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The Blue Party

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States | SELF

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States | SELF
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"Band Profile: The Blue Party"

Alexia Barrail

Published: Thursday, October 16, 2008

Loyola is a constant haven for music all around its historic campus. Take a peek at these rising stars within its own galaxy.

One look at this energy packed party of six, and you’ve got yourself an earful of entertainment.

These five seniors and one junior have been inseparable ever since their wee days back in Biever Hall – that’s where it all began. Music business seniors Ross McIntire (drums), George Stathakes (bouzouki, guitar), Jake Linder (guitar) and Al Smalls (bass), economics and music business senior Reid Martin (vocals, guitar) and English writing junior Hannah Ranck (vocals, tambourine) call themselves as The Blue Party.

Their musical background goes back to high school where they were all involved in separate bands. At Loyola, Ranck said “it was love at first sight,” and they eventually got together because “Reid talked us into it.”

They all named different influences, whether it be Irish folk, bluegrass or even straight up pop, but Stathakes was pretty firm in saying that “Reid Martin is my influence.”

The positive energy these six emanate is tangible, and one can easily notice they’ve been good friends for a while. As well-known upperclassmen around the Loyola campus and the New Orleans community, they find themselves with a pretty busy schedule. “Playing at house parties is our preference, our bread and butter,” Martin said, and added that they want to be known as a party band, not just another indie rock group. - The Maroon


"The Blue Party takes its tour home…literally."

What do you get when you mix folk, country, rock, blues, jazz and Celtic sounds? A group of six musicians who call themselves The Blue Party.

The band hails from New Orleans, a city known for its ever-present club scene, a scene the group sought to break out of a couple of years ago. Reid, Alex, Al, Hannah, George and Ross pursued a different route: the house party. This type of performance consists of The Blue Party purchasing the beer, and the attendees paying a small fee to get into the party.

The Blue Party believes a house party is a better way of connecting to fans because the performance is a little more interesting than what most people are used to.

Upon its formation at Loyola University New Orleans, the group combined Reid’s guitar, banjo, vocals and songwriting with Alex’s guitar, Al’s bass, Hannah’s vocals and keys, George’s guitar and bouzouki and Ross’ drums to produce what they refer to as an “Ameriparty” sound.

Members come from different areas of the country, and each person brings a different style to the band’s sound. Jazz, blues and country inspirations are just some of the underlying sounds The Blue Party introduces to its crowds.

Reid mentions the Indie band Dispatch as a huge influence on The Blue Party’s music and business. Dispatch, a group that also takes sounds from folk and rock roots, was never signed to a label in its decade-long run yet attracted millions of fans across the world. Their popularity spread from fan to fan through word of mouth, just as The Blue Party’s popularity has, rather than through a record deal.

But while members of The Blue Party have their own musical tastes, they say they mesh well together. Even when crammed into a van and driving across the country, they claim to be best friends and even family.

Because the band moves along the house party circuit, publicity is an important part of getting its name out to listeners. At all shows, they have free CDs and some merchandise available for purchase. The Blue Party also asks attendees to sign an e-mail list so they can receive updates on the band. The group maintains a hands on approach to publicity, often passing out CDs themselves.

The Blue Party hopes to maintain its self-sufficiency in the future, including handling finances as well as broadening its touring horizons. Because of their contacts throughout the country, they have hopes of embarking on a cross-country tour in the future. - The Marquette Journal


"Live Review: New Orleans Indie Rock Fest II"

The Blue Party ushered in the evening with a set of springy, sunny early 20s anthems. Uniting soul-searching travelogues (“Honduras”) and hip party chorales (“Homeless”), they showed why they are quickly becoming favorites with the campus crowd – plus, it’s kind of hard not to get behind a band with a bouzouki. - Groovescapes.com


"Live Chat Wrap-Up: The Blue Party"

We had a great time with The Blue Party on Wednesday, talking music business, relentless gigging, and the importance of having a plan. The Blue Party have made a point to book primarily house parties, both because it aligns with their style and values, and because these days it is simply an easier place to connect with fans on a more human level. Especially when you’re just starting out, why ask your buddies to pay too much for lousy drinks in a distracting atmosphere? Take it home. Build your following, one by one. The Blue Party has been around for just about one year, and they’ve got quite a large fanbase (including ~2000 twitter followers). How? Having great music helps. But their success mainly stems from the fact that they have a plan, and they are out there making it happen. - Artists House Music


"Friday at Republic"

Dressed in blue and playing high-energy folk rock that's perfect for a house party, The Blue Party is possibly the "funnest" band on Earth. - NolaFunGuide.com


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The Blue Party - Too Young

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"Dressed in blue and playing high-energy folk rock that's perfect for a house party, The Blue Party is possibly the 'funnest' band on Earth." - NOLAfunguide.com

"The Blue Party blends sounds as if they were making a jambalaya out of good times. With equal parts rock, folk and dance, they stir up a musical dish that really suits their home of New Orleans." - wellthatscool.com (Tuscaloosa, AL)