Category Archives: R&B

Scene Report: The RBT Band at Mo’s Chalet in Metairie

Metairie is a place often disparaged by those “not from here.” It is especially disparaged by those not from here who seek to cloak themselves and where they came from in all things New Orleans. By disparaging our hinterlands, they strive to make themselves all the more genuinely New Orleans. Ironically, these self-appointed New Orleans … Continue reading Scene Report: The RBT Band at Mo’s Chalet in Metairie

PS Time Machine: September 14, 1955

“A wop bop a loo mop, a good goddam!” Fifty-four years ago today, per Bumps Blackwell’s recommendation, Little Richard Penniman (seen above with Jet Harris, Gene Vincent and Sam Cooke) joined forces with Fats Domino’s band — which included the late Earl Palmer, drummer extraordinaire who performed at the 1st annual Ponderosa Stomp and served … Continue reading PS Time Machine: September 14, 1955

Scene Report: Midnight Streetcar in Chalmette

The scene: An historic crossroads in Chalmette, where St. Bernard Highway meets Paris Road, under the unearthly, Mordor-like glow of the Chalmette Refinery, in a parish where so many ghosts still tiptoe on the fringes of our consciousness: French land barons. West African slaves. Canary Island fishermen. Creole dandies. Kaintuck riflemen. Bloodied British invaders. Sicilian … Continue reading Scene Report: Midnight Streetcar in Chalmette

Ponderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center: The Reviews Are In

  Before the event got underway, the New York Post weighed in with a lengthy preview. David Fricke, in Rolling Stone: “The third night of the inaugural Lincoln Center edition of the Ponderosa Stomp — the annual spring resurrection of forgotten roots-rock and R&B heroes and heroines, founded and held in New Orleans — was … Continue reading Ponderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center: The Reviews Are In