This week’s program is a mixture of love songs and sweets, as we prepare for Valentine’s Day. Throughout the hour, we’ll spend our time enjoying cool deserts with a little cake on the side. Music of the hour includes songs by Irma Thomas, Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, the Iguanas and many others. We also make some recommendations for romantic restaurants from listeners.
Exactly four weeks from Fat Tuesday, it's time to get serious about Mardi Gras. Thus the Dixie Cups and their 1965 rendition of "Iko Iko", a bubble gum take on a Carnival classic first recorded in 1954 as "Jock-a-Mo" by James "Sugar Boy" Crawford.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is looking for volunteers to help staff the 2014 Sync Up conference. An entertainment industry gathering, Sync Up focuses on the music, film and digital media industries from the perspective of independent artists. The conference takes place at the New Orleans Museum of Art on the mornings of the Friday and Saturday of both weekends of Jazz Fest.
Up next in the Musically Speaking film series: 'Moro No Brasil' ("I Live in Brazil"), which delves into the heart of Brazilian culture and its people, with over 50 musical performances from the streets of Brazil. Writer/director Mika Kaurismaki’s musical journey covers 4,000 kilometers, with stopovers in Pernambuco, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, and presents the voyage from the roots of samba to its present-day excursions into rap and funk. Free admission. Now at Gasa Gasa.
Chicago Blues legend (and inspiration to many a 1960s British rocker) McKinley Morganfield (1913–1983), better known as Muddy Waters, sounds great at 64-years-old in this live performance, recorded in Dortmund, West Germany in 1976.