Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Well, here it is..all hands on deck this weekend. we'll all be heading to lafayette to take over Ivan Klisanins' studio to GET THIS DONE. Spirits are high as we can see the end, and the light (enter favorite euphemism here) -- i hope we can have some finished treats for you...stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rotary Downs Last show of 2009

Friday, December 18th | 10pm door | 11pm show | BOGO drinks ‘til midnight | $5 cover | 18+
Republic, 828 S. Peters...

Well this is it. Rotary Downs' last show of 2009. It has been an amazing year, as they keep getting better. We started this year off w/ a gig in Cannes France. Then in Feb played the 7th annual Not So Super Super Hero Party, and followed that up in March with multiple gigs and showcases at SXSW in Austin. Come April we played our 3rd Jazz Fest in a row, and later that month ended up winning Gambit Weekly's "Best Rock Band" for the 2nd year in a row beating out some amazing other musicians.

2009 brought the recording process into a finer light, and a light that could shine hope on the end of the road for the new album. What had been a struggling 3 year process, now sees 2010 as a new year for a new record. We have tentatively set the national release date for February, and this just announced here - will play our CD Release Party for the album on March 5th at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans. Stay tuned for more details

But for this last show on December 18th...join us for some fun, some classic RD tunes, and some surprise covers.

Don’t miss the highly anticipated ‘A Christmas Story’ Throwback featuring Rotary Downs, a cheesy Christmas sweater contest, professional pictures with Santa, and buy-one-get-one-free drinks until midnight! Rotary Downs and their special Christmas choir will perform originals and 80s/90s covers while dressed in cheesy Christmas sweaters, and the 80’s holiday classic ‘A Christmas Story’ will play on the big screen all night. Yule definitely want to wear some type of holiday attire. Everyone in a cheesy Christmas sweater will get a free drink ticket at the door, and the best sweater as judged by the audience will win a Throwback slap bracelet, sweatband, and $30 bar tab plus a Rotary Downs CD, DVD, and T-shirt! We’ll also have a professional photographer to take your picture with Santa, Mrs. Clause, and an elf in a winter wonderland! Plus, come early to get buy-one-get-one-free domestic beers and well drinks until midnight! Everyone can also get $2 “Eggnog” shots ($1 with a Throwback Slap Bracelet) at the bar by the door. As always, enjoy $2 High Life and $4 wells, solve a Rubik’s Cube for a free tab, and play the Throwback arcade with 40 retro games all night! Be one of the best-dressed, and we'll also take your Polaroid and put it on the Throwback Wall of Fame. You'll get a $20 bar tab for each Throwback that your picture stays up!
Friday, December 18th | 10pm door | 11pm show | BOGO drinks ‘til midnight | $5 cover | 18+

Monday, November 23, 2009

Rotary Downs @ Le Bon Temps - Friday!

Hello friends...we will be playing our favorite UPT sweet spot, and hope to hit yours in the doings on goings.

Rotary Downs - featuring the Coryky the Comeback Kid on Keys and Trumpet
Le Bon Temps - 4801 Magazine

Record Updates:
James and Tiff were in Lafayette this week, putting down vocals on Random Digs, and i can't tell you how amazing this song is going. If i did, my feet would be set in tar and shown the wolves.

Monday, October 5, 2009


Don't miss our 3rd Annual Voodoo Fest DBA Psychadelic Throwdown.

October 31st - Saturday - Halloween - DBA DONT MISS!!

pics from years past...

photos by Patrick Quirk

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Rotary Downs and BRCM @ DBA Review


Thanks for coming out Groovescapes...glad ya like the evening.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Mixing it Up

Right about now, the two J's are at our boy Ivan Klisanin's home in Lafayette, mixing/tweaking/patching/poking songs for the next Rotary Downs record. If you dont' remember Ivan, he was the savior of "Chained to the Chariot", producing, recording, and doing final mixes on most of the tapes we had after we scurried West from Hurricane Katrina.

We are happy to be back there, allowing Ivan to see 'how far we've come'. baby.


Saturday, September 19, 2009





TONIGHT, Rotary Downs at Le Bon Temps

Tonight, Saturday September 19th - Rotary Downs will do 2 sets at Le Bon Temps - and will also share the stage with Austin's own, Shotgun Party.

Dont miss it...it's FREE.


