New Orleans native son and raconteur, Davis Rogan pays a return visit to Portland next Tuesday (Feb 20) at O'Connor's Vault. Why should you come out to see this pianist, singer, songwriter, and one of the Big Easy's most entertaining and amusing storytellers?
To revisit my post back in July when he last breezed through town:
You might recognize him if you were a fan of HBO's Treme. Or possibly know the story behind the creation of one of the lead characters, Davis McAlery. Producer David Simon was drawn to Davis' experience and stories about New Orleans, employing this fifth-generation New Orleanian as a consultant, actor, scriptwriter, piano coach, songwriter, and the muse for the character Davis. By the series' end, Rogan had written or placed more music in the show than any other musician.
Davis draws his musical inspiration from Professor Longhair and Fats Domino. What New Orleans rhythm and blues piano player doesn't? But what separates Davis is his lyrics. The wit, irony and self-deprecation echo Randy Newman, but the wry observations about life, humanity and New Orleans are uniquely his. Davis is a very astute and funny commentator on the culture, music, and complicated history of his native city.If you haven't been to O'Connor's, it has tasty food and drink, comfortable seating, and excellent sound. It's a great venue to experience the entertaining Davis ... 7 PM, $12