Jazz Fest: The Revelers Are Looking for a Hybrid

In Lafayette, the audience for a Cajun/zydeco dance is a social event, not a way to work off the stubborn final five pounds. Around the country, a subculture of zydecougars doing “zyderobics”—as The Revelers’ guitarist Chas Justus puts it—has developed that supports the band as well as many bands from southwest Louisiana, but they do so by turning dances into workouts. 

From the Drawing Rooms to the Rice Fields

The music business has its ways of directing people down more fitting paths. Joshua Caffery remembers a reality check moment from his days with The Red Stick Ramblers, when they played a sold-out CD-release show at Grant Street Dance Hall in Lafayette, then performed to two friends the next night at the Hi-Ho Lounge here in New Orleans. A marriage and a Masters Degree gave him an occasion to reconsider if the touring band life was for him, and he decided no.

Treme: Let's Make a Deal

This week's episode does what Treme was made to do - illuminate a fundamental drama that most of us face.If things go according to plan, most of us will not have to survive a zombie apocalypse and track down a devious computer hacker/killer? More likely: How badly do you want your dream, and what deals will you make to achieve it? Annie (Lucia Micarelli) approaches manager Marvin Frey (Michael Cerveris) and asks, "Where do I sign?" and the scene could only have played more Faustian if it was shot in brimstone smell-o-vision.

Treme: Our World

[Updated] In my interview Saturday with Eric Overmyer, he referred to Treme as sui generis, and it is in ways he discussed and ways he didn't. Its merger of the real and fictional is likely unprecedented, as is the extensive use of music. But it's also hard to think of a show that included its producers' affections so baldly. Musical acts, for instance, are written into the show because Overmyer and David Simon like them, even if the fit is awkward.

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