Last spring, New Orleans was the home to a brand new event that harnessed all the best that the famous city has to offer. NOLA Crawfish Festival brought together some of the finest New Orleans musicians, such as George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, and Anders Osborne, and combined them with the crawfish mastery of the NOLA Crawfish King, Chris “Shaggy” Davis, and the top-notch beers made at NOLA Brewery and Tap Room, for what turned out to be three incredible days of fun, music, and local cuisine. The festival was the perfect way for people to spend the “daze between” weekends of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, creating a mini-Jazz-Fest vibe that kept fans dancing all week long while fueling themselves with the delicious energy that came from the cuisine.The event has released a recap video, which you can see below. At the end of the video, dates for a 2017 edition are announced, so fans can experience this festival in all of its glory on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of this coming year as it returns to the NOLA Brewery and Tap Room for three more days of funk, food, and fun.We’ll see you in May at the NOLA Crawfish Festival!
Kamasi Washington has announced a lengthy fall tour in support of his forthcoming album, Heaven and Earth. The outing will follow a series summer shows across the United States as well as a number of international dates in Europe and Japan.Washington’s United States fall tour will kick off at The Showbox in Seattle on October 17th. From there, the modern jazz star will make his way through much of the American West over the course of October before heading to the other side of the Mississippi River for a run of shows in November.As previously reported, Washington is gearing up to release Heaven and Earth on Friday, June 22nd. The double album will be a follow up to his 2017 audiovisual concept EP, Harmony of Difference. Washington is also reportedly collaborating with Herbie Hancock on the jazz great’s forthcoming record, which will also feature appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat, and Common.Tickets for Washington’s recently-announced fall tour are now on sale.Kamasi Washington Upcoming Tour Dates:April 27 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater*May 2 London, U.K. RoundhouseMay 4 Manchester, U.K. Albert HallMay 5 Glasgow, U.K. QMUMay 6 Cheltenham, U.K. Cheltenham Jazz FestivalMay 8 Lyon, France Nuits Sonores @ Auditorium de LyonMay 9 Paris, France BataclanMay 11 Coutances, France Jazz Sous les Pommiers @ Salle Marcel HélieMay 12 St Gaudens, France Festival Jazz a Comminges @ Parc des ExpositionsMay 13 Madrid, Spain RivieraMay 14 Barcelona, Spain RazzmatazzMay 16 Milan, Italy Santeria Social ClubMay 17 Zurich, Switzerland Kaufleuten ZurichMay 18 Munich, Germany TheaterfabrikMay 19 Vienna, Austria Wiener KonzerthausMay 20 Diersbach, Austria INNtone JazzFestivalMay 22 Krakow, Poland StudioMay 23 Prague, Czech Republic Arhca TheatreMay 24 Warsaw, Poland StodolaMay 25 Berlin, Germany AstraMay 27 Cologne, Germany Live Music HallMay 28 Nijmegen, Holland DoornroosjeMay 29 The Hague, Holland PaardMay 30 Brussels, Belgium Salle De La MadeleineJune 1 Amsterdam, Holland ParadisoJune 2 Hamburg, Germany Elbjazz FestivalJune 3 Copenhagen, Denmark PumpehusetJune 15 New York, NY Forest Hills Stadium†June 16 Minneapolis, MN Rock the GardenJune 23 Pasadena, CA Arroyo SecoJune 24 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth TheatreJune 25 Saskatoon, SK Saskatchewan Jazz FestivalJune 29 Waitsfield, VT Friendly GatheringJune 30 Montreal, Quebec Festival International de Jazz de MontrealJuly 12 Berkeley, CA Greek Theater‡July 25 Detroit, MI Chene Park AmphitheaterAugust 4 Dublin, Ireland Beatyard FestivalAugust 5 Oxfordshire, U.K. Wilderness FestivalAugust 7 Mainz, Germany Frankfurter Hof Mainz @ Zitadelle MainzAugust 9 Antwerp, Belgium Jazz MiddelheimAugust 10 Copenhagen, Denmark HAVENAugust 11 Gothenburg, Sweden Way Out WestAugust 12 Helsinki, Finland FLOWAugust 17-19 Tokyo, Japan Summer Sonic FestivalOctober 17 Seattle, WA The ShowboxOctober 18 Portland, OR Crystal BallroomOctober 19 San Francisco, CA TBAOctober 20 San Luis Obispo, CA Fremont TheaterOctober 22 Santa Fe, NM Meow WolfOctober 24 Salt Lake City, UT The ComplexOctober 25 Aspen, CO Belly UpOctober 26 Denver, CO Ogden TheatreOctober 27 Boulder, CO Boulder TheaterOctober 29 Kansas City, MO The TrumanOctober 31 Iowa City, IA The Englert TheatreNovember 1 Minneapolis, MN TBANovember 2 Madison, WI TBANovember 3 Chicago, IL Riviera TheatreNovember 5 Toronto, CA Sony Centre for The Performing ArtsNovember 7 Portland, ME State TheatreNovember 8 Boston, MA RoyaleNovember 9 Philadelphia, PA Electric FactoryNovember 10 Washington D.C. Lincoln TheatreNovember 14 Richmond, VA The NationalNovember 15 Raleigh, NC The RitzNovember 16 Nashville, TN Marathon Music WorksNovember 17 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre*with Vulfpeck†with Alt-J‡with Sylvan EssoView All Tour Dates
THE Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) ‘Pink Warrior’ Leslie Black is a man of strength; strength that transcends beyond the physical and is embedded in his very spirit. It is this strength that Leslie uses to commit his time and his more than two decades of expertise as an athletics coach, to push both himself and others to success.Popularly knowns as ‘Blacks’, Leslie has dedicated much of his time to working alongside the Guyana Cancer Foundation and he declares that this is because it was something very close to his heart.In the year 2012, tragedy struck Leslie’s family when his daughter died from Stage Four cancer. His family had first become aware of his now late daughter’s illness when she had begun spitting up blood in 2008.She was taken to various doctors and specialists and began treatment soon after being diagnosed with the illness. Unfortunately, the cancer continued to spread, leaving the entire family devastated after her untimely death.Having had the experience of how cancer changes the lives of not only its victims but their loved ones as well, Leslie wants to encourage both men and women to ensure that they are getting their regular check-ups. Most persons, he stated, would wait until something happens to them before they get a check-up and this can be dangerous, as often,there are no immediate symptoms of the disease.When his daughter had become ill, Leslie searched for ways he could become involved in the fight against cancer, and it was then that he began to work with the Guyana Cancer Foundation. Every year since then, Leslie continues to offer his help and support to the GCF.Doing more this year, Leslie decided that his contribution in helping to spread awareness would be made through offering his experience of being a coach. The aim of this ‘GTT Pink Warrior’ was to help prepare persons interested in participating in GTT 5k/10k walk/run.Leslie met with participants for half of an hour every day and offered the training free of cost. Leslie’s aim was not only to help these persons, but to create a lasting impact on the exercise habits of those who participated.GTT recognises these efforts made by Leslie and will continue to support him in his philanthropic visions.