The singer, guitarist, and Fulbright Fellow has had an affinity for Brazilian music and culture since his early days as an anthropology student. He spent years studying in Brazil before returning to New Orleans, then moving to New York to synthesize his personal expression of these influences and pass them on to his students in the public schools. Now he’s back in town and in the Ring Room to talk about cultural identity and his journey over drinks with the Troubled Men.
Topics include a threat, a family gathering, a new climate, early voting at City Hall, a Christmas tree, Feelings Cafe D’Aunoy, organizational alchemy, the Ben Franklin smoking section, sneaking out to see Earth, Wind & Fire, Chic, Parliament/Funkadelic, Flea and George Clinton in L.A., Brazil, Portuguese, pastie, the berimbau, Carnaval vs. Carnival, the Left Ear, Cafe Brazil, performance art, “Am I A Monkey?,” New York before Giuliani, Fort Greene, the Miracle Pushers, Soldaji, public vs. charter schools, a charmed life, busking, Nana Vasconcelos, the theremin, Spider Stacy, Andre Michot and the Lost Bayou Ramblers, an acting job, and much more.
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Intro music: Styler/Coman
Outro music: “Lay Down” from Blake Amos’ album, “The Manifesto”
Johnny Vidacovich: the Master Speaks
Damien Youth On the Record
John McCusker's Moment of Exposure
Ben Glover Goes Bipolaroid
Paul Bongé's Beautiful Line
Finding the Lost Bayou Ramblers
Chris Lee Rocks Hard
Sidney Smith On the Whipping Post
Ray Lopez Goes Toe to Toe