WORT 89.9 FM Community Radio made the musical world a bit smaller on Thursday, August 4th, by broadcasting live from the Central Park Sessions.
The free concert on Madison’s near east side, called the Small World Session, showcased performers from New Hampshire (Ameranouche), New Orleans (Sasha Masakowski & the Sidewalk Strutters) and Ukraine (Dakha Brakha).
Due to a change in the weather, which brought on a thunderstorm with lightening, the broadcast was cut short during Sasha Masakowski’s set, for obvious concerns over safety. The show continued, as strictly acoustic, in a tent at the park, which regretfully, made it technically impossible to continue the WORT live broadcast.
In case you missed our live remote from the Central Park Sessions (or you just want to hear it again or share it with someone else), here are the broadcasted sets from the bands Ameranouche and Sasha Masakowski & the Sidewalk Strutters!
Ameranouche says that its concerts are a means of spreading peace and joy. Their name is a portmanteau word combining American and Manouche, the Roma/Sinti tribe to which Paris-based gypsy-jazz guitar icon Django Reinhardt belonged. Enjoy the vigorously elegant sound of Ameranouche
This 29-year-old chanteuse was recently described by Downbeat magazine as among the most innovative musicians coming out of New Orleans. Masakowski has a playful, spontaneous approach to jazz, retro-pop and art-rock. She defies genres by fronting three very different groups: experimental duo Hildegard, world-music ensemble Musical Playground, and the more traditional New Orleans outfit she brought to Madison, the Sidewalk Strutters.