New Orleans, La. – Bon Jovi sat with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials with young people representing programs designed to help them get through tough circumstances. Several stories at the meeting held at Caf Reconcile involved drugs and crime. Bon Jovi said afterwards that their troubles can be lifted with a group effort.
New Orleans, LA – Sweden may boast about its red lingonberries; and Michigan has its red cranberries. But, here in the Gulf Coast, soggy bottom forests produce a most unusual red berry called the Mayhaw. Its name corresponds with the time of year its trees bear fruit: May. Closely related to the Hawthorn, this prickly member of the rose family produces a red berry coveted by jelly makers and sauciers from Houston to Mobile. Pirogue is often the vehicle of choice for mayhaw expeditions to these compact shrubby trees that often reside in swamp terrain.
New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu has named former New Orleans City Councilman James Carter as the newly created Criminal Justice Commissioner. He says Carter will coordinate efforts of the criminal justice system in a new war room established to combat the murder rate. Landrieu says the city is making strides in overhauling the police department, streamlining the budget and clearing away blighted buildings. He's calling on the entire city to get involved.
New Orleans, LA – One of the new and growing additions to Jazzfest in recent years has been the Sync-Up Conference. WWNO's Paul Maassen talked with Jazz and Heritage Foundation Director of Programs and Marketing, Scott Aiges, and asked him about the conference. The Sync-Up conference takes place Friday and Saturday mornings of both Jazzfest weekends. It's free but registration is required. More at Sync Up conference dot com
New Orleans, LA – Jack Hopke checks in with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's Quint Davis, Ronnie Virgets' regales us with his latest commentary, and the legend of cajun musician Amede Ardoin is re-issued for the digital generation.
New Orleans, La. – The 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell kicks off at the Fairgrounds. In addition to a stellar musical line-up, we found two points of interest. One will give you a new attitude, the other celebrates the return of a succulent seafood.