‘Sticking Up For Children’ with paint and rhythm

By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer “I bring used sticks so they’ve got some soul in them,” says Johnny Vidacovich of the drumsticks he carries with

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The late Big Chief ALLISON ‘TOOTIE’ Montana

Tootie Montana honored by City Council

By Fritz Esker Contributing Writer A little over 10 years ago, Big Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana died unexpectedly while addressing the City Coun­cil in an

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Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Awards — Spirit, Culture, Education and Fun
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Awards ceremony that takes place Sunday, August 9, at the Ashé Center isn’t — and has never been — your ...
A portrait of Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Queen of Keepers of the Flame Maroon Society, by artist Lisa DuBois was featured at Blue Linen Monday where proceeds of Mardi Gras Indian photography and art will benefit the Mardi Gras Indians.
Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame launches ‘fair use’ campaign
By Ryan Whirty Contributing Writer ‘The artwork is essentially the soul of the Mardi Gras Indians. And it is artwork. It’s not just a costume, it’s artwork. When we see these displayed, ...
Tuning up for Satchmo SummerFest 2015
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer There’s some good news and some not so good news about this year’s Satchmo SummerFest, Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2. Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, ...
Jazz and Cuban sounds reign on Saturday night
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer It’s always great to have a choice in many of life’s decisions — Creole gumbo or won ton soup? Chocolate or vanilla ice cream? Uptown or downtown? ...
Cash Money co-founder indicted in plot to kill Lil’ Wayne
An Atlanta television station reported last week that Cobb County. Geor­gia officials issued an indictment in June alleging that Cash Money co-founder Bryan “Baby” Williams, who raps under the moniker ...
Essence Festival 2015 – Dance lovin’ crowd
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer The Essence Festival has changed since its early years, though in many ways it remarkably stays the same. Oh yes, like Jazz Fest, the price of admission ...
PJ Morton – Celebrates in his hometown, NOLA
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer “It’s awesome that it worked out that way,” says keyboardist/vocalist/composer PJ Morton of celebrating the release of his new album, Live Show Killer, in his hometown of ...
New Orleans transplant drops his debut release
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Jamison Ross pulls off a stunner with his debut release, Jamison, on the highly-regarded Concord Jazz label. He will celebrate the event at Snug Harbor on Friday, ...

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