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Get ready for the Red Flame Hunters!

Fri, 03/14/14
Authored by Christy
The Red Flame Hunters Childrens Mardi Gras Indian Tribe steps out on Sunday, March 23 at AL Davis Park for Uptown Super Sunday 2014. Please note the new date!  The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council has rescheduled Super Sunday due to the threat of bad weather.   They've... Read more

The Chieftains featuring Ziggy Marley, "Redemption Song"

Thu, 03/13/14
Authored by David Stafford
This is a particularly beautiful rendition of an exquisite song: Ziggy Marley sings his father's "Redemption Song", backed by Irish folk legends the Chieftans. The original version was last song on Uprising, the last album released during Bob Marley's life; the version here... Read more

Howlin' Wolf, "How Many More Years", 1965

Tue, 03/11/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's the late blues master Howlin' Wolf (born 1910 as Chester Arthur Burnett in West Point, Mississippi) doing "How Many More Years" during a 1965 TV appearance. The introduction is notable: it's done by Mick Jagger and Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones. During the fir... Read more

Time Lapse: Setting Up for Jazz Fest

Mon, 03/10/14
Authored by David Stafford
It's about to start happening! This time lapse video shows the Fair Grounds being transformed from a humble horse racing venue into the home of our favorite festival. It's shot from the grandstand, with the Economy Hall Tent location in the foreground, and shows about half ... Read more

The Brock McGuire Band - Big Easying into St Patrick's Day

Sun, 03/09/14
Authored by Sharon Armstrong
Doesn’t it seem that every year the gap between Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s Day just keeps getting shorter and shorter? However this year, New Orleans will have some help transitioning from the purple, gold and green of carnival to the emerald green of Ireland, thanks to th... Read more

Video: Brass Bed does a Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 03/07/14
Authored by David Stafford
It's kind of hard to describe Brass Bed, an indie rock band from Lafayette. They describe themselves as "psych-pop auteurs" on their YouTube channel, and their Facebook page, lists the following influences: "Busted amps, analog synths, The Kinks, pretty, noisy, The Band, Te... Read more

Video: Tank and the Bangas, "Boxes"

Thu, 03/06/14
Authored by David Stafford
Among the many fine performances in the 'OZ studio during last fall's Pledge Party, Tarriona “Tank” Ball and her band the Bangas stood out. Last summer OffBeat cited Etta James, Leela James, and Jill Scott among likely influences; the result is a heady mix-and-match of soul... Read more

Louisiana Crawfish Massacre!

Wed, 03/05/14
Authored by David Stafford
Don't worry, that title's ironic! Just thought y'all might like to spend a little bit of your post-Fat Tuesday lethargy with this short video introduction to the Louisiana crawfish harvest... 'Tis the season, afterall.     If you've got time and interest, here's a longer pi... Read more

Video: Wendell Brunious with the Thierry Ollé Trio, "Go to the Mardi Gras"

Tue, 03/04/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a singular take on a Carnival classic: a special 2009 arrangement of "Go to the Mardi Gras", by Wendell Brunious, accompanied by French jazz pianist Thierry Ollé's trio. Recorded in Périgueux (SW France), Brunious sings, whistles, and plays cowbell.     Read more

Video: The Grateful Dead, "Iko Iko", 1989

Tue, 03/04/14
Authored by David Stafford
One of the things that's great about Mardi Gras is how it travels across space and time. So let's set the WABAC Machine for July 7, 1989 at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. During their last show ever at that venue, the Grateful Dead jam on "Iko Iko". Feel that Mardi Gras!     Read more

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