Photo credit: Rick Olivier
The subdudes, from left, Jimmy Messa, Tommy Malone, John Magnie, Steve Amedée and Tim Cook.
When a group blends Louisiana soul, funk, Cajun blues, gospel and Southern rock as well as the subdudes, it doesn’t matter what brand is used to describe the music.
The original music troupe – founded in 1987 with the idea of playing a single show at Tipitina’s in New Orleans – has subsequently performed countless shows over the past 21 years and will headline at the Coach House on Oct. 17.
When the subdudes play in San Juan Capistrano on Oct. 17, the group will be featuring material off their excellent 2007 studio album “Street Symphony,” as well as the group’s forthcoming two-disc DVD and accompanying “Unplugged at Pleasant Plains” CD.
Part of the subdude’s sonic recipe for success in undoubtedly a lineup of four strong lead vocalists, as well as the ability of all five players to handle a number of instruments.
The quintet features Tommy Malone (lead vocals, guitar), John Magnie (vocals, keyboards, accordion), Steve Amedée (vocals, mandolin, hand-struck tambourine, drums, percussion), Tim Cook (harmony vocals, bass, percussion) and Jimmy Messa (bass, guitar, vocals).
Since the release of the group’s self-titled debut in 1989, the subdudes have gone on to release a number of outstanding releases including “Lucky” (1991), “Primitive Streak” (1996), “Miracle Mule” (2004) and “Behind the Levee” (2006).
In addition, the subdudes' live recording of "Poor Man's Paradise" is featured on the new collection "FUV Live Volume 11," the latest installment of the CD series of in-studio performances issued by New York's WFUV (90.7 FM). Other artists featured on that recommended collection include Aimee Mann ("Borrowing Time"), Iron & Wine ("Resurrection Fern") and Bell X1 ("Rocky Took A Lover").
The subdudes, Chuck Alvarez and Bob Malone will perform at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, at 8 p.m. on Oct. 17.
Admission is $20.