We may be in the middle of Carnival season but there's already plenty to look forward to this spring! French Quarter Fest announced its 2015 lineup yesterday, and the weekend looks to be full of familiar names, as well as some exciting new ones, with over 1400 artists taking to 21 stages throughout the French Quarter.
Recorded live outside at Jimbino's Vegan Cafe in the Musician's Village, here's the Smoking Time Jazz Club with "I Lost My Gal From Memphis," from their new album Everything Is Righteous. FYI, Jimbino is a "jack of all trades" a painter, a musician (he often plays clarinet with the band), and a baker; on Sundays he serves vegan food in the the Musician's Village.
Winter Circle Productions + WWOZ Present... "3 Chiefs: A Tribute To Big Chief Bo Dollis Sr" on Friday, February 13 at 10pm at the Joy Theater. Performing will be some of those closest to him, including longtime collaborator Monk Boudreaux and son Bo Dollis Jr.
WWOZ and Indywood are teaming up for a series of music-related documentaries. We continue on Sunday March 15 with Les Blank's Hot Pepper and two exciting musical short films. Hot Pepper is a thrilling musical portrait of Zydeco King Clifton Chenier, who combines the rhythms of Cajun dance music and R&B. The film will be screened for the first time in HD, transferred from the original 16mm.
WWOZ and Indywood are teaming up for a series of music-related documentaries. The program kicks off February 8 with Les Blank’s classic Always for Pleasure (1978) featuring the music, sites - and food - of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and other festivals. Allen Toussaint explains jazz funerals and there’s a crawfish boil recipe along with second lines and other local subcultures. Others seen and heard in the film are Professor Longhair, Kid Thomas Valentine, Danny Barker, Blue Lu Barker, Irma Thomas, the Neville Brothers and the Wild Tchoupitoulas.