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NoDef's Annual Carnival Playlist



Fat Tuesday is upon us! The hours are slipping away before New Orleanians must once again pack their favorite Carnival albums and wait a year. If you don't feel like strolling down Bourbon St. in the interim, NoDef has put together a playlist for you with all the classics from Dr. John and Professor Longhair to Al "Carnival Time" Johnson. Very few cities have music for every season, and none have better music in any season than New Orleans.

Click through to listen to our annual playlist.

 


Prez Picks


April is festival season in New Orleans and music lovers are saturated with options. In addition to all of the visiting bands visiting town, plenty of local groups are planning special shows for the month-long music marathon. Today, Prez Hall dropped their loaded lineup for the peak of the season. Check it out below.


Pres. Hall Jazz Band on CBS Morning (VIDEO)


New Orleans was on the national news this morning, with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band taking an eight-minute segment of CBS' Sunday morning. Director Ben Jaffe, co-founder Sandra Jaffe, as well as band members Ronell Johnson, Mark Braud, and 81-year-old Charlie Gabriel discussed the unique venue and their role in maintaining it. Click through to watch: 


Pete Seeger, RIP: Folk Singer's La. Connections


Legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died late Monday at the age of 94, ending a run of more than 70 years devoted to the spread of song. Seeger's ties are strongest in the Hudson River Valley to New York City, but the champion of American folk music also inevitably traveled down to Louisiana on a few occasions.


Today in New Orleans 12.25.13


The fat man in the red suit jingled and jangled his way through the bayou last night, but the music never stops in New Orleans. Benny Grunch and the Bunch are kicking off an early 12 Yats of Christmas performance in Mid-City. Later, the grownups can see live jazz from Oak Street to Preservation Hall. On this day in 1913, radio personality and musician “Candy” Candido was born. Now, more to do this Christmas.


Voodoo After Dark 11.3.13


The festival gates close for the year tonight, but there is still after hours music from Frenchmen to Preservation Hall. Tonight, locals and out-of-towners alike are filling up venues outside of City Park, offering those who missed the music this week some late night opportunities to catch their favorite acts. 


Trombone Shorty, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Bring NOLA to Late-Night TV (VIDEO)


New Orleans music is no stranger to late nights, but on Wednesday a pair of our finest players aimed to please even those who stayed home. The boob tube offered a twofer of local musicians on the late-night talk shows, as Trombone Shorty played Leno, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band got their mojo working on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Click through for video.


Preservation Hall Jazz Band Plays Jimmy Fallon (VIDEO)


Trombone Shorty may get the most air time, but the rising star is not the only NOLA export to get gigs on live tv. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band gave the young artist a run for his money last night on Jimmy Fallon. The world famous ensemble played a catchy track from their latest album That's It! Click through to watch. 


Best of JazzFest: 5.4.13


There will be crowds and mud on JazzFest's second Saturday, but we know you don't have to think twice about heading over to the Fair Grounds. While you're awaiting the final hour pile up of Fleetwood Mac, Frank Ocean and Phoenix, check out a little fife, hip-hop and, from out of left field, Norah Jones. Here's today's non-headliner picks:


Dr. John, Frank Ocean Win Grammys (VIDEO)


Carnival celebrations in New Orleans kept the local buzz about Sunday's Grammy awards in second place. But, don't worry, the music industry's big showcase brought a little bit of the Crescent City to the broadcast. Two of New Orleans' own took home golden record players. Later, Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band joined the Black Keys on their award-winning "Lonely Boy."


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