Gumbo Sounds of New Orleans Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Trad Jazz
Long Beach-Thousands of transplanted Louisianans and other lovers of all things of Louisiana culture gathered at the Rainbow Lagoon re-Christian as The Bayou for the 23rd Annual Bayou & Mardi Gras Festival. The festival presented by Comprehensive Child Development and Rainbow Promotions LLC was held on June 27 and 28, 2009. Throughout the weekend, New Orleans and Louisiana came alive with: continuous dancing to Cajun and Zydeco music on a large covered dance floor at the Bayou Stage, Blues on the Club N’ Orleans... Read More
"Juneteenth" June 19, 1865 - marked the end of slavery for the slaves of Texas.
President Lincoln had sent the proclamation on January 1, 1863. The most focal reason for this failure in communication in this state can be attributed to slave owners wanting to obtain free labor out of the slaves as long as possible.
Alas, men, women, and children of Texas remained enslaved until General Gordon Granger and troops came to Galveston, Texas, took possession and enforced Emancipation Proclamation.
It is widely believed the slaves broke out in great jubilation... Read More
Glorious Juneteenth Celebration in Santa Monica
Santa Monica- June gloom was prominently featured on the morning of June 20th until the early afternoon. The day featured a noticeable mist. This didn’t dampen the resolve of hundreds gathered at Virginia Avenue Park for the 17th Annual Juneteenth Celebration-2009. This year’s theme was “A New Voice of Hope.”
The Juneteenth 2009 Planning Group-Laverne Ross-President, Juneteenth Celebration Committee Inc., Rev. Dr. Sidonie Smith-Director, Firelight in Spirit, Eula Fritz- City of Santa Monica, Bishop Willis... Read More
31st Annual Playboy Jazz Festival
Hollywood- The Playboy Jazz Festival presented in conjunction with the Los Angeles Philharmonic featured some of the most exciting and internationally renowned names in jazz together at the 2009 Playboy Jazz Festival. Now in its 31st year, the festival presented a stellar lineup of talent Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th at the landmark Hollywood Bowl. The two day event which annually attracts over 35,000 fans, celebrated the entire spectrum of jazz. This year’s slate of performers featured an eclectic mix of veteran jazz icons, today’s hottest... Read More
The annual Playboy Jazz Festival took place on June 13 and 14th at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, CA. The line-up on both days ranged in style from Contemporary to Reggae while diversity abounded.
Clouds couldn't keep the crowds away that Sunday afternoon as a number of extraordinary musicians took to the stage.
A Quincy Jones discovery - Alfredo Rodriquez - an incredible Pianist and his ensemble shared many tunes with a Latin tinge on Jazz favorites. His style was flourishing and invigorating despite the constant chatter as he utilized the upright Piano to his own advantage.... Read More
Literary Fair and Jazz & Gospel Festival Brightened the Day
Los Angeles-Many people woke up on Saturday, June 6 and thought that it would turn out to be a gloomy day after a down pour of rain in the early morning hours.
I had the pleasure of attending two events that shined brightly on what some thought would be a gloomy day.
My first stop was Leimert Park Village for the 3rd Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair with the theme “Celebrating Our Legacy: Families Reading Together.” Many families were in attendance to enjoy the plethora of inter-active,... Read More
Early in my teens, I became enamored with the power of being a DJ. As a small kid, it blew me away to see the effect that music had on people, and the amazing control that a disc jockey could then have over an assembled crowd, regardless of his size. I saw how music could turn a simple gathering in a party, and turn awkward first meetings of strangers into steamy rendezvous. Of course, it wasn't just any music that could do this, but the right music. And so the axiom originally opined by Stan Lee in 1962 (via the Amazing SpiderMan) once again proved true for the disc jockey: with great... Read More
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