Friday, April 12, 2019

308. Donna Pierite, part 1

308. Part 1 of our interview with Donna Pierite. Donna is part of the Tunica-Biloxi Museum and Cultural and Educational Resources Center Library. Their gift shop is at 151 Melancon Drive in Marksville, or at the LA1 Shop at Paragon Casino Resort next door. For more information, call (800) 272-9767. She, Elisabeth Pierite-Mora, and John D. Barbry have written a book, entitled The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe: It's Culture & People. Donna her daughter, son and brother (Steven Madere) wrote and produced Tawaka (in Tunica "sub-commander"), the language and culture page that appeared in the Tunica-Biloxi tribal newspaper. Along with her husband, children and her brother, Mrs. Pierite has given various presentations at schools, universities and other venues, including performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

  1. This week in Louisiana history. April 15, 1795. The Pointee Coupee Slave Rebellion.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Born in New Orleans on April 13, 1926, Cosimo Matassa is the recording engineer and studio owner responsible for nationally renowned R&B and rock and roll recordings at his New Orleans studios. Matassa described himself simply as a "sound engineer" in a July 19, 1981 Times-Picayune article written by John Pope. He went on to say that his formula for success was not complicated in any way..."Do it live or do it over again until it was done right". He did it right for hundreds of young unknown musicians including Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Mac Rebbenack (Dr. John), Mickey Gilly and so many more from 1945 through 1968 in his studio in the Quarter and later in the Central Business District.  J&M recorded Alan Toussaint's first record, "The Wild Side of New Orleans" which was released by RCA Victor.  He recorded Aaron Neville's "Tell it Like it Is", Robert Parker's "Barefootin'", and Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" in 1956 — a recording which has been acclaimed as a seminal Rock and Roll song.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    46th Annual Street Rod Reunion
    April 13th, 2019
    7:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Boomtown Casino & Hotel
    300 Riverside Dr.
    Bossier City, LA 71111
    The Red River Street Rod Association Street Rod Reunion will be held at Boomtown Casino in Bossier City Louisiana. The event features  cars and trucks 30 years old and older. This event is free for spectators and open to the public. Come out and view stunning examples of Street Rods, Hot Rods, Custom Cars, Trucks. Food, music, entertainment, auction and fun.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Bruce listens the the Milly Raccoon Band.
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