Al “Carnival Time” Johnson

gns3.5.44Alvin Johnson, Sr., best known for his famous song, “Carnival Time,” has been a New Orleans Mardi Gras icon for over 40 years. A Rhythm & Blues performer, Al is a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival veteran and has worked with the likes of Aaron Neville, Oliver Morgan, Bobby Lonero as well as (the late Tommy Ridgley, Jessie Hill, Bobby Mitchell, Eddie Bo & Ernie K-Doe) 

Al has performed on the “Louisiana Jukebox” TV program and been the star of a highly successful Louisiana Lottery Mardi Gras campaign. Al has also been the subject of numerous articles in Mardi Gras Guide, New Orleans Magazine, Offbeat Magazine, The Louisiana Weekly, The Times Picayune, and Gambit Weekly.

Al’s newest song, the critically acclaimed “Lower Ninth Ward Blues”, appeared in the Oscar nominated film “Rachel Getting Married”, and Al has been honored with induction into The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame.

Al appears on the Feb. 2015 episode of the Goodnight Show!



Tami Nelson & Chris Trew

“Tami Nelson and Chris Trew have shaped their brand by challenging the expectations of what a comedy show and the scene around it looks like” – Splitsider

“a fiercely enjoyable brainwarp of a time” – The Austin Chronicle

Tami Nelson and Chris Trew are comedians and co-founders of The New Movement. They perform a weekly comedy show in New Orleans, as well as bring their comedy on tour across the country.

Chris & Tami appear on the January 7th 2015 episode of The Goodnight Show!



Jackie Sumell

Jackie Sumell is a multidisciplinary artist inspired most by the lives of everyday people. Her work speaks to both traditional artist communities and those historically marginalized from the political process. Her work was a center piece for the 2008 New Orleans Biennial, Prospect 1, the 2010 St Etienne Design Biennial, and Nancy Solomon’s Westobou Festival 2012.

Sumell’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the US and Europe, including The Luggage Store Gallery, Artists Space NY, deYoung Museum, Royal College of Art and Dublin County Museum. She has been the recipient of several residencies and awards including Akademie Schloss Solitude, and InContext-3 (Ireland), [CCA] Udjadowski Castle residency in Warsaw Poland. Ms Sumell also received a cultural fellowship to participate in the Stars Symposium in Penglai China 2012. Sumell published 2 artist books A=AGHT (2008) and The House That Herman Built (2006/2008) which documents the extraordinary collaboration with longterm solitary confinement prisoner and Black Panther, Herman Wallace. Their collaboration was featured by the NYTimes, Art Forum, Newsweek, Citizen K, Domus, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, TDR and most recently as the cover/ feature of Afterimage Journal. Her work with Herman Wallace inspired the award winning documentary Herman’s House by filmmaker Angad Bhalla. This film was screened nationally on PBS in 2013.

She received a B.S. from the College of Charleston, and M.F.A. from Stanford University. Ms Sumell currently resides in New Orleans Louisiana where she continues to work on Herman’s House, and several other advocacy based projects. She is 2013 Soros Justice Fellow.

Jackie Sumell appears on the January 7th 2015 episode of The Goodnight Show!




Hot 8 Brass Band

guest_20150107_hot-8-brass-bandNew Orleans’ own Hot 8 Brass Band has epitomized New Orleans street music for over a decade. The band plays the traditional Second Line parades, hosted each Sunday afternoon by Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, infusing their performances with the funk and energy that makes New Orleans music loved around the world. The members of the Hot 8 Brass Band were born and raised in New Orleans and many began playing together in high school. What makes the Hot 8 so special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn instruments. An evening with the Hot 8 is like no other.

Hot 8 Brass Band appears on the January 7th 2015 episode of The Goodnight Show!



Nick Spitzer

Nick Spitzer, the producer and host of American Routes, is a folklorist and a professor of anthropology and American studies at Tulane University. Nick specializes in American music and the cultures of the Gulf South, and received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas in 1986 with his dissertation on zydeco music and Afro-French Louisiana culture and identities.

American Routes, which is distributed by PRX, reaches nearly a million listeners each week on over 268 stations and via its website.

Carol Bebelle appears on the December 2014 episode of The Goodnight Show!