Friday, August 21, 2009

2nite. Rotary Downs w Big Rock Candy Mnt. ...@ DBA..10pm

Thursday, August 20, 2009

DBA, Friday, August 21st

Rotary Downs will share the stage with up and coming local rock bad asses, Big Rock Candy Mountain - BRCM will hit at 10pm, RD will be on by 11:30


check these dudes out. Michael Girardot will be pulling double duty as keys/vocalist for BRCM and Key/trumpet for RD

We will also be visiting one of or favorite joints, Martins in Jackson, MS on Saturday, August 22nd..come hang

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Putting the Pieces Together II

@ The Living Room, laying keys for Black Market C-Men

by Zack

Putting the Pieces Together

A day at the Living Room Studio -- laying down piano parts for Swimming Through the Undertow.

by Zack

Friday, July 3, 2009

New News - DBA July 18th

Hard at work in the studio we are - we just listened to a few new mixes for Bullet on a String, Cul De Sac some others - and things are sounding great. Nappy is working his magic and the sounds are becoming fuller and realized. Shit, i hope we can get this out to you before too long..

We are happy to be back at DBA this month, come check us and some new tunes out:

Rotary Downs
Saturday, July 18th

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Maple Leaf This Friday

Rotary Downs will again return to the far most reaches of Western Orleans Parish, where, they will embark on a two set journey into the realms of the well known Worlds of Funk - The Maple Leaf.

And were just one month earlier, echo's of "why dont you play something funky!..why aren't you playing something funky!" coming from the mouth of the head chef at Jaquimo's - were met w/ his friends retort: "Jack, they dont DO that kind of music!"

...yes, and they've allowed us to play again. And we can't wait.

Friday, June 19th
The Maple Leaf

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Recording test tracks tomorrow.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Boogaloo Redux, Recording

We had a blast at Bayou Boogaloo - the stage was run by our friend and yours, Kerry Bahi, and all was right in the world. Thanks to everyone that showed up, you made it fun as hell.

For right now, we are pushing this new record through as fast as we can. We'll have 3 writing sessions this week, and hit the studio after that - we'll keep updating here when we get some new info - stay tuned to myspace, website, and here for show updates...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Shows for this week

Wednesday, May 13th
One Eyed Jacks - benefit to fix Steve's bass
w/ Rotary downs, Happy Talk Band, R. Scully Band, Gal Holiday

Friday, May 15th
The Maple Leaf Bar
w/ Gravy

Saturday, May 16th
Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge
w/ The White Bitch, Brass Bed

Monday, April 20, 2009

Rotary Downs BEST ROCK BAND, 2nd year in a Row!

Rotary Downs came home with another Gambit Weekly's Big Easy Award...for Best Rock Band.

BIG thanks to our fans, loved ones, friends, WWOZ, One Eyed Jacks, DBA, and all of you that made this last year even better than the one before. Here's to 2009 and new fucking record.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Nappy Shed

Right now RD is back in the mix, recording vocals for two songs with James and Mike G, and jason and i are over at the Nappy Dugout mixing "Vampires/Werewolves" and it's sounding so goddigatidydingdong big and good.

We had a busy weekend, playing the Crossroads film fest in Jackson, then back in NOLA for a show at Tipitinas that went phenomenal. Thank you to Good Enough for Good Times, and to all of you who paid your money and stayed for an encore. that meant alot. (tears)

Next up is mixing more of the record, and A few gigs...

Friday April 17th - Hattiesburg, MS for Live at Five in Downtown Hburg
Saturday April 18th - DBA -- French Quarter Fest Nights...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Back in El Studio

Night 2 at The Music Shed (musicshed.net) for vox and geetar overdubs. Last night we worked on vox for Robot Love/New Horizons.

tonight Chris is doing geetars for those tunes: -

Friday, March 20, 2009

sxsw rapupp

3 gigs in 24hrs. All 3 shows were great, good crowds and good music. our sets were around 45min long each, and setlists went like this:

Cul De Sac
Montre Vous
Through the Undertow->
Promised Land
Random Digs
False Protection
Djinni Stomp

Mostly new songs that were well received by the rabid cell phone tapping crowds. we just hope they were texting their pals saying good shit about Tiffany's hot-high waist pants, or Mike G's indian dance. And mostly very shitty stage sound...cause, who cares?

Our first gig was the Paste Magazine party. we played @ Ace's Lounge on 6th. the venue was wicked. think: strip club format. and it actually was a burlesque club - the stage was raised behind the bar.

Stage Sound: 4.5 (out of 10)

All our good SF peeps were there, plus our NO peeps. thanks for supporting. it was a lighting round of songs, and minimum stage banter. We left the show quick - i hooked uup w/ mr james bailey (of Babies Makin Babies fame) and my buddy chaz and went drinkin. we were successful. We caught a wicked Preistess show that killed.

