BIRTHDAYS-IN-BLUE From the Land of the Round Haircut for The Boss of the Blues himself BIG JOE TURNER, Jazz Immortal BETTY CARTER, Multi Talented TAJ MAHAL, and Herdsman WOODY HERMAN

New:  Moreland & Arbuckle, Damien Jurado, Massy Ferguson. Older included Lydia Loveless, Scott Biram, Neko Case, Johnny Cash, Maria Muldaur, The Cruel Sea, Rosie Flores, Eilen Jewell, Pleasure Barons, Miss Tess, Animals, Dave Ray, and a whole lot more.

Today's program opens with a sequence of Portuguese-speaking groups – from Portugal as well as African & Latin American countries which were colonies of the former Portugal empire… (Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Brasil).  Highlighted by Caetano Veloso's tribute to the abolition of slavery in Brasil on May 13 – 13 de Maio.  Also three tracks from Fatoumata Diawara, who just came back to Minneapolis for another great show at The Cedar… mixed with some new tracks from Rokia Traore's newest release, "Ne' So".  Dealing with topics of recent concern, Islamophobia, war & dislocation bring