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ReFresh Project Celebrates Winning Green Garden Contest

On Saturday, October 25, the ReFresh Project will host a Preview Party and Community Farm Ribbon Cutting, an event in celebration of the project’s first place win in the first-ever national Garnier Green Garden Contest.

ReFresh Project Community FarmA second line parade will kick off the event at noon, followed by the ribbon cutting of the farm and a full day of family activities, music, demonstrations and food from various community partners, continuing until 5pm.

The contest was put on by a partnership between Garnier, a L’Oréal beauty products brand, and TerraCycle, a Progressive Waste Solutions Company and world leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste.

The ReFresh Project was one of five finalists and was chosen as the winner after a nationwide public voting period.

ReFresh’s partners include Whole Foods Market, Liberty’s Kitchen, Tulane University’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, Broad Community Connections, FirstLine Schools and Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, Boys Town, Crescent City Community Land Trust, and SPROUT NOLA.

“So many people work tirelessly to make the ReFresh Community Farm an excellent resource to the Broad Street community,” said TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. “TerraCycle and Garnier are thrilled to have a hand in bringing this farm to life.”

The grand prize garden will include raised beds, picnic tables and trash receptacles made from recycled beauty packaging collected through Garnier and TerraCycle’s recycling program, all of which will be unveiled at the ribbon cutting.

All New Orleans residents are welcomed to join Saturday’s festivities, located at the community farm at the intersection of North Broad St. and Bienville Ave.

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Christian Scott Live at Snug Harbor October 25

On October 25, the Christian Scott Quintet will be performing live at Snug Harbor.

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Photo by Delphine Diallo.

Christian aTunde Adjuah. Photo by Delphine Diallo.

This is one of the very rare local gigs that Christian aTunde Adjuah (his more recent title) has put on since his homecoming earlier this year.

Despite the fact that he was born and raised in New Orleans, we seldom get the benefits of experiencing his live performances.

The self expression and complex compositional matter that can be found throughout his over 10 year discography have allowed him to be appreciated by fans across the globe, with an overwhelming acceptance in Asia and the UK specifically.

Just as with any local, there are tons of potential reasons for Mr. Scott’s return to the south, including his role as the Spy Boy of Congo Nation, a local Indian gang headed by none other than his Uncle and long time Jazz veteran Donald Harrison, Jr.

Whatever the case may be, we are proud to have him back and look forward to witnessing many more of his unforgettable performances.

There will be two sets, one at 8 p.m., and the second at 10 p.m., and tickets are $30 through Snug Harbor.

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Photos: 11th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival

The 11th annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival brought some of the biggest and best Louisiana musicians to Houma to help shine a light on Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands from October 10-12, 2014.

Spearheaded by Tab Benoit, the festival included performances by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone, Lil Buck Sinegal, Guitar Slim, Jr., and many more.

Check out these photos from the festival by accomplished phtographer Jef Jaisun.

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Voice of the Wetlands Festival

All photos by Jef Jaisun. Click here to view the gallery on Flickr.

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Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways Premieres on HBO

The Foo Fighters passed through New Orleans as part of their Sonic Highways project in May, and we’re set to get a look at the finished product as the first episode of the documentary series premieres on HBO.

Foo Fighters, Preservation Hall, OffBeat Magazine

Photo by Julia Pretus

The Foo Fighters managed to play a secret show at Preservation Hall, which Jonathan Pretus profiled for OffBeat in the aptly titled post “The Foo Fighters Rock Preservation Hall.”

In addition to New Orleans, the band stopped in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., recording at least one song at each stop.

The first single from the Sonic Highways album, set to be released in November, is a track called “Something From Nothing,” which was recorded in Chicago.

Check out the video for the album’s debut single here:

And check out the trailer for the Sonic Highways series, which starts off with a healthy dose of Preservation Hall, here:

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Prospect.3: Notes for Now Begins October 25

On October 25,  Prospect New Orleans’ “Prospect.3: Notes for Now” will kick off with a ribbon cutting and second-line parade, all set to begin at Washington Square Park.

Prospect.3 Notes for NowP.3 will be an ongoing event, consisting of several shows and art installations at various universities, museums, and art galleries throughout the city.

The festivities will run until January 25.

The event contains a variety of works from over 50 artists from around the globe, at 18 venues around town.

Prospect New Orleans, the international contemporary art biennial, will host a series of events this month to celebrate the grand opening of its third iteration.

