The group came together in New Orleans in 2012, after the founding musicians — all seasoned veterans — bonded musically during a late-night jam at the city’s famed Jazz & Heritage Festival. The now-trio is anchored by drummer/vocalist Nikki Glaspie, who has toured extensively with Beyoncé and worked with N’awlins legend Ivan Neville in his band Dumpstaphunk. Nate Edgar (Groovechild, John Brown’s Body) is her brother in rhythm, an intuitive bassist who alternates between tornadic grooves and more nuanced playing. Dazzling guitarist and singer Nick Cassarino rounds out The Nth Power, bringing a perfect glaze of soulfulness to the proceedings.
The band has released a pair of engaging studio efforts, including 2015’s full-length debut, Abundance, but their most recent releases have been live recordings — 2016’s Live to Be Free and 2018’s tribute to Bob Marley, Rebel Music. The live releases nicely capture the power the musicians bring to the stage and a quick sample should be more than enough to lure you into checking them out on the final Sunday of 2019 — fitting, because The Nth Power’s spirited, spiritual sound has a Gospel-like sense of uplift.