New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

This week's edition of The Blues, Saturday evening, April 27th at 11pm, includes a taste of New Orleans in honor of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival running through May 5th, as well as some  of our talented local musicians, plus others who'll be stopping in Cincinnati soon.

The first set features the Sonny Moorman Group, Ry Cooder, and Corey Harris/Henry Butler.  A song by Taj Mahal begins the second set followed by Bruce Cockburn, Delbert McClinton, and Robin Lacy & DeZydeco.  And ending the program is music from Galactic, Leroy Ellington's Sacred Hearts, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, and Joe Bonamassa.

Join us this Saturday evening, March 2nd at 11pm, for a trip down to New Orleans for a Mardi Gras edition of The Blues!  You'll hear from many iconic musicians like Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Beausoleil, Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, the Neville Brothers, and of course, Cincinnati's own Ricky Nye.

If you love New Orleans as much as I do, you might want to mark your calendar for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival running from Thursday, April 25th to Sunday, April 28th and the next week, Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 5th.  They've added another day...the first Thursday...this year.

This week's blues show, Saturday, January 26th, at 11pm, starts off with Gov't Mule, Dr. John, and John Scofield.  The second set features the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, the Blues Merchants, Cream, and Anders Osborne.  And, the show ends with two personal favorites, Deep Rhumba & Terence Blanchard's "In Time of Need."

This week's show at 11pm, Saturday, April 28th, starts off with a little boogie woogie from our own Ricky Nye followed by Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers, the Jambalaya Cajun Band, and Zachary Richard.  The second set features the Honey Island Swamp Band, Galactic, Dr. John, and the great Louis Armstrong.  The Rebirth Brass Band starts off the third set followed by the legendary Professor Longhair, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Pentones and finally Johnny Adams.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is running from April 27th to May 6th this year.  If you're a music fan and have never been, I'd strongly suggest you add a visit to your bucket list.

With Fat Tuesday around the corner, this week's blues show (Sat, 2/25 at 11pm) is full of toe-tappin', soul reviving music from New Orleans.  You'll hear from local piano legend Ricky Nye, Beau Jocque, the Jambalaya Cajun Band, and a favorite...Mr. Zachary Richard.  The second set starts off with the Honey Island Swamp Band, then Galactic, Dr. John, and Louis Armstrong.

This week, February 6th at 11pm, we're travelling down to New Orleans for a taste of music you might hear during their Mardi Gras celebration!  The show begins with two of my favorites, Lil' Band O' Gold and ReBirth Brass Band, followed by the iconic Professor Longhair and then the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

This week's Blues show on Saturday, May 2nd at 11pm starts off with "Bring on the Music" by Gov't Mule with vocals by Ty Taylor and written by Warren Haynes.  That's followed by songs from JP Jones as well as Sonny Landreth who's playing the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival tomorrow, Sunday, May 3rd.

This week on The Blues, which'll air at 11pm on Saturday, March 21st, the show begins with a song written by Jimmy Smith "Bayou" and is played by the great Joey DeFrancesco.  This is followed by Ruth Brown with a recording she did in 1989, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" with Grady Tate on drums and altoist Hank Crawford. 

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Phish, John Fogerty, Lyle Lovett, Christina Aguilera, Santana, the Avett Brothers, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Charlie Wilson are bound for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest. The roster also includes Robert Plant, Robin Thicke, Trey Songz, the Alabama Shakes, the String Cheese Incident, Public Enemy and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.