Featuring Skip Jones & Peter Giri
Skip & his group, The Spirit of New Orleans, play a smattering of the great rhythm and blues hits of the ’50s and ’60s, as well as some great pop & rock organ classics of the ’60s and ’70’s. Add to that a bonifide New Orleans piano boogie-woogie and the party follows!
Over the last 20 years, frontman Skip Jones has enjoyed working with such bands as: The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, Joe Houston & Bo Diddley. He toured with the great Canned Heat in 1985-86 holding down Larry Taylor’s bass position. Skip has worked with The Etouffee Band, James Thornbury, James Bradshaw and Henry Vestine extensively. Skip can be seen performing at least 4 times a week in Eugene at the jams and with his own band The Spirit of New Orleans.
Peter Giri (Pete Kowalke)
Peter Giri is a gifted songwriter and performer, whether performing solo or with his band. Peter is also known as a masterful interpreter of others’ songs—and these interpretations are never just “covers.” You’re never going to hear the same old song you’ve heard many times before. He makes each song, from Dylan to Little Feat to Hendrix and more, his own, with variations of rhythm, vocals, and melody that bring them new life.
His infectious style of playing and soaring guitar solos, combined with an uncanny ability to create rapport with his audience, invariably bring everyone out on the dance floor, where they stay until the last note is struck.
Peter is both old school and new school at the same time, crossing generational gaps with his timeless music. At a time when we really need both heart and message, not to mention a good dose of just plain fun, Peter connects with his audience in a most meaningful way.