With four sold-out shows at the Saenger Theater, Dave Chappelle was bound to enjoy New Orleans this week. But his extracurricular activities in the height of NBA All-Star week have put the comedian right in the center of the city’s nightlife.
Chappelle and T.I. joined some musicians at Rare Form at the corner of Frenchmen Street and Esplanade Avenue for a little impromptu jam session. Rare Form manager Asia Strong wrote in an email that the duo joined the musicians inside the club’s courtyard.
Chappelle, T.I. and Yonnet apparently spent their evening there listening to musicians Aaron Walker, Anthony Coleman, Phil Morin, Dave Masucci, Matt Galloway and Elmo Price before briefly joining them.
In a video posted to Instagram by French producer and harmonica player Frederic Yonnet, T.I. can be seen singing into a microphone before Chappelle yells toward the camera in his characteristic gravelly sound.
Also Chappelle, Yonnet and T.I. were Snarky Puppy’s Shaun Martin and John Roberts from Stevie Wonder’s and Janet Jackson’s bands, according to Price. More musicians from Danny Abel and Friends’ set at the Maison just down Frenchmen Street also made appearances.
Chappelle has two more performances on the Saenger’s stage before apparently heading to another performance at a secret location in town. Yonnet posted a photo to his Instagram announcing “Dave Chappelle’s Juke Joint, which will feature himself plus A Band With No Name, DJ Nice and DJ Trauma at an undisclosed location in the city later Friday night. Tickets are available for $75 through Brown Paper Tickets.
The Juke Joint shows, according to OkayPlayer, “(pop) up whenever it seems it’s been a tad too long, and gathers some of the most brilliant minds in comedy, music, fashion, film, and in this year’s case, magic, to party with the barn door open.”
One such pop-up in Dayton, Ohio, included a guest list that featured, according to the website, Q-Tip, Jarobi White, Bradley Cooper, David Blaine, John Legend, Donnel Rawlings and Cipha Sounds.
By Chelsea Brasted
Courtesy of Nola.com