Josh Cohen, Ryan Scully, Bailey Smith, Steve Calandra, Mike Andrepont, Dick Hukill
Morning 40 Federation is a jazz, funk and rock band from the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. The band began in 1998 before taking a six year hiatus in 2008, and cites influences of King Oliver, Tom Waits, and Jon Spencer, among others.They have also recorded as The New Orleans Hellhounds with Andre Williams. Morning 40 Federation has been trying to secretly record new music in 2015, but considering their ravenous fan base, it is no surprise that they weren't able to keep that a secret for very long. Rumors persist that the new project has been produced in part by Ben Ellman of Galactic and that one of the tracks includes backing vocals by Ani DeFranco.
The Morning 40 Federation performed a reunion show on October 31, 2009, at the Voodoo Experience music festival, and they also played another reunion show over JazzFest weekend at One Eyed Jacks on April 24, 2010. The 40's played several shows during 2010 and 2011 in New Orleans, including shows at One Eyed Jacks on December 31, 2010, March 6, 2011, and April 30, 2011. They also played shows at d.b.a on May 20, 2010, and again on October 31, 2010. In 2012, they performed at the Krewe du Vieux Doo, on Sunday, February 4 after Walter "Wolfman" Washington's Afunkalypse at Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Press Street. They played another show on October 26, 2012 at One Eyed Jacks. Morning 40 Federation played again at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans on February 8, 2013 with the Gnarltones. They played two new songs at this show.