Merengue4-Four is locally the Best Latin Band of Caribbean Music & Rhythms in New Orleans performing a variety of Merengue Tipico - Perico Ripiao, Bachata & Son Cubano. Merengue4-Four is a professional four member Latin band. We play traditional Merengue from the Dominican Republic called Perico Ripiao which is played with the accordion; no other Latin band in the State of Louisiana plays this kind of Merengue. Perico Ripiao is a high energy fast pace music that makes everyone happy and makes your hips move uncontrollably. We also play Bachata and Son Cubano. Merengue4-Four was formed in August of 2013 and has been rehearsing weekly since then. All four musicians play live different instruments depending on the song choice and all four musicians are from the Dominican Republic.
Award winning organist and former Young Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis, King of France in New Orleans, Samuel Liegeon, will present an improvised accompaniment for the 1928 epic silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc.
Sunday, November 24th will be the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival from 10am-7pm featuring music by Rebirth Brass Band, Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Flow Tribe, Los Po-Boycitos & More. More information is available at www.poboyfest.com
French traditions will take on a New Orleans accent Sunday, Nov. 24, when local gypsy jazz band Zazou City accompanies the St. Catherine’s Day Hat Parade uptown. The parade, inspired by the annual Catherinette parade in Paris, will march with the theme “Been There / Done Hat.”
The 2013 parade is the fourth annual New Orleans event honoring St. Catherine, the patron saint of milliners and single women, and the second with Zazou City.
Named after a French subculture from the World War II era, which followed similar trends to the Zoot Suit era in the United States, Zazou City is a jazz band with a style that exhibits strong European influences.
“Zazou City is a swing band that brings the melange of New Orleans gypsy jazz to new heights, including original compositions and what Jelly Roll Morton called the ‘Spanish tinge’,” describes leader Bart Ramsey.
The band, appearing as a quartet, will accompany the marchers from a mule-drawn carriage. Ramsey will play accordion, Nati Vaan will be on violin, Georgi Petrov on guitar, and Pascal Valcasara adds a saxophone to the mix.
“We had a wonderful time playing for the St. Catherine’s Day Hat Parade last year. We’d never played while riding in a mule-drawn carriage before!” comments Ramsey.
Marchers are gathering at Sunday Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Avenue and Pleasant Street. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. The event is FREE and open to women and girls of all ages, and they should wear a hat, any hat. Men and boys are welcome to tag along.