This week marks the 88th anniversary of the Bristol Sessions, the historic week and a half at the border of Tennessee and Virginia in a town called Bristol which launched the careers of two of country music's most influential artists: the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.
August is museum month in New Orleans, which means if you're a member of one participating museum or cultural center, you and a guest can both receive free admission to any of the participating locations in August. Many are also offering membership discounts and special events.
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.
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.
Alto saxophonist Joe Braun soaked up New Orleans jazz for years while busking on Jackson Square with the likes of Tuba Fats, Benny Jones, Uncle Lionel Batiste, and even a young Trumpet Black before forming his own acoustic swing band, The Jazz Vipers, and becoming a fixture on the Frenchmen Street scene. On “Going! Going!