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Headhunters 50th Anniversary Bembé

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$25 – $35

Saturday, April 27

Doors at 7:00pm, show at 8:00pm

$25 Early, $30 GA, $35 Door


with special guests Stanton Moore, Yusa, Wil Blades, and Clarence Johnson!


The Headhunters, the legendary jazz-funk ensemble co-led by percussionist
Bill Summers and drummer Mike Clark celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary with an epic night of music in the Music Box Village. Best known for their work on Herbie Hancock’s classic recordings Head Hunters (1973) and Thrust (1974), the band has continually reinvented itself over the past decades, sounding fresh thanks to the deep musicality of its members. They are joined by bassist Chris Severin (Dr. John, Diana Krall, The Neville Brothers), pianist Kyle Roussel (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), with saxophonist Clarence Johnson holding down Donald Harrison Jr.’s post for this special show.

Few bands can boast a history as fortuitous and storied as The Headhunters.
What each member brings to the table forged a history that most bands can only
dream of. Their blend of jazz with funk and rock would go on to sell over a million
albums worldwide, while the band’s legacy would inspire musicians of every
genre for years to come, be sampled by hundreds of hip-hop artists throughout
the ’80s and ’90s, and influence countless musicians’ playing today. The
Headhunters’ impact remains a global phenomenon, and their time with
Hancock proved to be a life changing experience. The band has released 8 more
albums stepping out on their own sans Hancock’s involvement starting with
Survival of the Fittest in 1975 and on Straight from the Gate in 1977 and most
recently Speakers In the House in 2022 and Live From Brooklyn Bowl in 2023.

“What Bill and I and The Headhunters do is experience the moment and explore.
We’re not in a gym, this isn’t a competition. This is art. The Headhunters is an
act of passion, of love for humanity, and for our planet.” – Mike Clark

“We live this every day. We have some secrets to give to the youth of the world.
We’re not musicians, we are physicians. We heal people.” – Bill Summers.

“Remarkably masterful, fresh-sounding, and creatively restless…For over 50
years, The Headhunters have continually reinvented themselves.” – ALL MUSIC

Food Vendor TBA

Visit our bar for beer, wine, seasonal cocktails and NA options.


April 27
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$25 – $35
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The Music Box Village
New Orleans, 70117
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