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Rhythm Room Playlist 07/09/15

Sat, 07/11/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 James Ray Bobby Ellis 02:45 Alpha Boys' School 1910 - 200 2015/7/10 22:03:24 2 If He Walked Today Arthur Conley 02:31 Kent 358 - Arthur Conley - I'm Living Good 1964 - 1974 ... Read more

Soweto Gospel Choir: Three Songs

Fri, 07/10/15
Authored by David Stafford
South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir are two-time Grammy winners for Best Traditional World Music Album. They combine gospel, spirituals, reggae, and American popular music, as evidenced by the three songs below: "Mama Tembu's Wedding," "Avulekile Amasango/One Love," and "Khu... Read more

The Gap Band, "Early In The Morning"

Wed, 07/08/15
Authored by David Stafford
What says funky hump day better than flaming drumsticks? Check out the Gap Band (brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson) performing "Early In The Morning" in 1982.  Read more

Little Freddie King, "Pauger Street Boogie"

Mon, 07/06/15
Authored by David Stafford
Here's Little Freddie King with "Pauger Street Boogie", a song rooted in his memories of the Last Chance Lounge. A cousin of Lightin' Hopkins, King was born in McComb, MS but has been a New Orleanian since the age of 14. This performance was recorded by the WWOZ video unit ... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Visits Mr. Mooney's Class

Sun, 07/05/15
Authored by David Stafford
In this piece from NPR Music, rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose latest album, To Pimp a Butterfly, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's albums chart earlier this year, visits Brian Mooney's class at High Tech High School in North Bergen, N.J. Lamar's work engages themes of blackness ... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 07/03/15

Sat, 07/04/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Rhythm Room Playlist for July 3, 2015 Read more

Jimi Hendrix, "The Star Spangled Banner"

Fri, 07/03/15
Authored by David Stafford
Happy Independence Day! Here's Jimi Hendrix's famous rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" live at Woodstock, August, 1969.  Read more

After Essence Fest

Thu, 07/02/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Essence Fest is returning to New Orleans this weekend, Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5, with some of the top names in regional, national and international black entertainment today. This year, locals Mystikal, Dumpstaphunk, Tank & the Bangas, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans ... Read more

Anders Osborne & Luther Dickinson, "Black Muddy River"

Wed, 07/01/15
Authored by David Stafford
Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson cover "Black Muddy River" from the Grateful Dead's In The Dark album. This video is part of a series of Grateful Dead covers called "Songs Of Their Own" produced by JamBase to pay tribute to the the Grateful Dead’s influential original so... Read more

New music spotlight: Long Sidewalks

Tue, 06/30/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
This one's for fans of improvisational jazz: Long Sidewalks' album Staffa is one of the first projects of the New Orleans International Sound Exchange, a non-profit dedicated to fostering interactions between New Orleans-based improvisers and world-class musicians from othe... Read more

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