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TVD Recommends: Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Jazz Camp Benefit, 7/17

This evening, the acclaimed faculty of the renowned jazz instructional program will be performing at the Little Gem Saloon to raise funds for the camp.

The concert also will feature the two artists-in-residence for 2013—former Tonight Show bandleader and guitarist Kevin Eubanks and jazz dancer Norma Miller.

The Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp was founded in 1995 with the support of the City of New Orleans. The camp has grown from a one-week affair serving 35 youth to a three-week intensive program training 100 young people, ages 10–21, in music and dance.

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Bastille Day and San Fermin in New Orleans

It may be mid July in the Crescent City but that doesn’t mean nothing’s happening. Saturday there are two big events that celebrate our city’s connection with the Old World.

Beginning bright and early on Saturday morning “the only in New Orleans” version of the Running of the Bulls, which has been a tradition in the Spanish city of Pamplona for decades, begins at 8 AM. The party continues throughout the day with music and a fair at the Sugar Mill.

There are no actual bulls involved, and the roller girls who chase people through the streets of Warehouse District aren’t as dangerous as those giant beasts that occasionally gore and kill people in Spain, it’s just as fun.

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The Krewe of Boo
wants you!

Although Halloween is a number of months away, if you’ve ever wanted to be on the ground floor of a groundbreaking new parading organization, now’s your chance.

The new club is the first ever major krewe to eschew plastic throws in favor of locally designed, hand made collectables. Membership info is here.

The parade is scheduled for October 26, 2013 and there are a few spots left. The Krewe of Boo is the brainchild of Brian Kern—the scion of the famous Kern family of Mardi Gras float builders. The route is here.

He promises a great experience that will only get better with time. Custom floats are being designed and new ones will be added every year. The idea is to create floats that are so visually impressive that grown ups and kiddies alike will be more interested in taking in the parade than diving for worthless trinkets.

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TVD Recommends: Alexis & the Samurai join Gasa Gasa July Progression Series, 7/9

Sasha Masakowski will welcome the fast-rising indie pop duo to her “no cover” event at Gasa Gasa tonight. The event showcases singers playing original music.

The duo composed of Alexis Marceaux and Sam Craft have been having great success with their residency at Chickie Wah Wah. Over 100 fans attended each Monday in June and they continue with their inventive concerts at the Mid City club through the month of July.

Special guests in June included Jack Craft on cello, guitar, piano and violin, upright bassist Rick Nelson of the Afghan Whigs and the Polyphonic Spree, guitarist and vocalist Alex McMurray (two appearances), and singer Arsene DeLay.

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Foundation Free Fridays continue all summer at Tipitina’s

One of the perks of living through the sweltering heat of July, August, and early September in New Orleans is that the granddaddy of local music clubs opens its doors to all comers on Fridays for the rest of the summer. (Read on for one special exception…)

This weekend, two bands that are the cutting edge of the new New Orleans’ sounds, Gravity A and Khris Royal and Dark Matter grace the stage at the uptown club. All the shows begin at 10 PM.

Next Friday, July 12, James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars (pictured at top) are the headliners. Another fast rising band, the Brass-A-Holics, is the opening act.

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Sasha Masakowski hosts Progression Series at Gasa Gasa Tuesdays in July

The soulful singer and second generation New Orleans musician will be presenting her musical friends at the new club on Freret Street beginning at 8 PM through the month.

I had my first experience at Gasa Gasa this past Saturday night checking out Southbound Drive. I can report that the intimate room has a great sound system. The music was crystal clear and not too loud considering the small space and the fact that the band was rocking out.

The crowd was a happy mix of young people checking out the scene. The drinks were reasonably priced compared to some of the other live music venues in town and they are served in glasses.

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TVD Recommends: Southbound Drive at Gasa Gasa, 6/29

Tomorrow night is a chance to kill two birds with the proverbial stone. You can check out this hip new venue on Freret Street and hear a great touring band from Austin, Texas.

Southbound Drive is rootsy rock ‘n’ roll that features catchy hooks, enlightening lyrics, and a killer live show. Principal songwriter and singer Scott Collins brings honesty to the stage and sings with forceful energy. Check out the vid for his take on the band.

Lead guitarist Ryan Goebel shifts between soulful guitar lines that tastefully compliment Collins on acoustic guitar. Read More »

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Questlove to spin with DJ Soul Sister tonight at Tipitina’s, 6/27

Attention vinyl junkies, dancing freaks, and soul music lovers, the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon bandleader and drummer will be spinning wax at Tipitina’s tonight beginning at 9 PM.

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson co-founded the seminal hip hop collective, The Roots, in Philadelphia in 1987. He is also an in-demand producer and recently released his first book. He has said that he thought that the job on Fallon’s talk show was going to be his retirement gig, but it turned out to be his dream job because he gets to perform with so many different musicians.

DJ Soul Sister is a longtime programmer at WWOZ-FM 90.7, veteran party host, and crate digger par excellence. She’s a regular on the stage of Tipitina’s performing before and after DJ sets for major touring acts like George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.

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Robert Walter’s 20th Congress releases Get Thy Bearings today, 6/25

The keyboardist and sometime New Orleanian is back with his former band the 20th Congress for his latest album on Royal Potato Family. He is touring with the band as well.

Walter called New Orleans home for several years and dug deeply into the local music scene. His previous recording Cure All was a trio album with local bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich. He has also recorded with Stanton Moore of Galactic.

It’s been a busy year for the revered organist who in addition to his work with the 20th Congress has recorded and toured extensively with The Greyboy Allstars, the seminal funk-jazz ensemble he helped found almost two decades ago.

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Richard Bates begins Saturday residency at the Circle Bar

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The wry singer/songwriter who plays ukulele and guitar and fronts the band, the Hons, will be appearing for a Happy Hour gig beginning tomorrow, June 22, and continuing through July 27.

Bates promises original music, pop covers, and lopsided love songs. His band mates in the Hons will appear on June 29 and July 27.

Of special interest to fans of musicians who occasionally perform with tongue firmly in cheek are his ukulele versions of songs by Britney Spears, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and Louis Prima.

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