Hurricane Katrina Shows in Review

Over the course of hosting a KAOS radio show, I’ve done a number of shows dedicated to Hurricane Katrina, using the music from New Orleans to highlight aspects of this catastrophe so change the city. Here’s a summary. The 2015 Katrina recognition show was a two-parter (10 year anniversary). The first goes into the detail of the … Continue reading “Hurricane Katrina Shows in Review”

From Katrina to COVID, the music survives but for how long

Fifteen years ago, New Orleans was literally underwater. And while the city has bounced back, I’m not sure our country has learned very much from the lessons of Hurricane Katrina. This week’s show is my seventh annual Katrina recognition kicked off by the Free Agents Brass Band sounding both joyous and angry upon its return … Continue reading “From Katrina to COVID, the music survives but for how long”

14 years after Katrina and Louisiana is still losing its coastline

This year’s recognition show of Hurricane Katrina floats downriver to the disappearing wetlands of Louisiana’s coastline. Get it started and read on. This is my fifth show recognizing the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and this year I chose to address the existential issue of whether our country is prepared to hold on to a critical … Continue reading “14 years after Katrina and Louisiana is still losing its coastline”

Katrina 13 year anniversary – What the hell!

Thirteen years since Hurricane Katrina destroyed the lives of over a thousand New Orleans residents, scattering survivors throughout the country.  And yet, based on our abysmal response to the damage wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, we’ve learned little.  Get this year’s annual Katrina recognition dedicated to Puerto Rico started. Shamarr Allen creates the … Continue reading “Katrina 13 year anniversary – What the hell!”

A dozen years after Katrina

The 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans has been marked by deadly flood waters around the planet–from Houston to Bangladesh. Today’s show, originally aired on KAOS and presented in edited form below, is dedicated to all flood victims.  As weather intensifies in the future, we all run the risk of … Continue reading “A dozen years after Katrina”

Hurricane Katrina scattered New Orleans music across the U.S.

An upside to Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flood was the infusion of New Orleans culture throughout our country.  With the city almost completely evacuated, its people, music, cooking, way of talk and style scattered across the U.S. like seeds from a dandelion blowball. Texas received the largest number of evacuees. Austin, which like New Orleans … Continue reading “Hurricane Katrina scattered New Orleans music across the U.S.”

Hurricane Katrina 10-year anniversary is a time to reflect

The 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina affords us the opportunity to remember and reflect on how devastating nature can be when compounded by human failure. As often happens, the poor, elderly and vulnerable populations suffered disproportionately because of their inability to get out of harms way and the paucity of their personal resources to recover afterwards. Sadly, … Continue reading “Hurricane Katrina 10-year anniversary is a time to reflect”

Seven Year Itch – Time to Move On?

Why am I still doing this show? Isn’t seven years long enough? I’ve produced over 350 radio episodes focusing exclusively on music from New Orleans with some some well justified forays into Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Mamou and other nearby swamp lands. Perhaps its time to move? On the plus side, the music I play is … Continue reading “Seven Year Itch – Time to Move On?”

Mama Don’t Like It But I Do – You Too?

This month’s Gumbo YaYa dance party starts off with Smiley Lewis’ “Mama Don’t Like It” an R&B spinoff of the even older “Mama Don’t Allow” standard. And a fitting start to the September dance party edition of Gumbo Ya Ya. If you can read this while dancing, go ahead and start the player below. First, … Continue reading “Mama Don’t Like It But I Do – You Too?”

Time to get up for school & do your homework – Gumbo YaYa

Normally at this time of year, I do a full show dedicated to Hurricane Katrina, but after doing six such shows it seemed time to adjust. Instead, this week’s show offers one set of music featuring Trombone Shorty, Shamarr Allen, and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. It’s not that I don’t think Hurricane Katrina has lost its … Continue reading “Time to get up for school & do your homework – Gumbo YaYa”