Back Talk: Harold Brown
by: GERALDINE WYCKOFF
It’s been a long time since the very funky Lowrider Band, which takes the stage at the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo at 7:45 pm on Saturday, May 22, performed in New Orleans. The last occasion was a 2009 benefit concert held at the Howlin’ Wolf for the Save Charity Hospital organization, which included Dr. John. “I was flabbergasted that they weren’t going to open the building,” drummer Harold Brown, who at one time was treated at Big Charity but wasn’t born there remembered. “The hospital was built on the concept of helping the poor and sick.” Prior to that, in 2005, the group funked up the former Ray’s Boom Boom Room, then housed at the present-day Maison on Frenchmen Street. Read More…
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Last summer, the Miller Outdoor Theatre presented a multi-racial ’70s band who performed such recognizable FM radio classics as “Spill the Wine,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” “The Cisco Kid,” “All Day Music,” and — of course — “Low Rider.”
This summer, Miller presents another multi-racial ’70s band who will perform all those same hits. But with a different name, though this group has four times as many members who actually played on those records.
Confused? Welcome to the 2014 strange saga of two groups: *** and the Lowrider Band.
“You can take away our name, but you can’t take away our music!” says Lowrider drummer Harold Brown, who was…also the drummer for ***, invoking the title of one of their earliest songs.
In a nutshell, after they split with English singer and ex-Animal Eric Burdon, *** went on to a hugely successful career of their own.