Mid City Bayou Boogaloo Kicks Off This Evening

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Since its beginnings in 2006 as a statement about the future of the Mid City neighborhood following the devastating federal flood, the event has grown considerably.  They now have three stages and the festival’s footprint has expanded lake bound to Dumaine Street.  This evening only one stage will be up and running.  The Orleans Avenue stage will feature the Hot Club of New Orleans at 5 PM, followed by Brother Tyrone and the Gospel Stars (check out Geraldine Wyckoff’s story on Brother Tyrone here (news.php?viewStory=2790), and concluding with Bill Summers & Jazsalsa.  Summers (pictured) is a legendary percussionist who has appeared on countless recordings including his groundbreaking work with Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters.  His first major project in New Orleans was Los Hombres Calientes, a group that he formed with trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and drummer Jason Marsalis when those two formidable talents were both still musical youngsters.  Summers has taken the same mentor-forms-a-band approach with his new group, Jazsalsa.  I saw their set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and was very impressed with the young talent he has gathered together.

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