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Video: 9th Ward Black Hatchets debut

Fri, 02/21/20
Looking back to Mardi Gras Day 2017 when Big Chief Dowee debuted his new Mardi Gras Indian tribe, the 9th Ward Black Hatchets.    Read more

Video: honoring Flaming Arrows Big Queen Joann

Thu, 02/20/20
In a pop-up event on King's Day ("Queen's Day," in this case), Black Indians of Mardi Gras gathered to salute 80-year-old Queen Joann Fisher Bernstein of the Flaming Arrows at a senior living center. The program included a special performance by Big Chief Kevin Goodman, and... Read more

Interview: Mohawk Hunters Big Chief Tyrone Casby

Wed, 02/19/20
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson sits down with Mohawk Hunters' Big Chief Tyrone Casby to talk about the creative process behind making a suit ("one bead at a time"), the importance of the whole gang, education and the importane of oral history, and muc... Read more

In Memoriam: Henry Gray

Tue, 02/18/20
Blues pianist Henry Gray has passed away at the age of 95. He is credited with helping create both the distinctive Chicago blues piano sound and the Louisiana swamp blues sound. Gray was born on January 19, 1925. He spent his early childhood on a farm in Alsen, Louisiana, ... Read more

YLC Wednesdays at the Square: Spring 2020

Sun, 02/16/20
Authored by Carrie Booher
YLC's Wednesdays at the Square free concert series returns in March! Each event starts at 5pm. Check out the full schedule for this season below: March 11 Flow Tribe (6:30pm), Dave Jordan & the NIA (5pm) March 18 Tab Benoit (6:30pm), The New Orleans Johnnys (5pm) March 25 Ma... Read more

Video: Spirit & Sparrow, National Day of Racial Healing concert

Sun, 02/16/20
On January 21, Spirit and Sparrow performed for the free National Day of Racial Healing concert at the George and Joyce Wein New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Center. The event was co-presented by Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Foundation for Louisiana, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritag... Read more

Rhythm Room Valentine Special 02/14/20

Sat, 02/15/20
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 Love and Happiness Al Green 05:12 The Immortal Soul of Al Green - (Disc 2)=P&K 2 9. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time Delfonics 03:22 ultimate collection 3 Without My Love Little Roy 03:32 Live On 4 Ebony Eyes The Stylistics 02:21 The Stylistics 5 Since I Don't Have You Ta... Read more

Community outreach tickets for Jazz Fest 2020

Thu, 02/13/20
Authored by Carrie Booher
Each year, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation supports community involvement in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival by distributing thousands of free tickets to the world–famous festival of local music and culture. The application deadline is Thursday, March 1... Read more

Interview with the Mossman

Wed, 02/12/20
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson sits down with the Mossman, Tyrone Casby of the Mohawk Hunters. They discuss what it was like for Casby to be born into the masking Indian tradition, his large family, and Mardi Gras morning on the Westbank. They also di... Read more

Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Fest 2020

Wed, 02/12/20
Authored by Carrie Booher
"This festival contains the greatest collection of Cajun and zydeco artists for any festival in the city and perhaps the state." -- Charles Laborde, host of "Lache Pas," our weekly Cajun and zydeco show, Sundays 12-2pm Kick off crawfish season with the 14th annual Louisiana... Read more

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