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Roll with the Krewe of King James: Super Bad Sex Machine Strollers for Year #2 this Mardi Gras Season

Fri, 12/05/14
Authored by Soul Sister
It's back! I'm inviting all fun people in New Orleans to join us again for year #2 of the fun new marching krewe, rolling again as part of the KreweDelusion parade on Saturday, January 31, 2015, following Krewe du Vieux. The mission of my Krewe of King James: the Super Bad ... Read more

Panorama Jazz Band, "Dansez La Mazouk"

Thu, 12/04/14
Authored by David Stafford
Led by clarinetist Ben Schenck, the Panorama Jazz Band have been on the New Orleans music scene since 1995. Their repetoire includes traditional jazz as well as numbers inflected by folk traditions for around the world. This video for "Dansez La Mazouk" was published just l... Read more

St. Louis Cathedral Concert Series

Tue, 12/02/14
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleans may not have white Christmases, but we're not lacking in the holiday (or any type of) spirit. One beautiful and classic (and free) December tradition marries some of the best local musicians with one of our most famous landmarks-- the St. Louis Cathedral at Jack... Read more

Tab Benoit, "When A Cajun Man Gets The Blues"

Tue, 12/02/14
Authored by David Stafford
Tab Benoit, accompanied by Waylon Thibodeaux and Johnny Sansone, does "When A Cajun Man Gets The Blues" from his 2002 album Wetlands, recorded live during the "Night Train to Nashville" tour.     Read more

Jazz Fest Crafts Deadline 12/2

Mon, 12/01/14
Authored by Carrie Booher
The deadline for crafts vendors at the 2015 Jazz Fest is rapidly approaching! You have until midnight this Tuesday, December 2, 2014 to submit your application for one of the three crafts areas at this year's festival: The Congo Square African Marketplace features unique, ha... Read more

Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein, "Gimmie A Pigfoot"

Mon, 12/01/14
Authored by David Stafford
Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein perform "Gimmie A Pigfoot," the 1933 Wesley Wilson/Coot Grant song first made famous by Bessie Smith and covered by, among others, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Count Basie, and Meschiya Lake. This cut appears on Viper's Drag, the Butler-Ber... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 12/06/14

Mon, 12/01/14
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 Popeye Ska Granville Williams Orchestra 02:30 King Size Ska 2014/12/5 22:02:22 2 If I Could Reach Out Otis Clay 02:55 Royal Memphis Soul 2014/12/5 22:05:08 3 ... Read more

Honey Island Swamp Band, "Never Saw It Coming"

Wed, 11/26/14
Authored by David Stafford
In this edition of the Bloody Sunday Sessions (see below), the Honey Island Swamp Band does "Never Saw It Coming" from their 2013 album Cane Sugar. It was filmed in New Orleans on April 23, 2013 in New Orleans.     So named because bloody marys helped generate the idea, Blo... Read more

Jon Batiste and Stay Human, "Believe in Love"

Mon, 11/24/14
Authored by David Stafford
Patrick Jarenwattananon describes the making of this NPR Music Field Recording of Jon Batiste and Stay Human: After playing a set at Newport, [Jon Batiste] and the Stay Human band kept walking. They walked past the backstage trailers, through the quad stage, and up onto a... Read more

Sleepy LaBeef

Sat, 11/22/14
Authored by Jamie Dell'Apa
 Since 1978 I've cycled in and out of hosting radio shows focusing on Americana music.  The years have left me jaded about the self-aggrandizing promotion of commercial musicians.  They come and they go and they're as boring as any commercially packaged product.  The fascin... Read more

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