It is the morning of the second full day of the IBC here in Memphis and what a ride. Wed night the International showcase was fantastic, a concert with all of the acts from outside of the US. 12 countries are represented from 5 continents. I was most impressed with the duo from Germany. Last night the first round of the semi-finals.
In honor of the 101st anniversary of the birth of one Mr. Danny Barker - musician, author, teacher, writer, griot, and just general MAN of New Orleans music, the five part Danny Barker Radio Series will air on 90.7 FM New Orleans, WWOZ, www.wwoz.org. This will happen on the Kitchen Sink show 1/12/10 from 10 PM to Midnight CST.
The satirical Krewe du Vieux Carre parade will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2010, rolling through the Marigny and French Quarter. The King of KdV for 2010 will be hisself the music legend Dr. John, with Priestess Miriam Chamani reigning as Queen.
In typical KdV fashion this years theme "All Fired Up" is in reference to the August 4 fire that caused damage to the KdV den.
Tune in on the first Sunday of 2010 for Your Cousin Dimitri's annual show of blues, folk and country music suitable for kids. Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Elvis, Dylan... all singing for children, or music that could fool you into thinking it's good for the young uns.
As a French Quarter resident, tourists stopped making an impression years ago. However, as I walked through today's Sugar Bowl crowd, I got surprisingly nostalgic about the University of Hawaii fans from the 2007 Sugar Bowl. Sentimental even. Like missing an old friend.
The Tone Scientists of WWOZ will present The music of Sun Ra tonight on the Kitchen Sink to celebrate the New Year. 10 PM - midnight. We'll travel the Spaceways, orbit the heliocentric worlds, visit outer planes of there, and school you on the other worlds they haven't told you of. All hail the master of the Mythocracy, Sun Ra! and his Jet Set Myth Science Omniverse Arkestra.