French Quarter history buffs can dig this-- the Historic New Orleans
Collection's Vieux Carré Survey is available online. The database includes
extensive records of nearly every property within the Quarter, including
historical, architectural, legal, and sociological inform...
Legendary Texas country blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist extraordinare
Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins (1912-1982) demonstrates his distinctive fingerstyle
in this cover of the classic Ray Charles song "What'd I Say". Hopkins' New
York Times obit called him "one of the great...
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the premiere events in the
Big Easy, showcasing what the city does best. In its 23rd year, this New
Orleans festival has become one of most incredible culinary events in the
nation, attracting over 10,000 gourmands and con...
Jamaican vocal group the Heptones, backed by the Dutch musicans the High
Notes, with their reggae cover of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released". The
Heptones recorded this song twice, first in 1969 for Studio One and then in
1976 at Lee "Scratch" Perry's Black Ark studio for t...
The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is coming up this weekend, marking the unofficial
start to summer for many Mid-City dwellers. This free 3-day family-friendly
music and arts festival was started in 2005 and is held on the banks of Bayou
St. John. It features live music, a huge v...
Who is your favorite singer? New Orleans based, male and female. I use
the word “favorite” purposely first of all because choosing the
“best” of anything is such a subjective thing, and then also to spotlight
lesser-known or hardly-mentioned singers who might be just as g...
Wilson Anthony "Boozoo" Chavis (1930-2001) of Lake Charles, LA with a live
version of "Johnny Billy Goat" (or "Johnny Ma Cabrille"). Chavis, nicknamed
the "Creole Cowboy" for his signature C&W attire, was a force in zydeco from
the mid-1950s until his death in 2001.