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Ruby Dee's Passing and New Orleans

Mon, 06/16/14
Authored by Jamie Dell'Apa
A few months after Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans, Ruby Dee came to Congo Square to tell us motley returnees that she understood Congo Square was some of the most sacred ground in America.  She was also gracious enough to extend Congo Square to all of New Orleans. ... Read more

Something on my mind

Fri, 06/13/14
Authored by Murf Reeves
Blood splattered playgrounds, Selfies overflowing with false. Sipping on petroleum cocktails, caus it's fun destroying futures. Can I buy your innocence with some poor man's digital gold, his interest rate will kill him, All in good time my pretty! Sharks eating sharks and Mi... Read more

Buckwheat Zydeco Live, 2012

Fri, 06/13/14
Authored by David Stafford
If you can't catch him this Saturday (6/14) at the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival in Armstrong Park, here's nearly 90 minutes of Buckwheat Zydeco filmed live at Turner Hall in Milwaukee on March 11,2012. The video was created in beautiful, full-screen-ready HD by MPTV (Milw... Read more

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, "Complicated Life"

Fri, 06/13/14
Authored by David Stafford
There's something just right about pairing the Kinks "Complicated Life", a cut from their 1971 Muswell Hillbillies album, with Preservation Hall Jazz Band singer Clint Maedgen's one-shot bicycle tour of the pre-Katrina Vieux Carré (including a cameo by the New Orleans Bingo... Read more

Amazing Benefit Show This Sunday at Circle Bar

Thu, 06/12/14
Authored by Mark LaMaire
This Sunday, June 15 One World Family will host a benefit concert to fund scholarship programs which send dozens of Burmese refugee children to school in Thailand.  The lineup includes: Mike Dillon Band, Sarah Quintana, Andrew Duhon, Micah McKee & Little Maker, Blind Texas ... Read more

Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, "Typical Rock Star"

Wed, 06/11/14
Authored by David Stafford
As the humorous intro- and outro- to this video make clear, Shamarr Allen is anything but a typical rock star. The "official video" for the first track on the 2011 Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs CD entitled 504-799-8147, this is colorful, high-energy take on an infectious... Read more

Tab Benoit, "Medicine"

Mon, 06/09/14
Authored by David Stafford
Voice of the Wetlands founder Tab Benoit rips through an 8-minute-plus version of the title track from his 2011 album Medicine. It was filmed in Rockland, Maine at the North Atlantic Blues Festival in July 2012.   Read more

James Brown in Bologna, 1971

Sat, 06/07/14
Authored by David Stafford
For your weekend viewing pleasure: 56 minutes of the funkiest soul ever dished up, courtesy of James Brown (1933-2006), in Bologna for Italian television in 1971. This is the entire broadcast, including a long-ish intro and several subsequent short interruptions by the show... Read more

Cousin Joe, "Everything Made of Wood Was Once a Tree", 1984

Thu, 06/05/14
Authored by David Stafford
Pleasant Joseph (1907-1989), better known as Cousin Joe, was an blues and jazz singer, born in Wallace, Louisiana. Per his autobiography, he began singing in church before crossing over to the blues, first playing guitar and ukulele, and later switching to piano. He played ... Read more

The Honorable South, "Faithful, Brave & Honest" and "Saint Charles Parish"

Tue, 06/03/14
Authored by David Stafford
The Honorable South hails from New Orleans and combines elements of rock, funk, soul, and folk to create "electric soul rock-n-roll".  Writing about their debut Jazz Fest performance last month, Alex Rawls observed on My Spilt Milk that vocalist/songwriter Ms. Charm Taylor'... Read more

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