DJ Tonearm: AMPLIFIED SOUL! 6pm, FREE!
With Mardi Gras having recently just happened and the world-famous New Orleans Jazz Fest on the horizon, I decided to construct an entire set devoted to the evolution and musical history of The Crescent City.
Join me tomorrow, Tuesday March 10th, for an aural account of the birth of the blues, the formation of jazz (back when it was known as "jas"), the evolution of Allen Toussaint and Eddie Bo produced soul of the '50s and '60s, and the transformation into Meters heavy '70s second-line funk.
Stand-out tracks will include: "Yarum Praise Songs" by Fra-Fra Tribesmen of northern Ghana, played with gourd rattles and a bowed two-string fiddle; "Gut Bucket Blues" by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five (1925); haunting plantation recordings from 1936 by blues vocalist and harmonica player, Robert Hill; dance floor filler "Decatur Street" by Patti Labelle & The Blue Belles (1963); plus the irresistible smoldering funk of Willie West's "Fairchild" from 1970—all presented in loose chronological order. I'll try. Hah!
Alright! Come have a listen.
Mike (aka Dj Tone Arm)