Mudcat Café message #1876837 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #88125   Message #1876837
Posted By: Elmer Fudd
05-Nov-06 - 02:06 PM
Thread Name: Iko Iko
Subject: RE: Iko Iko
Great thread, Azizi and y'all. I heard/saw a smokin' performance of Iko Iko very far away from New Orleans: Wavy Gravy's 70th birthday celebration. It was a benefit concert for the Seva Foundation. Mickey Hart and Planet Drum performed the song, accompanied by Joan Baez. A full, international drum ensemble provided the beat, and Mickey Hart and Joan Baez sang the verses and led a large auditorium full of people in the chorus.

The audience was multi-generational and multi-ethnic, with a healthy sprinkling of gray-haired hippies and their spike-haired, heavily pierced offspring (and my octagenarian mother). Everyone was on their feet, dancing and stomping and singing along. Joan Baez danced all over the stage. At one point she grabbed Mickey Hart for a minute of partner dancing, then turned to the audience and flexed her muscles, as if she had reaaaally scored by getting to dance with Mickey.

Joan returned to the stage a few minutes later wearing a clown nose to sing happy birthday to Wavy Gravy. BIG FUN!