Hooked when he first saw his dad drop a needle on a record Sitting in the Avenue Eatery on West Broadway, second-generation DJ Chuck Chizzle recently offered his treatise on Black music. “Music is the only thing in this world that keeps culture together. It’s the great equalizer,” stated the young man whose 40th birthday will be later this summer. Chuck’s … [Read more...]
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Singer-songwriter and Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine gave a wholly forgettable performance June 12 at the Cedar Cultural Center. Whether the Mercury Prize, a BBC-sponsored honor, is awarded by jury or some other process, if Clementine is any indication, it should be given away at the bottom of a box of Cracker Jacks. The night was, in a nutshell, a numbing … [Read more...]
The MSR caught up with our beloved locally-based vocalist Debbie Duncan. Duncan (DD) shared her thoughts on Black Music Month, the importance of jazz festivals, and gave the lowdown on her upcoming shows, having recently performed at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha. MSR: June is Black Music Month. What is your definition of Black music? DD: That's a hard question because … [Read more...]
Rock the Garden kicked off the summer at a new location down by the Mississippi River at Boom Island, June 18. Hosted by 89.3 The Current radio station and the Walker Art Center, the new location, combined with the performances, drew a different crowd, including more teenagers. Many boats on the Mississippi docked at the island to listen to the festivities, … [Read more...]
Born and raised in Chicago, 39-year-old Samantha Montgomery moved to New Orleans in 2006. By day, she works as a caregiver for the elderly and, by night, she fearlessly performs as Princess Shaw online and at local open mics. Inspired by her personal joy and pain from past and present, Princess’ lyrics resonate with honesty and emotion in a very visceral way. … [Read more...]