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Bogalusa Blues Fest 9/25-9/26

Thu, 09/24/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The fourth annual Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival is happening September 25-26 at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa, LA. The festival features many Louisiana musicians, as well as some national blues acts. In its inaugural year, the festival was named "Louisiana's Best New Event"... Read more

Free Museum Day 9/26

Wed, 09/23/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Museum Day Live has arrived again! In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone p... Read more

New music spotlight: Daria & the Hip Drops

Tue, 09/22/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Daria & the Hip Drops released their new album, Hipnotic, on Saturday, September 12. Upbeat with strong vocals, the group pulls influences from indie pop, rock, Caribbean, and electronic genres to end up with a truly unique and modern New Orleans sound. Astute listeners may... Read more

Sites & Sounds of New Orleans

Mon, 09/21/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
MediaNOLA, started in 2009 at Tulane, is a project that serves as a portal for histories of culture and cultural production in New Orleans. MediaNOLA works as a collective, partnering archival resources with members of the public, to produce and reflect on the many people, ... Read more

Shemekia Copeland, "Drivin' Out Of Nashville"

Mon, 09/21/15
Authored by David Stafford
Blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland, daughter of Texas bluesman Johnny Copeland, performs "Drivin' Out Of Nashville" at Music City Roots Live from the Factory on September 17, 2015. Like the song says, "Country Music ain't nothing but the Blues with a twang."  Read more

Block Party Playlist 09/19/15

Sat, 09/19/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 more scorcher Coyabalites 03:22 "Unhinged" 2015/9/19 18:01:44 2 Harry Hippie Calvin Richardson 04:04 Facts Of Life: The Soul Of Bobby Womack 2015/9/19 18:05:21 3... Read more

Book review: Playboy Swings! How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed The Face of Music

Sat, 09/19/15
Authored by Nita Ketner
At first blush, it is tempting to dismiss Hugh Hefner and Playboy as nothing more than purveyors of “skin rags.” But Hef’s self-described “pleasure primer styled to the masculine taste” became the most successful magazine of the second half of the 20th century. At its peak,... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 09/18/15

Sat, 09/19/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 Malcolm X Hal Singer 03:37 Paris Soul Food 2015/9/18 22:01:31 2 Blessed The Brave Lizz Wright 03:41 Freedom & Surrender 2015/9/18 22:05:28 3 I Won't Back Down... Read more

Joe Rinaudo, Rag Medley on the Fotoplayer

Fri, 09/18/15
Authored by David Stafford
How do you "play" a player piano? In the case of a Fotoplayer, a type of player piano designed for providing music and sound effects for silent movies, by pulling various cords, the user added sound effects based on what was happening on screen: bells, whistles, thunder, et... Read more

Food Vendors and Craft Vendors Wanted for the 2016 Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival

Wed, 09/16/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is accepting applications for food vendors and crafts vendors at the 2016 Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival. The festival takes place March 19-20 in Armstrong Park. Admission is free. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 2.... Read more

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