Right around the corner from the summer heat is a fall full of festivals and other happenings. On today’s program, we’ll preview some of the things you can do as the weather cools in the Crescent City, including Jazz in the Park, which is returning for its 4th time to Armstrong Park on September 5th.
In addition to music by Alex McMurray, Los Po-Boy-Citos, Sasha Masakowski with Marco Benevento, and Dr. Lonnie Smith (among others), we’ll tour the newly reopened Civic, New Orleans oldest historic theatre with local filmmaker and producer, Bryan Bailey, who’s also one of the three partners involved in the reopening of this historic gem.
Don't worry, that title's ironic! Just thought y'all might like to spend a little bit of your post-Fat Tuesday lethargy with this short video introduction to the Louisiana crawfish harvest... 'Tis the season, afterall.
Here's a singular take on a Carnival classic: a special 2009 arrangement of "Go to the Mardi Gras", by Wendell Brunious, accompanied by French jazz pianist Thierry Ollé's trio. Recorded in Périgueux (SW France), Brunious sings, whistles, and plays cowbell.
One of the things that's great about Mardi Gras is how it travels across space and time. So let's set the WABAC Machine for July 7, 1989 at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. During their last show ever at that venue, the Grateful Dead jam on "Iko Iko". Feel that Mardi Gras!
Two of the best places to see Mardi Gras Indians on Fat Tuesday are at the corner of 2nd and Dryades Streets uptown and at the Backstreet Cultural Museum at 1116 Henriette Delille St. in Treme. Lots of tribes gather at both of these spots throughout the day.