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Holiday Music Video: Dr. John and Leon Redbone, "Frosty The Snowman"

Mon, 12/15/14
Authored by David Stafford
Let's take another look at this video, which we posted last year at Chistmas: Dr. John joins Leon Redbone for a duet of "Frosty the Snowman."  The track originally appeared on Redbone's 1987 Christmas Island album. The video below was recorded during a 1990 airing on the Ni... Read more

Special Show on Vince Taylor

Sat, 12/13/14
Authored by Jamie Dell'Apa
  Vince Taylor was Europe's version of Little Richard's showmanship and Elvis' dancing and sexual appeal but, well, Taylor mostly lacked musical talent.  Vince Taylor sang off-key and couldn't get his timing synched up to his band.  His audience considered these technicalit... Read more

Thanksgiving in Christmas Town: On the Road with Genius

Sat, 12/13/14
Authored by Dean Ellis
On Thanksgiving weekend several of New Orleans' finest musicians, including Tom McDermott, Aurora Nealand, and Gerald French traveled to Natal, Brazil, to take part in the 4th Annual MPB Jazz Festival, an event dedicated to fostering a musical and cultural exchange between two... Read more

rhythm Room Playlist 12/12/14

Sat, 12/13/14
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Label Start Time 1 Drums A-Go-Go Hollywood Persuaders, The 02:29 Swing For A Crime - 1958-1961   2014/12/12 21:58:53 2 Be Thankful For What You Got William DeVaughn 07:13 Be Thankf... Read more

Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles, "Spirit In The Dark" live, 1971

Fri, 12/12/14
Authored by David Stafford
For your weekend viewing pleasure, here's 25 minutes of "Spirit In The Dark" by Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles, recorded in San Francisco at the Fillmore West on Mar 6, 1971. It's from a recording called Live at the Fillmore West by King Curtis, whose band, complete with t... Read more

Upcoming film events: Int'l Film Fest, Big Charity, Puppet Movie Christmas Spectacular

Thu, 12/11/14
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Big Easy International Film Festival is happening this weekend (Dec. 13-14) at Indywood, a small, one-screen theater just one block away from the hopping nightlife of Frenchmen Street. Saturday features a documentary shorts program, thriller/sci-fi/horror/adventure shor... Read more

Kelcy Mae, "The Fire"

Thu, 12/11/14
Authored by David Stafford
Check out New Orleans-based alt-rock/Americana singer/songwriter Kelcy Mae's official music video for "The Fire," from her 2013 EP The Fire and 2014 Double EP Half-Light.   Read more

Pete Seeger, "Forever Young"

Tue, 12/09/14
Authored by David Stafford
The late Pete Seeger, who passed last January, and the Rivertown Kids do "Forever Young," from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, a monumental 4-disc set of Dylan covers released in 2012.     Read more

Play NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series

Mon, 12/08/14
Authored by Carrie Booher
One of the most popular features on the national NPR network over the last few years has been the Tiny Desk Concerts, a series created by "All Songs Considered" host Bob Boilen. Each concert consists of video and audio performed at Boilen's desk at NPR's Washington DC studi... Read more

Jesse Boykins III, "4 U 2 B Free" at Mardi Gras World

Mon, 12/08/14
Authored by David Stafford
The day after his Essence Fest set at the Superdome last July, R&B singer Jesse Boykins III wandered into Mardi Gras World and, amongst the disembodied heads and other pieces of floats, delivered an a cappella version of "4 U 2 B Free" from his most recent album Love Appara... Read more

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