2021 Press Release

2021 DANNY BARKER BANJO AND GUITAR FESTIVAL GOES VIRTUAL 

FESTIVAL MIX OF MUSIC AND TALK TO STREAM ONLINE JANUARY 14TH – 16TH, 2021 

Organizers have announced the lineup for an all-virtual 2021 Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival. A partnership of the festival, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, OffBeat and WWOZ-FM, the 2021 mix of interviews and live music streamed from the balcony of the Jazz Museum  (but no in-person audience permitted) will be presented across several web platforms, including the Facebook pages of the Jazz Museum, Jazz Park, WWOZ, OffBeat and the festival.  Streaming dates for the festival are Thursday, January 14, 2021 – Saturday, January 16, 2021 (see full schedule below).

Interviews will be conducted by longtime WWNO-FM host and producer Fred Kasten, and will include segments with multi-Grammy winning vocalist and Tony winning actress Dee Dee Bridgewater; Grammy winning vocalist Catherine Russell; cellist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Leyla McCalla; and composer and educator Roger Dickerson. A video tour with Hogan Jazz Archive curator Melissa Weber of the archive’s “Danny and Blue Lu Barker Collection” – and “Best of Danny and Blue Lu” video assembled by filmmaker and educator Matt Martinez will also be presented.

More information is available from festival producer Detroit Brooks – detroitbrooks@yahoo.com – 504-452-6705.

2021 DANNY BARKER BANJO AND GUITAR FESTIVAL SCHEDULE


Thursday, January 14, 2021

11:30 am – 12:15 pm – Roger Dickerson interview

12:30 pm  – 1:15 pm  – Catherine Russell and Paul Kahn interview

1:30 pm  – 2:30 pm  – Mark Brooks Quartet

3:00 pm  – 4:00 pm  – Charmaine Neville Band

4:00 pm  – Melissa Weber “Barker Collection” video tour


Friday, January 15, 2021

11:30 am  – 12:15 pm  – Dr. Michael White, Gregg Stafford, and Fred Johnson  interview

12:30 pm  – 1:15 pm  – Dee Dee Bridgewater interview

1:30 pm  – 2:30 pm  – John Boutte

3:00 pm  – 4:00 pm  – Danny Barker Tribute Band featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater

4:00 pm  – Matt Martinez  “Best of Danny and Blue Lu” video


Saturday, January 16, 2021

11:00 am  – 11:45 am  – Leyla McCalla interview

12 pm  – 1:00 pm  – Don Vappie’s grioTrio

1:30 pm  – 2:30 pm  – Treme Brass Band featuring the Black Men of Labor

3:00 pm  – 4:00 pm  – Leyla McCalla