A full list of P.3’s scheduled events can be found at their official site.

Below is a list of the participating venues for this year’s celebrations:




















P.3 will operate from October 25, – January 25. Head over to a venue near you for an amazing experience.

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2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival Schedule

The 2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival will take over Lafayette Square from October 15-17, bringing the best in local food and international blues masters to the heart of New Orleans.

2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival Full Music Schedule:

Friday, Oct. 17

5:30 pm to 6:45 pm Little Freddie King
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Ana Popovic

Cedric Burnside at the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival 2013, Photo by Elsa Hahne

Photo by Elsa Hahne

Saturday, Oct. 18

St. Charles Ave Stage:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm King James & the Special Men
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Papa Mali
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Los Lobos

Camp Street Stage:
11:00 am to 12:00 pm Marc Stone
1:00 pm to 2:15 pm Leo “Bud” Welch
3:15 pm to 4:30 pm Selwyn Birchwood Band
5:45 pm to 7:00 pm Joe Louis Walker

Sunday, Oct. 19

St. Charles Ave. Stage
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Brother Tyrone & The Mind Benders
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Vasti Jackson
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm Denise LaSalle
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Bobby Rush

Camp Street Stage:
11:00 am to 12:00 pm Luke Winslow King
1:00 pm to 2:15 pm Mia Borders
3:15 pm to 4:30 pm Valerie June
5:45 pm to 7:00 pm Mel Waiters

There will also be an oral history interview series during the festival featuring performers telling stories from their colorful lives in the NORD Theater in Gallier Hall.

Here is the interview schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 18:
11:30 a.m.: Ana Popovic
3 p.m.: Joe Louis Walker
4 p.m.: Leo “Bud” Welch
5 p.m.: Papa Mali

Sunday, Oct. 19:
12 p.m.: Vasti Jackson
2 p.m.: Valerie June
3 p.m.: Denise LaSalle
4 p.m.: Bobby Rush

The event is free and open to the public. Outside food, beverages, and pets are not permitted at the festival.

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Selwyn Birchwood to Make New Orleans Debut at Blues & BBQ Fest

Selwyn Birchwood, the 2013 Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge winner, is set to make his New Orleans debut at the 2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival this weekend.

Selwyn Birchwood

Photo by Len Umhoefer

Birchwood, a Tampa, Florida, native, said he’s looking forward to coming to the city for the food and music.

He even has some local favorites he’s eager to check out on their home turf.

“It’s actually my first time even visiting,” Birchwood said. “Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington is one of my favorites. I met him last year. We were playing the same day at King Biscuit Blues Festival, so I was able to catch his set, and he was killer.”

Birchwood, who has been hailed as the next big thing in blues music, has been touring with his current band for the past two years, most recently in support of his latest album Don’t Call No Ambulance.

From the first upbeat notes of the opening track, “Addicted,” it’s clear that Birchwood is on a mission, but what is equally evident is that the young guitar player draws from a deep and varied well of inspiration.

“When I’m writing, I try to pull from as many sources as I can and incorporate as many styles as I can,” he said. “There are so many different kinds of blues music, and a lot of people ignore a lot of them, latch onto one, and decide that if it doesn’t sound like so-and-so, then it’s not blues.”

Birchwood said he’s at the opposite end of that spectrum.

“I think it ends up sounding more interesting when you incorporate more styles and influences,” he said. “It’s a little bit more artistic in that way, rather than kind of recycling a sound that people have heard before over and over again.”

Bringing that varied approach to a city as musically and culturally diverse as New Orleans seems like a perfect fit, and hopefully local audiences won’t have to wait long to see Birchwood live again.

As for him and his hard working band, they’ll be on the road again with right away.

“We’re normally kind of in and out,” he said. “We get to see the festival site and the hotel and that’s about it normally. If we have any spare time, I definitely want to do some sight seeing.”

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Siberia To Celebrate Four Year Anniversary on October 17

This Friday, Oct. 17, St. Claude underground music venue/dive bar Siberia will celebrate its four year anniversary with a show featuring local underground rockers Mountain of Wizard.

The band has been around for seven years and has something to celebrate themselves: the release of a new two-song EP.

Siberia Four Year Anniversary Show 10.17Members include Paul Webb, owner of Webb’s Bywater Music Store, on guitar, Grant Tom also on guitar, Aaron Hill on drums, and Isidore Grizoli on bass.

