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Doreen Ketchens wails on clarinet on a street in New Orleans. Photo used with permission from http://doreensjazz.com/

Music Memory from clarinetist Doreen Ketchens

Walking down Royal Street on a sunny afternoon, you are very likely to find Doreen Ketchens wailing on her clarinet, leading an enthusiastic band and delighting passersby with her vibrant personality and bold, joyful sound. Doreen has been called “Queen Clarinet,” “the female Louis Armstrong,” and “Lady Louie.” She has a quick smile, an easygoing […]

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We're Going to Confetti Park

New Orleans-created Confetti Park CD wins a Parents’ Choice Approved Award

NEW ORLEANS-CREATED CONFETTI PARK CD WINS A 2016 PARENTS’ CHOICE APPROVED AWARD CD featuring world-class New Orleans musicians collaborating with kids on Louisiana-inspired songs is honored for its wholesome entertainment value. Contact: Katy Hobgood Ray, kathryn@bienvilleray.com New Orleans, LA – April 11, 2016 —We’re Going to Confetti Park!, the first musical release from New Orleans-based […]

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Foots Quinn plays some train songs

Music Memory from Foots Quinn

Terry “Foots” Quinn is a singer-songwriter from Bogalusa, Louisiana. Foots plays guitar and harmonica, and considers his biggest influences to be the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Allman Brothers, and rural blues and country players such as Jimmie Davis and Jimmie Rodgers.  Foots is the nephew of an important pioneer of early jazz guitar named Snoozer Quinn. Foots writes […]

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Confetti park Player & the NOLA Pyrates

Watch Out for the Pirates – the music video!

Enjoy this music video for “Watch Out for the Pirates” featuring the Confetti Park Players and the NOLA Pyrates, filmed on location in Pirates Alley in the French Quarter, New Orleans, La. (Additional footage from Mardi Gras 2016.) This catchy pirate tune was written by Greg Schatz, a fabulous and prolific songwriter living in New […]

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The Hungry for Music RV, a.k.a. the Magic Music Bus, is traveling the United States to share its mission.

Interview with Hungry for Music founder Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell: transforming lives with the gift of music This month, you might see a happy-looking RV around New Orleans (and traveling the highways and byways of Louisiana) wrapped in decals of guitars, trumpets, and violins and positive messages of music empowerment. It’s the “Hungry for Music” RV, aka the  “Magic Music Bus,” and for […]

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Carole Gauthier Lancon

Music Memory from Carole Gauthier Lancon

Carole Gauthier Lancon is an artist, long-time arts educator and art therapist who lives in a small village called Parks, Louisiana on the banks of Bayou Teche.  Originally from St. Martinville, Carole grew up in a family where art and art making were an everyday part of life. She also had a musical childhood, and […]

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Kirby Jambon, Katy Hobgood Ray, Tommie Townsley, and Trudy Mullendore. Front, Louis Ray.

Louisiana children’s authors meet up in Lake Charles for Just Imagine!

Travel Blog by Katy Hobgood Ray I was recently invited to speak at a conference in Lake Charles hosted by the Southwest Louisiana Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Guild. What an honor!  It was an opportunity to meet new creative people working in children’s entertainment and education in Louisiana, and also an opportunity to share […]

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Storytime: The Girl Who Danced with the Devil

In this episode of Confetti Park, we hear an old folk tale called, “The Girl Who Danced with the Devil.” It is narrated for you by Catherine Golden, an early childhood teacher living in New Orleans. This tale originates in French Acadia culture (you can find it in the delightful Danny Kaye’s Around the World Story Book) and […]

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