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Granda Elliot’s Nutcracker December 14, 2008

Posted by The Typist in Toulouse Street.
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One-time recording artist Elliot Small, better known to visitors to the New Orleans French Quarter as Grandpa Elliot, displays some serious harmonica chops for us on this mixup of a Nutcracker Suite and the William Tell Overture.

This Playing for Change video is now the leading driver of visitors to this site. Grandpa Eilliot is apparently quite an internet celebrity. But internet hits don’t pay the bills, and until he sets up a paypal donation button all I ask is this: if you find yourself Christmas shopping downtown, spare a buck for this street legend. Imagine what the quarter would be like without street musicians (particularly the talented ones).

Grandpa Elliot and Friends: Stand By Me October 29, 2008

Posted by The Typist in Toulouse Street.
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Most of you probably know of Washboard Chaz, but unless you frequent the quarter you may have missed Grandpa Eliot. He is often found playing a mean harp on Toulouse Street and Royal (or is it Chartres?). Here he is with a few other fellow street performers from all over the world covering “Stand By Me”.

And don’t miss this short of One Love by the same Playing For Change: Peace Through Music folks.

Don’t forget: It’s time for Rising Tide, the annual bloggers conference on the future of New Orleans, with featured guest Harry Shearer!.