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New Orleans has the Blues...
Saturday, 06.07.2013, 21:21
oh what a night...
Chuck Perkins (USA)
High-voltage Spoken Words and Music about life, love and suffering in New Orleans, also known as The Big Easy.
Well yeah. Anyway you dice it, real charismatic Chuck Perkins (born 1965) is taking us on a trip through his beloved Afroamerican culture metropole. To get us going here's a send-off by the local media: «He recites poetry like a prizefighter fights. Always chancing for a rapid a combination of blows, always going for the knockout.»
The shaven-head ex-Marine and Jazz Poet delivers the possible and the near possible about his crazy city with great aplomb: Jazz funerals, Funk, Cajun customs, Creole food, Mardi Gras Indian Chants, hot second line dances, Voodoo rituals, Latin dancers, poets, African drummers and the famous Trombone Shorty, Wayne Shorter and Umar Bin Hassan (Last Poets) all make appearances in his stories. In his new album «A Love song For Lola» he croons about a dame by the same name and is supported by his band Voices Of The Big Easy. Focus Online points out that: «The album's a tender portrait of the sensual  and seemingly easy moving South and at the same time an angry indictment of it. But mainly, it obsesses itself with a pounding beat.» Live, this winds up as a barrage of fireworks amid some pissed-off and heavy punching on subjects like violence, poverty, drug killings, police corruption. He easily recalls at least 60 people he grew up with and who are either dead or doing time.
«New Orleans got the Blues. And the poet brings it to teeming life with his powerful chants, whether angry or tender. Perkins's verse captures and portrays the excitement of a Sunday's slave dance in the Congo Square that swings with a form of Jazz right off the streets and reminds us of the Civil Rights Movement and reiterates that not even a catastrophe like hurricane Katrina was able to destroy the soul of this spirited city.» (New Orleans Times).
So cross on over the Mississihl like you be crossing the Mississippi to get from The French Quarter o la la, mon dieu! over to Algiers to up jumps the devil!  Because tonight's your night to go toe to toe with a poetic heavyweight, yet you know, easy always does it.
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