Freerangemike's Pre-Jazz Fest Awards New Orleans Category: 1st Place: The New Orleans Bingo!

Show: Defies classification 2nd Place: The Revealers: Reggae 3rd Place: The New Orleans Nightcrawlers: Funky Brass Band 4th Place: Rotary Downs: Indie Rock Outside New Orleans Category: 1st Place: Chappy: Acoustic Indie Rock (New York by way of New Orleans) 2nd Place: The Carolina Chocolate Drops: Acoustic Blues/Bluegrass (Durham, NC) 3rd Place: Grupo Fantasma: Latin (Austin) National Acts: 1st Place: Michael Franti and Spearhead: Hip Hop/Reggae/Rock 2nd Place: John Butler Trio: Indie Rock/Blues 2nd Weekend Highlights Thursday midday Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes: Funky Jazz-infused Rock http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=41443859 Listen to Trouble or New Dixieland Thursday afternoon Carolina Chocolate Drops: Acoustic Blues + Fiddlin Bluegrass http://www.myspace.com/carolinachocolatedrops Listen to Starry Crown and City of Refuge Thursday late afternoon New Orleans Nightcrawlers: wailing, tight Brass band http://www.neworleansnightcrawlers.com/hear.html Listen to Red’s Cap Thursday evening Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives: Laid back funk http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=55877019 Listen to Keep on Smiling (also a cover of Once in a Lifetime) Friday morning Gina Forsyth: Acoustic singer/songwriter http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=154636418 Listen to St Anthony Friday midday 007: New Orleans Ska http://www.myspace.com/007rocksteady Listen to Nincompoop Theryl Houseman DeClouet http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=1000621912 Listen to the Truth Iz Out Friday afternoon Richard Thompson: British Indie Singer/Songwriter, Arlo Guthrie meets Tom Waits http://www.richardthompson-music.com/audio/dear_janet.mp3 Listen to Dear Janet Jackson

Friday late afternoon Trombone Shorty: Hard to classify, but Johnny Sketch meets Galactic http://www.myspace.com/tromboneshorty Listen to Orleans Claiborne or Act Bad Ft 5th Ward John Butler Trio: Rock with Blues influence http://www.johnbutlertrio.com/ You’ve already heard Better Than, so listen to Treat Yo Mama Friday evening Michael Franti and Spearhead: High energy hip-hop reggae http://www.spearheadvibrations.com/ Listen to Hey Now Now Saturday morning Chappy: New York band, fusion of Nickel Creek and Mosquitos http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=25700639 Listen to Decision Alejandro Escovedo: Indie rocker from Austin Texas http://www.myspace.com/alejandroescovedo Listen to Castanets Tondrae Kemp: Fusion of Terrence Trent D'Arby and Timbaland http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=8146513 Listen to the Hotter the Fire Saturday afternoon Henry Butler: jumpin piano http://www.henrybutler.com/music_01.html Listen to Jump to the Music Saturday late afternoon the subdudes: New Orleans, Sam Cooke-like lyrics with do-wop backup vocals http://www.myspace.com/thesubdudes Listen to Papa Dukie and the Mud People Spencer Bohren: Stortyteller, Acoustic blues guitar http://www.spencerbohren.com/music/southerncrossmusic.php?mp3=cd5-9&cdid=5 Listen to Wake Me, Shake Me Saturday evening Crescent City Allstars: Preservation jazz with New Orleans Funk http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=150170185 Listen to Funky Saints Steel Pulse: Reggae, Ska http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=162862955 Listen to Make Us a Nation Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas: Zydeco two-step music http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Nathan-Zydeco-Cha-Chas/dp/B00004C4Q0 Listen to Let’s Go Sunday morning The Revealers: Reggae with Funk

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=115693908 Listen to The Sound of That Ovi-G & the Froggies: Latin energy dance music http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=101277711 Listen to Baila Baila mi Soca Grupo Fantasma: Latin dance music from Austin http://www.myspace.com/fantasmatics Listen to Montero Sunday afternoon Rotary Downs: Indie Rock http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=6081418 Listen to Sing Like the Sun Galactic: Fusion of Funk, Jazz, and Hip Hop http://www.myspace.com/galactic Listen to Bounce Baby Sunday late afternoon Rebirth Brass Band: Words won’t do them justice. If you don’t know, then listen. http://www.rebirthbrassband.com/music.shtml Listen to Put Your Right Foot Forward, from the live 2005 Jazz Fest set Keb’Mo’: Lyrical blues http://www.kebmo.net/ Listen to the Itch The Raconteurs: Indie Rock with a Nashville influence http://www.myspace.com/theraconteurs You’ve heard Steady as She Goes, so try the Switch and the Spur The New Orleans Bingo! Show: The New Orleans version of the Asylum Street Spankers http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=16877295 Listen to Shoeshine Blues Sunday evening The Radiators: http://www.livedownloads.com/live-music/0,2346/The-Radiators-mp3-flac-download-1-112008-Culture-Room-Ft-Lauderdale-FL.html Listen to Monkey Meet The Derek Trucks Band http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=20728238 Listen to It Hurts Me Too