Joke of the Day for 19 April 2024

I got PTSD trying to cook gumbo.

I roux the day.

In honor of having two of my favorite New Orleans brass bands performing here in Durham today and tomorrow – Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Rebirth Brass Band. Between the two of them, they have promoted and preserved one of the most characteristic American styles of music – guaranteed to get your toes tapping and off your seat!


Blaise Kielar received Honorable Mention in the 2022 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize for an excerpt from his memoir in progress, "Be Heard: The Quiet Kid Who Started the World’s Loudest Violin Shop." He opened Chapel Hill’s first violin shop in 1978 and retired from a music retail career by transitioning Electric Violin Shop into the first worker-owned co-op music store in the United States. He plays jazz violin and clarinet in several bands and leads the Bulltown Strutters, Durham’s community New Orleans brass band.

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