Big Al & the Heavyweights featuring Harmonica Red, Big Al, Elvin Killerbee, Dean Galatas All you have to know about these guys is the fanatical following of “Gumbo Heads” that numbers in the thousands. They drive hundreds of miles to get a serving of Big Al and the Heavyweights musical gumbo. You see, Big Al and the Heavyweights is an unconventional original music band that hails from New Orleans, LA. Why Big Al himself is from The Big Easy. That is where he grew up, surrounded by the sounds of New Orleans music – Jazz, Blues, Zydeco, Cajun, Rock, and Swamp Pop. It is these influences that make Heavyweight music so accessible and fun. Big Al and the Heavyweights will be on the road 240+ days this year, and it is this regimen of hard touring for the last six years that has made them one of the most well known, original bands in any musical format.
The membership of Big Al and the Heavyweights starts with Big Al himself.on drums and vocals, Elvin Killerbee from Baton Rouge on lead guitar vocals, Dean “The Bass Machine” Galatas on bass and Dr Paul Linden “DA FESS” Atlanta, GA on harmonicavocals. Dr Paul is a former veteran member of Susan Tedeschi and Sean Costello’s band.
Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, Al is a real New Orleanian, going to MardiGras after Mardi Gras, seeing the sights of Mardi Gras through the eyes of a child. That same wonderment and jubilation comes through Heavyweight music – the music that helps people forget about the news du jour. None other than head Blues Brother, Dan Akroyd, has described Al as the “pounding, driving force” of Heavyweight music. Incidentally, Dan is a big supporter of the Heavyweights, playing all three of their CD’s on his syndicated House of Blues Radio Show. They even play at the Chicago House of Blues for 2 to 3 nights in a row three times a year! But Dan Akroyd is not the only high profile celeb that knows the power of Big Al – Chef Emeril Lagasse tapped them to be musical guests for his season premier of Emeril Live!
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