Webb classifies the band’s sound as instrumental rock, or prog rock. With just a cursory glance, it’s tempting to call them metal, but Webb avoids that peg, saying that “when people hear metal, they think of face paint and attitude, and I’m just so not into that.”

This band has definitely carved out their own sound, and it’s really intriguing. There’s a neat juxtaposition between their dark, hard rock instrumentation/aesthetic (and the aggression you might expect to go along with all that) compared with the surprisingly smooth and soothing quality of the music.

Webb, who is a close friend of Siberia owner Matt Russell, played a key role in designing the line-up for Friday’s show. The opening acts will include two other New Orleans underground bands: Heavy Lids, which Webb describes as “weirdo garage rock…garage-y, but better than garage,” and Ossacrux, a hard-rocking, no-frills, fast metal band.

Between the three of them, they should tap into three distinct-but-overlapping local underground audiences. In addition, the lineup will also showcase hard rocking Pittsburgh metal band Dendritic Arbor.

According to Webb, the continued success of Siberia is indicative of the health of the city’s underground scene. Things had been looking grim after Katrina, when the Dixie Taverne was unable to get back on its feet in the wake of the flooding.

This now-defunct Mid-City venue had been generally thought of as “the place” for underground music, an intimate spot where all the big touring acts like Mastodon would play raucous shows when they came to the city.

The loss of this establishment was definitely a blow, but thankfully Siberia has been able to step in to fill the void. In the past four years, a whole scene has built up around the gritty, friendly neighborhood bar (with its ever-popular Polish food menu), as well as a handful of other hot spots in the immediate area.

New Orleans underground rockers certainly have a lot to party over, and this is sure to be an awesome evening.

Doors will open at 9 p.m. and tickets cost $7.

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Bo Dollis Tribute Honors the Legendary Mardi Gras Indian

Bo Dollis, the legendary chief of the Wild Magnolias, was honored on October 11 in a ceremony at the John P. Lyons Recreation Center.

Bo Dollis with City Proclimation

Photo by Reya Hart

Dollis is best known as the pioneer that brought the traditions and practices of the Mardi Gras Indians to the world through his performances and recordings.

The ceremony, which took place in the Lyons Center gymnasium, was held as a tribute to his life and legacy.

Dollis, now confined to a wheelchair, sat proudly at the front on the congregation beside City Council Member Latoya Cantrell, and his wife, Laurita Dollis.

One by one, family members and colleagues stood up to pay their respects and speak on the enormous impact Bo Dollis had on each of their lives.

Big Chiefs Clarence Delcour, Howard Miller, Walter Cook, and Darryl Montana reflected on Dollis’ ability to keep the traditions alive, the incredible improvisational skills he showcased in his music, and the power of his voice.

The Wild Magnolias Honor Big Chief Bo Dollis

Photo by Reya Hart

At multiple points throughout the ceremony, the crowd would gather before the stage to sing, drum, and dance. Grandchildren jumped into the air, grasping onto tambourines.

The Queens threw their arms above their heads while their hips moved left to right, each woman dancing her own dance.

The ceremony concluded with a rendition of “Indian Red.”

This time, the crowd gathered a little closer to Dollis’ table than they had before, creating a circle around him.

At first, it seemed like they might overwhelm him, and people began to move back.

But as the song took flight, a smile spread across his face, and he reached out from his chair as if he was gesturing to the crowd to come closer, keep the music going.

Suddenly, someone nearby reached out to him. He took their hands, and to the surprise and delight of everyone around him, he lifted himself out of his wheelchair.

For most of us, there are few moments in life where the healing power of music is that evident.

The Lyons Center ceremony stands as a great tribute to a truly great man.

Bo Dollis

Photo by Reya Hart


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Threadhead Cultural Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The Threadhead Cultural Foundation is kicking off its sixth round of grant funding with $30,000 worth of grants up for grabs.

Threadhead Foundation Grant Winner Calvin Johnson Jr.The grants will be awarded for artistic projects in the tradition of preserving, promoting and disseminating the cultural heritage of New Orleans and the surrounding Louisiana area.

Applications will be accepted through October 27, and the award winners will be announced on December 8.

Past grant recipients include Calvin Johnson, Jr., Carlo Nuccio, Jimmy Carpenter, the Music and Culture Coalition  of New Orleans, the Community Center of Saint Bernard, Guardians of the Flame, and the James Booker documentary Bayou Maharajah.

Projects that receive funding should be finished by December 9, 2015.

To apply go to:

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