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8/12 Crescent Spirit. We're so excited and proud of our friends Tav, Syndey, and crew at Florida State Film School for putting together a soon-to-be-released documentary about the love we have for music here in New Orleans. Even the trailer will make you want to get up and dance! (p.s. - check out those floppy ears at 0:34!)


6/12 Laura Jane Ratcliffe. All we can say is we love Laura ~ her voice, her energy, and wonderful sense of humor! In case you missed her performance with us at Jazzfest, you can check her out on YouTube.


5/12 She said YES duringour Jazzfest show! Love and bless~~~!!!



4/12 New Orleans in full bloom. We know spring has sprung when it's April in New Orleans! Between French Quarter fest and Jazzfest, there is something for everyone as visitors and locals alike come out to join in the festivities. This year our 'family reunion' includes MIcheala Harrison, George Blackmon, Kelly Love Jones, Laura Jane Ratcliffe, and Brian J from the Pimps of Joytime. Also, thanks to Jan Oosterhuis for the photos!


3/12 Cheers to Casey! Just when we thought it couldn't get any *magical-er*, along comes Casey from Casey's on Central in downtown Orlando. A lover of music, dogs, and good times, we raise our glasses to you Casey! For those of you passing through downtown Orlando, don't miss the live music and fun at Casey's bar. And ladies, if you are looking for something fabulous to wear, Tanya highly recommends Modern Grace Boutique in College Park!



7/11 Mahalo Hawaii! One love for the beautiful people, land, and sea. We substituted our usual tip baskets for sand pails while busking on Kalakaua Ave. Lots of love to friends old and new, especially the gorgeous and talented Ishle Park and her sweet little pearl, Sulei.

4/11 Meet Chad! A French Quarter resident, he is yet another reason why we love this city.

2/11 Happily Ever After...
Dale and Bruce said "I do" on the most magical trolley ride down St. Charles ever. What was our favorite part? Blowing bubbles out of the window, stopping at the synagogue to pick the rabbi up, or everyone getting up to turn their seat around when the street car reversed directions? Their wedding was such a hit, Dale wants to share her wedding-planning expertise with the rest of the world. If you are considering getting married in New Orleans, check out!


12/10 Ho ho ho! We had so much fun with the Ashe family at Holiday on the Boulevard!


11/10 Ode to Grampa! As many of you know, we often share the spotlight with Grampa at the corner of Royal and Toulouse when he's not away on one of his world tours. Known for his appearance on Playing for Change for singing Stand By Me, Grampa has been performing on the streets of New Orleans for over 60 years. We're glad to see him up on the world stage and we hope y'all go check him out on YouTube, TV, at the record store, and on tour.


10/10 Brush with greatness! What an honor to play with living Blues legend Jimmy "Duck" Holmes" in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Check him out - He's the real deal.


9/10 SISTA Summer Jam at BaBa Blankets
hosted by
E. Aminata Brown (above left)

BaBa Blankets is a social enterprise providing sustainable income for African women and girls by providing technical and artistic training as well as employment opportunities. Their wares are then shipped to BaBa Blanket's brick and mortar store on 1330 Prytania St in the lower Garden District of New Orleans. At BaBa Blanket and Crafts you can browse the colorful textiles, hand-woven baskets, unique jewelry, and works of art created by these women's collectives in Ghana and around the world. Proceeds go to the Stay-In-School Tuition Assistance (SISTA) Program which enables young women in severly impoverished villages in Northern Ghana to complete their secondary education, a rarity for girls in rural backgrounds.

Don't miss this gem next time you're treasure-hunting in New Orleans! For truly beautiful gifts from the heart to your hearth, please visit BaBa Blanket.



7/10. Toast and Mimosa anyone? Mishi (above left) loves life and we love that she blogs about it! Read up on her adventures in New Orleans and the giant stinky 6-foot tall flower that resides in her hometown. Party with Mishi and visit her blog!


5/10. YouTube Pick of the Week: New Orleans Street Performers by Cafe du Monde. Go Nola: The Official What's Going On in New Orleans blog featured us this week!

Check out this clip by Neel Parekh!


1/10. Vocalist Jakira Johnson sings "Who's Loving You?" by Michael Jackson.


12/09. Violinist Manuel Zogbi takes the word "Presto" very seriously! We were fortunate enough to jam with him on his way from Carnegie Hall back to Mexico. Check him out on YouTube - you'll see why he was chosen concertmaster of the YouTube Symphony.

11/09. O my goddess ~ ! What an honor it was to share the stage with Cassandra Wilson. "It was a dream come true to play one of my favorite songs from my favorite album by my favorite artist." says Tanya. "I mean, how many people can say that?"

10/09. Sibling Act - Gio & Chinese Chien show us how it's done at the spontaneous family reunion.


9/09. Kudos to Michael Cortello, the eleven year old photographer who snapped this picture. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work!

8/09. Joining in on the lovefest ~Jen & Jason are so cute, we had to share it with the world. We wish them all the best on their wedding next year and thank all you lovers out there for making the world a beautiful place.

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