Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns performing "'Lectric Chair Blues" (which she describes as "My favorite love song") live in the KEXP studio in Seattle on May 29, 2014. You can catch them this Sunday, August 2, at Satchmo SummerFest.
Satchmo SummerFest features local music with a focus on contemporary and traditional jazz and brass bands. The festival happens in New Orleans the first weekend of each August, coinciding with the anniversary of Louis Armstrong's birthday (August 4). This year, the festival is taking place between July 31 and August 2.
The satisfying blues/roots/soul sound of Colin Lake shines through on his new album, One Thing That's For Sure. Released July 10 on Louisiana Red Hot Records, the album includes many guest appearances, including Luther Dickenson of the North Mississippi All-Stars, Maggie Koerner of Galactic, Sasha Masakowski, Topsy Chapman, and more.
Nina Simone does one of her most famous protest songs, "Mississippi Goddam," in Holland in 1965. The civil rights era anthem, first performed in March 1964, is a response to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and the murder of Medgar Evers. There's real tension in the jaunty music and troubled lyrics.
The Renaissance Project is a New Orleans area non-profit that works to improve the quality of life in low-income communities of color by increasing access to fresh, healthy food; improving education opportunities; catalyzing economic development and celebrating arts and culture.