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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


Of Muses & Mixes

Theresa Andersson's 'Street Parade' Steps Off Today



With her new album Street Parade out today, local musician Theresa Andersson chats about her ride in Muses, going viral and offers a playlist of some of the songs that inspire her.

 

Theresa Andersson can roll off a folk tale easily, but, as is well known by now, she's equally comfortable in more modern means of communication. A couple years ago, the singer-songwriter who releses a new album today, got a taste of that most unexpected success when her YouTube video for "Na Na Na" went viral.

 

From there, she saw her story passed around the Internet, as the collection of insturments assembled and looped in her kitchen has beamed to 1.4 million users to date.

 

“What I appreciate about it so much that was totally unexpected was people deciding to like it and tell their friends, and it grew so organically," she said in an interview with NoDef last week. "I ended up seeing a lot of people showing up to my shows and concerts because they had seen the 'Na Na Na' video because they were curious. They’d end up driving two hours to see a show and they ended up being into the show and coming back.”

 

Andersson has experienced both local and international recognition. She recently toured in Holland and Germany, and of course, stays busy in her home country.

 

“I’ve been touring more overseas in the past few years than I have here," she said. "Sweden was a market that just exploded for me.” 

 

So where to go from overseas fame and a viral hit? To Mardi Gras, of course. You probably saw her in Muses this year, she was the one on a 12 foot egret being pulled by actual people. The inspiration for the bird came from a Swedish folk tale, "The Fantastic Journey."

 

“It’s been a longstanding dream of mine to have a marching band," said Andersson. "It made sense when I had the album called Street Parade to have a marching band.” 

 

Andersson’s husband, puppeteer Arthur Mintz, and Jacques Duffourc constructed the bird together. The pair also collaborated in the production of The Fantastic Mr. Fox at the CAC.

 

“I rode on this bird 12 ft. bird up in the air, and the Shreveport Puppeteers actually puppeteered and pushed the bird up the street. There was no motor," she said. Behind the bird came the cityscape which came from the water and the Bayou. The hats showed different images of that. There was a pirogue, trees, and oak trees.  We put all the stuff together this winter. I was doing a lot of this organizing from overseas using skype and emails. We came back and rehearsed with a big band.”

 

The resulting video, for the song "Hold On To Me" means all that preparation will last well beyond Ash Wednesday. The ethereal nature of the video provides for a visceral connection that runs through all of Andersson's work. Even when she way playing in her kitchen, viewers were mesmerized.

 

"I feel like you go on a journey every time you listen to a song or a record. When I write, that’s how I write, and I work with a lyricist Jessica Faust, who is a local poet," she said. "When I send her my song, I hope she’s going to feel that in the music so that she can write the lyrics based on what she feels in the song."

 

 

 

Theresa's Playlist

 

Andersson has been on that journey with other people's music too. We asked her to name a few songs by other people that connected with her.

 

 

1. Bobbie Gentry - Papa Woncha Let Me Go To Town With You
 
The first bus tour I was on, we rode in an old bus with a blue sky and white fluffy clouds painted on the sides. The bus driver had a cassette tape of Bobbie Gentry’s "Ode To Billy Joe" that I begged him to give me after the tour was over. I simply fell in love with this sound and had to have it. The whole experience was so beautifully 70’s except it all happened in the late 90’s.
 
 
 
2. Willie Nelson - On The Road Again
 
This was my song to sing every time I left New Orleans. We used to sing it as loud as possible with the windows rolled down..... The tape finally snapped and I haven’t listened to the song until today. I still love it!
 
 
3.  Allen Toussaint - On Your Way Down

 
I first heard the Little Feat version of this song. It was on a mix tape from a friend. Somewhere around 2 minutes the record skipped a couple of times but it was a funky skip. The song is forever edged in my mind that way.
 
 
 
4. Joni Mitchell - My Old Man
 
The album Blue was one of my first record purchases. I fell in love with Joni’s musical poetry. As I was scrubbing marble stairs in Gotland, Sweden to make money for my first trip to New Orleans I used to sing this song in the reverberated stair houses.

 
5.  The National - Secret Meeting
 
I love this band. For a while all I listened to was their two records Alligator and Boxer. I’ve never seen them live and I am not sure I want to. In my mind they’re perfect every time.
 

6.  Peter Bjorn & John - Let’s Call It Off
 
A great Swedish band. This song is from the record called Writers Block. There are so many great songs on this record and the sound of the record is  interesting. I like running to this song.....
 
 
 
7.  Radiohead - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
 
This was “my” Radiohead album. I had heard their earlier record but this is the one I lived with through many many late night drives.
 
 
 
8.  The Octopus Project - Truck
 
A gem of an instrumental album. I found out about these guys and girl the year i lived in Austin. 
 
 
 
9.  Wild Nothing - Drifter
 
I love the floaty pop writing on this record. And the album cover is gorgeous. 
 
 
 
10.  Duke Ellington - On A Turquoise Cloud
 
I have to end the list with this classic song because it is so very beautiful. The way the clarinet and voice move together inspired me to write a bunch of melodies. 

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