The French Quarter is alive with music this weekend as the 30th annual French Quarter Festival kicks into high gear.
Music has been central to the identity of New Orleans from the earliest years of the city's founding, and a casual stroll through the streets of the French Quarter will bring you past centuries of tangible music history.
While you're down in the Quarter for the Festival, or any time at all, make sure you don't miss these landmarks.
J&M Recording Studio 840 North Rampart St. (corner of Dumaine)
Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 11:00 am
A visit with former NFL great Kevin Mawae and actor Michael Papajohn; both former standouts at LSU, who'll be inducted into the university's Hall Of Distinction tonight.
John Price, with Mayor Holden's office and Camille Manning Broome, with the Center for Planning Excellence, discuss the Better Block Baton Rouge Project and plans for Government Street, in the Mid-city area.
Local attorney Beau Jones, with Bike Baton Rouge, who advocates for initiatives like the Better Block BR Project, to make the city more bicycle friendly.
By 1928, Earl Hines was jazz's most revolutionary pianist, for two good reasons. His right hand played lines in bright, clear octaves that could cut through a band. His left hand had a mind of its own. Hines could play fast stride and boogie bass patterns, but then his southpaw would go rogue — it'd seem to step out of the picture altogether, only to slide back just in time.
The Vieux Carré will become ground zero this week as the French Quarter Festival — the largest free music festival in the southeast — kicks off its 30th anniversary celebration with four days of music.
We sat down with Marci Schramm, the festival’s executive director, to learn more about what’s on tap for this year’s festivities.
Saxophonist, composer and Mardi Gras Indian Chief Donald Harrison, Jr. started learning about Mardi Gras Indian culture firsthand and early.
“The first time I put on a suit was at two years old for the Creole Wild West," Harrison said. I was a little chief of the Creole Wild West. I had on a dark blue and white suit my father made for me. I remember them running and going fast up and down in feathers, flying and singing.”
David Eagan is one of Louisiana's most recorded songwriters. A short list of artists covering his tunes includes Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Solomon Burke, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Mavis Staples, John Mayall and Johnny Adams.
Egan grew up in the music-rich environments of 1960s Shreveport.
"You had the whole chitlins-circuit thing," Egan said. "You had the Bossier Strip, which was, of course, somebody's going to write a great book about that someday; just a hotbed of neon and music and vice. All those clubs and everything. And you had the Louisiana Hayride."