Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes

Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes

 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Low Down, Hip Shakin, Butt Swingin, Hair Rais'n, New Orleans Funk'n Blues....from the source himself, king of the Wah Wah Pedal, Mr. Dap Walk, Ernie Vincent and his accomplished back up band The Top Notes. If your lookin for authentic funk'n blues, look no further, Ernie is back with a vengeance!!


New Orleans own Funk'n Blues living legend Ernie Vincent is mounting a powerful resurgence in the Crescent City as of late. A product of
New Orleans rhythm and blues, Ernie Vincent has been on the music scene since the mid 1960's, playing r&b/funk and collaborating with the
likes of Ernie K-Doe, King Floyd, Tommy Ridgley, Oliver Morgan, Irving Bannister, Eddie Bo, Jessie Hill and more.
In the early 70's Ernie broke loose and created his own band and signature sound with the Top Notes, churning out smash hits like and “Things
are Better” and “Dap Walk” for which Vincent has gone down in the deep funk history books. “Dap Walk”, that unhinged masterpiece of wahwah
guitar, multiple drum breakdowns, and positive ghetto messages, is to this day a cult classic all over the world!
His appearance is intense, his riffs smoothly rhythmic and his leads as stinging as a hive of angry queen bees. Ernie has been a special guest at
the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for many years and his music has been on many compilation CDs across the planet. Ernie has been
playing the club scene in New Orleans and music festivals worldwide either as a front man or backing such artists as Joe Tex, Solomon Burke,
Alex Spearman and many of the indigenous Mardi Gras Indian bands such as the Wild Magnolias and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the
Golden Eagles. Most recently, Ernie Vincent and his newly reformed Top Notes band have been electrifying crowds regularly with his
signature “wah wah guitar” mastery at d.b.a. and Tipitinas.
Upcoming shows in October at Rock n' Bowl and a slot at the upcoming Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival featuring the likes of Buddy Guy
and Cyril Neville, and a new weekly gig on Thursday nights starting 10/15/09 at La Maison de la Musique on Frenchman St. will surely solidify
Ernie's resurgence so get ready!
The “new” Top Notes band consists of some of the most talented and accomplished up and coming musicians in New Orleans including, Eric
Heigle on drums, Phil Breen on keyboards, Josh Reppel on bass, James Martin on Sax, Mike Kobrin on trumpet, and when available, local
trumpet sensation Shamarr Allen will join the horn section.
The new formation of the “Top Notes” has enabled Vincent to finally unleash his hits like “Dap Walk” and “Things are Better” live on a regular
basis along with countless other originals from his vast catalog for the first time since the mid 70's, along with newly created deep funk'n blues
Recently, Offbeat's (New Orleans Premier Music Magazine) associate editor Alex Rawls stated in a review how great it is that Ernie has been
playing regularly around town the past few months, and when his “young band” finds its groove they have the “potential to be a powerhouse”,
which they are well on there way to accomplishing.
Ernie has also found time recently to collaborate with local bluesman Andrew Duhon on a new acoustic delta blues cd entitled “Bayou Road
Blues” for which has received rave reviews worldwide and a spot on the grammy ballot. Ready or not , Ernie Vincent's bring'n it to ya in a big
Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Ernie Vincent
Bayou Road Blues
Montegut Street Records, llc
The Funky 16 Corners, Dap Walk
Stones Throw records, 2001
Various Artists w/Ernie Vincent on Guitar
"Time ain't Waitin'"
Various Artists w/Ernie Vincent on Guitar
The Orleans Record Story
Orleans Records, Inc, 1999
Ernie Vincent
New Orleans Music
Fit-at-Forty Records,1996
Ernie Vincent
Christmas Blues
Kolab Records, 1996

Set List

Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes play a vast catalogue of original funk'n blues with some very few classic covers mixed in, shows tend to last from 2-4 hrs, depending on venue.