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William C. C. Claiborne William Charles Cole Claiborne was born in 1775 in Sussex County, Virginia and eventually bec...

William C. C. Claiborne

The Germans in Louisiana I wonder how many Louisiana natives and visitors have searched for the German Coast along the...

The Germans in Louisiana

Baroness Pontalba So many of us, beginning as young children, have walked through Jackson Square in the French ...

Baroness Pontalba

Nottoway Plantation Sitting only 200′ from the banks of the Mississippi River just north of White Castle, Louisian...

Nottoway Plantation

HUEY LONG (1893-1935) Huey Pierce Long was perhaps the most controversial and colorful state governor in US history. ...

HUEY LONG (1893-1935)

THE TABASCO STORY In 1841a fourth generation American of Scottish-Irish descent moved to New Orleans to begin a...

THE TABASCO STORY

Houmas Indian Tribe The year was 1686 when French explorer Robert LaSalle led his expedition down the Mississippi t...

Houmas Indian Tribe

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Claudia's Corn Soup

6 slices bacon 1 pound smoked sausage, diced ½ cup pickled pork or any ham seasoning 2 large white onions, finely chopped 3 stalks...

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Manale's BBQ Shrimp

One of our favorite recipes to prepare for friends and family is the barbecued shrimp recipe obtained by my mother (over 40 years...

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Oysters Mosca

Johnny Adapted from dish made famous by Manale’s and Mosca’s restaurants- of New Orleans 4 dozen oysters and liquid 1 large...

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Missy Replicated from Houston’s Restaurant’s (Metairie, LA) popular appetizer 2 sticks butter 1 medium white onion, finely...

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Marcia Ball

An energetic combination of blues and honky-tonk with a touch of boogie woogie best describes this Louisiana native who has been...

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New Orleans Street Cars

New Orleans became the second American city to have streetcars in 1835. The first city to introduce these horse-driven train cars...

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Atchafalaya Basin

The largest swamp wilderness in the United States; an area comprising nearly 600,000 acres encompasses most of Cajun Country in...

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Natchitoches Meat Pies

Natchitoches (Nack’-uh-tish) has long been revered as one of the most desired family destinations in Louisiana. It’s quaint...

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Oysters Mosca

Johnny Adapted from dish made famous by Manale’s and Mosca’s restaurants- of New Orleans 4 dozen oysters and liquid 1 large...

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Manale's BBQ Shrimp

One of our favorite recipes to prepare for friends and family is the barbecued shrimp recipe obtained by my mother (over 40 years...

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Missy Replicated from Houston’s Restaurant’s (Metairie, LA) popular appetizer 2 sticks butter 1 medium white onion, finely...

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Natchitoches Meat Pies

Natchitoches (Nack’-uh-tish) has long been revered as one of the most desired family destinations in Louisiana. It’s quaint...

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Gene Rizzo

Gene Rizzo, South LA native, architect, successful artist

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Cooking Louisiana

Cooking Louisiana. Excellent site for finding best dining in New Orleans area

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Louisiana Hot Stuff

Louisiana Hot Stuff. Unique Louisiana gifts in Lafayette, LA

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Louisiana Cookin'

Magazine covering authentic recipes, tasty travels and unique cultures of Louisiana.

An energetic combination of blues and honky-tonk with a touch of boogie woogie best describes this Louisiana native who has been entertaining sold-out venues throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe for over three decades. Her versatile musical style is best described as a combination of Jerry Lee Lewis, Irma Thomas, Professor Longhair, and B.B. King. But Marcia is not an impersonator and her addition of the Cajun and Zydeco spice add just the right touch to her music genre.

Born in 1949 and growing up in Southwest Louisiana’s Vinton near the Texas border, Ball’s family included several female piano players. Her mother, grandmother and several aunts had all accomplished keyboard skills; and most family gatherings centered around the piano. She began piano lessons at age five playing music of her grandmother’s generation; and it wasn’t until she was 13 and heard the sounds of Irma Thomas, that Marcia had found her early niche.

In 1966 she entered L.S.U. and when not studying, she and her band played at many Baton Rouge nightclubs as a group known as Gum. Most of her music back then reflected the Irma Thomas influence and following graduation in 1970, she left Baton Rouge headed west for San Francisco. Marcia’s automobile broke down in Austin, Texas enroute and while she awaited its repair, visited several local clubs and decided to remain—never did get to San Francisco!

While in Austin, Ball added a blues sound to the local country music there and soon joined a band called Freda and the Firedogs. Marcia, of course, was Freda. She began writing her own music during this time and discovered the sound of New Orleans own Professor Longhair. His style and composition fit right in to what Marcia believed she wanted to play and when her group disbanded in 1974, she chose to continue on as a solo artist. In 1978 she signed with Capitol Records and debuted her first album, Circuit Queen. She continued writing and performing throughout the 80’s and 90’s and her popularity has continued to grow.

During an interview, Marcia described her family as supportive during her early years performing; but only to the extent that her music be considered a sideline. Getting a “real” job and settling down seemed to be the correct path. Eventually, her success and popularity grew and her family couldn’t help but recognize the acclaim the musical world had bestowed on this talented young woman.

Marcia now delights tens of thousands of fans at over 100 appearances a year. In just the next 8 months, she’ll perform in 10 different states and two European countries! She’s been featured on Austin City Limits, NPR Performances, and at the White House with B.B. King and Della Reese.

In 1990, Marcia was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame; and in 1998 she received the W.C. Handy Blues Award for Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year and was nominated as Best Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards in 2000 and 2001. Her album Presumed Innocent was named Blues Album of the Year in 2002 and the follow-up, So Many Rivers won the 2004 Blues Music Award’sContemporary Blues Album of the Year. In three consecutive years beginning in 2005, Ball was honored as the Piano Player of the Year by the Blues Music Awards. And watch for one of her latest works, Peace, Love, & BBQ to follow with similar accolades.

I was very fortunate to hear Marcia perform last Mardi Gras down on a beach stage in South Florida and believe me when I say that her show is one you absolutely must experience. It’s impossible to remain seated during her New Orleans style R & B performance. Yet, unlike Jerry Lee Lewis, Marcia “rocks the house” while sitting comfortably as she creates rousing sounds from her “sizzling” keyboard. The backup band has been playing with her forever; even the newest members, for over 5 years. Their brassy splash is just the perfect compliment to Marcia’s New Orleans sound.

Marcia is featured in several interviews and various performances on You Tube. I recommend Party Time as a good example of what the excitement is all about! Obviously the best quality sounds are on any one of her several C.D.’s from your local music source. If you’d like to check out her upcoming schedule, log into her website at www.marciaball.com.

 

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Joie de vivre (joy of living) characterizes the Cajun way of life. Through their food, music, and festivals, every gathering of family and friends becomes a celebration of heritage.  The rich traditions are embraced by Cajuns and visitors alike.Lassez les bon temps roule' (let the good times roll)!

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