Culture Collision 6, the annual happy-hour to kick off New Orleans’ vibrant cultural season is excited to announce its new home for the 2014-15 event: The National WWII Museum's U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.
Welcome to the seventh episode of WWOZ's new nationally syndicated program, NEW ORLEANS CALLING! This week we take a look at an instrument that might be old fashioned in much of the world -- but very much alive in New Orleans and Louisiana. It's the accordion, and you'll be surprised by just how versatile and beautiful the accordion really is.
As the emcee puts it in his introduction, here's "the world's greatest gospel singer, Miss Mahalia Jackson" with and epic two-part rendition of "Come On Children Let's Sing" recorded in Berlin in 1967 for West German television.
Here's a sweet treat for a hot August Wednesday: a live version of the Honey Island Swamp Band's "Cane Sugar", recorded live during a "Sitting In" session at Tipitina's on Dec 1, 2012. The song is the title track on the band's fourth album, released by Louisiana Red Hot Records in 2013.
During Jam in the Van's Jazz Fest visit to New Orleans, they met up with Luke Winslow King outside the Botanical Gardens in City Park. Here's his take on the spiritual "Down by the Riverside", adding his name to a long list of New Orleans musicians who've covered the song, including Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Snooks Eaglin, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
For your weekend viewing pleasure, an amazing hour with rock-and-roll and rockabilly pioneers Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, compiled from performances on a 1950s California TV show called Town Hall Party.
Get your Friday Funk Fix right here: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band performing "Unclean Waters" live at a fundraiser for the Roots of Music called the Family Funktion and Crawfish Berl. It was shot at the historic Hotel Storyville in New Orleans during Jazz Fest 2012.