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Fundraiser to Help Local Musicians

Chris Joseph is co-founder of the Threadhead Cultural Foundation. This foundation officially launched in 2009 to support local musicians, although the organization existed informally long before then. As Chris explains, this organization is unusual in that most of its members do not live in New Orleans. Nevertheless, all  the proceeds from fundraisers go to support New Orleans musicians. Chris tells us how the organization began and describes the role hurricane Katrina played. The groups' next fundraiser is this Tuesday, May 1.  Among other great New Orleans musicians who will perform at the fundraiser is trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, who will turn 101 years old on July 17.  Visit Threadhead's website for more information on the organization and the fundraiser. Listen here!

Reader Comments:
May 2, 2012 07:02 pm
 Posted by  KhandiSharp

The idea to have a fundraiser for New Orleans Musicians is a great one, but who will get the money. As quiet as its' kept many of the great performers of the city are homeless, or damn near homeless. They are bringing in the crowds to many venues, but are not making much of the profits. We all know most of our Tourist come for the entertainment, spirit, and the food, and mostly in that order. Something is not right about the deal many of the musicians are getting. Someone should look into it, before the music dies in New Orleans.

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Craig Kraemer grew up in New Orleans on Lowerline Street, across from the Carrollton Cemetery. As a child, he watched countless Jazz Funerals wind their way into the cemetery long before Jazz Funerals became cool. He remembers Hurricane Betsy and Mayor Vic Schiro’s famous quote to panicked citizens: “...don’t believe any false rumors unless they come from me...”

 

Kraemer lives now in Faubourg Saint John near picturesque Bayou St. John. (He prefers the term "faubourg" to"neighborhood" to reflect his pride in New Orleans’ French heritage.) Although his father’s family was originally from Germany, Kraemer’s ancestors—who established the town of Kraemer, Louisiana— adopted Cajun culture and traditions. His mother's family came straight from Paris to settle in New Orleans.

 

Kraemer's day job is as a videographer and graphic designer for his company, Kraemer Advertising. Kraemer's ongoing projects include filming productions for the New Orleans Opera, and symposiums and events for the Historic New Orleans Collection. In addition, he provides a variety of web videos and other film and graphic services for corporate and business clients. Kraemer's love for history and tradition have led him to recently open a new business: CK Digital Memories. This unique service allows Kraemer to apply his skills as an award-winning documentarian, film editor and visual designer to film and produce very personal and comprehensive Family History Video Documentaries for discerning clients. These broadcast quality productions capture the life stories of traditionalists who value their family legacies and heritages.

 

Kraemer’s clients understand the importance of preserving family history and achievements. They put high value on their history and want lasting video tributes to share their family pride with generations to come. In his work, Kraemer films clients as they recount family stories and share personal reminiscences. He then edits the video to include photographs and home movies the family provides. To add richness and ambiance, Kraemer adds music selections that relate to the stories and their eras, and includes photo images of cherished heirlooms or objects that have special family meaning. The result is a unique family chronicle, an enduring testament to a family’s continuing heritage. 

 

Kraemer started his New Orleans Podcasting site as a community service four months following Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans was in dire need of positive stories after the massive devastation of the storm. The national media were taking care of the negative stories. However, those who had stayed through Katrina, who were still in the city or who had just returned were eager to talk about the good things that were happening, however small they were. Kraemer’s weekly podcast interviews provided much needed injections of hope as they regularly highlighted positive stories throughout the city. Today, Kraemer continues to gather positive and unique stories to inform locals and the world about the wonderful place we call home.

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