This week marks the 88th anniversary of the Bristol Sessions, the historic week and a half at the border of Tennessee and Virginia in a town called Bristol which launched the careers of two of country music's most influential artists: the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.
Annually in August, the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame dedicates a week to celebration of their achievements and the unity of the Nation. Co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Roslyn Smith and Cherice Harrison-Nelson through the spirit of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior, the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame works year-round to create community among, honor, and educate about the individuals and groups who create and uphold the arts and culture of the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans.
August is museum month in New Orleans, which means if you're a member of one participating museum or cultural center, you and a guest can both receive free admission to any of the participating locations in August. Many are also offering membership discounts and special events.
The late great Howlin' Wolf (born 1910 as Chester Arthur Burnett in West Point, Mississippi) doing "Smokestack Lightning" at the 1964 American Folk Blues Festival, a show that toured Europe as an annually during the 1960s. Other performers included blues greats Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson.
Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns performing "'Lectric Chair Blues" (which she describes as "My favorite love song") live in the KEXP studio in Seattle on May 29, 2014. You can catch them this Sunday, August 2, at Satchmo SummerFest.
Satchmo SummerFest features local music with a focus on contemporary and traditional jazz and brass bands. The festival happens in New Orleans the first weekend of each August, coinciding with the anniversary of Louis Armstrong's birthday (August 4). This year, the festival is taking place between July 31 and August 2.