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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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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Monday, April 27, 2015

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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