• 'Treme,' Ep. 10: One Bright Morning

    June 21, 2010. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Albert Lambreaux (Clarke Peters) turns out in full Indian regalia. Eddie Vanison is on the left. (Image Credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO)

    Season one of Treme concludes, if it were possible, with both a bang and a whimper. There's dancing, brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians on parade, cameos from New Orleans living legends, sunshine, springtime, renewal. There's also one funeral, another in the works, a chilling flashback, a series of departures and a set of reminders that the tragedy of New Orleans didn't end until long after Hurricane Katrina.

    That juxtaposition of joy and pain has been central to the show; it's appropriate that the season finale ends with both a funeral and its second line parade. The characters in this drama deal with a lot of compromises and profound losses, but the culture of New Orleans has pleasure built into it. Perhaps that too is one of the show's messages: it'll take a lot more than a hurricane to strip the city of its fun.

    Josh Jackson is here one more time (this season, anyway) to discuss the soundtrack to the drama. Our Treme archives are here; HBO's full playlist is here.

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  • Michael Bourne heading to Montreal Fest

    June 21, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Add new comment | Filed under: Jazz Alive

    At the end of the month, one of the largest jazz festivals in the world begins, and WBGO will be there.  Afternoon Jazz host, Michael Bourne, makes another trip north to interview artists and spread the WBGO love.

    Starting June 25, the heart of Montreal will beat to the rhythm of jazz, as well as blues and world music, and keep on pulsing until Tuesday, July 6 when, on what may be the most festive day of the summer, the festival will throw a Mardi Gras special to get the entire city dancing!

  • Rhythm Revue Family Dance Party Sat, June 26

    June 21, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Don't miss Brooklyn's hottest dance party as Felix Hernandez brings his famous Rhythm Revue Dance Party (this time for the entire family) to Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park, on Saturday, June 26 at 4pm.  This event is open to the public.

    Rhythm Revue's blend of classic soul and R&B received the A.I.R. (Achievement in Radio) Award for the Best Weekend Program in New York, and was named Best Radio Show by New York Magazine and the Village Voice. Tied to Felix's radio show is a series of dance parties at New York's Roseland Ballroom and other "secret" locations. The Rhythm Revue parties consistently draw about 3,000 dancers.