Wednesday, April 30, 2008

New Orleans Jazz Fest LIVE Webcast this weekend on AT&T Blue Room

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival live on ATT Blue Room
Exclusive Webcast of the Jazz Fest Available on AT&T blue room May 3 - 4, 2008

Festival season is in full force! AT&T blue room is delivering the best of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell via an exclusive webcast on the AT&T blue room this weekend (May 3 - 4 2008). The webcast will combine LIVE PERFORMANCES from the 2nd weekend along with archived performances from the first weekend of JazzFest, held April 25 - 27. Additionally, on-demand content will be available across the three screens -- on blue room, on AT&T U-verse(SM) TV and through Cellular Video on AT&T wireless devices starting in early June.

Here is the Webcast schedule of performers...
(All Times E.D.T.)
SATURDAY MAY 3, 2008 SUNDAY MAY 4, 2008 revised
Time Artist Time Artist
2:00 PMRoddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars2:00 PMPorter Batiste Stoltz
2:30 PMSusan Cowsill2:13 PMAlejandro Escovedo
2:38 PMTheresa Andersson Group2:40 PMPapa Grows Funk
2:53 PMKim Carson3:00 PMIvan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
3:00 PMJon Cleary3:40 PMBonerama
3:30 PMDr John4:20 PMSalvador Santana Band
3:55 PMVoice of The Wetlands All-stars4:50 PMTBD
4:40 PMThe Subdudes

6:00 PM

Art Neville
5:35 PMZac Brown

6:40 PM

The Neville Brothers
6:00 PMIrma Thomas
6:45 PMWayne Toups
7:30 PMWidespread Panic
7:40 PMTim McGraw
7:45 PMJimmy Buffet

Be aware that the Webcast SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

"We are excited to once again bring the sights and sounds of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to consumers nationwide," said Dan York, head of Content and Programming, AT&T Entertainment Services. "Last year, we opened the virtual door of the Big Easy to thousands of music fans via the blue room. This year, we're extending the experience of Jazz Fest to even more consumers in more places across the three screens that matter most to their lives -- the TV, PC and wireless device."

The Blue Room webcast will be available at 12 p.m. CDT May 3 and 4. A full lineup of artists participating in the webcast will be available on blue room soon. Fans who can't wait for the festival to begin can tune in to blue room radio, a 24-hour streaming music station, to hear interviews and performances with past and present Jazz Fest performers by visiting

"This is an exciting time of year for AT&T blue room," said Joey Schultz, vice president of AT&T Consumer Marketing. "Festival season allows us the opportunity to introduce consumers to AT&T's full lineup of products and service offerings while they enjoy exclusive live webcasts of today's top music festivals."

AFTER THE FEST! Tune in on Saturday, May 3, 2008 to for high quality LIVE AUDIO broadcast of Michael Franti & Spearhead LIVE from Tipitina's @ Jazz Fest in New Orleans. The show will begin sometime after 9:30 PM CT. Radio Johnson will be streaming Funk Radio Johnson right up till the live act hits the stage.

DURING THE FEST! Tune into WWOZ for live AUDIO broadcasts during the Jazz Fest.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sazerac: The Official Cocktail of Louisiana?

The Sazerac is one of the oldest known cocktails, with its origins in pre-Civil War New Orleans, Louisiana. The original drink is based on a combination of Cognac and bitters created by Antoine Amédée Peychaud. Since its creation, many different recipes have evolved for the drink, usually involving some combination of Cognac, rye whiskey, absinthe, pastis, Peychaud's bitters, and Angostura bitters.

YES, there is a bill in the Louisiana Senate (Bill No. 6 by Sen. Edwin Murray, D-New Orleans) to enact R.S. 49:170.15, relative to state symbols; to designate the Sazerac as the official state cocktail; and to provide for related matters.

Murray wants the Sazerac commemorated at a festival this Summer in New Orleans as the "official state cocktail" and does not foresee any opposition. CHEERS! :)

The Sazerac cocktail was named by John Schiller in 1859 upon the opening of his Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans. Both most likely derive their name from a popular brand of Cognac, Sazerac-du-Forge et fils .

A recipe for the Sazerac is listed in Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix 'Em by Stanley Clisby Arthur, (published in 1937).

Jeffrey Morgenthaler writes about bartending and mixology (all the way from Eugene, Oregon) and has a great blog entry on Sazerac.