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Video: Robert Finley 'Come On'

Mon, 06/04/18
Robert Finley lives in the small town of Bernice, Louisiana, right near the Arkansas line. In his younger days, music took him all over the world. He served in the Army as a teenager, went to Europe as a helicopter technician, but soon switched to serve as the leader of the... Read more

Morning Set 06/04/18

Mon, 06/04/18
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1     Blues for Charlie     Ike Quebec     06:50     Blue & Sentimental 2     House Of The Rising Sun     Dorothy Ashby     02:58     The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby 3     Evening Dreams     Billy Butler     04:12     Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow 4     Nothing Els... Read more

Video: Calvin Johnson & Native Son 'Steepian Faith'

Sat, 06/02/18
Here's a taste of what's to come! Calvin Johnson & Native Son performing 'Steepian Faith' at WWOZ last March. For more, attend the free concert at the Jazz & Heritage Center on Saturday, June 9. Troy Sawyer & the Elementz wil also be performing. Troy Sawyer's set will start... Read more

Ol’ Man River arrives at the John Hartford Memorial Festival

Sat, 06/02/18
Authored by Ol' Man River
        On Tuesday I arrived at the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom, Indiana the birthplace of the father of bluegrass Bill Monroe. This campground has been hosting the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival since 1966. For over 50 years some of  th... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 06/01/18

Sat, 06/02/18
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1     Chicken Scratch (GWP Unissued)     The Chilli Peppers     02:43     45 2     It Was Written Down     Toots & The Maytals     03:06     Slatyam Stoot 3     Grandma's Hands     Merry Clayton     03:34     Merry Clayton 4     From Warm To Cool To Cold (Deluxe 125)     Ea... Read more

5 things to know for 6/1 - 6/7

Thu, 05/31/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
1) New Orleans Oyster Festival is happening Saturday and Sunday at Woldenberg Riverfront Park. In addition to many delicious oyster-based dishes, the festival will host sets from Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Treme Brass Band, Sweet Crude, Bag of Donu... Read more

Ol’ Man Rivers day 4 at DelFest and recap

Thu, 05/31/18
Authored by Ol' Man River
       The final day of any festival is always bittersweet, as I always wish there would be more. Today would be special, as I was looking forward to a set by our own New Orleans Suspects and to seeing how DelFest's mostly bluegrass fan base would react to the musical gumb... Read more

Como Mamas 'Yes He Did'

Thu, 05/31/18
There is some very fine gospel music that graces the stage in the Gospel Tent at Jazz Fest every year but that's not the only festival that showcases the genre. Check out the Como Mamas at the 2017 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest below, performing 'Yes He Did.' This group is... Read more

Ol' Man River's day 3 at DelFest

Thu, 05/31/18
Authored by Ol' Man River
      My third day at DelFest rain was in the forecast and everyone was expecting it, but the forecasts changed almost hourly and by the afternoon it looked like we had dodged the bullet. That changed dramatically as the stages were all shut down around 8pm due to lightning... Read more

Irma Thomas w/The Funky Meters 'Wish Someone Would Care'

Mon, 05/28/18
It just doesn't get any better than this! Irma Thomas sits in with The Funky Meters at Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest in 2015 to perform her 1964 hit 'Wish Someone Would Care.' Check out the recently announced 2018 Crescent City Blues & BBQ lineup here. Read more

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