhere else.”
The group will embark on a 13-date U.S. tour to support the album, beginning with a performance at Utopiafest in Burnet, Texas, on Nov. 2. Though the tour won’t include a stop in New Orleans, listeners can rest assured that the band will bring the spirit of the Crescent City to every venue it visits.
Additional dates are listed below:
Nov. 5 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation at The Intersection
Nov. 6 – Goshen, IN – Ignition Garage
Nov. 7 – Evanston, IL – Space
Nov. 9 – Cincinnati, OH – Ludlow Garage
Nov. 10 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
Nov. 11 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works
Nov. 13 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Nov. 14 – Cohoes, NY – Cohoes Music Hall
Nov. 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
Nov. 16 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
Nov. 17 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
Nov. 18 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes