Lost Bayou Ramblers, Louis Michot Are More Traditional Than You Think

[Updated] The Lost Bayou Ramblers’ documentary On Va Continuer presents the band and particularly fiddler Louis Michot as traditionalists. That’s a very familiar narrative for the band; soon after it formed in 1999, The Lost Bayou Ramblers came to be seen as part of a new community of history-minded young bands in South Louisiana that included The Pine Leaf Boys, The Red Stick Ramblers, and Feufollet.

Shorty, Nevilles Belatedly Pass the Torch at Jazz Fest

Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis introduced the festival-closing set by saying that three acts had closed the fest on what is now the Acura Stage—Professor Longhair, the Neville Brothers, and Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue—and that two of the three were coming up. There were a few other acts between Longhair’s death in 1980 and 1986 when the Neville Brothers took up residency in that spot, but the time slot has been associated with the Neville Brothers and Shorty for more than 30 years.

An Emotional Send-Off for Bo Dollis

[Updated] No event with Mardi Gras Indians can be entirely solemn. Saturday at the funeral for Bo Dollis, Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias, more than 25 Indians came in their suits to pay respects, and their suits had few colors suitable for mourning. Instead, they stood in canary yellow, lime sherbet green, and a variety of purples. One Mardi Gras Indian with his back to me had a patch with a beaded image of Barack Obama and the cutline, “Mr.

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