New Orleans thinks of brass band music as its own, the unmistakable mix of live horns and percussion, and the traditional brass band songs. But a 20-piece brass band from Rhode Island swept through town recently, with Balkan, Klezmer and Bollywood beats thrown in the mix. These Providence musicians call New Orleans their sister city, and play a different kind of brass when they're here.
Few piano players are as tall, glam and terrific as Marcia Ball. Born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and schooled in the dance halls and roadhouses of the Gulf South, Ball can't help but make you boogie woogie. That is, unless you wanna two-step. Or boogaloo. She does that too.
"If you can make 'em dance, money becomes a space problem."
Ball's songs are postcards of small town life in this region and the dilemmas that drive people to the choices they make.
A rodeo that blends urban and zydeco music with cowboy culture comes to Shreveport Saturday. R&B singer T.K. Soul will headline the event. But he could be upstaged by dozens of rodeo competitors and bucking broncos at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum as part of the Hip Hop Cowboys summer rodeo.
This week, we bring you that funky gentleman from the Ninth Ward, Jon Cleary, who talks about his native England, his grandmother, the piano back home, his mum's songwriting chops, and a variety of other loves.
Cleary grew up listening to New Orleans soul, r&b and funk. And now, we listen to him.
Coming up on Inside the Arts, we visit with jazz saxophonist and Astral Project founder Tony Dagradi. Then we explore the LPO's education outreach programs for students. And, youngsters with the Jefferson Performing Arts Society gear up for the opening of Bye, Bye Birdie.
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