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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2020 officially announced the abbreviated online version of this great festivalLet the Music Play On” which takes place Saturday, Oct. 3rd from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM. This years festival’s performances will be broadcast from the Bay Area, Nashville, Austin and Ireland. The festival will stream via Circle TV,, HSB Facebook ,YouTube and Nugs.TV , giving folks tons of options with which to tune in and watch the performances. A full list of performers and stages are now posted at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2020

Due to The Pandemic there are no live performances to report but there are some great musicians are keeping the music going with some great and heartfelt virtual performances. Here are today’s recommendations.

3:30 PM Treme Brass Band Nola Jazz Museum

Some Virtual Concert recommendations For Today!

9:00 AM Grammy nominated New Orleans based funk soul /hip hop infulenced ensemble Tank And The Bangas performance can be seen as part of Bonnaroo Roo-Ality

11:00 AM New Orleans jazz pianist Andre Bohren will be in performance Andre Bohren Facebook

11:00 AM New Orleans jazz funk blues pianist singer songwriter icon Jon Cleary will again presenting his very entertaining Quarantini Happy Hour. You can catch it at Jon Cleary Facebook

3:30 PM New Orleans legendary Treme Brass Band has played traditional New Orleans brass band music for decades and is loved all around the world. Check out their performance at Nola Jazz Museum

4:00 PM One of the great New Orleans brass bands the legendary Storyville Stompers performance can be seen at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church Facebook

5:00 PM The “Queen of Bounce” New Orleans based rapper and bounce music ambassador Big Freedia’s Garden Cookout Bounce & Cooking Night can be seen at Big Freedia Facebook

5:00 PM New Orleans based Americana blues based singer songwriter guitarist Eric Johanson performance can be seen at Eric Johanson Facebook

5:00 PM New Orleans based blues funk jazz ensemble Jon Roniger & The Good For Nothin’ Band performance can be seen at The Good For Nothing Band Facebook Page

5:30 PM New Orleans based cajun/zydeco Cameron Dupuy & The Cajun Troubadors performance can be seen at The Rock n Bowl Facebook

6:00 PM New Orleans Maple Leaf Bar presents jazz drummer Johnny Vidacovich. You can see this performance at New Orleans Drummer Facebook

Radio Recommendations..

If you are at work, out and about today or at home and are able to stream I highly suggest checking out WWOZ starting at 7:00 AM for two hours of great music with Traditional Jazz With Sally Young

Following Sally at 9:00 Am is 3 hours of great music on the New Orleans Music Show With Michael Dominici showcasing the diversity and many facets of the New Orleans and regional music scene. 

Following Michael at noon is Blues And More With Action Jackson.

Following Action Jackson at 2:00 PM is three hours of outstanding jazz programming on Jazz From The French Market With Al Colon

Following Al Colon at 5:00 PM is 3 hours of some great rock and roll, r&b and blues with R&B With Dj Swamp Boogie

Following Dj Swamp Boogie at 8:00 PM turn the radio dial to 94.1 KPFA for The Bonnie Simmons Show a unique mix of singer/songwriter folk, rock, soul, country, and R&B. Bonnie is a Bay Area icon and treasure. I try to listen to her show every week

Following Bonnie at 10:00 PM is The Hear And Now. From singer-songwriters to avant-garde jazz; old faves, new voices, and live performances Derk Richardson hosts the most unique and hip program on radio..

Video Pick Of The Week!

John Coltrane remains among us as his sound continues to grab the ears of an ever-widening circle of fans. His legend is stone solid planted firmly in our culture as that of any 20th century musical giant. His saxophone sound, brooding, searching, dark, is still one of the most recognizable in modern jazz. His influence stretches over styles and genres, and transcends cultural boundaries. In celebration of his 96th birthday on Wednesday I would like to recommend the documentary Chasing Trane which explores the global power and impact of the music of his where the passions, experiences and forces that shaped his life and revolutionary sounds are revealed. Through insights and archival footage, this documentary aims to reveal how historical events shaped the music of John Coltrane and features interviews with Bill Clinton, Wynton Marsalis, Denzel Washington & grandson Ravi Coltrane.