Although the New Orleans area has its quota of professional and competent variety, Top 40, and era-specific show bands, its heritage and 1970’s pedigree of small venue, rock concert-type acts seems to have gone extinct. No longer… Enter Paper Steamboat, developed as a direct result of the local music community's urging - to form a tight, solid rock band that would reclaim the chalice of the Crescent City's Classic Rock limelight. For the best in Classic Rock, Paper Steamboat has been critically acclaimed as one of the best in South Louisiana. Step back in time for some of the best music ever!
Price Range: $3,500 and up
Gig Length: 90 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
FROM THE CURRENTS I WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“…that show at Legends was fantastic! I mean, hell it sounded awesome”
- Denise G / Metairie, LA
“…very impressed; unbelievable. I thought I was actually hearing Jethro Tull in 1972 at one point.
That was freaky; it sounded like the record."
Darren D. / St. Charles, LA
...spectacular; the sound you guys put out is just awesome; thanks for playing! Oh yeah, the set list…
the best B-sides ever…so many in the crowd were happy because they didn't know what was coming next!"
- F. Messina / Metairie, LA
“STEAMBOAT: please come to Washington, DC! We need a good rocking band like you guys out here instead of the mope-rock and rap /hip-hop stuff"
- K. Siciliano / Washington DC
''My brother and I are ready for the next show… it was rock like @ #$%...! Finally, somebody plays good rock again…The Allman Brothers, Zep, Tull, Cream, what's next?! It’s like I’m listening to the original bands, LIVE!”
- Matthew K. / New Orleans, LA
"Neat! I heard from a friend in NOLA over the internet that ya'lI rock the house! I would go to every show if I lived closer…so totally my style of music. Love that you do Jethro Tull!"
- Kristine Summers / Los Angeles, CA
“Let's do some shows together… I hear the sound is amazing… but I wouldn't expect anything less from ya'II!"
- Tom Espen Pedersen / Guitarist for Hangface, Los Angeles, CA/Norway
Paper Steamboat is – Tommy Chadwick – Guitar/Vocals, a New Orleans native, originally sculptured in Southern rock and jazz guitar, he has spent his earlier years playing in various classic rock, southern rock, and blues bands in the New Orleans and Gulf Coast region. With the influence of prominent musicians of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, helped define his playing style. He has worked with groups such as J. J. Muggler and Sho-Tyme. He has recently been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame for his work with the J. J. Muggler Band. Jimmy Messa – Bass/Vocals, a New Orleans native, started playing music at the age of 13 and began his music career playing on Bourbon Street. He has worked with many popular national and international talents along with joining the Subdudes in 2002. Mike Margiotta, Keys/Vocals, a New Orleans native has been in the music scene for over 30 years and worked with some of the best in the city…Gary Hirstius, Marva Wright, The Wiseguys, Sho-Tyme, Dean Darling and the Wanderers, and The Junior Mays Band. He has also worked with Bo Diddley and Dick Wagner (guitarist and songwriter - Alice Cooper). Some of his accomplishments include session work on Gary Hirstius' "Down River" CD, which was voted one of the best new releases in New Orleans in 2004. Shane Matherne, Drums/Percussion/Vocals, began his entertainment career in the music industry at the early age of 12 working with The Young Dreamers and Spectrum performing throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. At the age of 19, Shane was invited to join, with the already established 'progressive rock' band, Kolour, where the band toured extensively throughout Eastern US and opened for a number of prominent national talents. He has also worked in the acting and modeling side of the entertainment business which took him to New York, San Francisco, & Los Angeles, working in stage plays, television, and film. Upon the return to the New Orleans area, music once again became part of his daily activity. And the beat goes on...
Paper Steamboat has hit the clubs and event circles with their powerhouse, yet elegant rock performance, with the all-inclusive acknowledgment from show attendees, music community friends/peers, and local critics alike voicing a unified, "thumbs up" for this hot newly re-incarnated act. After just their first show, the band wowed pundits and critics showing immediate promise via their inherited bloodline, boasting a potent catalog of incendiary rock A & B-side selections. Deftly moving from Jimi Hendrix to The Allman Brothers, Jethro Tull to The Beatles, and Joe Cocker to The Rolling Stones, Paper Steamboat proves that hip hop beats and sampling are better left to others. They've resuscitated the small rock show and are drawing larger crowds with music and vocal performances boasting swagger, sweat, and energy.
The band's popularity has continued to grow, securing the band dates on the same stage, venues, and events with familiar local groups. Since the band's stage baptism in the Fall of 2012, they have headlined noteworthy main stage appearances at events such as The Alligator Festival (est. attendance 3,000 ) in Luling, LA - with dozens of additional shows booked through the end of 2014.
In a short time, Paper Steamboat has made their mini-concert shows a "must see" for those requiring a much-needed booster shot to combat the rock music scene's bout of lethargy. When an injection of super-charged rock is what you need to get up…
There’s a new way to get down – Paper Steamboat.
Additional Booking Notes
THE BAND supplies and transports all of its own gear for most show productions and has a sound system that will handle crowds of up to 500.
However, please note that the band will consider using the in-house sound and lighting system if the systems meet the band’s standards.
The band can (for an additional fee) coordinate and supervise the services of a sound and production crew for larger shows and venues. FOR SMALL, INTIMATE SHOWS of LESS THAN 500 people or for unplugged/acoustic shows, the band DOES HAVE an adequate Sound Reinforcement and Lighting System.
If in doubt of your needs or the event requirements, please INQUIRE.
TOMMY CHADWICK – Guitar/Vocals Shure SM 58 Vocal Mic
Fender Twin Reverb
MIKE MARGIOTTA – Keys/Vocals Shure SM 58 Vocal Mic
Yamaha MO6, Casio CDP 120 Digital Piano, Peavey 2600 Power Amp, 6 Channel Mixer
SHANE MATHERNE – Drums/Vocals Shure SM 58 Vocal Mic
DW EX Black Onyx Pacific Drum Kit, 18"x22" Bass Drum…6.5”x14" Snare Drum…7"x8"
Rack Tom…8”xl0" Rack Tom… 9”x12" Rack Tom…12''x14'' Suspended Tom…14”x16"
CYMBALS Zildjian A-Custom: 22" Ping Ride, 18” Fast Crash, 18" Crash, 16” Crash, 11”
Splash, 18" China Type, 15" Sound Edge HH
DW 8.155 Hardware Pack Extended
LUDWIG Speedking Bass Drum Pedal
Vic Firth American Classic Extreme 5A Sticks
CAD Pro-10 Premium Drum Mics
Jimmy Messa – Bass Guitars/Vocals Shure SM 58 Vocal Mic
Markbass CMD121P Bass Amp with Markbass New York 12 extension speaker. Outdoor festival type, backline required - an 8X10 (or 2 4X10's) cabinet (Ampeg, Gallien Krueger, SWR, etc)...in a smaller venue, a 4x10 cabinet would be sufficient. Amp heads: any high power (at least 500 watt) pro bass head - an Ampeg SVT, Gallien Krueger 800, Eden, etc.
Here are some of the artists we currently perform their material -
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD
THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
THE ROLLING STONES
STEVIE RAY VAUGHN
|Tommy Chadwick||Guitar & Vocals|
|Mike Margiotta||Keyboards & Vocals|
|Shane Matherne||Drums & Vocals|
|Jimmy Messa||Bass & Vocals|
Influences & Inspiration
The Beatles, naturally! And so much more...
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