Good listenin’ in New Orleans (or anywhere)

October 5, 2010

Ruthie Foster, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2008. Photo by Barry Yeoman.

Whether or not you’re near New Orleans, here are two opportunities to hear several musicians featured in our documentary series, as well as a host of other talented artists:

  • From WWOZ’s web site: “The New Orleans Voodoo Blues Krewe’s Voodoo Blues Challenge finals are on October 8 at Rock & Bowl—and WWOZ will broadcast the event live on air and online! The two finalists in the ‘band’ category are Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes and Lil Red & Big Bad. They’ll be performing in front of a panel of judges to find out who will move on to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next February.” Ernie Vincent—who has been playing blues, funk and R&B since the 1960s—is featured featured prominently in Crescent City Blues, the second hour of our series. Also playing that night is Little Freddie King, a Mississippi Delta native who is featured in our first hour. The show starts at 8 p.m., and Rock & Bowl is at 3000 South Carrollton Avenue in Mid-City.
  • The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, a free two-day music romp, will take place Oct. 17-18 in New Orleans’ Lafayette Square. The line-up is exquiste. As well as Little Freddie King (who will both sing and do a live oral history, which promises to be full of great stories), it includes Lafayette blues diva Carol Fran, who kicked off Hour 1 of our documentary. And that’s just the start: Also appearing will be Taj Mahal, the Grammy-winning blues guitarist, banjo and harmonica player, and composer who incorporates world music into his repertoire; Ruthie Foster, a Texan who in 2008 tore up the JazzFest blues tent with her gospel-inflected folk and blues; and Barbara Lynn, a Texan who got her start in New Orleans’ 1960s R&B scene.

The great thing about these two events is that you can listen to them anywhere, as they’ll both be broadcast and webcast on WWOZ. Click here for details on how to listen.

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