We’re late to this party, but would feel remiss in not mentioning it—one of New Orleans’ most visible artists and biggest bounce ambassador, Big Freedia, was honored by City Council with her own “Big Freedia Day” last week, on August 21.
The latest installment of "Guardians of the Groove" (see below for more on the series) aired on WWL-TV on August 26. Drummer Stanton Moore, of Galactic, Garage a Trois, the Midnite Disturbers, the Stanton Moore Trio, Dragon Smoke, MG5, and many others, sat down with WWOZ's Murf Reeves.
It's been over three decades since St. Martinsville native Nathan Williams embarked on a musical career with the Zydeco Cha Chas. It's been quite a ride, with performances at the Grand Ole Opry and Lincoln Center, a Big Easy award as Best Zydeco Band, and the Zydeco Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Last month, during Essence Fest, NPR Music arranged to meet contemporary R&B star Jazmine Sullivan at the Clear-Vue barbershop, on South Rampart near Canal, for a "field recording" session. Interrupting a conversation about college football, Sullivan quickly won over the all-male audience with her performance a brand new song called "Stupid Girls".