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Jazz Fest ...in the rain

Tue, 04/21/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
April in New Orleans means Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest and, inevitably, afternoon rain and thunderstorms. With Jazz Fest at the end of the month and reaching into May, there are occasional years it escapes our April showers but seven days of Festival means that chances a... Read more

1970 Jazz Fest Movies at the Mint

Mon, 04/20/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Get a jump on Jazz Fest on the evening of Thursday, April 23 by taking it back to the very beginning. The Louisiana State Museum will be showing seven 16mm film reels from the first Jazz Fest in 1970 at the Old U.S. Mint. The reels feature Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson, P... Read more

Doing it for the kids: Shorty Fest 2015

Mon, 04/20/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Shorty Fest, a benefit concert for the Trombone Shorty Foundation's music education programs, happens at Generations Hall in the Warehouse District on Thursday, April 30. The evening will showcase emerging local talent with three stages of live music and a full headlining perf... Read more

Jimmy Cliff, "Many Rivers to Cross"

Mon, 04/20/15
Authored by David Stafford
A circa 1969 performance by a very young Jimmy Cliff of his reggae/gospel anthem "Many Rivers to Cross". You can see the man himself this Friday at Jazz Fest in Congo Square. And at 9p that day, you can see him starring in The Harder They Come, the 1972 film that made "Many... Read more

Record Store Day: Saturday, April 18

Fri, 04/17/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
This year's Record Store Day is happening on Saturday, April 18. Record Store Day is an annual celebration of the people who make up the world of the record store, including staff, customers, and artists, as they come together to recognize the unique culture of a record sto... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 04 17 15

Fri, 04/17/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 Waiting In Vain Hugo Lobo 04:24 Street Feeling 2015/4/17 22:04:10 2 What Have You Done Andrea Vereen & The St. Marks Choir 02:04 Oh, Say Can You See 2015/4/17 22:09:06 ... Read more

Fats Waller, "Honeysuckle Rose" 1941

Fri, 04/17/15
Authored by David Stafford
In the video below, made in 1941, Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (1904-1943) performs "Honeysuckle Rose," one of his best known compositions. It's an example of a "soundie," which are "three-minute American musical 16mm films, produced ... between 1940 and 1946, each containin... Read more

WWOZ at the Movies: Jazz Fest Edition

Thu, 04/16/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
WWOZ and Indywood Movie Theater present three special music-themed films to coincide with Jazz Fest. Collectively, the films reveal a great variety of cinematic approaches to exploring musicians and their music, and showcase a variety of genres. The films are "The Harder They ... Read more

Andrew Duhon, "Feelin' Low Down"

Tue, 04/14/15
Authored by David Stafford
New Orleans singer-songwriter Andrew Duhon does "Feelin' Low Down" from his album The Mooringsin a Bloody Sunday Sessions video, so named because bloody marys helped generate the idea for "a web-based video series of stripped down musical performances occurring in the back ... Read more

Louisiana Busker Festival

Mon, 04/13/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Abita Springs Busker Festival (née Louisiana Busker Festival) is taking place this year on Sunday, April 19 just north of the lake in downtown Abita Springs. This free festival features some of the best local talent that you can catch on the streets of the French Quarter a... Read more

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