Efforts are underway to honor one of Louisiana’s most influential recording artists, Amédé Ardoin (1898–1941) a Creole musician who merits a biographical entry in KnowLA, The Digital Encyclopedia of Louisiana (knowla.org). Ardoin was a seminal but mysterious figure in Louisiana history, and he remains something of an enigma since he met an unfortunate fate in the last years of his life as an incarcerated mental patient at Central Louisiana Hospital in Pineville.
Former state poet laureate Darrell Bourque recently published a collection of inverted sonnets dedicated to Ardoin, entitled If you abandon me, comment je vas faire: An Amédé Ardoin Songbook, selections of which will appear in the Fall 2014 edition of Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Continue reading New efforts to honor Amédé Ardoin
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The new issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas hits mailboxes and newsstands this month. We’ll celebrate the issue with a publication party on Thursday, June 26, at the Louisiana Humanities Center in New Orleans.
Contributors (and regular LCV columnists) Richard Campanella and Matt Sakakeeny discuss their new books, excerpted in the issue. Buy your copy of Bourbon Street: A History and Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans at the event from Garden District Books. Our favorite Louisiana-based sponsors, Abita and Zapp’s, provide refreshments at 6pm, and talks start at 7pm. And for the first time, we’ll repair next door to an official after-party with our new neighbors, Cellardoor.
The Louisiana Humanities Center is located at 938 Lafayette Street. Parking is available in the white-lined spaces behind the building. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Brian Boyles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504.620.2632.
The following column appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Click here to subscribe.
Kindred Spirits: Tom McDermott Honors Louis Moreau Gottschalk
By Ben Sandmel
In New Orleans, a city teeming with extraordinary musicians, Tom McDermott stands out as an especially unique and accomplished multitalent. McDermott is an eclectic pianist, a composer, a music historian, and a sensitive, intuitive accompanist for vocalists and instrumental soloists alike. Virtuoso is not a word to be used lightly, but it’s certainly apt in this instance. Continue reading Ben Sandmel: Spring 2014 “Sound Advice”
On April 8, Louisiana Cultural Vistas celebrated the publication of its Spring 2014 issue with a party at the Louisiana Humanities Center in New Orleans. Discussing his piece on blues legend Memphis Minnie (see Knowla.org entry), contributor Roger Hahn read from this 1942 account by Langston Hughes of the singer’s performance at the 230 Club in Chicago:
“Then, through the smoke and racket of the noisy Chicago bar float Louisiana bayous, muddy old swamps, Mississippi dust and sun, cotton fields, lonesome roads, train whistles in the night, mosquitoes at dawn, and the Rural Free Delivery, that never brings the right letter. All these things cry through the strings on Memphis Minnie’s electric guitar, amplified to machine proportions — a musical version of electric welders plus a rolling mill.”
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The Spring 2014 edition of Louisiana Cultural Vistas debuted in mid-March with a rebranded logo that celebrates the magazine’s 25th year in print. Click here to view the digital edition and here to subscribe today.
Three contributors to the new issue will speak at a publication launch party on April 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Louisiana Humanities Center at Turners’ Hall (938 Lafayette Street (map) in New Orleans’ Central Business District):
Continue reading Louisiana Cultural Vistas Celebrates New Issue
By Michael Mizell-Nelson, PhD
The following appears in the Spring 2014 issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine. Mizell-Nelson writes the “Louisiana Foodways” column for each issue. To read the full Spring 2014 issue online, click here.
New Orleans generates most of the attention when discussing the emergence of the frozen daiquiri as a cultural phenomenon, but the college towns of Ruston, Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Hammond all offered mass-produced daiquiris before the Crescent City. Those first locations, in cooperation with Baton Rouge legislation, built the frozen daiquiri culture we now live amidst. Louisiana’s unofficial, but most popular, beverage originated in the northern part of the state better known for another entrepreneurial response to our region’s extreme heat: Coca Cola.
Continue reading A Daiquiri State of Mind