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Radiators on 2018 Jazz Fest Postal Mailer

Radiators on 2018 Jazz Fest Postal Mailer

The Radiators to be Honored with 30th Annual Jazz Fest Postal Cachet

NOTE: Jazz Fest Postal Cachets may be purchased by mail order. Use the mail order form here, then send it in with a  check and your postal cachets will be mailed to you.

The Radiators, a New Orleans rock band beloved by fans around the world some 40 years into their career, will be the honoree on the 30th annual United States Postal Service's Jazz Fest Postal Cachet. This highly collectible souvenir mailing envelope, embossed with the Jazz Fest logo and an image of the group, will be unveiled on April 26.

The band is expected to perform at the unveiling ceremony, which is free and open to the public, and to autograph copies of the postal cachet.

The ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116).

The 2018 Postal Cachet will be available for sale at the ceremony starting at 10 a.m. The cost is $15 each. They also are available for sale at the U.S. Postal Service tent at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, which takes place at the Fair Grounds.

The Radiators, also known as The New Orleans Radiators, are a rock band from New Orleans, Louisiana, who combined the traditional musical styles of their native city with more mainstream rock and R&B influences to form a bouncy, funky variety of swamp-rock they called “fish-head music.”

Described by OffBeat magazine as "New Orleans' longest-running and most successful rock band," the Radiators' had limited commercial success, with only a handful of chart appearances, but, as a party band from a party town, their enthusiastic live performances, danceable beats and relentless touring earned the band a dedicated following and the admiration of many of their peers.

In a sign of their stature both in their hometown and as a touring attraction, the Radiators were for nearly 30 years the traditional closing act (opposite the Neville Brothers) at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

In a feat of continuity rarely seen in the rock music world, the band’s five-man line up is the same one as when the band formed in 1978:

Ed Volker, keyboards and vocal
Dave Malone, guitar and vocal
Camile Baudoin, guitar
Reggie Scanlan, bass
Frank Bua, Jr., drums

The Radiators had a repertoire which included more than 300 original songs—many never released on album—and over one thousand covers (or partial covers used as part of a medley). With the band's approval, over 500 concert recordings have been made available for free (for non-commercial use) on the Internet Archive.

In 2011, the Radiators announced that they were disbanding due to Ed Volker’s desire to retire from touring. The group was inducted that year into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

But the group continued to reunite twice a year, at Jazz Fest and for a three-day run at Tipitina's every January.

In late 2017, the band returned to the recording studio to make its first album of new music in more than a decade. The resulting record, “Welcome to the Monkey House,” is being released this month on the band’s own RADZ label.

The Radiators will perform a 40th anniversary concert at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell on Sunday, May 6, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:35 p.m. on the Gentilly Stage.

The U.S. Postal Service's Jazz Fest Postal Cachet program began in 1989 with a commemorative envelope featuring Professor Longhair. The list of honorees is:

2017 Chief Monk Boudreaux
2016  George Wein
2015  The Meters
2014  Rebirth Brass Band
2013  Trombone Shorty
2012  Kermit Ruffins
2011  The Marsalis Family
2010  Louis Prima
2009  Mahalia Jackson
2008  Deacon John Moore
2007  Harry Connick, Jr.
2006  Art Neville
2005  The Dixie Cups
2004  Aaron Neville
2003  Ernie K-Doe
2002  Ellis Marsalis, Jr.
2001  Dr. John
2000  The Neville Brothers
1999  Fats Domino
1998  Allen Toussaint
1997  Sidney Bechet
1996  Doc Cheatham
1995  Buddy Bolden
1994  Louis Armstrong
1993  Pete Fountain
1992  Irma Thomas
1991  Danny Barker
1990  Jelly Roll Morton
1989  Professor Longhair

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