2010 CRESCENT CITY BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

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Saturday- October 16
DANCEHALL STAGE

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Honey Island Swamp Band

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Little Freddie King

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. The Stanton Moore Trio plus Anders Osborne

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Luther Kent & Trick Bag

7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Taj Mahal (pictured)

JUKE JOINT STAGE

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. New Orleans Blues Society Contest Winner: Li’l Red & Big Bad

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Carol Fran

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Otis Taylor with Don Vappie

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Corey Harris

6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Henry Gray

Sunday, October 17

DANCEHALL STAGE

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mem Shannon

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Jon Cleary

5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ruthie Foster

JUKE JOINT STAGE

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. New Orleans Blues Society Contest Winner: Big Daddy O

12:30 pm. – 1:30 p.m. Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Li’l Ed & the Blues Imperials

4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Barbara Lynn

British Radio to Broadcast Interview with Jay Mazza on Saturday

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Friday- October 15, 2010- I met a chap from Liverpool who loves New Orleans music with a passion seldom seen during the Satchmo SummerFest this past August.  We connected for beers on Friday afternoon, at a seminar with Kermit Ruffins on Saturday and finally did an interview on a relatively quiet block of Frenchmen Street after the second line parade on Sunday.  It was a good experience for me since I am usually the one asking the questions.  When he returned to England, he told me that the interview has been broken into two and will be broadcast with accompanying music and commentary in two parts.  The first half airs tomorrow, Saturday, October 16, 2010 and the second airs next week.  You can listen live at 2 PM Central Standard Time at http://www.jazzfm.com.  The station will also have the show archived for a week.

Tab Benoit to Join the Trio Tonight

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Thursday- October 14, 2010- the blues guitarist and environmental activist will join Johnny Vidacovich and George Porter, Jr. at the Maple Leaf this evening.  Benoit has been one of the most vocal Louisiana musicians in advocating for the wetlands that are disappearing at an alarming rate in south Louisiana.  Last night, Porter joined Khris Royal for two songs at the Blue Nile including a super funky version of the Meters’, “He Bite Me.”

Dark Matter to Feature George Porter, Jr. and Terence Higgins

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Wednesday- October 13, 2010- Khris Royal’s jazz funk band plays nearly every week at the Blue Nile except when the talented young saxophonist is on the road with his boss, George Porter, Jr. and their band, the Runnin’ Pardners.  Tonight Porter is scheduled to appear as a special guest along with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s drummer at the Frenchmen Street club.  Keyboardist Brian Coogan will play the whole show and Matthew Persons aka M@ Peoples will add some raps. Nona Narcisse is also expected to add her burlesque stylings to the proceedings.

Victor Atkins Reinterprets the Magic Flute

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Tuesday- October 12, 2010- this evening the pianist and educator is presenting a jazz reduction of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s classic opera.  The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra commissioned the reworking and Atkins and band will perform excerpts tonight at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel at 8:00 PM.   The band features Delfeayo Marsalis on trombone, Derek Douget on tenor and soprano saxophones, Neal Caine on bass, and Jason Marsalis on drums.

Carnaval Latino This Weekend

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Saturday- October 9, 2010- There isn’t a lot of information out there about the set up for the newly revived festival this weekend at Mardi Gras World on the east bank besides the two big headliners.  Los Lonely Boys close out the day today at 10:30 PM and the Omara Portuondo, the octogenarian Cuban diva from the Buena Vista Social Club, (pictured) closes out Sunday at 7:30 PM. Both of those sets will occur on the indoor stage.  Considering the weather, it’s hard to believe that they are not publicizing the fact that there is an outdoor stage featuring acts like Otra! (Saturday at 4 PM) and Julio & Cesar (Sunday at 4:30 PM).  For a full schedule check http://carnavallatinonola.com/Music_Schedule.html

COOT at Chickie Wah Wah

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Friday- October 8. 2010- Today’s Times-Picayune has a story about a bounce rapper who has become an “overnight” sensation despite being in the business for over 10 years.  The same thing can be said for the soulful rockers, COOT.  The band has actually been playing together for over 15 years.  But beginning with a delightful opening set at the Krewe of MOMs Halloween Ball in 2008, they have gradually emerged as “ones to watch.”  This month the band is on fire.  Besides their first-ever performance at the Mid City club this evening, they are headlining their first weekend show at Le Bon Temp Roule next Saturday and they earned a coveted slot at the Voodoo Music Experience Halloween weekend.  They have also been in the studio much of the summer recording their first album, which will be released in the coming months.  For more details on the music of COOT, read my “5 Questions with Brian Rueb,” the lead guitarist, at http://neworleansmusiconline.com/wordpress/?p=264

Devendra Banhart at the House of Blues

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Thursday- October 7, 2010- when he first burst on the indie rock scene, he was noticed as much for his hairstyle and facial hair as his music.  Now he is recognized as one of the founding members of a new musical style- freak-folk.  However, Banhart is not content to rest of his laurels.  His new album has him heading into another musical direction.  He mines the 1960s musical revolution that occurred in Brazil with the Tropicalia movement. The Grogs and Twin Sister open the show.

Dr. John Plays Lafayette Square

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Wednesday- October 6, 2010- I don’t know if there’s any polite competition between the talent buyers for the Young Leadership Council’s Wednesdays at the Square series, which occurs every spring, and the bookers behind Harvest the Music, but this afternoon certainly puts the fall series out in front.  Dr. John is an internationally known icon of New Orleans music and he’s playing for free.  He first burst into the national consciousness with his landmark album “Gris-Gris” in 1968.  That recording, which was produced by Harold Battiste, introduced the world to the Dr. John character and flipped out a bunch of hippie music lovers who were used to the peace and love of the San Francisco scene.  Before that Mac Rebennack was mostly a session man whose career stretches back to his teenage years in New Orleans.  He is playing in support of a great new album called, “Tribal.”  The Tremé Brass Band opens the show at 5 PM.  (Photo by Dylan Stansbury)

Shannon Powell and the Preservation Hall Stars

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One of my favorite things about the Nickel-a- Dance series, which is being held at the Maison on Frenchmen Street on successive Sundays this month, is the chance to hear bands that I don’t usually catch at their regular gigs.  This past Sunday, the drummer tore it up with his all-star ensemble.  The band features such stalwarts as Ronnell Johnson on trombone, Charlie Gabriel on clarinet, Mark Braud on trumpet and vocals, Roland Guerin on upright bass, Christian Winther on sax and Ricky Monie on keys Powell also does some singing and leads the band with a laid back ebullience.  They play tonight at Preservation Hall on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter.