Monday, April 25, 2011
A Pair Of News: New Orleans & A New Job
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is just days away, and like I've done every year but one since 1999, I will fly down, not drive down, to New Orleans. The big name acts lined up for this year's festival seem further away from New Orleans "Jazz & Heritage" than ever before, with Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, John Mellencamp, Cyndi Lauper and Mrs. Lauren Hill gearing up for their big stage performances. Also on tap, Robert Plant, Wilco, Jeff Beck, Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists and The Avett Brothers.
Of course, that's not what it's all about. For me, it's always been about the great New Orleans artists that I rarely, if ever get to see outside of the Crescent City, like John Boutte, Germaine Bazzle, Astral Project, Li'l Band O' Gold, Derek Douget, Jon Cleary, Joe Krown, Panorama Jazz Band, the great Bob French and just about every wonderful gospel group that will be performing in the awe-inspiring Gospel Tent.
You can see the daily stage line-ups HERE
Posting will continue, with music updates and reports from the fairgrounds, as well as the many night time club shows I hope to attend.
THE OTHER NEWS
Last week, I landed a new gig. I will be working acquisitions for Indiepix Films, as well as contributing regularly to their blog. Please check them out here and stay tuned for my first piece on a wonderful new documentary called "Last Summer At Coney Island." It's a fantastic company, much like Netflix, but with a focus solely on independent films. Needless to say, I'm excited about all of this.
Tomorrow, I will be posting a very special and very early "WEEKEND MIX," to carry you all over until I get back.
Okay boys and girls, stay tuned.