This morning James Karst, po boy scholar, New Orleans jazz historian, and Times Picayune weekly columnist announced his departure from the thrice weekly local newspaper The Times Picayune.

We can’t pin this one on Jim Amoss, the most loathed man in New Orleans journalism history as he left his role as the Times Picayune’s editor on October 22, 2015.

That day should be a state holiday as Amoss did more to destroy the former daily than any person in its history. Continue Reading

Ponderosa Stomp main man Billy Boy Arnold turns 83 today. Mr Arnold started playing with Bo Diddly in 1951 when Diddly was still working out them hambone beats that would eventually make him famous. Back then Maxwell Street was the epicenter of the Windy City blues scene and men that would one day stride the earth as legends were playing for a plate of fried catfish and a few belts of whiskey.

Billy Boy Arnold was honing his chops in the 1940s with cats like Sonny Boy Williamson before he’d even become a teenager. 70 years later he’s still under full steam as witnessed by his incendiary live set earlier this year headlining the Chicago Blues Festival with fellow masters Willie Clayton, Sugar Blue and Mavis Staples.

I’m champing at the bit to see this one.

Judy Hill, formerly of Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar is featured in this New Orleans, and Mississippi-shot documentary.

If you spend five minutes with Miss Judy you feel like the most important person on earth. She’s kinetic.

Earlier in his career, Roberto Minervini, the filmmaker, made a disturbing documentary on marginalized meth addicts and rural survivalists with his Louisiana-shot “The Other Side”

“What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?” is currently on the festival circuit.

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Billy Joe Shaver performing live at Players in Pflugerville Texas

He’s not in a graveyard, sitting in jail or a mental institution. Billy Joe Shaver has defied everybody who came up against him since he started down the outlaw path back in the 60s.

Pictured: Mr Shaver holding it down at a dive bar in Pflugerville, Texas back in 2011. The Corsicana, Texas native blew the doors off Players that night. Then he got in his old, beat-up van and drove off to the next gig, and the next town.

Same as he’s always done.

Happy Birthday Billy Joe.

2018 National Underwear Day Parade

Sunday August 5th at 5pm folks who enjoy prancing around in their drawers will take to the streets of New Orleans for the National Underwear Day Parade.

This event was last held locally on the streets of Bywater back in 2016. We had our crew out there, and were rightly pleased to see that Trixie Minx was the Grand Marshall of the parade.

Ms Minx has made a good living partying in her panties in public.

If you go:

The event starts at 5pm and will proceed from the Elephant Collective at 3610 Toulouse Street in Mid City.

Please bring extra pairs of new underwear to the event. There will be donation boxes for New Orleans homeless community.

Dr John’s piano is on permanent exhibit at the New Orleans Jazz Museum

The New Orleans Jazz Museum knows how to throw a party. When the old depository flings their doors open today, August 2nd 2018, we’ll all be pushing and shoving to get inside so we can see what manners of Professor Longhair arcana they’ve managed to round up.

Tom Worrell and Uganda Roberts will be playing the music of the giant.

There will be a cash bar, and snacks will be on offer as well.

New Orleans Jazz Museum
400 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana
70116

Professor Longhair Centennial Exhibit Opening

5pm

Free