The fall 2015 Jazz in the Park schedule, happening at Armstrong Park, has been announced. The free weekly concert series happens each Thursday and will begin its fall edition on September 3. It runs through the end of October.
The Louisiana Seafood Festival returns this weekend, running Friday through Sunday, at City Park. Like all good festivals, this one includes plenty of food and plenty of great live, local music. The free festival features more than 25 food vendors showcasing 51 seafood dishes.
Nicholas Payton has a new double album out on his own label, Paytone Records, titled "Letters." In the 26 tracks within, Payton truly runs the gamut from A to Z-- literally, as each track is named after a letter of the alphabet. The talented trumpeter hops instruments on this release, spending significant time on piano, keyboard, and Hammond B-3 organ, as well as the horn.
A free celebration will be held outside Casa Borrega on Saturday, August 29 from 3-11p to thank the many Hispanic immigrants who helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The day will be filled with music, food, drinks, and dancing to honor the workers who cleaned our city and rebuilt our streets, homes and businesses.
Late last spring, the Bridge Trio released their second album The Search: Departure. Modern, electric, and eclectic the Bridge Trio succeeds where many others fail as this is a true full album rather than simply a collection of songs released together.
On Monday, August 24, the Crescent City Cultural Continuity Conservancy is hosting a talk, "Ten Years After: The State of New Orleans Music and Culture," that will be video-streamed live on WWOZ.org. The talk will consist of a panel who give voice to New Orleans musicians and tradition-bearers as they share their experiences and perspectives during and following Hurricane Katrina. The talk will be moderated by Larry Blumenfeld, a journalist who covered New Orleans for the Wall Street Journal after the storm and flood. Panel participants will also address the future of New Orleans music, art, and culture.