This year's Creole Tomato Festival happens June 13-14, from 11a-7p each day. Besides bountiful fresh Creole tomatoes for sale, there'll be cooking demonstrations, food booths, live music, children's activities, and a Creole tomato eating contest. And it's free. The festival's three music stages will showcase artists like Paul Sanchez, Kelcy Mae, Johnny Sansone (left), Flow Tribe & more.
For fans of the art of percussion: in this video, shot during SXSW in Austin this past spring by NPR Music, Brazilian rock band Apanhador Só makes rhythms and beats from found items, including a children's bicycle and a kazoo.
Stride piano pioneer William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith (1893-1973), a.k.a. Willie "The Lion" Smith, does a remarkable 6-song, 28 minute set on the BBC in 1965. If you're not sure what "stride" piano means, let Smith demonstrate and explain as he performs compositions ranging from Chopin to "St Louis Blues".
WWOZ is heading to the 26th Annual Bayou Boogaloo in Norfolk, Virginia on June 19-21 (not to be confused with the Bayou Boogaloo in New Orleans). The Virginia festival has an excellent lineup with some of the best acts in Louisiana today. We won't be broadcasting live, but you'll find a few of our staff members present at the WWOZ booth at the festival, as well as at the WWOZ stage.
The anniversary of author Ian Fleming’s birth is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the impact on popular culture of his most famous creation, James Bond. That being said, I really only know about music and booze.