George Porter Jr., Robert Walter & More Discuss Jazz Fest Late Nights On ‘Festival Circuit: New Orleans’

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The fourth episode of the Osiris’ podcast Festival Circuit: New Orleans focuses on the late night scene in the Crescent City during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. “From The President To Frenchmen Street” features interviews with George Porter Jr., Irma Thomas, Robert Walter and more.

Narrator and producer Rob Steinberg takes listeners through the history of late nights surrounding Jazz Fest over the past 50 years. Steamboat the SS President hosted performances after the action at the Fairgrounds was over starting in 1970, the first year the event was held. Irma Thomas talks about her experience performing with Allen Toussaint aboard the SS President, a hint at the collaborations that would be a hallmark of Jazz Fest late nights. Professor Longhair, Sun Ra, James Brown and Muddy Waters were among the musicians who played late nights on the SS President before it was decommissioned in 1988.

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Dozens of clubs and various venues in New Orleans present concerts during Jazz Fest. Steinberg spoke with some of those who organize those shows including d.b.a owner Tom Thayer. The podcast also profiles Frenchmen Street, an area of the Big Easy where many Jazz Fest late nights take place.

As noted, collaborations are at the heart of the Jazz Fest late night experience. Porter Jr., Walter and Papa Mali are just a few of the musicians who share notable guest spots they’ve been involved in over the years. Additionally, the legacy of uptown club Tipitina’s, which is now owned by Galactic, is examined. Jazz Fest audiences grew exponentially over the years and how that success impacted late nights, and more specificially local acts, is another topic hit upon.

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Stream the fourth episode of Festival Circuit: New Orleans below:

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