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The Largest Free Music Festival in the U.S. - French Quarter Fest!

Tue, 03/24/15
Authored by Bill DeTurk
  What follows is a fun interview with Marci Schramm, Executive Director of French Quarter Festivals, Inc., and story about her flagship festival that I wrote last year. Now’s the time to start thinking about the party because this year’s Fest is only 2 weeks away! First, ... Read more

Marianne Faithfull, "Working Class Hero"

Mon, 03/23/15
Authored by David Stafford
Note this video is NSFW--it contains an F-bomb at about 3:50. Marianne Faithfull does John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" on the New York City soundstage show Sessions at West 54th. It aired late at night on American PBS stations (apparently including the F-bomb) in 2000. Fa... Read more

Spring 2015 Jazz in the Park schedule announced

Mon, 03/23/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
When the river starts to rise from all the snow melting up north, it's time for live outdoor music to make its return! Jazz In the Park at Armstrong Park relaunches in just under a month with a stellar lineup of free weekly concerts running mid-April to mid-June. Kicking of... Read more

2015 Congo Square Fest: March 21-22

Sun, 03/22/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Congo Square Rhythms Festival returns this weekend, March 21-22. The festival takes places at Congo Square inside Armstrong Park and is free to enter. Congo Square Fest highlights the music and dance of Africa, the Caribbean, the American Gulf South and beyond, along wi... Read more

World Journey Playlist 03/21/15

Sat, 03/21/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
World Journey Playlist for 03/21/15 Read more

Rhythm Room 03/20/15

Sat, 03/21/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Rhythm Room Playlist for 03/20/15 Read more

Tank and the Bangas, "Crazy"

Fri, 03/20/15
Authored by David Stafford
Led by singer/poet Tarriona Ball, Tank and the Bangas play Sunday, March 22 at the Congo Square New World Rhythm Festival. Here, they perform "Crazy" (with a couple brief interview segments) live at the Joy Theater in 2014, part of the "This Is NOLA" concert series. Word to... Read more

Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, "Pick Yourself Up"

Wed, 03/18/15
Authored by David Stafford
An Andy J Forest original song performed by Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, and shot in 2013 at the Crescent City Boxing Gym at 3101 Erato St in Central City. With Andy J Forest on vocals & harmonica, Washboard Chaz, and St. Louis Slim on guitar.  Read more

Irish Bayou is Tara O'Grady's love song to New Orleans

Tue, 03/17/15
Authored by Sharon Armstrong
During March 2014, Irish Jazz singer Tara O’Grady found herself, as one does, on an Irish Channel parade float, throwing cabbages and potatoes to crowds on Magazine Street while singing Danny Boy. “I was completely unaware that there was an Irish community in New Orleans,”... Read more

Kristin Diable, "True Devotion" - MAD Dragon Session

Mon, 03/16/15
Authored by David Stafford
Kristin Diable, featured recently on OffBeat and Gambit Weekly covers, performs "True Devotion" from her new record, Create Your Own Mythology. Read more

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