It was late October, 2009, the 31st to be exact. Riley and Dave were sitting at a bar trading beers and war stories from the last year or so since they had seen each other. From this conversation the idea for the New Orleans Party Asylum sprang forth from Dave's brain and out his mouth and became one with the universe.
NOPA's name metamorphosed from a stunning array of other names over the course of many late night jam sessions with our drummer, Tad. We all agreed to call ourselves the New Orleans Party Asylum at the behest of a loved one as she so delicately stated, we all belong in an institution.
Then we were joined by outstanding clarinetist Ray Heitger and NOPA was complete!
NOPA brings the "Big Easy" beat to any venue that will let us back after a night of hard partying with the boys! Playing classic New Orleans Jazz mixed with popular music from all decades, we're sure to play a groove that'll make you move.
NOPA's two albums "Yuletide Aphrodisiac" and "House of the Rising Sun" were met with high praise from many reviewers.
Dave was interviewed by AllAboutJazz.com in December of 2010.
Leslie Connors reviewed "Yuletide Aphrodisiac" in JazzTimes, December of 2010. "A rejuvenating blast of fresh air compared to the deluge of generic holiday albums that bombard online stores this season, "Yuletide Aphrodisiac" takes the usual Xmas catalog of pop standards and sprinkles them with Dixieland spice."
In June of 2011, The Toledo Blade declared "House of the Rising Sun" one of the top ten albums of 201.