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Craig Invited back to play solo at the Old U. S. Mint during Jazz Fest! 

After his 2013 performance with Alfred Uganda Roberts on Sat., April 27, 2013 at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade, New Orleans, LA, presented by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, Craig has been invited to play solo on May 3, 2014.  It will be his tenth annual performance presented by the Jazz National Park. 

Craig's 2012 and 2013 performances were recorded by Danny Kadar.  If you missed those, not only can you hear Craig again this year, you can purchase "Live At The Old Mint," now available on CD, featuring Alfred Roberts on congas and Lori Brenner on rubboard!

Alfred is a native of New Orleans.  He has performed and recorded with many of the greats in the history of New Orleans music, including Professor Longhair, Dr. John, the Meters, the Wild Magnolias, Willie Tee, John Mooney, and others.  In 2005 he received the Sidney Bechet Award for Innovation presented by the New Orleans International Music Colloquium. Lori is lead vocalist on "Live to Love" by Craig Brenner & The Crawdads, and also plays accordion and percussion with the band and in a duo with Craig.

Craig Selected BEAD "Artist Of the Week" 

The Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District News announced that Craig was selected BEAD "Artist Of the Week" for March 21 - 28, 2014!  Learn more about BEAD on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bloomingtonentertainmentandartsdistrict

Craig releases live CD! 

Craig's first CD since 2009, Live At The Old Mint, is now available.  The CD features Craig playing blues and boogie woogie piano recorded live, including eight tracks with Alfred "Uganda" Roberts on congas recorded at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans in April of 2013.  Other tracks feature Craig solo at the Old Mint in 2012 and at the Artsgarden in Indianapolis, and one track with Lori Brenner on rubboard. 

A native of New Orleans, Alfred “Uganda” Roberts is an in-demand percussionist whose relationship with record producer Allen Toussaint led to Roberts becoming house percussionist at Sea Saint Studios.  Roberts played on the Meters’ “Afrika” and “Hey Pocky Way,” on Toussaint's Life, Love, and Faith (1972), and on The Wild Magnolias (1974). In 1972, Roberts was introduced to pianist Henry Roland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, at the 2nd annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival by Jazz Fest producer/founder Quint Davis, and Roberts toured and recorded with Fess for eight years until Fess’ death in 1980. Roberts is featured on Professor Longhair's Rock N Roll Gumbo (1977) with Snooks Eaglin and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and on Fess' last studio album, Crawfish Fiesta (1980). The London Concert (recorded 1978) is a duo performance by Longhair and Roberts. Roberts toured with Willie Tee and the Wild Magnolias from 1980 until 1986, when he took a hiatus from the music industry, occasionally coming out of semi-retirement to tour and record on Dr. John's album Goin' Back to New Orleans (1992), Craig Brenner’s Play It Again, Professor! (1995) and Man At The Piano (1997), and Dr. John’s Dis, Dat, or D’udda (2004).

Primary recording engineers for Live At The Old Mint  were Danny Kadar at the Old U.S. Mint and Jeff Mountjoy at the Artsgarden, with mixing and mastering by Jacob Belser of Primary Sound Studios, and graphic design by Merridee LaMantia.

Live At The Old Mint is available in Bloomington, IN at Landlocked Music - http://www.landlockedmusic.com.

"Backstage Boogie" in "Complete Painter" TV Show 

Craig's "Backstage Boogie" is featured in the promo for the upcoming television show, "The Complete Painter," produced by Jeffry Krafft.  Craig, Joe Donnelly and David Wierhake performed the tune at the T. C. Steele State Historic Site during one of the outdoor painting contests, and Jeff videotaped the performance along with interviews of painters and others to promote "The Complete Painter," which provides painting tips.  The promo can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJvoh_ECKrA

Craig & The Crawdads at Ethnic Expo 

Craig & The Crawdads performed Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at the Columbus, IN Ethnic Expo on the First Street Stage.  Ethnic Expo was founded in 1984 as a celebration of Columbus, Indiana's varied ethnic heritage as well as its current cosmopolitan population.  Home to people from all over the world, as well as those with rich cultural traditions, Columbus is proud of its diversity.  Annually, Ethnic Expo hosts more than 35,000 people who enjoy international food and marketplace, continuous entertainment, children's activities, parade, and fireworks.  

To see videos from the 2012 Ethnic Expo, click on Media.

For more information, visit http://www.ethnicexpo.org/
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Craig Wins 2nd Indiana Arts Grant

Craig received his second Individual Artist Program grant from the Indiana Arts Commission for fiscal year 2012 for his project, "High School Jazz Musicians Pay Tribute to New Orleans, the Birthplace of Jazz."  The grant enabled him to arrange "Homage to New Orleans" for performance by students in the Bloomington High School South Jazz Band, and make a recording of the students performing the piece in concert for viewing on YouTube using equipment and software purchased with the grant.  The music will also be available for other high school band programs.
 
BHSS Band Director Robert Dubinski directed the performance by the BHSS Jazz Band in concert on Tuesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Carmichael Auditorium at Bloomington High School South, Bloomington, IN.  Scroll down to view photos of the band rehearsing and performing "Homage to New Orleans."  Watch a video of the performance on YouTube at http://youtu.be/wl7w2DE_z_k. You can also watch the video with introductory comments by Band Director Robert Dubinski at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAh00zRBvhc.

This activity was made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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