One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to another watershed moment in America's history.
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan will perform sitar music in a concert set Sept. 7 at Loyola University.
The performance, set for 8 p.m. at the Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall on the Loyola campus, is sponsored by the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans and Loyola University's College of Music and Fine Arts.
Khan is known for his innovation with the sitar. He will be accompanied by award-winning tabla player Subhajyoti Guha.
All summer long, Weekend Edition has been bringing listeners the sounds of music played outdoors by all manner of street performers. Of all the cities in America that embrace buskers, New Orleans, with its tradition of jazz and oompah bands at Mardi Gras, may be the most welcoming. It also happens to be a city with a certain eccentric flair — so Weekend Edition wasn't surprised to find Clyde Casey there.
UNO history professor Connie Zeanah Atkinson and WWNO’s Fred Kasten teamed up earlier this month to help produce the 12th annual Satchmo Summerfest seminars, held Aug. 4-8 at the Old Mint, Louisiana State Museum, during the annual Satchmo Summerfest Festival. They worked together with Tulane University’s Bruce Raeburn and historian Jon Pult, as well as Marci Schramm, executive director of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
Irma Thomas returns to Music Inside Out for a whole new, fresh, hot buttered and yummy conversation. The Queen of New Orleans Soul pays her respects to some of her musical influences and talks about the bottom line of a Grammy Award. Turns out, there's a reason why they call it show business.
This week on Inside the Arts you'll hear why Southern Rep Theater's artistic director Aimee Hayes is kicking high. We'll explore a cultural center that's bringing a Hindu system of philosophy, among other things, to the 9th ward, spin a yarn with an English textile artist, and find out what may have