Tank and the Bangas' Liberation Music

Last weekend, Tarriona "Tank" Ball played the telephone booth as part of The Music Box's Roving Village in City Park. Today, she plays the French Quarter Festival's Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage at 5:45 p.m. with her group, Tank and the Bangas

Recently, Lauren Keenan visited the band to see them at home and in rehearsal. Here are her notes:

The Wooden Wings Work Plugged and Unplugged

Recently, Lauren Keenan visited The Wooden Wings to videotape an interview and performance by former My Spilt Milk contributor Cherie LeJeune and Molly Portier. The two have worked to find the right lineup for the band, but their songs and harmonies remain at its core.

The band will return tonight to play The Circle Bar after some time off to work on new material. The show starts at 10 p.m.

Jack White Fragile?

My review of Jack White’s show Tuesday at the Saenger is online at The New Orleans Advocate. An additional thought crystalized when photographer Chelsea Dunn sent me some of her photos from the show. It seemed apropos that the stage was well lit, but in a way that provided little illumination. It’s hard to imagine that anybody felt any closer to him by the end of the set, and step back from the music and the show felt very controlling.

Alan Lomax at Jazz Fest

In 2011, film footage from folklorist Alan Lomax's 1982 visit to New Orleans was put online at the Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) website. The association's mission statement reads:

Inspired by the example set by Alan Lomax, our mission is to stimulate cultural equity through preservation, research, and dissemination of the world's traditional music, and to reconnect people and communities with their creative heritage.

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