Kick off the 2009 Creole Tomato season! This recipe comes from Louisiana native Marcelle Bienvenu, a food columnist for the Times-Picayune and regular feature writer for Louisiana Cookin'. She also collaborated with Emeril Lagasse on his cookbooks!
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!