It is the morning of the second full day of the IBC here in Memphis and what a ride. Wed night the International showcase was fantastic, a concert with all of the acts from outside of the US. 12 countries are represented from 5 continents. I was most impressed with the duo from Germany. Last night the first round of the semi-finals.
Host George Ingmire takes in the sweet, soul-stirring sounds of Matt Lemmler, followed by the vocal magic and wit of the Pfister Sisters. Along the way, we meet up with Mr. Mardi Gras, Blaine Kern, for a look back on half a century of float building.
The earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12 is still a disaster in progress. Please read our list of charities and local relief events, and help those affected any way you can. Help is also urgently needed to sort and pack medical supplies for shipping to Haiti on January 29 and 30.
WWOZ remembers the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti two years ago this month. Check out local benefits for the Hope for Haitian Children Foundation which feeds, educates, and clothes over one hundred children in Delmas, Haiti.