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Your Dank Americana Remix --- Fans and friends, we miss you in this shut down!  
 
CANCELLATIONS: Friends and fans, we'll keep this page updated with cancellations as we are notified.  With DC, Maryland, and Virginia shut down, it will be a while before the music scene gets back to normal.  We'll see you all on the other side of this pandemic.  Thanks very much for your wonderful support over the years.  See "Upcoming Shows" for a complete list of shows as it stood before the corona crisis and updated information posted as we receive it.  This web site updated July 1, 2020
 
 
                                               Little Red is our favorite band!
 
Little Red’s album “Little Red and the Renegades”--see Blues Music Magazine's review below--is available from most major streaming services, including Spotify, YouTube, and Apple (iTunes download, or Apple Music streaming).  
 
CD’s are normally available through Amazon, but their distributor, CD Baby has closed that service for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.    If you would like to purchase a copy of the physical CD, please contact Harry Rado, via email at harryrado@hotmail.com, and the necessary arrangements will be made.   Thanks for listening.
 
From our friend CATHY PONTON KING: "I'd love for you to give my new video a spin........I wrote a song Zydeco style.....Tom Corradino, 'Little Red', on accordian. Great for dancing and great fun. Pass along some happiness!" 
Click here for Cathy's new song "I Want You to Be Happy": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7mH8AS8BJ8&feature=share
 
Zydeco, Blues, Funk, R&B, Country, Gospel, Pop, Compas Direct, Latin, Jazz and Carnival Flavors from all over the world have been blended and distilled into the Renegades' sound.  This is party music, best served with good friends, food and drink, and lots of dancing. 
 
Little Red & the Renegades' songs are about life, love, friends, children, food, and all of life's twists and turns and ups and downs. They bring the party.  Just show up and let loose.
 
DC music trivia: Little Red & the Renegades has represented Washington at Austin’s world-famous South by SouthWest music festival, and the band is mentioned in the George Pelecanos novel “Nick's Trip.” 

Band leader Little Red (Tom Corradino) moved to DC from New Orleans, where he learned how to make fonky music at the elbow of greats such as Professor Longhair, Dr. John, BooZoo Chavis, and Clifton Chenier.
 
Little Red & the Renegades have been performing around the DMV (Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia) since the 1980's.

Little Red and the Renegades is Washington’s ultimate party band!  Little Red put the DC into ZyDeCo . . .


Little Red is available for clubs, lounges, restaurants, wine bars, vineyards, breweries, receptions, fundraisers, festivals, picnics, weddings, anniversaries, dinners, parties, private events, and company events.
 
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"Blues Music Magazine" reviews Litt;e Red's latest CD:
 

LITTLE RED & THE RENEGADES

Little Red & the Renegades

Azalea City Recordings

 

“Little Red” (née Tom Corradino) is and has been the Zydeco music force in the Nation’s capital since maybe 1986. In fact, he – with impresario Marc Gretschel (of Twist & Shout Club fame, celebrated in Mary Chapin Carpenter’s hit song) – is responsible for creating the scene. Don’t believe me? Check George Pelicanos’ novel, Nick’s Trip where the detective protagonist goes to see Little Red’s “hot D.C. Zydeco band.” That was published around 1993. This disc, their first in 25 years, pronounces them still hot.

 

Preponderantly populated with original songs, the subject matter for some is, shall we agree, unique. How about “Haywire,” an alluring slot machine? With its mesmerizing, Soca rhythm instrumental middle, steel drums/pans propel listeners and of course dancers ever onward. Its clever bass figures are the work of Little Red founding member Dave Peterson. Carol Arthur is the wizard of the pans. Hubby Jon Danforth’s drumming makes things hum throughout, especially on the jazzy, bluesy driving instrumental, “East Side Drive.” Harry Rado’s been Red’s guitarist since its college days at Syracuse; now his son, Allen, also mans the guitar.

 

How many songs have been written about the prescription drug Prednisone? There’s one here. Turns out it’s autobiographical: “I can’t drink, I can’t get stoned/the only thing I’m living on is Prednisone” Red wails. As if these topics aren’t curious enough, how about “Brand New Pope”? Yes, that would be Francis. “He’s got no rules, no written text / You never know what he’ll say next.” Don’t know if it’ll chart on Radio Vatican (if there is one), but if souls can be moved, so will the soles of your dance boots. There’s also a rapping homage to the cultural richness of New York City that name checks many of Red’s favorite spots. If you appreciate Zydeco and are enchanted with the ways in which it can be used to interpret just about anything, get yourself a copy of Little Red & the Renegades. Play it often and aggressively and dance yourself silly.

 

– M.E. Travaglini

http://bluesmusicstore.com/july-issue-2018/

 
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Special note: Little Red is on the soundtrack to the Jim Jarmusch movie Paterson!
 
And here's more of Little Red's music:

"Little Pepe" by Little Red - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j9KgmzS6yg

"Goin' to New York" by Little Red - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx8pl2Udqyo

"Haydee's Restaurant" by Little Red -  https://www.flickr.com/photos/haberuvi/7577895938/in/set-72157630592271264

Professor Longhair's "Big Chief" by Little Red - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_l72ta3Wm4

"Let's Boogie" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGpvZeOzZ-w

"Haywire" by Little Red - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zr2NPiF-ps

“Funky Pope” by Little Red - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mONBcYNMUBc

At The Hamilton, Washington, DC with Buckwheat Zydeco: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfGEOr7eYOE
Little Red, New Orleans Piano Professor

Little Red, New Orleans Piano Professor