Cookin’, Southern style
Before boogeying to R&B at the Bastille Day A-Go-Go, head over to Tupelo for some New Orleans-inspired cuisine
“It’s New Orleans rhythm & blues music, one of the original forms of rhythm & blues. It kind of has a proto-garage rock sound.’’ His group the Vudu Krewe All-Star Mardis Gras Band will perform songs that call back to the jump blues of the 1940s and on to the soul pop and funk of the 1960s. Joining him on the bill is a spectrum of homegrown talent, including Jen D’Angora and Jordan Valentine of the soul outfits Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents and the Sunday Saints.
“It’s definitely a labor of love for myself and my band,’’ says Wortis, who often dresses up in a Napoleon costume to perform. Guests have been known to dress up as Marie Antoinette or as French revolutionaries as well. “We love this music and it doesn’t get played too much,’’ he says. But then how does he explain the party’s staying power over almost 20 years? “There’s a lot more stuff going on in town now with rhythm & blues and neo-soul, but when we started doing this there was nothing. It’s just kind of the granddaddy. I’m pretty relentless, I’ll just keep it around until I can’t do it anymore.’’
Bastille Day A-Go-Go, tonight at 10 . $7. Precinct, 70 Union Square, Somerville. 617-623-9211. www.precinctbar.com
Tupelo, 1193 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-868-0004. www.tupelo02139.com