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My Music: Leon Chavis

“Boozoo [Chavis] was my great-uncle and all his brothers played. My grandfather also played but people didn’t know him because my grandmother didn’t want him to play in the clubs. […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with Gina Leslie

Gina Leslie has been hosting Sidney’s Saloon Sundays for the last two years. The weekly late-night series features two local bands before Leslie closes out with a set of her […]

Longhair Revelation: Per Oldaeus’ scrapbook

Per Oldaeus heard Professor Longhair for the first time in 1973. Longhair’s 1959 Ron Records release, “Cuttin’ Out,” was in a stack of vinyl 45s a friend had brought home […]

My Music: Nancy Gros

“As a child the radio was my favorite toy. I sat in front of it whenever I could, listening to pop music and would sing along on WTIX that played […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with FREEWATER

At this year’s BUKU Music + Art Project, the multi-faceted platform FREEWATER will make its debut. Offering services in photography, filmography, music and more, the team spearheaded by Frankie Watts […]

MY MUSIC with Jason Ricci

“I remember my mother singing ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ to me in my crib, along with ‘One Little Indian Boy.’ Then I got into her records—Janis Joplin, […]

MY MUSIC With A.J. Hall of THE GRïD

“My father’s a bass player, so I was always around music. I’m one of the few funk/jazz/hip-hop/gospel musicians that didn’t come up from a really early age. I’ve always been […]

Five Questions with Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival Director Joel Hitchcock

How did you first become interested in creating events celebrating Caribbean culture? My father is a professional jazz and blues pianist and my siblings all play instruments, so my whole […]

Five Questions with Billy Iuso, who celebrates 1969 on his 50th birthday

Is this celebration concert at Tipitina’s something you’ve been planning a long time? I always try to book a gig on or near my birthday which is actually January 26th […]

My Music With fiddler David Greely

“I moved back to Louisiana about 1986–87. I had met Steve Riley and he used to sit in with me at lunch time at Mulate’s in Baton Rouge. We were offered […]