At noon Thursday, i sat in on percussion with White Bitch. that was a blast. i was tempted to begin drinking all that cold Lonestar that Jason clark of NOLA Soul set out, but didnt. i opted for the Sugar Free Vitamin Water. and i was rewarded.

Next gig was the Electronic Musician/Reapandsow day party at Calle Habana 6. Stage sound: 3.4. sucked, but the show was good n tight like a Batter Blaster Waffle. we rolled right out and headed for the RD slot at NOLA Soul.

Mynameisjohnmichael were currently killing it on stage as we arrived...they sounded great. there were some sound issues as NOLA Souls' sound contact called on Monday saying that the soundguy "fell through" - ouch. but J came thru and saved the day w/ a Frankenstein system run by our NOLA man Mark. great job. we mixed up the tunes on this set and switched out djinni for B/W closer, and left wanting more. But all we could give them was high fives, beers and sweaty admiration for their undying love.

AFter that, we were all hungry, and Mike's uncle Tim brought us to Sams BBQ on 12th St.. HOly shit. it was amazing...and some of the coolest wall photos and art on the wall. Please go there and sit inside to soak it all in..and some of the nicest folks who weighed our ribs and sausage this side of I-35.

I soon hit the wall face first and had to retreat...to our oasis in NW Austin: The Girardot House. Dan and Ann Girardot hooked us up at their house out here, with sleeps, showers, breakfast and coffee....i don't see how we would have made it w/o the proper rest and relax we got here. Many thanks.

now enjoy these not so rock n roll shots...more on their way...


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

SXSW Blogathon #1

C n Z on our way to load in at Ace's Louuuunnge for the Paste Taste ya Face Place Party.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

SXSW and You

This was us last year. thx Aaron.

So, come see us this year. O how we've grown.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Rotary Downs @ MIDEM

More photos from our gig in Cannes, France @ 2009 MIDEM

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Body of an Outlaw Video

SXSW SHOWCASE...PASTE Magazine - Wed. 18th

Wednesday, March 18th
Ace's Lounge - 222 E. 6th St., Austin, TX
Rotary Downs @ 9pm (21+)

Rotary Downs has been invited to play the Paste Magazine Showcase on Wed. March 18th. This is our 2nd invitation to play SXSW in as many years. Please try to make it out if you can....

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MIDEM Updates


go to SHOWS...and find some live Rotary Downs on the official MIDEM website.

Chris, J Clark and i are just getting off our full day of airplanes and decompression to finally be back to our respective homes. it feels good. I wouldn't suggest flying to France w/ your buddies to only stay for 2.5 days. And most of those days were spent loading in, travelling in shuttles, or schlepping gear. But it was a unique experience to network with some of the most innovative music business folks in the world. Picture the Convention Center with 3 levels of booths housing companies from every country, sending their distribution, labels, pressing, booking, DVD manufacturing companies to one place.

Buzz bands, buzz words, hi-heels, guitar-hero, networking bizness cards interchanging hands, and ear protection...this was MIDEM,...all day. And RD got to play an evening showcase. IT was a blast.

Just don't eat the chicken on Air France..

more later


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Rotary Downs in France....


Hello everyone..reporting 6 hrs ahead right now. - we left the US at 3ish on Sat. and arrived at our hotel at 3p on Sunday (actually 9am US) in Cannes after 3 planes, 3 airports, and a few transports...it's pretty overwhelming here...the worlds largest music industry conference and on the beautiful French Riviera no less.

After checking in and getting that done, we walked around a bit, and ate some pretty bad food in the tourist district of Cannes. My Bolognese Spaghetti was a pound of pasta w/ a 1/2 a cup of ground beef and oil. and damn we paid for it. Looks like we'll have to shell out the big bucks in Cannes for some authentic eats. I guess my taste buds have aquired that Gas Station Po-Boy mentality living in New Orleans. You can really go anywhere and get great food.


went to sleep at about 7:30 pm last night - was beat down. woke up at 7am on today and walked out my back garden deck to an open sunrise on the Mediterranean. Can't beat....more to come

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Rotary Downs @ MIDEM 2009

Rotary Downs has been asked to play the 2009 MIDEM Music Festival in Cannes, France.

Monday, January 19th
Magic Mirror
Palais des Festivals - Esplanade George Pompidou, Cannes
8:30 Show Time

if you know anyone around there, tell em to come!