Greg Ensslen is founder of the Freret Street Market and one of the prime movers in bringing Freret Street roaring back from blight to boom. President of the Greater Mid City Business Association Josef Wright presides over the sprawling new hospital district and resurgence of Carrollton Avenue.
And we are moving into fall, so we are leaving you today with one final summer song. For the last several weeks, Gwen Thompkins has been bringing us wonderful musical nuggets from guests on her program, Music Inside Out. That's heard on WWNO in New Orleans. They're current artists who're bringing back old classics. Today, Gwen joins us for a listen to the Pfister Sisters.
GWEN THOMPKINS, BYLINE: The Pfister Sisters are a girl group that's been around for 30 years, so I don't know if it really is fair to call them a girl group.
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Jim chats with Lt. General Russel Honore (U.S. Army ret.), about the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina later this week. The General was placed in charge of the response to the storm and the flood disaster in New Orleans that followed. He also talks about the 50th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington.
Pink-dumpster diva Simone Bruni, a.k.a. the Demo Diva, meets Green Coast Enterprises' Will Bradshaw. While the Diva's knocking it down to the dirt, Will's rebuilding — notably commercial Broadmoor. Also on the lunch menu, cyber security company 504ensics.
Drew Bevolo's family founded and has owned Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights since 1945. Burt Benrud's family business, Café du Monde, started up in the 1860s. These two standard bearers of New Orleans' enduring icons talk about the present, the future, and entrepreneur NOLA Pie Guy on this week's Out to Lunch.
Big band music is about to make a comeback in New Orleans thanks to Elvin Monteleone, a native who decided it was time to come home and bring his unique vision back with him.
Big bands were big business through the 1950s, but fell out of favor due to changing tastes in music and the expense of maintaining a large roster of musicians. Monteleone, who fell in love with Glenn Miller's music while playing Alto Sax in high school at De La Salle, says he woke up one morning in Scottsdale, AZ and decided it was time he started a 20-piece big band.