Dr. John, memories of Big Chief Bo Dollis and more on Jazz Fest's Music Heritage Stage, weekend two | NOLA.com

The 2015 New Orleans Jazz Fest poster depicting the late Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Bo Dollis is flanked by his widow, Rita Dollis, left, and son Gerard 'Bo Jr.' Dollis, right, at the Fair Grounds during a Jazz Fest press conference on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Keith Spera, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

During the second weekend of the 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage hosts Dr. John, the Stooges Brass Band, family and friends of the late Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians Big Chief Bo Dollis in conversation on his legacy and many more relaxed chats between the luminaries of Louisiana music and the scholars and writers that document it.

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Mr. Okra is still the freshest thing going at fest | The New Orleans Advocate

One of the most recognizable voices in New Orleans is not a singer, not a rapper, and not a trumpeter.

It’s a man selling fresh produce from a truck.
Advocate file photo by SCOTT GOLD -- Mr. Okra, Arthur Robinson

At the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell Sunday, Arthur Robinson, otherwise known as Mr. Okra, is indeed where he is best known: The driver’s seat of his Ford F-150 pickup truck. With a CB radio microphone in one hand, Robinson recites a litany of his offerings to fest-goers as they stream past: Bananas, strawberries, cucumbers, oranges, pineapples, and, of course, okra.

He has been selling at the festival for four years and for 31 years has been selling in the streets of New Orleans every day of the week.

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Interactive map: New Orleans school building siting changes over time | NOLA.com

The state Recovery School District has issued several plans over the past few years to match its New Orleans public school buildings -- all renovated or redone after Hurricane Katrina -- with charter school programs. They are long-term destinations: The charters might have to spend several years in temporary space while construction proceeds. Many buildings have been reassigned as the years pass.

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Funeral Saturday for 103-year-old jazz trumpeter | Sun Herald



New Orleans is saying good-bye to jazzman Lionel Ferbos with a jazz funeral, including a traditional second-line parade. His funeral Saturday morning comes as the Satchmo Summerfest music festival celebrates the legacy of another New Orleans trumpeter, Louis Armstrong. Festival organizers plan photo tributes to Ferbos at stages and seminar areas.

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New video from Rebirth Brass Band - Rebirth Groove

Rebirth Brass Band's new video shot live at The Howlin Wolf New Orleans.

The Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band performs "Rebirth Groove," a tune from the new album. It was recorded live at Howlin' Wolf in New Orleans. Rebirth, who won its first Grammy Award in 2012, released the new album, "Move Your Body" in April.


Emeril Lagasse Shilling Bam! BBQ-Flavored Tortilla Chips | @Eater



Chef Emeril Lagasse now has his sights set on becoming a tortilla chip mogul. As first reported by Snack and Bakery, Lagasse has partnered with CoPak solutions to create a line of gluten-free Emeril Tortilla Chips. According to a rep, the Emeril-branded chips have "just been softly launched in Louisiana" at 40 locations of the Rouses Supermarket chain, and are available three flavors: Bam! BBQ (which plays off Lagasse's familiar catchphrase), Essence (featuring the "bold spice of New Orleans"), and, uh, Sweet Potato.

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New Orleans' Euclid Records is more than just a record store | St Louis Today

Weber doesn’t mean to take anything away from other New Orleans stores; he says the city is full of great ones. “They tend to be very niche in a lot of ways,” Weber says. “Domino (Sound Record Shack) is great and small and well-curated, the place you send diehard music fans to. Louisiana Music Factory does a great job mostly focusing on regional and local stuff.”  Weber also sees his Euclid Records as a cultural center, common of record stores nowadays.


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Mowing The Vacant Lot Next Door Could Result In Ownership | WGNO

If you’ve been cleaning up the vacant lot next door to your home, you could eventually wind up owning it. The “Mow To Own” program would reward adjacent homeowners and address city-wide blight.



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