Guitarist Billy Iuso may be a native of Port Chester, New York, but he's been a stalwart of the New Orleans music scene since 1996. He spent many years fronting a jam-funk band called Brides of Jesus, but has since gone solo, performing as Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives, which gives him the opportunity to go beyond the jam-funk mold. He is also the guitarist in one of the most powerful New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian funk groups, 101 Runners. He's often featured in WWOZ live broadcasts, and you can catch him around town at various festivals and clubs like the Maple Leaf and Le Bon Temps Roulé.
After a stormy and rainy night with tornado watches and warnings in effect I did venture out to the Arcade Disco about midnight and caught the end of D.J. Quickie Marts set and also caught the Gypsyphonic Disko with Ben Ellman of Galcactic.
Walked back to camp 1 at 2:00 a.m. in the rain to get ready for Friday.
Left Houma Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. (the plan was to leave for 10). After numerous stops in New Orleans and after a red beans and rice with a smothered porkchop lunch at the praine connection we finally hit the road for Manchester, Tennesse for the 8th Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.(the plan was 12:00 p.m.)
The 15th annual Essence Music Festival returns to New Orleans July 3-5, with national and local performers from Anita Baker and Al Green to Trombone Shorty and Irvin Mayfield, as well as daytime seminars with the likes of Bill Cosby, Al Sharpton, and Omarosa. WWOZ's own Soul Sister will also be spinning rare grooves at the close of each performance day on the main stage. Don't miss this unique July 4th weekend experience!
Fresh off his amazing performance at the Bayou Boogaloo's B3 Summit with fellow organists Rich Vogel and Joe Krown, John "Papa" Gros had some time to participate in our weekly 20-questions session. The leader of one of New Orleans' most successful funk bands, Papa Grows Funk, John is known for his juicy B3 grooves and flair for keeping crowds shaking their butts everywhere from Uptown to the Far East. Here's the inside scoop on one of the Crescent City's funkiest.
Previews the upcoming trio of Festivals: Creole Tomato Festival, Louisiana Seafood Festival, & the Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco Festival, highlighting music from the weekend. Artists featured include Sunpie Barnes. Bruce Daigrepont, Beausoleil, Terrence Simien, Lost Bayou Ramblers and Amanda Shaw.
In their continuing effort to promote continued awareness of the rebuilding of New Orleans, festival organizers Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment created the “Somethin’ Else – New Orleans” tent at the 2008 event. The money raised from these donations will be part of the gift that the festival is making.
In our "Yeah, You Right!" interview series, we toss 20 rapid-fire questions at some of the New Orleans music scene's brightest stars. Some of their answers will surprise you, so sit back and enjoy the ride!