Blouses by Lisa Casper

If you are one of the lucky ones, you are down here in New Orleans for The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown this weekend. The good news is there’s going to be some killer live music, awesome dancing, AND clothing made with love by the lovely Lisa Casper! Here is a preview of the clothing she will be selling this weekend. You can find her clothing, along with other local vendors available at The French Market.


Super cute, right?! Not only that, but she also makes skirts (mine in coming soon), hair flowers (which I have also been selling), and t-shirt prints! Uh…..she’s fabulous!!

Interview with Meschiya Lake

Originally posted on NPR.
Written by BEN PAGAC

>>> Click here to listen to the interview. <<<

A few years back Meschiya Lake was best known for singing on New Orleans streets with various bands, including The Loose Marbles. Now, she’s in high demand at all the local clubs featuring “trad jazz.”

At the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this year, Lake brought her Little Big Horns to the Lagniappe Stage. The music seemed the perfect fit for the sunny kick-off day of the festival’s first weekend. Lake and the band drew smiles on everyone listening and, at one point, in the middle of a song, she frantically waved at a friend to get up on the stage with her and lindy-hop. And dance they did!

After the performance, my co-producer Mike Elliot and I walked with her to grab a bite to eat and then worked our way back to the track’s enclosed grandstand to chat.


This feature was produced by a member of the Association of Independents in Radio, with assistance from Mike Elliot of WWOZ in New Orleans. You can visit WWOZ online for a live streaming broadcast from the festival. Visit NPR Music’s complete archive of features from New Orleans Jazz Fest 2011.

ULHS 2010

I didn’t know what to expect since I haven’t been to ULHS since 2007, but I’ll tell you, it’s magical, and then some.

I’ve had a hard time finding video from the weekend for some reason. If you find a better quality video than the one I have up, please let me know and I’ll repost. If you find more video from the weekend that should be up here, please let me know and I’ll throw it up into the mix.

The music was ridiculous all weekend long and the weather was perfect. The food was good, transportation was easy, drinks were cheap, and the company was as fabulous as expected. I missed seeing the members of Hot Club Stomp, but they were off at various gigs (which is the same reason I haven’t been at ULHS for the past few years). Sosh & Lisa, thanks for taking care of me. Andrew, thanks for throwing down with me. Lindsay, thanks for being all-around awesome.

Let me throw out a HUGE congratulations to Juan & Sharon for winning Showcase and Showdown!

Congratulations to Sharon and Kevin for winning the Slow Blues!

Congratulations and thank you from the bottom of my dancing heart to Evita Arce for killin’ it in the Solo Blues competition!

Congratulations to Bobby Bonsey for his Solo Jazz win. That back flip was ridiculous!

Final Battle

Congratulations to Rainer Rhythm for their Team victory!

Click here to check it out. Yeah Seattle!!