Music and soul from the Cresent City.
New Orleans, Louisiana is known for it’s World class musical events. It is after all the “Birthplace of Jazz,” and on just about any given day or night of the week you can stop into the most unsuspecting place, a joint here, a tavern there, and be enchanted, moved and grooved by the most talented of musicians.
What I love about the music in New Orleans is that it is utterly unpretentious: It’s cheap, it’s plentiful and it comes directly form the soul – it is raw emotion in motion. Everybody who is “anybody” plays down there, and everybody who is nobody (all of us) gets “down” with it.
The French Quarter Festival, featured in this video, is but one of New Orleans’ well known events. It is however lesser known than the Jazz Festival and therefore draws a smaller, more local crowd. The musicians in the French Quarter Fest are all well known local musician’s (one of the criteria) and boy do they know how to get a crowd up on their feet!
The beauty of the French Quarter Fest is that you can actually roam the Quarter, and down by the river, listening to Big Band, Swing, Latin Jazz, Zydeco, Soul, Gospel and more while noshing on favorite foods from some of our Country’s most notorious restaurants (Emeril’s, K-Paul’s, Arnaud’s…..) You can break off from the crowd, breathe, spread out, come and go, and go at slower pace than the much touted and also wonderful Jazz Fest which takes place in the Fair Grounds and has a “one time entrance only policy.”
So, get ready to get out of your chair and up on your feet and join FatBellyTraveler for a tour of French Quarter Fest 07′.
And then pick up the phone and book your reservations for French Quarter Fest 08′!
Special Thanks to:
French Quarter Festival All Stars with Connie Jones
Leif Pedersen’s Big Band
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers
Marva White & the BMW’s
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I was fortunate enough to attend the Bacchus Ball in 2006, not even 6 months after Katrina in the NOLA convention center and I just happened to start recording Willie when he started the song. I don’t think a song has ever meant so much to me at any time in my life. Just shut up, try to take it in, and let yourself be moved…
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The faces of the New Orleans Fire Department are younger today than ever before. In fact, many firefighters who hold leadership positions have less than five years of experience.
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The Evening Star is shining bright
So make a wish, and hold on tight
There’s magic in the air tonight
And anything can happen…
In the southland, theres a city
Way down on the river
Where the women are very pretty
And all the men deliver.
Theyve got music, its always playin.
Starts in the daytime, goes on through the night.
When you hear that music playin,
Hear what Im sayin, it makes you feel alright.
Grab somebody, come on down.
Bring your paintbrush, we paintin the town.
Theres some sweetness goin round,
Catch it down in New Orleans.
Theyve got magic, good and bad
Makes you happy or make you real sad.
Get everything you want or lose what you had
Down here in New Orleans.
Hey partner, dont be shy.
Come on down, give us a try
You want to do some livin before you die?
Do it down in New Orleans.
Shotgun shacks and mansions,
sugar barons and cotton kings.
Rich people, poor people, they all got dreams.
And dreams do come true in New Orleans.
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The French Quarter and The French Market as they were seen 11 months AFTER Hurricane Katrina. The FQ survived and became the meeting areas for FEMA and the recovery effort due to the fact that it did not flood and the City is Open For Business.
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About winning the Super Bowl, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees thinks there’s “no other city or community or people that deserve it more than New Orleans.”
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Wild Wayne TV presents KERMIT RUFFINS, LIVE AT VAUGHAN’S, Guest appearances R&B Singer ROI ANTHONY and by Kermit’s own BBQ Swingers
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Bourbon Street New Orleans in the Daytime. This is a walking tour in three segments. Recorded June of 2007. I screwed something up so the credit at the end isn’t really at the end. I know it is my fault but I still don’t know how I did it.
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drop wifey off…fun time with the kids!!! lol…she was mad of course.
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Born in New Orleans on February 20th, 1958, Leroy began studying the trumpet at age 10, in school band. By the time he was 13 years old, he was already playing gigs and leading Danny Barker’s young Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band. The Fairview Band performed at church events, Social & Pleasure Club events, Funerals, and Second Line Parades all over the city of New Orleans. The band has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institute Festival of Culture & Folklore. The Fairview band later evolved into the Hurricane Brass Band, which became the seed of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Leroy was a significant figure amongst the new breed of aspiring young musicians participating in Barker’s renaissance of New Orleans brass bands.
After a very brief stint in the Jazz Studies Program at Loyola University’s Conservatory of Music, joined the musicians union and went on to pursue his career as a professional musician. He has played with nearly all the famous jazz bands in town, and has performed at festivals and clubs throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, Japan and Australia.
The past decade has been a member of the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra, performed on numerous recordings with various artists, leads one of the Preservation Hall Jazz Bands and has two critically acclaimed solo releases, “Mo’ Cream From The Crop” and “Props for Pops” on the Sony/Columbia label. continues to travel and record the world over.
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