Nutalusa is a dance music band based in Washington, DC, with members hailing from Baltimore through Washington DC. We play a variety of instruments, including Cajun accordion, triple row and piano accordions, fiddle, acoustic and electric guitar, drums, standup and electric base, harmonica, ukulele, triangle, and rubboard (frottoir). Our main influences are from the Louisiana countryside music scene but draw from other intoxicating and soul-capturing music.
The band's name was inspired by Louisiana groovy town name Bogalusa. With knowledge that we were embracing nuttiness, eventually the name Nutalusa popped out. It all fits now - loose nut spelled Louisiana like, yeah ya right.
Steve has not been able to stop dancing since first seeing the Jungle Book movie as a kid. Upon hearing Cajun music in 1992, he was instantly hooked by its happy, throbbing beats and down home feel. Having played lots of music when he was younger, he eventually succumbed to the pull of the accordion and has been playing Cajun and Zydeco ever since. He started performing with the Wild Anacostia's in 2012, a DC based New Orleans Jazz / Louisiana style band. In 2015 he started Nutalusa to further explore the wonders of Louisiana rural dance music and perfect singing about chickens.
Chris grew up in the Philadelphia area, enjoying and dancing to Motown, Funk and Philly soul, like Archie Bell and the Drells and the Delfonics. While living overseas for many years she got into the classic tragedy songs of Nepal, the Reggae of Jamaica and the Malouf of Tunisia with its fiddle, oud and percussion. Upon hearing her first Zydeco music in 2004, she became hooked on this bluesy, syncopated sound and danced to it whenever she could. Teaching herself guitar during college she started joining Cajun jams and she says "finally managed to side-wind her way into this band. What a great group of people to be playing with."
Will has worked on the Cajun fiddle since 2000, inspired by great Louisiana fiddlers like Dewey Balfa, Mitch Reed, and Courtney Granger whom he feels he was lucky enough to meet. He enjoys learning the compressed french lyrics of Cajun songs and trying to capture the exotic rhythms of Zydeco on the fiddle, but the nutty songs are his favorite to let loose on.
Tara has been playing music, as both a drummer and bass player, in the Baltimore area since 1996. She loves all types of music and has played in a Rock, Swing, Irish, and Blues band before joining Nutalusa. She says she "loves being a part of Nutalusa and the energy and zaniness of Cajun and Zydeco music!"
Tom descends from the O'Farrell Orchestra, the toast of Quincy Illinois in the late 1800s. The Dixieland music coming up from the south eventually caught on and the band fell out of favor after the turn of the century. Tom, having his family's love for music, dabbled in jazz and bluegrass for several years. But then reckoned "if you can't beat em, join em" and aims to figure out this contagious music from Louisiana that put his ancestors out of the business.
For bookings or info, contact Steve.