"In general, the weekend looks like a wonderful fall showcase, but there are a few details to point out. Some showers are still possible early Friday afternoon, but the rest of the weekend will be dry. Voodoo goers should plan on a soggy ground for Friday and outside of the hours 11AM-4PM, some cooler temps, especially at night. If you're planning on being there overnight, bring a jacket. Don't say I didn't warn ya!."
"The jam packed festival month continues, with a headliner this weekend of The 2013 Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival. A cool front will drop temperatures finally into the 70s... which, well, about time! Rain chances look lower on Friday and Sunday, but the first half of Saturday has a better threat for showers. Overall though we will have clouds with the occasional break of sunshine. I'm just glad we will get a break from the heat for the first real time this year!"
New Orleans MC Truth Universal officially drops his latest album, Invent the Future, today after a weekend celebration and album release for the record, which rounds up an all-star production team to boost Truth's provocative, community-conscious mind-bending and storytelling raps.
Influenced equally by b-boy culture, Public Enemy politics, golden-era hip-hop as well as political revolutionaries, the environment and community organizing, Truth packs Invent the Future with wall-to-wall calls-to-action, promising to "put New Orleans on the map like Rand McNally" in more ways than one. The album follows 2011's Resistance Vol. 2: Polygraph and 2010's Guerrilla Business.
"The thing most people see is commercial rap. It’s just a bunch of nonsense," Truth told Gambit last month. "It’s important people who understand what’s going on to put that in the music. Me, personally, I feel responsible. If I can lend any discussion that will help the community, I need to add that on, or help start a discussion. People like to say they try to have solutions, but I can’t say I have. I’m an organizer, an activist, at heart. I’m going to try to start the discussions so we can work on solutions. It’s important we keep that alive in hip hop."
"Police corruption, the housing situation, gentrification, the lack of access to fresh foods — it’s wide open for all that," he said about his lyrics. "I turn it up when I can."
As part of the Broadway @ NOCCA series, stage and screen star Jane Krakowski performs Monday, Oct. 7 with Seth Rudetsky, who turns the show into what Krakowski calls a "Broadway series of Inside the Actor's Studio."
The four-time Emmy Award-nominated star of 30 Rock — where she played dim late-night diva Jenna Maroney — also earned a Tony Award for her 2003 performance in the musical Nine, in which her descent to the stage wrapped in nothing but a sheet accompanied the song "A Call from the Vatican." Krakowski shows off her multitude of musical chops on her 2010 album The Laziest Gal in Town.
In her interview with Gambit for our 2013 fall arts and entertainment guide, Krakowski talks about New Orleans (where she filmed the 2009 flick Cirque du Freak), growing up on stage, and what's next after 30 Rock.
The show must go on: 2013 Ponderosa Stomp organizers announced that despite the approaching weather-doom, this weekend's festivities will go on as planned at Rock 'N' Bowl.
West Bank teenage psychedelic rock 'n' roll band The Gaunga Dyns will reunite Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Stomp. The Gaunga Dyns recorded two records on Busy B in the mid-1960s: "Rebecca Rodifer" and its B-side "Stick With Her," and "Clouds Don't Shine" with "No One Cares." In this week's Gambit, I talked to Gaunga Dyns guitarist Steve Staples — who performs in the Avon Suspects and runs International Vintage Guitars in Algiers.
The band's moody, twangy garage rock was released on legendary New Orleans label Minit Records' subsidiary, Busy B, and hit radio waves and rock 'n' roll clubs. As Staples says, "We were on fire."
The band dissolved by the late '60s. After the jump, read Gambit's interview with Staples — he talks about the mid-'60s psychedelic scene, performing at Maison Blanche, what happened to the original recordings, and getting the band back together.
The 11th edition of the Ponderosa Stomp kicks off 7 p.m. Thursday with a screening of the documentary Muscle Shoals at the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St., 504-528-3800). The film takes an unconventional look at the titular Alabama town — curiously named after the mussels that settled in pockets of the Tennessee River — and its two hit factories. FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound studios delivered massive success stories, from Percy Sledge, Arthur Alexander, Clarence Carter and Wilson Pickett to Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones and dozens others. It's also the epicenter for contemporary artists Drive-By Truckers and Jason Isbell, The Civil Wars and just-east neighbors Alabama Shakes.
The film opens with gorgeous landscape shots that frame Colbert County as a sort of magical foundation for the music it produced — from an unlikely group of sharecroppers' sons, like FAME founder and architect of the Muscle Shoals sound Rick Hall, whose story of tragedy and triumph opens and closes each act. FAME house band and Muscle Shoals Sound founders The Swampers, a group of good ol' Alabama white boys who backed black artists during the tumultuous mid-'60s under Gov. George Wallace, are the film's humble heroes. Keith Richards, Bono, Jimmy Cliff and other famous talking heads throw heaps of praise at the group.
Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier anchors the film in the "mystic" elements of north Alabama rather than the realities of it, but it moves gracefully through decades of hits with rare footage, oral histories and an engrossing look into an under-appreciated landmark of American music.
Watch the trailer after the jump and read Gambit's interview with director Camalier.
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