Soul Serenade Live debuts at Gasa Gasa

Marc Stone will premiere an exciting new live DJ and concert series this Thursday, September 25 at the uptown club. Based on the DJ and bandleader’s Soul Serenade radio program on WWOZ 90.7 FM, Stone will bring together the best of Louisiana’s world-class musicians, as well as spin from his personal vintage vinyl collection.

The series will be unique and multifaceted, almost like a late-night television program, but with more focus on music. This week Stone will welcome New Orleans’ number one nouveau-traditional chanteuse Meschiya Lake and the unparalleled organ master Joe Krown. The two guests will give interviews, contribute to the DJ sets, as well as play solo, with each other, and with the Marc Stone Band.

Although she may be known for her brassy and nuanced interpretations of jazz classics, Lake is not to be pigeonholed. She can rock out with the best of them, as proved by her stunning vocal turns with trash rock masters R. Scully’s Rough 7.

Her love of many genres will be on display for the Soul Serenade Live, including touches of country and debut performances of her own original compositions. It should also be really interesting to see what the wide-ranging songstress adds to the vinyl collection.

The legendary Joe Krown, who has backed nearly every major figure in New Orleans Blues and R&B, has longstanding relationships with both Lake and Stone, so look out for some special fireworks when the three performers get together on Thursday.

Throughout his years with WWOZ, Marc Stone has conducted in-depth interviews with an array of greats from New Orleans and beyond including Dr. John, Jay Farrar, Bela Fleck, and Eddie Bo.—and his resume doesn’t stop there. As producer and musical director for special music projects at the station, he has worked with the likes of Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Kirk Joseph, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Anders Osborne, and Eric Lindell. Stone’s also a great guitarist and bandleader.

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For anyone who has ever wished they were in the studio for one of his legendary WWOZ Fund Drive shows, with spontaneous all-star performances and great, in-the-moment interviews, here is your chance. And with a 9-11 PM set time you can still make it to work the next morning. Don’t miss the debut of this great, only-in-New Orleans event!

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