This evening, (August 31, 2009) at 6 PM sharp, a second line parade will leave from the front of the still-shuttered Charity Hospital on Tulane Avenue.Â The cause is a good one- reopen Charity and scrub the ridiculous plan to raze a historic neighborhood and build a new hospital.Â The powers-that-be never seem to learn until its too late- but this time the people will speak, through a parade-Â about the significance of architecture.Â Consider- Louis Armstrong’s childhood home-razed.Â Storyville- razed.Â Dozens of blocks of Treme- razed to build a park- Louis Armstrong- that has a locked fence around it.Â Where else in America is there a public park with a locked fence around it?Â Treme- bisected and decimated to build the I-10.Â Â Â Just remember- they almost built I-10 on the French Quarter Riverfront.
On this the fourth anniversary of Katrina, live music seems to be hard to find, at least during the day.Â All week, I have heard about a “Festival” in Congo Square, but it wasn’t until this morning that I found out- there will be bands from 1-4 PM.Â And good ones at that- expect to hear Luther Gray and Bamboula, the Rebirth Brass Band, Tyrone Foster Choir and the Free Agents Brass Band.Â
This evening, August 28. 2009, the smokin’ hoodoo blues guitarist Papa Mali will close out the Free Fridays Series at Tipitina’s with a fiery performance.Â He will be back by the sousaphonist Matt Perrine and the drummer Eric Bolivar.
This evening, August 28, 2009, the hot indie rock band Glasgow will regale its audience with tunes off its album “On Earth” and will also debut new music from their indie rock musical, which is currently in the works. Consortium of Genius opens the show.
The 15th Annual White Buffalo Day will be celebrated at 5 PM at the Backstreet Cultural Museum. A rhythmic procession will head to Armstrong Park for a ceremony led by the Reverend Goat Carson. The parade will then return to the museum. The Backstreet Cultural Museum is located at 1116 St. Claude Ave in the historic TremÃ© neighborhood.
The Tony Vegas Group (TVG) has been performing since 1982 in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area. The newest incarnation of the band is only two months old but the three-piece blues band is already making a splash in the New Orleans area. They are recording a new album, Rockinâ€™ the Blues. Their previous two albums are called, Nawlins Renaissance and Cajun Ladies. The band includes Tony Vegas, Mark Pohlen and Mike Kendrick. They will perform at the Westin Hotel at 5 PM and then at the Old Point in Algiers at 10 PM.
Hot on the heels of one of the most successful years for the Wednesdays at the Square series, Harvest the Music announced that they will present a second season on concerts in Lafayette Square in New Orleans. The series begins on September 17, 2009 with Eric Lindell. The following acts will perform on subsequent Thursdays through October 29, 2009- Irma Thomas plus Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs; Anders Osborne with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux; The Radiators; the Rebirth Brass Band; Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers; and Blues Traveler plus Shannon McNally.Â The concerts are free and open to the public.Â They begin at 5 PM and last until 7:30 PM.Â Harvest the Music is sponsored by the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Los Hombres Calientes, the ensemble that catapulted trumpeter Irvin Mayfield to the top of the local heap, has been on his back burner since Katrina. With his duties as â€œCultural Ambassador,â€ New Orleans Public Libraryâ€™s board chairman and his work with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, that is understandable. This week, the music of Los Hombres Calientes returns to the public with six shows, all benefits, at Mayfieldâ€™s club in the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Bill Summers, the veteran percussionist who co-founded the group with Mayfield and Jason Marsalis, is not expected to appear. But many of Mayfieldâ€™s musical colleagues including Marsalis, bassist David Pulphus and trumpeter Leon Brown will be on the bandstand.
At long last New Orleans jazz bassist and Loyola University professor Jesse Boyd is releasing a CD of all original material called â€œTrue Storiesâ€. The recording features New York born and New Orleans based pianist Michael Pellera and Baton Rouge born drummer Troy Davis. They will debut the recording at New Orleans premiere jazz club, Snug Harbor on August 25, 2009
Set to be release under independent record label Contrabass Music Inc, the recording draws freely from the influences of New Orleans and New York jazz, given the unique perspective that the three musicians have developed over years of performing as sidemen with many of the jazz greats.
The album, appropriately named “True Stories,” tells stories that many New Orleanians can identify with, such as moving to a new place in the heat of August, finally returning to the street where they live after the storm, or spending their disposable income to support the cultural economy of the city. The CD includes a wide gamut of genres, latin, blues, funk, swing, ballads and waltz.
This evening, August 22, 2009, the musical community of New Orleans will join together to raise funds to help get the blues singer Marva Wright back on her feet after suffering a stroke. Wright got her start singing in her gospel church. In the late 1990s, she was working a day job as a secretary at McMain High School. She started singing in local clubs and within a few years she earned the moniker, the blues queen of New Orleans. Her fame then spread far and wide with numerous European tours. Her status in the community is confirmed by the whoâ€™s who of performers scheduled tonight. The roster includes the Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews, Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters, Jo “Cool” Davis, Kirk Joseph & Backyard Groove, Tara Alexander, Kennedy Boz, The 6th Ward Gold Diggers Baby Dolls, Alfred Doucette, Les Getrex, Thomas “Big Man” Glass, Ronald Jones, Henry Love, Shannon Powell, Betty Shirley, Keith Zinet, and The BMW’s + MC Tammy Montana. It should be a great night of music for a great cause.