Here’s this week’s round up of all things New Orleans! NOLA is where Bonnaroo was born and it’s where the Bonnaroo vibe exists 365 days a year. Take a minute or an hour and look into Bonnaroo’s beating heart and living soul…
Video: Bric-A-Brac Episode 5: New Orleans
The Bonnaroo site, an oasis in the wilds of Tennessee, becomes something of a nation in its own right during that one magical weekend in June, when tens of thousands of fans come together with no allegiance, at least for four days, to anything but the music. But if Bonnaroo has a spiritual outpost in the real world, it’d be the city of New Orleans. Read on to discover the traditions that are at the core of the Bonnaroo way of life: http://www.bonnaroo.com/deep-in-the-tradition/
Video: Adventures in Mardis Gras — Allen Toussaint
Take an exclusive inside look into the home and recording studio of Allen Toussaint — a legendary New Orleans musician, composer, and producer.
So who’s really behind Bonnaroo? Where does that funky name come from? And where did it begin? Discover the festival’s hidden history in this interview with Bonnaroo’s founding fathers. Get the inside scoop here: http://www.bonnaroo.com/new-orleans-birthplace-of-bonnaroo/
Video: Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Portugal. The Man — Mardi Gras Parades
If you’ve spent one summer on the farm or one night in NOLA for Mardis Gras, you know parades are some of the most magical things that occur. Check out this parade led by Galactic, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Portugal. The Man!
It’s Jazz Fest time! If you’re lucky enough to be heading down south to New Orleans you’re going to see so much great shit you’ll need a pen and paper to remember it all (or at least a fully juiced phone). Check out our complete guide to Jazz Fest including the best in food, music, and more! Start planning your trip here: http://www.bonnaroo.com/happy-jazz-fest-yall/
Video: Galactic — You Don’t Know
Galactic has performed more times at Bonnaroo than any other band! They are the definition of “Good Stuff.” Watch them jam out at Bonnaroo 2011!
Even though you can’t second-line down the street with a piano, ever since Jelly Roll Morton ushered ragtime into jazz in Storyville saloons, it’s also been at the heart of the New Orleans sound. Take an in depth look at the New Orleans piano and how it has funked, jazzed, rocked, and rolled its way into history. It’s all in black and white here: http://www.bonnaroo.com/keys-to-the-city/
Video: Galactic — Heart of Steel
Galactic blesses us once again with another one of their funky tunes! Here’s another track from their set at Bonnaroo 2011
When Big Freedia took the stage at The Other Tent at Bonnaroo 2012, it was likely many festivalgoers’ first exposure to the unique style known as bounce. Characterized by a few familiar beats and samples and, often, call-and-response lyrics asking listeners to represent for their New Orleans neighborhood or high school, bounce emerged in New Orleans in the early ‘90s as the city’s personal, upbeat twist on hip-hop. Tap into the roots of bounce music here: http://www.bonnaroo.com/more-bounce-to-the-ounce/