New Hampshire
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Artist
Soggy Po Boys

"Although New Hampshire isn’t the most obvious home for a group so devoted to the culture of The Big Easy, the Soggy Po’ Boys seem genuine in their ambition to spread the word about jazz New Orleans style, and they’re creating an accessible and fun way into this world."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -London Jazz

Soggy Po Boys

The Soggy Po Boys, native to New England, have quickly become an institution. They are spreading the good news of New Orleans music across the northeast and beyond, playing at concert halls and street corners; music festivals and burlesque festivals; bars and libraries; wherever the party requires. Part of the beauty of New Orleans music is that it's celebrated and appreciated wherever it goes, from the street to the theater.

The Po Boys formed in 2012 to shake the walls of a local club on a Fat Tuesday but have honed their sound and become more than a Mardi Gras centerpiece. Exploring the vast musical traditions of New Orleans and expanding their repertoire to look beyond NOLA jazz, the band includes traditional Caribbean tunes (it’s been said that New Orleans is the northernmost city in the Caribbean), as well as Meters funk, soul, and brass band / street beat music.

 

          “...These guys have done their homework, worked it out on the bandstand and put in the hours in the studio. It all adds up to a party you can bring with you when you want to treat your friends to a real good time.” -Ben Schenck of New Orleans’ Panorama Jazz Band”.

 

There are a myriad of traditions that flow into New Orleans culture just as there are tributaries that feed the Mississippi, and the Po Boys are eager to explore what makes the music of New Orleans so damn special. You’ll hear the heavy influence of the New Orleans sound across the band and in the stories told by their original tunes. Despite the scope of its sound, the outfit is only seven people, and thrives on the interplay and group dynamics that bring this music to life.

 

                         

The Soggy Po Boys are:   

     Stuart Dias (vocals, guitar)

     Zach Lange (trumpet)

     Eric Klaxton (clarinet/soprano saxophone)

     Nick Mainella (tenor saxophone)

     Mike Effenberger (piano)

     Scott Kiefner (upright bass)

     Brett Gallo (drums/percussion)

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I Have Worked With

  • October 2021

    Frequent performing artist for shows since 2014, as well as presenting the Honoring a Tradition series, in which we explore the impact of individual performers in the New Orleans canon including Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Sidney Bechet.

  • October 2021

    Performing artist at the Vinegrass Music Festival, alongside Jacob Joliff & Michael Daves.

  • August 2021

    Performing Artist at the Tommy Gallant Jazz Festival, Portsmouth NH most years since 2018.  This festival is put on by Seacoast Jazz Society, a nonprofit dedicated to presenting jazz.  https://www.seacoastjazz.org/

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Mike
Job Title/Position: 
Band member
Physical Address: 
36 Atlantic Ave
Dover, NH 03820
Last Name: 
Effenberger
Phone: 
603.759.0311

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Traditional
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Folk
Music - Jazz
Year Founded: 
2012
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
Hindi
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Virtual Events
Events Per Year: 
150
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
Spotlight Award Winner, 2014, 2015
New England Music Awards Winner 2018

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
N/A
Fee Range Minimum: 
$5,000
Fee Range Maximum: 
$100,000
State of Residence: 
New Hampshire
Minimum Number of Performers: 
7
Maximum Number of Performers: 
7

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Music
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$5,000
Fee Range Maximum: 
$100,000