The 34th annual French Quarter Fest (FQF) made a magnificent mark last weekend in New Orleans. This is an incredible festival for anyone with an open musical mind. The festival nestles 23 stages throughout the French Quarter including several stages right along the Mississippi River. The music encompasses a wide variety of genres from classical, Mardi Gras Indian music, every shade of jazz in the spectrum and a lot of what you would expect from New Orleans, a large helping of funk, R&B, zydeco, Cajun music and rock and roll. Continue reading French Quarter Festival 2017→
Trying to find artists at Bear Creek Music Festival — in all of its electrified and funky glory — who are able to go unplugged while staying true to their style is like trying to find a Waffle House west of the Mississippi. In other words, it is quite difficult. This said, no matter the location, we could not have found a better outfit than Louisiana based Honey Island Swamp Band to participate in our relatively new but completely awesomeÂ Live, Backstage & Unplugged series.
Born from displacement at the hands of Hurricane Katrina, the HISB ensemble quickly rose to acclaim in San Francisco with their self-described Bayou-Americana genre, a sound that is perhaps best described by the band’s moniker itself.
Located in Louisiana’s St. Tammany Parish, the Honey Island Swamp is one of the least altered river swamps in the United States. It is murky, muddy and home to many an indigenous creature. It is nature in its natural state, and Honey Island Swamp Band’s music is delivered in the same fashion, where the beauty is most evident due to its unrefined and unaltered raw glory.
Rather than go on and on about the band and their sound, we will let you be the judge. So sit back, relax, listen, watch and enjoy as Honest Tune — in association with Bear Creek Music Festival and Technaflora Plant Products — presents Honey Island Swamp Band’s Chris Mule’ & Aaron Wilkinson performing “Sophisticated Mama”: Live, Backstage & Unplugged.