Thursday, May 17, 2018

261. Karen Celestan

261. We talk to Karen Celestan about her book, Freedom's Dance, which covers social aid and pleasure clubs, along with second line parades. In this book, the powerful images of noted photographer Eric Waters are paired with a collection of essays by cultural leaders to offer the first complete look at the Social, Aid and Pleasure Club (SAPC) parade culture in New Orleans. Ranging from ideological approaches to the contributions of musicians, development of specific rituals by various clubs, and parade accessories such as elaborately decorated fans and sashes, Freedom’s Dance provides an unparalleled photographic and textual overview of the SAPC Second Line, tracking its origins in African traditions and subsequent development in black New Orleans culture.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. May 19, 1862. Union Gen. Benjamin "Beast" Butler Order no. 28 published.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Jazz musician George Murphy "Pops" Foster (May 19, 1892 – October 29, 1969) played string bass, tuba and trumpet. Born on a plantation near McCall in Ascension Parish, his family moved to New Orleans when he was about ten years of age. His older brother, Willard Foster, began playing banjo and guitar; George started out on a cello then switched to string bass.  Foster was playing professionally by 1907 and worked with Jack Carey, Kid Ory, Armand Piron, King Oliver and other prominent hot bands of the era. In 1921 he moved to St. Louis.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Little Walter Music Festival
    May 24-25, 2018
    Red River Levee stage
    800.551.9546
    Honor Little Walter's legacy. The Little Walter Music Festival is a festival held at the Alexandria Amphitheater in Alexandria, La. honoring Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Blues sideman and bandleader "Little Walter." For a complete list of entertainment visit the Little Walter Music Festival Facebook page. The event is free.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. The Superband, made up of New Orleans muscians, plays to raise money for Hector Gallardo. He leads the group Hector Gallardo & his Cuban Jazz Trio. He brought his unique percussion sound from Cuba when he immigrated decades ago, and he has made a profound impact on the New Orleans music scene. 
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

260. Joseph Makkos, part 2.

260. Part 2 of our interview with Joseph Makkos. For years, Joseph salvaged letterpresses and boxes of rare type from local print shops. He was trawling through Craigslist one day in 2013 when he came upon an ad for a “historic newspaper collection.” Hours later, he had become the proud owner of a Times-Picayune archive from 1885 up to 1930, a collection carefully preserved in some 30,000 airtight tubes. Inspired by other print conservation efforts, Makkos launched New Orleans DNA to not only preserve his newspapers but also nurture an appreciation for their true pricelessness.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. May 12, 1898. New constitution includes the "Grandfather Clause" to permit illiterate whites to vote; a poll tax and literacy test included to disqualify black voters.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. World's Fair Opens. Saturday, May 12, 1984. Crowds flocked to see Seymour D. Fair, the Wonder Wall, the gondolas, the bare-breasted mermaids, synchronized swimmers, and much more (not to mention the food) on opening day, May 12, 1984. Themed "The World of Rivers—Fresh Waters as a Source of Life", the fair took place 100 years after the 1884 World Cotton Centennial (aka World's Fair) which occupied grounds we now know of as Audubon Park.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    26th Starks Mayhaw Festival
    May 17-19, 2018
       Our festival celebrates the best tasting jelly around. Be sure to stop by and buy some Mayhaw jelly. Our vendors also create numerous other berry jellies. Arts & Crafts, Live Entertainment, auction, Great Food, Jelly Contest, Live Auction, Car Show, Kids Games, Carnival Rides.
       Our festival is held each year on 13 acre site at the intersection of Hwy 109 & Hwy 12 in Starks, LA.
    105 Hwy 109 North
    Starks, LA 70661
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. The Taser Family Band plays on Royal St. They are available at 615.480.6037.
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Friday, May 4, 2018

259. Joseph Makkos, part 1

259.  Part 1 of our interview with Joseph Makkos. For years, Joseph salvaged letterpresses and boxes of rare type from local print shops. He was trawling through Craigslist one day in 2013 when he came upon an ad for a “historic newspaper collection.” Hours later, he had become the proud owner of a Times-Picayune archive from 1885 up to 1930, a collection carefully preserved in some 30,000 airtight tubes. Inspired by other print conservation efforts, Makkos launched New Orleans DNA to not only preserve his newspapers but also nurture an appreciation for their true pricelessness.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. May 4, 1970. T.H. Williams wins Pulitzer Prize for his biography, Huey Long.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. The Inner Harbor-Navigation Canal, commonly known to New Orleanians as the Industrial Canal, was formally opened on, May 5, 1923. 
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    44th Annual Cochon De Lait Festival
    Mansura, Louisiana
    May 10-13, 2018
       The Cochon de Lait Festival is held annually on the second full weekend in May in Mansura, Louisiana. Mansura is the Cochon de Lait capital of the world. The festival mixes great Cajun food, good times and Louisiana music with the famous cochon de lait (French for roast suckling pig). There is plenty to see and do for the entire family to “pass a good time.”
       From the Children's Pig Pen to the Greasy Pig contest and the Cracklin Cook-off in between, we have something for you. Please join us in Mansura to celebrate this wonderful testament to the "cochon!"
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. The Superband, made up of New Orleans muscians, plays to raise money for Hector Gallardo. He leads the group Hector Gallardo & his Cuban Jazz Trio. He brought his unique percussion sound from Cuba when he immigrated decades ago, and he has made a profound impact on the New Orleans music scene.
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