This week's show (February 25, 2009) on American Routes features young musicians in brass bands who are taking Louisiana's roots music into the 21st century.
Mardi Gras may be over for now but there's always next year. By joining Blanc et Noir Marching Society in Shreveport you can help this new/old form of marching band music continue to grow. Imagine that. Shreveport is a part of the vibrant Louisiana music scene and not just the Other Side.
Thank you Talbot Hopkins for the cool video of The Red and Black Brass Band in the 2009 Krewe of Highland parade.
Thank you Mike Rosebery for this great shot of Mary at the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Shreveport.
We're sure you know this but just in case...Mardi Gras and Jesus and Mary are connected. Mardi Gras is the "last hurrah" before Ash Wednesday. In fact, Carnival comes from the Latin words carne vale, meaning farewell to the flesh. We've had reports that some local college students had no idea that there was a Mardi Gras Jesus connection...
"I found bliss early. It was reading or thinking in the spread out trunk of a pink flowered mimosa tree in our front yard.
I made my freest art back then. When I was a little kid alone in my room, I danced to music from a tiny record player. I had a built up platform in the bottom of my closet, so I would push the clothes back on either side and dance away in funky costumes I found around the house. Now when I create art, I am seeking to go back to my bliss." Usher May 24, 2010