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WRKF
1:03 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Baton Rouge Musician Pays Homage to Tabby Thomas with Listening Room

Turner says to look for the guitar over the door.
Ann Marie Awad WRKF

One local musician is looking to revive the spirit of Tabby Thomas’ Blues Box in Baton Rouge. Henry Turner Jr.is a Louisiana reggae, blues, soul and funk musician. He has been touring with his band for the last two decades. But, Tabby’s Blues Box used to be the only place in town where he could play.

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Education
2:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Audio Postcard: Heritage School Of Music Auditions

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation recently held auditions for its free music school. Called the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music, the program offers high level music instruction for students ages 10-17.

Students meet on Saturday mornings and train to perform at local festivals and venues. Producer Mallory Falk brings us this audio postcard from the audition.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Weilbaecher Receives Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award; Koresh Dance Company; Jazz Auditions

Daniel O. Weilbaecher, Jr.

This week on Inside the Arts, we visit with Daniel Weilbaecher, artistic director of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Weilbaecher is this year's recipient of the Big Easy Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Then we travel to the Northshore as the internationally-acclaimed Koresh Dance Company gears up for an energetic performance in Hammond.

And, we'll meet a group of students who recently auditioned for some prominent local jazz musicians.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
9:29 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Strange World Of Alex McMurray

Alex McMurray at the Bitter End in NYC, 2011.
Dino Perrucci

As noggins in New Orleans go, there is no noggin like that of singer-songwriter Alex McMurray. He's got more original characters in his head than a Hollywood film library. Why else would McMurray write a song about the man who shot the man who shot Liberty Valance? (Spoiler Alert: John Wayne is in the crosshairs).

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Music
10:24 am
Wed February 5, 2014

2014 French Quarter Festival Lineup Announced

The 2014 French Quarter Festival poster by artist Varion Laurent.
French Quarter Festival

The lineup for the 2014 French Quarter Festival was announced Wednesday morning at a press conference in Jackson Square.

This year's Festival, billed by organizers as the "largest free music festival in the United States" features 188 musical acts over four days. This year's French Quarter Festival will take place April 10-13 on stages spread throughout the lower Quarter.

This is a preliminary schedule. A full schedule and lineup will be released in March.

French Quarter Festival 2014 Debuts

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Latest News
12:29 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Musicians Kick Off Campaign To Boost Literacy

"Treme" actor and musician Wendell Pierce is scheduled to read to more than 500 New Orleans elementary school students in an effort to break the world record for largest reading lesson.

The current Guinness world record in the category is 440 participants.

The event marks the start of a years-long campaign to boost literacy rates in New Orleans by 2018, the city's 300th birthday. According to a 2012 study conducted by Central Connecticut State University, New Orleans ranked the 25th most literate city among the nation's 75 cities with populations of 250,000 or higher.

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Education
8:35 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Music Writing Class: 'It Has R2-D2 Sounds And A Weird Alien Siren'

A 2010 album of Mr. Michael's Music Writing Class, performed with New Orleans students
http://youngaudiences.bandcamp.com/album/ya-young-audiences-raps

When I first moved to New Orleans is 2001, I taught in a pretty rough public high school where I had an almost fatally hard time inspiring the kids to write. The traditional writing lessons and other tricks I knew weren’t getting to the students.

At the time I was doing a lot of writing about music for New Orleans magazines, so I devised for my students a sort of… English class, disguised as a music class. We call it music writing class.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Animal Life: Calming Your Dog With Classical Music

Researchers have found that different kinds of music can change your dog's mood.
Vivienstock Shutterstock

Animal professionals know that a little Bach goes a long way in easing a pet's anxiety. Studies show that music can have a calming effect on our four legged friends. 

Researchers at Queens University in Ireland found that classical music made dogs rest more and stand up less. On the opposite end of the spectrum, heavy metal caused agitation and increased barking. Pop music and talk radio had no effect at all. Maybe our pets know something we don't!

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Wild Kingdom: Animal Music From Louisiana

A dog and its man at Laurence Square.
Credit Gregg Goldman

This program was originally broadcast in October, 2013

If this week's show doesn't bring out the animal in you, consult a doctor. You may be a vegetable... or a mineral... or a big block of cheese.

This is the time of year when pet lovers take their animals to church, when Lions and Tigers and Cardinals and Falcons take to the field, and when we turn to Louisiana songs about animals.

We've got birds, bees, a monkey, a horse, and even a cheetah. Yes, there are cheetahs in Louisiana. But the potholes slow them down.

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Notes from New Orleans
2:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Hotel Monteleone And Saenger Theatre Come Together For The Beatles' Golden Anniversary

Chefs Randy Buck and Jose Manguia have crafted an inspired menu based on The Beatles' most popular songs, available at Criollo NOLA in the Hotel Monteleone.
Credit Thomas Walsh

It's been 50 years since The Beatles appeared in New Orleans. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks about the contagion that is Beatlemania with some folks who plan to celebrate this still-remembered musical event

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