BY JAY MAZZA | FEBRUARY 23, 2018
Soul Project, one of the hardest working bands in New Orleans, will make their first appearance at D.B.A., though hardly their first show on Frenchmen Street, on Sunday to celebrate the release of their sophomore effort, The Long Hustle. Show time is 10 PM and the band expects numerous special guests including several of the musicians who have cycled through New Orleans’ own self-proclaimed ambassadors of funk over the years.
Led by guitarist and vocalist Cristian Duque, Soul Project has been grinding it out in the clubs of New Orleans since 2001. The Long Hustleis the follow-up album to their 2013 Offbeat magazine’s “Best Of The Beat” nominated debut album, Music For Movers & Shakers.
I have seen the band numerous times over the years and a recent set at the Louisiana Music Factory found the group on top of their game. Though they proclaim themselves to be funksters, and they are definitely funky, old school New Orleans R&B runs through their music like blood runs through veins.
In his younger years, Duque appeared many times on stage with the great local legend Walter “Wolfman” Washington. Soul Project takes many of its cues from the instrumentation and musical approach of Washington and his longtime ensemble, the Roadmasters, including the presence of an ace horn section.
While clearly influenced by Washington, Soul Project has carved out a niche on the New Orleans music scene with great original songs that reflect the life of the 21st century musician. The Long Hustle is a testament to perseverance, commitment, and dedication to craft. Give it a listen and come out to the show.