On the air and on the web, Street Talk addresses issues vital to New Orleans' cultural rebuilding: from the future of music education to the struggle to keep traditions like second lines alive.
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Part of Mayor Ray Nagin's Bring New Orleans Back Commission included a special Cultural Committee, made up of representatives from the worlds of music, visual art, cultural preservationists and others.
Edward Buckner of the Original Big Seven Social Aid and Pleasure Club says his group's annual parade will continue this year, despite setbacks from Hurricane Katrina. While originally slated for April, the new date for the second line is Sunday, May 14 — Mother's Day.
It's the club's tenth anniversary, and they are determined to parade.
The long, hot New Orleans summer usually sends any musician with the means on the road. Summer festivals are usually eager to add an authentic slice of the Crescent City to their roster, and the drop in tourism during the humid midsummer months means gigs in the city are few and poor-paying.