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Bonsoir, Catin Live in France

Fri, 06/05/15
Authored by David Stafford
Here's the mostly female Cajun group Bonsoir, Catin live at the Cajun & Zydeco Nights Festival at Saulieu, in Burgundy region of France. Bonsoir, Catin will play on Sunday at this weekend's Cajun & Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival in Armstrong Park. If you can't be there, li... Read more

Violent Femmes, "Kiss Off" live

Thu, 06/04/15
Authored by David Stafford
Milwaukee's the alt-rock pioneers the Violent Femmes perform "Kiss Off," a track from their eponymous 1983 debut album. Singer Gordon Gano is in fine voice and sounds like the 1980s never ended... Recorded live in Studio A at WFMU at Fordham University on May 20, 2015.  Read more

Mr. Okra's Birthday w/Morning 40s

Thu, 06/04/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Arthur Robinson (more commonly known as Mr. Okra) is celebrating another trip around the sun this weekend at BJ's Lounge. The man behind the voice so familiar to citizens throughout New Orleans ("I have mangoes... I have tomatoes... I have.. good cucumbers... oranges and ba... Read more

Mario Abney, "Ora Sweet Ora"

Wed, 06/03/15
Authored by David Stafford
Mario Abney performs "Ora Sweet Ora," a song he wrote in memory of his mother, Ora Abney. The piece was recorded live at Basin St. Station last March. MARIO ABNEY - ORA SWEET ORA from WWOZ New Orleans on Vimeo. Read more

Sanchez Community Center open in Lower 9th

Tue, 06/02/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Lower 9th Ward is celebrating the opening of a new, state-of-the-art community center this week. The Sanchez Community Center replaces a slightly smaller community center that was destroyed in the flooding following Hurricane Katrina. Located at the corner of Caffin and... Read more

Brazil's Apanhador Só: "Prédio"

Mon, 06/01/15
Authored by David Stafford
For fans of the art of percussion: in this video, shot during SXSW in Austin this past spring by NPR Music, Brazilian rock band Apanhador Só makes rhythms and beats from found items, including a children's bicycle and a kazoo.  Read more

Musicians Clinic launches Big Chief Bo Dollis Fund

Sat, 05/30/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleans and the Mardi Gras Indian community took a hit this year with the loss of Big Chief Bo Dollis in January. Now, just a few short months after his death, the New Orleans Musicians Clinic & Assistance Foundation has announced the establishment of the NOMAF Bo Dolli... Read more

Willie "The Lion" Smith on the BBC in 1965

Sat, 05/30/15
Authored by David Stafford
Stride piano pioneer William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith (1893-1973), a.k.a. Willie "The Lion" Smith, does a remarkable 6-song, 28 minute set on the BBC in 1965. If you're not sure what "stride" piano means, let Smith demonstrate and explain as he performs compo... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 05/29/15

Sat, 05/30/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Check out the Rhythm Room Playlist for 05/29/15. Read more

Doreen's Jazz New Orleans, "I Want You Back"

Fri, 05/29/15
Authored by David Stafford
Doreen Ketchens and her band cover the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back" live at Basin St. Station in New Orleans. DOREEN'S JAZZ NEW ORLEANS - I Want You Back from WWOZ New Orleans on Vimeo. Read more

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