Friday, November 23, 2007

Shreveport, My Sleepy Lil River Town, from piano pounder Chris McCaa, aka Professor Porkchop, and his Shreveport All-Stars

Professor Porkchop is journeyman musician-bandleader Chris McCaa. He's using a New Orleans vibe in his pseudonym, the word professor meaning a pianist in the red light district of the Crescent City. And he pounds out a Doctor John-type piano in his ode to his hometown, Shreveport.

In the background of the Shreveport video are musicians Jason Coffield, Kurt Jameson and Rick Willis. You'll find them at the Eldorado casino's Celebrity Lounge on Tuesdays, hosting a blues jam.

Says David M Green, "Our Tuesday night blues jam is a dynamic deal. First, you've got outstanding music from the Professor and the All-Stars, then you have appearances by all sorts of singers and musicians. Recently Jimmy Wooten and a couple of friends came in and sang a Marvin Gaye tune in John Mayer style and got everyone's attention."

Green says the Celeb Lounge has music 6 nights a week. Currently he recommends the country-rock, eclectic sounds of a singer named Palmer with the band 3 Chord Truth.

Next week the high-energy dance band Windstorm returns to the glamorous room. "They present one of the best shows you could imagine," says Green.

Eldorado celebrity Lounge, David Green behind the board, has music from 7 to 11 pm weeknights and from 8 pm to 1 am Fri and Sat.

And Tues nights, Green's favorite, the open blues jam with the Professor.

Eldorado's Celeb lounge: 318-220-0711.

Chris McCaa, 318-344-0499.

Musicians' Local 116: 318-222-5813.


Anonymous said...

Sterling effort, Professor! Shreveport defies description sometimes but you have captured some elements and truisms.

Unknown said...

I make a trip back home and take a moment to listen to the band at the El Dorado and when the band goes on break I have to ask about the Hammond Organ. Chris recongnized me (it's only been 30 plus years). I knew Chris when we played Cello together in high school. He was always a super musician and it was great running into him in Shreveport.
Yvonne (Burns) McCarthy