Essence Fest is returning to New Orleans this weekend, Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5, with some of the top names in regional, national and international black entertainment today. This year, locals Mystikal, Dumpstaphunk, Tank & the Bangas, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be performing in the official festival.
Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson cover "Black Muddy River" from the Grateful Dead's In The Dark album. This video is part of a series of Grateful Dead covers called "Songs Of Their Own" produced by JamBase to pay tribute to the the Grateful Dead’s influential original songbook and occasioned by the Fare Thee Well shows. From the YouTube page description:
This one's for fans of improvisational jazz: Long Sidewalks' album Staffa is one of the first projects of the New Orleans International Sound Exchange, a non-profit dedicated to fostering interactions between New Orleans-based improvisers and world-class musicians from other cities.
The Oya! Market has a new space at 2606 St. Claude. Located next to the Healing Center in the same building that used to house a Super 10, the market has transformed the real estate, revealing its architectural roots with exposed brick walls and a tin tile ceiling. The market is populated by a 50-artist nonprofit collaborative group selling the fruits of their labor.
Since the 1960s, Nigerian Afro-pop pioneer Orlando Julius has merged western pop, soul, and R&B with traditional African sounds and rhythms. In this video, he does a steamy, funky version of "Aseni" with the Heliocentrics (a London-based musical collective combining funk, jazz and hip-hop influences) at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was one of the great innovators in twentieth-century American music, gospel's first cross-over artist and a huge influence on early rock-n-roll. Here she does "Up Above My Head" on the show TV Gospel Time (which ran from 1962-66) accompanied by the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church Choir and rocking her Gibson Les Paul SG custom.