The funk, reggae and world music sounds of Billy Franklin’s NOLA Live will emanate from the Alive After Five stage tonight. Franklin, who is more widely known as the leader of New Orleans-based band E.O.E., has hand-picked his favorite musicians from The Big Easy to create the collaborative effort that is NOLA Live.
Franklin splits his time between three bands—E.O.E., NOLA Live and Smoke N Bones—and is known for his guitar skills and vocals, which are both moving and sweetly subtle. Musicians joining Franklin in NOLA Live include Doug Dietrich on bass, Michael Jenner on saxophone and Gabriel Velasco on drums and percussion.
Opening for Billy Franklin’s NOLA Live will be local alternative, rock, reggae and punk-infused band Nino Lobos. The music of Nino Lobos, a young group fresh out of high school, is influenced by multiple trips to Mexico City, where band members gleaned inspiration to create a sound with a Latin vibe.