Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the murder of Dinerral Shavers, the drummer for the Hot 8 Brass Band. I spent most of the day in bed, suffering from whatever it is that is going around New Orleans. But I rose briefly to give a few interviews with Fox 8 and WWL-TV. This used to be a regular occurrence but lately my teaching schedule keeps me unavailable for commentary on the crime situation in New Orleans--and I've been fine with that.
But, next Friday will mark one year since the murder of Helen Hill, and in that case there are still no leads. This is true of most of the approximately 210 murders in New Orleans this year.
On January 11th, SilenceIsViolence will be marking the anniversary of the march to city hall with several events, including a Brass Band blowout at the Howlin' Wolf, with the Hot 8, Soul Rebels, Free Agents, Rebirth Brass Band, and more. Tickets are $15 and are available at the box office, online, and at Sound Cafe. All proceeds will go to the Dinerral Shavers scholarship fund.