Carol Bebelle

Carol Bebelle is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Ashé Cultural Arts Center.

“At Ashé our mission is to use art and culture to support community development. We are an an initiative of Efforts of Grace, Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), organization that creates and supports programs, activities, and creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent. Located in Central City, the Center provides opportunities for art presentations, community development, artist support, and the creation of partnerships that amplify outreach and support efforts.

During post-hurricane Katrina recovery, we have acted as a community based center for the activities of ReBuild New Orleans, and have taken a leadership role in implementing the strategy to repopulate the Central City neighborhood with its former residents and new like-minded neighbors.

We house a repertoire of original theater works that are available for touring, and provide sponsorship for many private, public, community-focused, and family oriented events.”

Carol Bebelle appears on the December 2014 episode of The Goodnight Show!


Bella Blue

Born and raised in New Orleans, Bella Blue started dancing at the age of 3 studying extensively in ballet and modern into adulthood. In 2007 she traded in her pointe shoes for pasties and hasn’t looked back since! Her style can be best described as unpredictable! Bella can offer everything from classic fan dances and reverse stripteases to androgynous, neo, and controversial pieces. But no matter what, expect to be entertained! She has become one of the most recognized burlesque performers in New Orleans and across America. Bella performs predominantly in New Orleans but has also performed in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Las Vegas, North Carolina, Virginia, Minneapolis, and Switzerland. She is also a regular on the stages of New York, visiting every 3 months. In 2014, she headlined the Virginia Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival and the Caput Mundi Burlesque Award Festival in Rome, Italy. She also made her Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend debut in June 2014 where she was invited to perform in the “Movers, Shakers, Innovators Showcase.”

Bella Blue appears on the December 2014 episode of The Goodnight Show!


The Iguanas

What if Americana actually encompassed ALL of North America? You’d have the Franco-Acadian inflections of Canada, as best exemplified by le accordion, blues and jazz, the only truly indigenous musics the US has ever produced, and the lilting grace and fiery passion of the music of Mexico. You’d also have New Orleans’ premiere distillers of this continental musical melange, The Iguanas, and their new album Juarez.

Based out of New Orleans for the past couple of decades — save for a short, Katrina-imposed exile in Austin — the members of the Iguanas have (collectively or individually) played or recorded with everyone from Charlie Rich, Alex Chilton, and Willie DeVille to Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint, and Pretty Lights. Their two-decade ride has taken them all over the map musically and geographically, yet the inescapable patina of their hometown infuses every note they play.

The Iguanas appear on the December 2014 episode of The Goodnight Show!


Brooke Davis Anderson

guest_Brook-AndersonThroughout her career as Deputy Director of Curatorial Planning at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Director and Curator of The Contemporary Center at New York’s American Folk Art Museum, and Director of the museum at Winston-Salem State University, Brooke Davis Anderson‘s influence and leadership have resulted in memorable exhibitions, tangible fiscal benefits, and genuine engagement with community.

As a result of her focused scholarship, Brooke has expertise in African American art (especially the work of John Biggers) and has contributed significant research to the work of contemporary, self-taught artists, most notably Martin Ramirez, Henry Darger, and Bessie Harvey.

Now, as Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans, Brooke shares, “I love that Prospect is founded on collaboration and thrives on partnerships.  We are so fortunate to have support from all corners of New Orleans. P.3 is going to be a big success primarily because of our colleagues and collaborators!”

Brooke appears on the November 2014 episode of The Goodnight Show!

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Louis Michot

guest_Louis-MichotLouis Michot is the frontman of Grammy nominated rock & cajun group Lost Bayou Ramblers.

Taken from a recent interview:

“After playing blues and rock’n’roll on our own, and paying guitar and standup-bass in the family band for many years, my brother Andre and I picked up the accordion and fiddle in 1998, and decided to play a gig in September of 1999. We never rehearsed, just called our musician friends to join us in downtown Lafayette, and a buddy of mine gave me the name Lost Bayou Ramblers while having a beer before the show. We just took it from there, and started playing clubs in Lafayette and New Orleans, and did our first tour to New York and Brooklyn in 2002.”

Louis appears on the November 2014 episode of The Goodnight Show!