OUR MUSICAL MECCA
If you like American music, make a pilgrimage to its birthplace, Congo Square in New Orleans. Jazz can trace its roots there. So can blues, R ’n’ B and hip-hop. The 1-4-5 chord progression of country and rock ’n’ roll owes a debt, too.
LONG’S STORY SHORT
Mercurial former Louisiana Gov. Earl Long went out in a blaze of ingloriousness in 1960, nine days after an unlikely win for a seat in Congress — he bet on himself and won $24,000 — and about a year removed from that infamous, spittle-flying meltdown against segregationists in the Legislature and commitment into not one but three mental institutions. Oh, and we haven’t even gotten to his lady friend, Bourbon Street stripper Blaze Starr.
CRAWFISH BOIL IN A BAG
Craving boiled crawfish in a hurry? Try Big Mamou’s boiled crawfish-flavored Cajun beef jerky. Claiming to “Make Your Taste Buds Dance,” this Certified Cajun product is manufactured by Douget’s Cajun Products in Mamou ...
MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies blend Cajun and zydeco music into a big, mushy, feel-good gumbo of up-tempo, all-English-language party music that traffics in Mardi Gras beads, cowboy hats and “laissez les bons temps rouler.” Ah-yee!
B IS FOR BOUDIN
If you’re trying to teach your little one about the wonders of the alphabet and maybe a little bit about the state they’re growing up in then you just might want to check out Louisiana Alphabet by Laurie Parker, her third entry in the State Alphabet Book series.
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