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Legendary musician Antoine “Fats” Domino passed away last week. New Orleanians celebrated his life and career with a second line parade Wednesday night. The whole thing started at Vaughan's, a bar in the Bywater. The intersection out front was packed by 5 p.m.

People were selling cold drinks and cotton candy. There were barbecue booths atop portable trailers. One person was wearing Fats Domino fat-suit complete with paper mache head, but most were wearing some shade of blue — a reference to the titles of some of Domino’s most famous songs like Blue Monday and Blueberry Hill.

At first, there wasn’t a name for the kind of music that Fats Domino played.

He called it rhythm and blues. But Domino’s songs stretched beyond that category.

IFC Films

The 4th annual Louisiana International Film Festival is bringing celebrity guests, special events, gala parties and more than 50 films to Baton Rouge. It runs April 13 through April 17 at Cinemark Perkins Rowe.

This year’s special guests include Kelsey Grammer and Christy Turlington Burns. Films include “Born to be Blue,” an impressionistic biopic about singer-trumpeter Chet Baker (“the James Dean of jazz”), and Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple’s “Miss Sharon Jones!”, a documentary about neo-soul singer Sharon Jones.

Josh Cheuse

The Baton Rouge Blues Festival, April 9 and 10 this year, has snagged a big blues star.

Pointe Coupee Parish Native Buddy Guy is among the great names in the festival’s history. Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; winner of six Grammy Awards; and recipient of the Presidential National Medal of Arts, Kennedy Center Honors and Billboard Century Award.

LA Dept. of Culture, Recreation and Tourism

The 10th annual “Only in Louisiana Grammy Nominees Brunch” is Saturday in Los Angeles. Louisiana’s new lieutenant governor, Billy Nungesser, is presiding over the event for the first time.

“I’m excited,” Nungesser said. “It’s going to be a great trip. It’s what we are here in Louisiana. To go out there and celebrate with the nominees and talk about the Louisiana tourism, history, music is a great opportunity.”

The lieutenant governor’s office and Baton Rouge music business veteran Johnny Palazzotto are co-producing the Louisiana Grammy Nominees Brunch at the Latin-themed Conga Room. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is preparing the Louisiana-cuisine inspired menu.

Biking the South

Jan 8, 2016
Frank Barnett, WRKF

For most people, travel is all about getting to your destination as fast as you can. But, for two New Yorkers, it’s about seeing every place along the way.

Gardere Comes Together to Remember the Dead

Nov 20, 2015
Frank Barnett

The neighborhood of Gardere has had a reputation in the past for being an area of high crime and violence. But a few are trying to unite the area by drawing attention to victims of violence through the celebration of the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.


   How do you make an omelette? Abbeville's recipe was given by the emcee of the Giant Omelette Celebration, Kathy Richard: "We have 5,031 eggs—one egg for every year of the giant omelette celebration, so this year it’s 5,031. We have 50 pounds of onions, 75 bell peppers, four gallons of onion tops, two gallons of parsley, one half-gallon of milk, fifty-two gallons of butter [...] three boxes of salt, two boxes of black pepper, and later on we’ll be adding Louisiana and only Louisiana crawfish tails!"

Nicholas Martino /

The band Jetlagger has been together for a little over a year and members Jonathan Loubiere (guitar), Johnny McAndrew (guitar), Ryan Roullard (bass), and Josh Nee (drums) say they fit right in with the mix of other local Baton Rouge bands in the area. In fact, for them it's not a competition; they just want to make music.

Seeing a New City in a Blank Wall

Oct 23, 2015
Case Duckworth / WRKF News

The Walls Project is a Baton Rouge nonprofit that’s been painting about ten murals a year since 2012. Most of their artists’ work is downtown, though they’ve started expanding to Mid City and North Baton Rouge. Starting this month, they’ll offer biking and walking tours of their murals.