- Associated Press - Sunday, April 27, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Royal Teeth, a South Louisiana indie pop band that played at SXSW, Voodoo Experience and “American Idol,” got a midday crowd bouncing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

At one point Sunday, singer-guitarist Gary Larsen jumped off the stage with a drum, scaled a barricade and pounded away in the crowd, Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reported (http://bit.ly/1kiX1wt ). Girls screamed. A dance circle formed around him.

Royal Teeth learned this week that their song “Wild” was picked for a Samsung cellphone commercial. Larsen says it’s coincidence that they performed on the Samsung Galaxy Stage - the Jazz Fest booking was made months ago.

Larsen is from Slidell. Singer Nora Patterson is from Baton Rouge. The other members are bassist Joshua Wells, guitarist Thomas Onebane and drummer Joshua Hefner.


Aubrey Hanson, 18, formerly of Mandeville now of Texas, had camped out in front of the stage to see its closing act, Vampire Weekend. However, she said she’s also a fan of Royal Teeth, which she saw at Voodoo fest.

Peggy Sweeney was heading to a snowball stand when she heard Royal Teeth’s sound and had to stop at the stage.

“They’re so young and cute,” she said. “I’ve never heard them before, but I love their energy.”

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com