This week’s installment of Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight radio show is the first of two Mardi Gras specials. One of our featured guests is Lisa Haley of Lisa Haley & the Zydekats, a genuine Louisiana girl from a musical Cajun family. We’ll play the title track from her Grammy-nominated “King Cake” CD, hear first hand about some of the New Orleans Mardi Gras traditions, and find out where Lisa finds inspiration for some of her more personal and inspiring songs.
Natalie Bovis, The Liquid Muse, will also join us to share the inside scoop on what to drink and serve to celebrate Mardi Gras. A recognized beverage consultant, mixologist, and author of the upcoming book, “The Edible Cocktail,” she shares the latest trends in entertaining and mixology. Natalie also recounts her experiences as a Judge at Tales of the Cocktails (the Oscars of the liquor industry held annually in New Orleans), as well as celebrating a Brazilian “Carnival” in Rio de Janeiro.
New Orleans’ rich musical heritage is still very much alive. Walking through the French Quarter, music is heard everywhere, from street musicians, pouring out of the clubs, and at Mardi Gras, in parade after parade. We honor that tradition this week with tunes from Randy Newman, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, and Tuba Fats and the Chosen Few Brass Band, among others.
Tune in next week, when the Mardi Gras party continues with special guests Macy Gray, Maria Muldaur, and Sugar Blue!