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Video: "Da Wright Way" Brass Band on Cuttin' Class

Thu, 02/16/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
We were pleased to welcome the students of Sophie B. Wright High School's "Da Wright Way" Brass Band for the February edition of Cuttin' Class earlier today! This band, led by director Mr. Barnes, returned to Cuttin' Class after nearly four years just before a busy Carniva... Read more

5 years of Grammy Award winners from New Orleans

Thu, 02/16/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
Louisiana native artists are no strangers when it comes to the Grammy Awards. The recent 59th Annual Grammy Awards also had a fair showing of Louisiana artists, most notably, Bobby Rush’s win for Best Traditional Blues Album with Porcupine Meat. Here is a look back at some ... Read more

Closeup: Tank & the Bangas

Wed, 02/15/17
Happy to announce our upcoming feature on Tank & the Bangas! This rising group was founded at an open mic set in 2011 and hasn't slowed down since. Leader Tarriona "Tank" Ball is an accomplished spoken-word performer who integrates poetry slam style and art into the Bangas ... Read more

New music spotlight: Organic Trio

Tue, 02/14/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
Acclaimed guitar-virtuoso Brian Seeger and his immensely talented group, Organic Trio, released their sophomore follow-up entitled Saturn’s Spell. Seeger, who holds the Alvin “Red” Tyler Professorship at UNO’s Jazz Studies Program, is joined by Jean-Yves Jung (France) on or... Read more

Bobby Rush wins 'Best Traditional Blues Album' Grammy Award

Mon, 02/13/17
Congratulations to Bobby Rush, winner of a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for his latest Porcupine Meat! Rush is a native of Homer, Louisiana who has been nominated for a Grammy Award three other times. This year marks his first win. Rush is not your ty... Read more

Morning Set Playlist 02/13/17

Mon, 02/13/17
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1    People Get Ready    Reuben Wilson / Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie / Grant Green Jr.    06:13    The Godfathers Of Groove 2    Hickory Wind    Regina Carter    04:37    Southern Comfort 3    Stormy Monday Blues    Johnny 'Hammond' Smith    04:38    The Stinger Meets The Golden... Read more

Rhythm Room playlist 02/10/17

Sat, 02/11/17
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1    Sing a Simple Song    Tomorrow's Children    03:07    Messin' With Sly: A Tribute to Sly Stone    2017/2/10 22:03:40 2    Good Book    8th Day    04:10    I Gotta Get Home (Can't Let My Baby Get Lonely)    2017/2/10 22:06:59 3    Many Rivers To Cross    The Brand New He... Read more

5 things to know for 2/10-2/16

Fri, 02/10/17
1) Krewe du Vieux/krewedelusion rolls on Saturday! Carnival season will be in full swing over the coming weeks, culminating with Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 28. 2) The Lesseps Block Party is happening on Friday, February 10 starting at 7p between the oft-stumbled-betwe... Read more

2017 Louisiana Grammy Award nominees

Thu, 02/09/17
The nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards are out and many Louisiana artists are up to receive big honors. Nominees with Louisiana ties include: - Barry Ancelet & Sam Broussard: Best Regional Roots Music Album (Broken Promised Land) - Lauren Daigle: Best Contemporary Chri... Read more

The Drivin' Wheel with DJ Swamp Boogie

Wed, 02/08/17
Authored by DJ Swamp Boogie
Tune in Thursday February 9th, 2 to 4pm, for sets dedicated to Louisiana Swamp Blues musician Guitar Gable (August 17th, 1937-January 28th, 2017), and New Orleans own Earl King (February 7, 1934 – April 17, 2003). Featuring early vinyl recordings for Excello, Ace, Imperial,... Read more

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