Author Archives: Cate Czarnecki

It’s Five Somewhere: Big Sam Williams

Tell me a little bit about your new record, Evolution. I’m really happy with the way the album came out. It brought me in a direction that I’ve been looking to go in. A lot of people think that Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a brass band, and that’s not necessarily the case. My background [...]

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It’s Five Somewhere: David Doucet of BeauSoleil

Since BeauSoleil formed in the 1970s, the band has released scores of albums. How does the group continue to dig deep creatively while also remaining true to the traditions of Cajun and zydeco? It really just depends on what strikes us as we’re looking for songs to work up. Everyone in the band listens to [...]

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It’s Five Somewhere With Tommy Malone

With a new solo album out in April as well as a series of reunion gigs with his old group, the subdudes, Tommy Malone is primed and ready for spring in New Orleans. It’s been 16 years since the original subdudes line-up played together. What have you guys been up to? After we shut it [...]

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My Music: DJ Matty

I’m from a small town, so people listened to country. Also I went to high school before rap music, so white kids mostly listened to country or ’70s rock. Black kids listened to “We Are Family” by the Sisters Sledge and “Le Freak,” disco stuff. It’s hard to imagine that world now. I went to [...]

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Jealous Monk, I Love, I Hustle (Independent)

I Love, I Hustle, the sophomore album by hip-hop duo and 2013 OffBeat Best of the Beat award winners Jealous Monk, fully embodies the group’s work-hungry, play-hungry spirit with catchy verses, infectious instrumentals and overall New Orleans flair. Comprised of DJ Jermaine Quiz and freestyle rapper Intelligence, Jealous Monk has concocted a six-track LP deeply [...]

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It’s Five Somewhere With Lena Prima

As the youngest daughter of Louis Prima, Lena Prima has been immersed in the dual doctrines of music and New Orleans for as long as she can remember. An accomplished musician in her own right, she will perform for the fourth consecutive year at the 2014 French Quarter Fest. You returned to New Orleans in [...]

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It’s Five Somewhere with Zulu Chairman Lester Pollard

The Zulu Parade is one of New Orleans’ most beloved Mardi Gras traditions. But the Zulu organization also produces the Monday-before-Mardi Gras Lundi Gras event in downtown New Orleans, when the King and Queen Zulu arrives, with the Zulu “characters.” Lester Pollard is Zulu’s chairman of the Lundi Gras festivities this year. This year, the [...]

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Mardi Gras 2014 Concert Series at the Howlin’ Wolf

There are a tremendous amount of variables which factor into the planning of a successful pre-Mardi Gras weekend, especially when trying to coordinate between numerous parties. Whether entertaining guests from out of town who want to see a little bit of everything, to finding fiscally responsible (read: cheap) alternatives for going out, it can be [...]

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Flow Tribe: From Friar Tucks to Festivals

Just getting back into town after a month-long East Coast tour, New Orleans funk-rock favorites Flow Tribe are already gearing up for the next big thing. “We have a couple costume ideas floating around the round table of Flow Tribe right now for Voodoo [Music Experience], but we’re not at liberty to speak about any [...]

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Sabotage: NOLA Beastie Boys Tribute Returns to HoB Friday

The boys from New Orleans will kick it root down for the second consecutive summer when Sabotage: A Tribute to the Beastie Boys takes over the House of Blues on Friday night (June 7) at 9 p.m. Featuring members of Flow Tribe, Gravity A, and local performers M@ Peoples and Jermaine Quiz, the multimedia show includes theatrical sets, [...]

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