Monthly Archives: June 2015

Quintron makes music with the weather – to forget the pain of lymphoma (The Guardian. May 2015).

The humidity peaks in the dark nightclub packed with hundreds of excited, drunk bodies, when New Orleans one-man-band Quintron turns the key on his “Drum Buddy”, lighting it up like a miniature aurora borealis. One of several esoteric instruments Quintron … Continue reading

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Mad Mike, the homeless blogger who became a millionaire overnight (The Guardian. March 2015).

Missing the Austin ditch in which he’d slept most nights for the last two years, Mike Wille curled up on the front lawn of the large house his mother had just left him via her suicide note. Her death meant … Continue reading

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Dillard’s AfroAmerican Arts Fest, a precursor to Jazz Fest? (Louisiana Weekly. April 2015).

Beginning in February 1968, before “Negro History Week” eventually became Black History Month, the Dillard University group African Americans for Progress helmed the “Afro-American Arts Festival,” featuring various well-known and underground Black artists of all different mediums and genres. Some … Continue reading

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New Orleans goes smoke-free: a breath of fresh air or a blow to its character? (The Guardian)

As of today, you can no longer legally smoke a cigarette inside a bar in the world’s drinking capital, New Orleans, Louisiana. Perhaps you gasped upon reaching the very end of that sentence. City after city have dealt Big Tobacco … Continue reading

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City Park’s Big Bass Rodeo (NewOrleans.me. March 2015).

Many New Orleans locals don’t realize how great the freshwater fishing is in their very own City Park. Back in 1976, a 12-year-old caught a 52-pound buffalo fish – the largest fish ever caught in City Park lagoons. Just before … Continue reading

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Six female Cajun and Creole musicians (May 2015. Acadiana Living).

 At the age of 18, musician Jamie Lynn Fontenot was overtaken by the desire to learn Cajun French. “My grandparents, Mary ‘Mimi’ Fontenot and John ‘Toe’ Fontenot, from Opelousas are great, really strong Cajun speakers,” says Fontenot from her home … Continue reading

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2 pieces: Poet Bill Lavender & Faubourg Marigny Art and Books (FAB) (NewOrleans.me. May 2015).

Click on the titles to read the entireties of the articles… Poet Bill Lavender and his Lavender Ink press: Maybe your poet friends haven’t told you yet, but April is National Poetry Month. The East Bank Regional Library in Metairie (4747 … Continue reading

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Sean Ardoin and Zydekool’s “Alternative Creole” (Acadiana Living. April 2015).

Sean Ardoin labels his band Zydekool “Alternative Creole” to head off anyone who might try to box up his music. “Whenever people encounter zydeco for the first time, that becomes their idea of what zydeco is,” Ardoin explains via phone … Continue reading

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5 pieces: Bacchanal What Now?, St Roch Market, Bunarchy Ball, Techno Bull and the Wild Lotus Band (NewOrleans.me. May 2015).

Click the titles to read each story in its entirety… 1) Bacchanal: New Orleans’s music community, food community and its drinking community were all saddened to lose Bacchanal wine bar owner Chris Rudge on March 13 in his sleep of heart failure … Continue reading

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2 stories: Algiers Indy Animal Shelter & Capstone Free Fruit Tree Project (May 2015. NewOrleans.me).

Click the titles to read the entire stories… Used Dogs Independent Animal Shelter: In the sweetly shaded back corner of a large backyard in Algiers, Kate lays her useless legs to one side. The look on her face – all bright … Continue reading

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