Mike Dagger's Paper Steamboat
"A tribute to 70's Classic Rock"
In the late 60’s and early 70’s Paper Steamboat was one of the premier bands on the New Orleans club circuit. The band broke up in 1974 after the untimely death of the drummer and founding member Johnny Spade. Fast forward to 2010 when Mike Dagger, lead singer and front man for the group in the 70”s, put together a reunion at the famous Rock n Bowl in Mid City. Although many of the original members were no longer available, several of them showed up and the crowd enjoyed some great classic rock. So much so that “Dagger” decided to reform the group and sail back into the New Orleans music scene. After a long search for musicians the new Steamboat was formed and rehearsals began. After weeks and months of rehearsals the band is preparing for the first performance.
Mike Dagger, who has just returned to New Orleans after 26 years as a Fire Captain in New Jersey, (where he fronted a group called “Captain Mike and the Flamethrowers Blues Band “)takes control of the Steamboat with his powerful lead vocals and front man skills. Dagger also plays flute and congas and has just finished recording a new CD with Thunderhead, which was the first New Orleans based Rock band to get a major record label contract with ABC-Dunhill in 1975. That CD will drop in November. “In the meantime, I wanted to get back out and play some of the music that “Steamboat” played right here where it all started” said Mike. “This is such a great place for music and I have always had a special place in my heart for the Big Easy and all the people here, that’s why I moved back”.
Crew members of the New Paper Steamboat are:
Jimmy Messa on Bass and Vocals:
A native of Chalmette (pronounced shall-MET), La., a small community in the New Orleans metropolitan area, Messa grew up surrounded by music, in his home as well as in the community.For decades, many a struggling young musician has paid his dues working on Bourbon Street. Jimmy was no exception.In early 1985, he found himself at the Landmark Hotel bar, corner of Bourbon and Toulouse, backing up a local all-girl singing act, Pizzazz (“á la the Pointer Sisters,” he says). One night the band also included a young guitar player: Tommy MaloneNot long after that, Messa got the call when the bass chair opened up in a band that Malone and John Magnie had formed, the Continental DriftersAbout 15 years later, he received a similar call: Tommy was rebuilding his solo band, and he needed a bass player. A few months later, the Dudes were formed. Soon the Dudes morphed into "the Subdudes" . The rest is historyEven after the Subdudes, Messa stayed busy, working with musicians like Anders Osborne, Charlie Brent, Johnny Adams and Tommy Ridgely as the ’80s turned into the ’90s.The next decade was even busier – touring with former Stephen Stills sideman Lenny McDaniel, performing and recording with fellow ex-Continental Drifter Gary Hirstius, and touring for a couple of years with harpmeister Rockin’ Jake. He served as a member of Levon Helm’s house band at Helm’s now-defunct New Orleans café and music venue, where he performed with a virtual who’s who of the music world, including on one New Year’s eve with Helm’s other band, The Ban
Mike Margiotta on keyboards and vocals: Mike is a local New Orleans area native who has been on the music scene for over 30 years.
He is a professional keyboardist, songwriter and singer. Although most of his professional years have been on the road, he has played with several New Orleans Artists, including Gary Hirstius, Marva Wright, The Wiseguys, Sho-Tyme and The Junior Mays Band. He has also done gigs with Bo Diddley and Dick Wagner, who was the guitarist and song writer for Alice Cooper.
Mike started out at age 7 playing the organ at St. Joseph the Worker Church on Ames Blvd. He performed there for 10 years until about 1980. At that time, he started playing in the 50's show band, Dean Darling and the Wanderers.
He, also, did quite a bit of session work including keyboard work on Gary Hirstius' "Down River" CD, which was voted one of the best new releases in New Orleans in 2004. He played keyboards in the 80's with a group called The Models, which was an all original group. They played larger venues opening for groups like The Romantics, The Stray Cats, The Producers, Rick Springfield, just to name a few.
Shane Mathern on drums and vocals. In the beginning, Shane started playing music 'professionally' at the early age of 12 in a 'bubble-gum' rock band called The Young Dreamers, primarily performing for teen dances, private parties, and weddings. At 16, Shane had the opportunity to expand the music horizons by taking on the challenge of working with an expanded band, Spectrum, including a 3 piece horn section and a percussionist. At the age of 19, Shane was invited to play with an already established 'progressive rock' band, Kolour, where the band toured Eastern US extensively and opened for a number of prominent national talents. When Kolour disbanded, Shane was offered to pursue the acting and modeling side of the entertainment business which took him to New York, San Francisco, & Los Angeles, working in stage plays, television, and film. Upon the return to the New Orleans area, music once again became part of the daily activity. Founded the band Deep Down Enzo in 2006 which lasted for a little over 4 years working in and around Southeast Louisiana. And the beat goes on...
The Guitar duties are shared by three of the areas best. Austin Sicard, Tommy Chadwick and an old friend of Paper Steamboat and Thunderhead Johnny Hozey of Mississippi.
All seasoned musicians with a love for the Classic Rock of the Paper Steamboat era.