Thursday, March 26, 2009

NolaFunk Lagniappe

St. Joseph's Night Mardi Gras Indians Prettiest Suit Awards

Antoinette K-Doe's daughter to run Mother-in-Law Lounge

Antoinette K-Doe's Mardi Gras morning death from a heart attack cast the future of the Mother-in-Law Lounge in doubt. Since 2001, Antoinette had presided over the North Claiborne Avenue nightclub as a decidedly offbeat community center and shrine to her late husband, rhythm & blues singer Ernie K-Doe.

But Antoinette's daughter, Betty Fox, has decided to move to New Orleans from Tennessee and run the Lounge.

"I can't see letting it go," Fox said. "She worked too hard for this. It's her legacy."

New Orleans jazzman Harold Battiste's career and music celebrated by jazz musicians and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Harold Battiste's epic life in music included a stint as the musical director for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" in the early 1970s. This week, the iconic New Orleans saxophonist, producer, arranger, songwriter and educator traveled to Las Vegas to see Cher's new Caesars Palace spectacular.

But he planned to return in time to hear his Sonny and Cher memories presented in a very different light: As part of Saturday's "Bravo Mr. Batt!" Jazz Journey concert at Dixon Hall on the Tulane University campus. Featuring the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and a bevy of jazz musicians, the show salutes Battiste's music and career.

New Orleans music lovers ready to 'Bach Around the Clock'

Marcus Roberts Charts A Jazz Migration
For his new album 'New Orleans Meets Harlem, Vol. 1' (March 31 / J-Master Records), jazzman Marcus Roberts imagines a musical migration. In his eloquent liner notes, he writes, "We made this recording to show how New Orleans music impacted the music of the later Harlem style and how both impacted all of modern jazz, including our own trio's group sound." The compositions come from the desks of Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk - plus an original tune by Roberts.

Download the Funky Fritters for Free

Get your FREE appetizer of Deep Fried Live by visiting It's a small taste of our soon to be released first cd. The album is a collection of New Orleans, R&B & blues classics, recorded live from The Baggot Inn and Ace of Clubs Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party. Just click the album cover to the right or the link below. Choose the songs you want to download individually, or download all of 'em at once. This is a limited time offer.

Jukebox: Nevilles connection obvious in Dumpstaphunk

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Dumpstaphunk, featuring members Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Tony Hall, Nick Daniels and Raymond Weber, is scheduled to play at Revolution Hall on Saturday.

Years ago, when the Neville Brothers were just starting out as a band and I was just starting to understand and really love New Orleans music, keyboardist Art Neville explained the Neville Brothers’ “secret groove.” He told me, “It’s what I don’t play.”

Fast forward to this Saturday, when Art’s nephew Ivan Neville brings his own very Nevilles-related band Dumpstaphunk to Revolution Hall (425 River St., Troy). In the New Orleans music magazine Offbeat, Ivan explained his band’s approach: “You gotta listen and know when not to play.” That’s some pretty intense listening.

The other four notable New Orleans funk masters in Dumpstaphunk can play enough notes for a dozen players, so they don’t leave much space for Ivan to play, or lots of opportunities for him to not play.

New Orleans: Food, folks and all that jazz

Music's strong current pulls visitors back to Crescent City to sample its enduring tastes and evolving culture.

Music pours from each pore of this city in an insistent, incessant stream of diverse melodies and message

Rhythmic Roots 2009: Community Music Project and Green Ability Fair

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Sunday, March 29th, the Backbeat Foundation will usher in the fourth season of the Rhythmic Roots Community Music Project and Green Ability Fair. This unique cultural, musical, and education experience celebrates the rhythms of the Crescent City and brings together many of the community’s leading environmentally driven organizations. In addition to performances from some of the finest talent in the Big Easy – especially its percussionists – the Rhythmic Roots Fair stages to displays, demonstrations, and exhibits from its community partners. Musical guests who will be featured on March 29th include Seguenon Kone & Friends and Charles Joseph’s Backbeat Brass Band.

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