The day after his Essence Fest set at the Superdome last July, R&B singer Jesse Boykins III wandered into Mardi Gras World and, amongst the disembodied heads and other pieces of floats, delivered an a cappella version of "4 U 2 B Free" from his most recent album Love Apparatus.
It's back! I'm inviting all fun people in New Orleans to join us again for year #2 of the fun new marching krewe, rolling again as part of the KreweDelusion parade on Saturday, January 31, 2015, following Krewe du Vieux.
Led by clarinetist Ben Schenck, the Panorama Jazz Band have been on the New Orleans music scene since 1995. Their repetoire includes traditional jazz as well as numbers inflected by folk traditions for around the world. This video for "Dansez La Mazouk" was published just last month but was recorded in 2011 at the Lusher Summer Arts Intensive concert series.
This month's recipe comes to us from Chef Joel Brown of Café Hope, a nonprofit culinary arts and life skills program for at-risk youth. Café Hope is currently the only seed-to-table restaurant on the Westbank and also offers a community garden that provides much of the produce used in the restaurant's dishes prepared daily by Chef Joel. Cafe Hope is hosting Hope & Holidays on the Steamboat Natchez Friday December 12th featuring live music, a silent auction, and food provided by some of New Orleans favorite restaurants.
New Orleans may not have white Christmases, but we're not lacking in the holiday (or any type of) spirit. One beautiful and classic (and free) December tradition marries some of the best local musicians with one of our most famous landmarks-- the St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square.
Sticking UP For Children's second annual Festiva de Drumsticks of Music, Food, and Awards happens Wednesday, December 3 from 6-10p at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. Performers include Cyril and Gaynielle Neville, Kidd Jordan, Evan Christopher, Johnny Vidacovich, and more.
Tis the season to ... Be Nice and Give?! Absolutely! Iconic folk artist Dr Bob invites you to join him and the folks at Pop City in their gallery to celebrate a season of being nice. For every canned good collected for their "Be Nice and Give" drive to benefit Second Harvest, you'll receive a chance to win an authentic Be Nice Or Leave sign - Tis the season! Be there, this Saturday , December 6, at Pop City from 6-9p (3118 Magazine Street).
The Swamp Shop is ready for the Holidays with new 'OZ merchandise like bandanas, long-sleeved tees, our cookbook (That Sounds Good!), and the popular new Gumbo Mug. It's all available online, and at our retail store inside the Louisiana Music Factory on Frenchmen Street. We ship everywhere!
Join us on Friday, December 19th at 9 pm at Tipitina’s, as we celebrate WWOZ’s 34 years of chronicling the musical heritage of New Orleans! Behind the Curtain: 34 Years of WWOZ 90.7 is an evening-length celebration of New Orleans music, featuring Davell Crawford’s Tribute to James Booker, Ivan Neville’s tribute to the Neville Brothers, and DJ Soul Sister.