Two New Orleans greats celebrate birthdays this Saturday: Trumpeter Shamarr Allen's 3rd Annual birthday party will be at Tipitina's, and clarinetist Pete Fountain's 80th birthday bash is at the Rock & Bowl. See our online music calendar for details.
This coming Friday morning, July the 2nd, I will be welcoming not one but two special musical guests to my show -- first the dynamic Young Fellaz Brass Band and then guitarist extraordinaire Mark Penton AKA Mark Pentone! My regular lively jazz show will run from 6 to 8:00 a.m. and then the live segments from these New Orleans artists are scheduled from 8:00 to 9:00 -- Tune in!
On July 1, more than 25 venues across the U.S. — including Tipitina's right here in New Orleans — will hold benefit concerts to raise money for the Gulf Restoration Network, which will distribute the funds to fishermen and their families along the Gulf Coast who have been affected by the ongoing BP oil disaster, as well as to wildlife and wetlands restoration organizations.