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Brass, Bounce, and Empowerment: Sounds Imported from New Orleans

By Kevin F. Mason posted Feb 13, 2011 at 03:08 PM

Where y'at, Miami!  This is Your Boy Kev and I'm fresh off the plane from five days in New Orleans.  I went there to present a paper at an academic-like music conference and met with some great artists from that amazing city.  I sat down for BBQ shrimp and pizza with bounce artist Fly Boy Keno whose remix of Lloyd's "Lay It Down" is the biggest hit in New Orleans right now.  DJ Rusty Lazer also showed me some southern hospitality in his Swoon-painted up apartment by the St. Roch neighborhood, where he runs Saturday nights at St. Roch Tavern.  It's really the best place in town to dance and find yo'self a lil freak on a weekend night.

I also encountered the music of the Latino day-laborer community, who were protesting consistent harassment by the New Orleans Police Department and the proposed expansion of the Orleans Parish Prison.  We'll hear the brass music as captured by Balkan-influenced Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship?, the Mardi Gras Krewe of Eris, and the Panorama Brass Band on New Orleans' Domino Sound Records, a great label and amazing record store run by Matt Knowles.

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