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The one to watch: Water seed

Relocated New Orleans soul group


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EVENT: Water Seed opens for Janelle Monae at Wednesday WindDown, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Centennial Park (285 International Blvd.). It's also at Cafe Noir (264 Peters St.) Friday nights.

REASON TO WATCH: Water Seed is a band of New Orleans natives who relocated their salt-seasoned soul to Atlanta in Hurricane Katrina's wake. The group's live show delivers with a Creole mix of funk, jazz, rock 'n' rhythm.

LAST SEEN: Performing for a packed house at the Apache Café Aug. 17, where the band recorded a live CD to be released at a later date

WHAT THEY SAY: "It's something about coming up in New Orleans and being a New Orleans musician," says Crescent City native and band founder Lou Hill. "We're serious about people getting up, partying and having a good time at the shows. It's cool if you snap your fingers for two or three songs, but for the most part we're [about] perfecting intense live shows in the tradition of street music in New Orleans. Just the whole energy of that city is about rhythm and moving, and that's what we bring to our shows."

WHAT'S NEXT: Their second studio disc, Wonder Love, should be out in time to make a hot holiday stocking stuffer. For more information, visit


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