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30×90 Blueswomen with special guest Al “Carnival Time” Johnson at Ogden After Hours
/// September 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Johnson returned to New Orleans at the age of ten settling in the Lower 9th Ward. His early musical influences included Sugar Boy Crawford, Fats Domino and Smiley Lewis, to name a few. At 17, he recorded his first songs, “Ole Time Talkin,” and “I’ve Done Wrong,” for Aladdin Records. Johnson subsequently signed with Ric Records and recorded a series of songs at Cosimo Matassa’s recording studio starting with “Lena,” in 1958. “Carnival Time” was recorded for the label in 1960 and is one of the most played and requested classics of the New Orleans Mardi Gras.
In 2007, Johnson was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and also released the critically acclaimed “Lower 9th Ward Blues”, reflecting the plight of his and many others dislocation from their homes after Hurricane Katrina. Johnson resides in the Harry Connick Jr. “Musicians’ Village” development in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina refugee musicians.Purchase Tickets