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Farewell New Orleans Musical Great James "Sugar Boy" Crawford

Posted by Billyjam, September 18, 2012 10:07am | Post a Comment
As reported yesterday by the New Orleans' Times-Picayune website nola.com  New Orleans rhythm & blues legend James “Sugar Boy” Crawford passed on Saturday while under hospice care following a brief illness. He was 77 years of age. The  New Orleans singer will live on through his music and through one song in particular; the song that most folks know as "Iko Iko" which was a rendition of his song which, in turn, was his interpretation of much earlier N.O. traditional music.  Crawford recorded it under the title "Jock-A-Mo" which he borrowed from traditional Mardi Gras Indian chants. The song was later remade into “Iko Iko” by the Dixie Cups who, among many others, won acclaim with the song. The numerous others who have covered it over the years include Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Willy DeVille. The Grateful Dead and Cyndi Lauper have also done versions of the song.  Of course James "Sugar Boy" Crawford's musical legacy goes a lot deeper than that one song and I have included a few selections below (audio only video clips) from the artist's rich career which peaked in the fifties and sixties (he retired in the mid 1960's - reportedly after getting beat up by the cops but had returned to the public eye in recent years). Look for many of these songs, that include the 1956 Imperial Records single "She's Gotta Wobble (When She Walks),"  on CD at Amoeba Music's three stores. His music so worth seeking out even if, at times, it can be perceived as sexist. 

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Tipitina's Foundation to Induct Amoeba Music Into Wall of Fame

Posted by Amoebite, April 30, 2012 01:55pm | Post a Comment
We are honored to announce that the Tipitina’s Foundation is inducting Amoeba Music into The Tipitina’s Foundation Wall of Fame tonight in New Orleans during their annual event, Instruments A Comin’!

The Tipitina's FoundationThe Tipitina's Foundation was founded before Hurricane Katrina (in 2003), and is committed to preserving Louisiana culture and musical heritage. Of course when the storm ravaged most of the city, the need for resources for displaced musicians and a community place became even more crucial. The Tipitina's Foundation continued to serve unemployed musicians, as well as raise money to replace instruments, and keep the spirit of Louisiana culture alive and well and in the hearts of all New Orleans residents.

In 2005, Amoeba began hosting regular charity auctions to raise money for Gulf relief efforts post-Katrina. In addition to the money raised during the auctions themselves, Amoeba has matched the winning bids dollar for dollar, doubling the money for the Tipitina's Foundation. We also share our love for New Orleans with a Mardi Gras party each year, complete with beads and a parade.

Music is an integral part of New Orleans culture and a huge part of the spirit of one of the most beloved American cities. Keeping that spirit alive and thriving is a huge focus of the Tipitina's Foundation and we are humbled and thankful to be a part of that community.

Today happens to be International Jazz Day, and one of the richest American cultural exports is jazz music. American jazz and blues are the foundation of our cultural heritage---so we celebrate that today. 

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Happy Fat Tuesday 2012 From Amoeba Music

Posted by Billyjam, February 21, 2012 11:35am | Post a Comment

Fan footage of the Rebirth Brass Band from four years ago in New Orleans

Happy Fat Tuesday 2012 from Amoeba Music where, in addition to the big, fun Fat Tuesday celebration at Amoeba Hollywood this afternoon from 3pm to 5pm where you are invited to bring your own instrument, all day today a portion of the proceeds from sales  at each of the three Amoeba stores will go directly to help musicians and New Orleans artists through the Tipitina's Foundation - a worthwhile cause rigorously supported by Amoeba since the Katrina Hurricane in 2005. Additionally, today through tomorrow (Feb. 22nd) you will receive 15% discount off all purchases made on the Amoeba online store. All you need to do is copy and paste the special promo code mardigras15 when you check out. And remember that music and movies purchases always ship free in the US!

Click the following link for full details on the fun Fat Tuesday celebration at Amoeba Hollywood today.
 

To further help celebrate this Fat Tuesday, I have included here (above and below) three music videos from some of my favorite brass bands whose infectious sounds just move my soul and hopefully yours too; the Rebirth Brass Band (of course), the Hypnotic Brass Band, and the Soul Rebels Brass Band. Happy Fat Tuesday!

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Celebrate Fat Tuesday at Amoeba Hollywood Feb. 21

Posted by Amoebite, February 14, 2012 11:22am | Post a Comment
Fat Tuesday FlierCelebrate Mardi Gras at Amoeba Hollywood with our annual celebration of Fat Tuesday and New Orleans’ musical legacy on Tuesday, February 21!

Plus, shop at Amoeba Hollywood on Fat Tuesday to help musicians and New Orleans artists! A portion of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the Tipitina’s Foundation in New Orleans. So visit our New Orleans section on Amoeba.com  or pick up some new music and movies at Amoeba Hollywood and help keep the music playing! 

Fat Tuesday festivities will include:
  • Amoeba DJs spinning New Orleans party music starting at 3pm
  • A photo station on the stage to take a Fat Tuesday picture
  • Mardi Gras Gift Bags for kids
  • Our home grown parade at 4:30pm with beads and revelry
  • Bring your instrument and play "When The Saints Go Marching In" with us
  • AND enter to win our Fat Tuesday Grand Prize: 2 tickets to fly to NEW ORLEANS!
All are invited – bring your instrument and join us for the joyful cacophony! 

If you've never been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, read a quick primer on the Mardis Gras Indians. If you've never been to Amoeba on Fat Tuesday, take a look at what you've been missing:

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Today At The Monterey Jazz Festival: A Full Day Of Amazing Signings At The Mini-Amoeba!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 17, 2011 01:41pm | Post a Comment
It’s Saturday, our second day at the 54th annual Monterey Jazz Festival where we are onsite with a Mini-Amoeba store! Our tent has been jumping with festival goers who can’t get enough of the pianist Hiromi, whose newest release, Voice, has been flying off our shelves after her two performances at the festival yesterday. It’s Hiromi Mania! If you’d like to check out the piano magic, check out her albums on our site. Other hot items at the Mini-Amoeba include Richard Bona’s Ten Shades of Blues and Raul Midon’s Synthesis


Today we have a full roster of signings and it’s sure to be an amazing day for fans, who will have the opportunity to meet their heroes inside the Mini-Amoeba tent.

Donny McCaslin -- 3:30pm
Jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin got his start after attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, when he joined Berklee professor Gary Burton’s quintet, with whom he toured for four years. McCaslinDonny McCaslin Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music moved to New York in 1991, working with bassist Eddie Gomez and then joining the group Steps Ahead, with whom he made the 1995 disc Vibe. McCaslin began to turn heads with his solo work in larger ensembles like Ken Schaphorst’s Big Band and Maria Schneider Orchestra, where his performance on the album Concert in the Garden received a Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” in 2004.

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