Mike Dillon and The Malletmen perform live at the Talent Club on Friday, February 15, 2019. $15 cover charge at the door. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm.
How many artists have been praised a “punk rock provocateur,” “jazz vibraphone visionary,” and “percussion virtuoso” in the same sentence? There’s only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Primus, Rickie Lee Jones, and Ani Difranco, or collaborations such as Nolatet, Garage a Trois, The Dead Kenny G’s, Critters Buggin, or bands he has led, including Mike Dillon Band, Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas native has set his own standard for 25 years now.
Over the past decade, Mike Dillon has released a number of acclaimed albums, intertwining a range of influences from Zappa-esque eccentricity to Fishbone punk funk, D.C. Go-Go to Milt Jackson-influenced vibraphone majesty. Never before, however, has he recorded music so personal and committed to a sustained mood as his latest album, Functioning Broke. The recording finds Dillon solo on vibraphone and various percussion, building each track into its own minimalist, but multi-dimensional auditory landscape
We released our debut Record “Urn” on Royal Potato Family in September of 2012. We have been living in a van and have toured with Fishbone, Umphery’s McGee,Clutch,Primus and Marco Benevento. Mike has been destroying percussion and touring since 1987. This band once featured the powerful Carly Meyers. She is now rocking the free world with Yojimbo. In 2014 the Mike released the Band of Outsiders on the Royal Potato Label. The band toured less in 2015 while Mike was busy with Primus and the Chocolate Factory playing vibes, marimba, and tabla with the legendary thrash funk trio as they warped the original soundtrack of Willie Wonka. Mike also started the New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium and has played Bayou Boogaloo in New Orleans to howling reviews of joy. The group features a multitude of New Orleans percussionists from the Great Stanton Moore to the Genius Jason Marsalis. Mike recently scored a short film called Flotsam and finished an all-percussion album that pays tribute to Elliot Smith, Martin Denny and Neil Young.
In 2016, the Gambit’s Big Easy Awards named Mike Dillon “Performer of the Year” and the Mike Dillon Band “Best Punk/Metal Band” in New Orleans. Living in New Orleans for over 10 years now, when not on the road with Rickie Lee Jones, Nolatet, or the Mike Dillon Band, Mike resides in the Musician’s Village with his fiancee.
Mike Dillon – Vibraphone, Percussion, Vocals- The Core- Claude Coleman Jr., Nathan Lambertson, Paul Thibodeaux, Cliff Hines, Simon Lott. G Maxwell. Occasional players that jump in da van- JJ Jungle, Rob Kidd, Norwood Fisher, Frank Catalano The guys that rock it the situation presents itself to freak: Mat Hubbard James Singleton, Andre Cholmondeley, Brian Jordan, BT leach, Brad Houser, Rex Gregory, Johnny V. and Doug Belote, Patrick McDevitt. Josh Perdue, Johhny Durkin, Jonathan Freilich.DAVE BUTLER, Dave Rosser, and John Kimock