Every year around this time, classical music lovers flock together for the Birdfoot Festival of chamber music in New Orleans.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Small bites and wine spritzers are new at the New Orleans Greek Festival this weekend, but old favorites like baklava and boating on the bayou? Those aren't going anywhere.
When Thomas Rhett looks back at 2017, the milestones will include his third album, two new daughters and, as of this weekend, his first-ever show in a domed stadium.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Neither sunburn nor storms will plague the 2017 Bayou Country Superfest. After seven sometimes rainy, always hot years at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, the country mega-concert moves into the climate-controlled confines of New Orleans’ Mercedes-B…
The sounds of New Orleans brass and jazz will reverberate under the Interstate 10 overpass along North Claiborne Avenue during the long Memorial Day weekend’s second annual Treme/7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Around the dining room of Picayune Social House you’ll spot people reading the paper, and even walking around the room to check out different editions. But instead of digging into the news of the day, they’re actually peering back into the past.
Rising stars on the music stages, a greater variety of local food and art vendors, a courtesy parking shuttle bus and a new New Orleans-bred beer sponsor are all on tap for the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, which returns to the banks of Bayou St. John …
Thursday, May 11, 2017
The organizer of the upcoming Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo festival said the impact of a new city ordinance raising permit fees for nonprofit events was at one point so severe that he considered charging admission to his festival for the first time in …
Thursday, May 11, 2017
During the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival's first weekend, I lost my driver’s license at the Fair Grounds. I didn’t realize this until an anonymous Good Samaritan — one of this year’s approximately 425,000 attendees — mailed it to my …
The 2017 Satchmo Summerfest is going home. After one year at Jackson Square, the festival will return to its traditional location on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint, organizers announced Thursday.
It’s not easy to upstage hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg, especially at one of his own shows. But after his New Orleans Jazz Festival performance, it’s a video of a sign language interpreter, not the rapper himself, that has gone viral, according to a report.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Saturday's annual Magazine Street CHAMPAGNE STROLL means live music, Champagne, gallery openings and more along the historic shopping corridor, sponsored by the Magazine Street Merchants Association. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. magazinestreet.com
Sunday, May 07, 2017
The old and new schools of New Orleans music closed out the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at opposite ends of the Fair Grounds on Sunday evening.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
Fans had to wait a whole year to hear Stevie Wonder at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Then he made them wait a few minutes more.
Singer Topsy Chapman doesn’t send out press releases or chat up music critics. “I’m kinda incognito,” she said. “I want to work, but I don’t want a lot of attention.”
As Jazz Fest bears down on its final weekends, the weather continued to be near perfection. Here are some of the best photos from the Fair Grounds on Saturday.
Friday, May 05, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is built to run when it rains. But the festival runs a whole lot better when it doesn’t.
Lil Charles Taylor, longtime big chief of the White Cloud Hunters, dazzled the crowd Friday at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in his violet Mardi Gras Indian suit, adorned with three-dimensional patches of butterflies.
With wild weather a thing of the past, Jazz Fest settled in for its second Friday at the Fair Grounds under be skies and with perfect weather. here are some of the top photos from the day's action.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Following the previous night’s deluge and a surprise shower in the morning, proper footwear was essential Thursday at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Waterproof boots – shrimp or hiking – were the sensible choice.
In 2015, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed in Cuba at the Havana Jazz Festival. The musicians eventually left Cuba, but Cuba never really left them.
With rain in the rear-view mirror, Jazz Fest's second week kicked off with sunny skies and more great weather to come (and maybe a little mud). Here are some of the top photos from Thursday at the Fair Grounds.
Memphis soul singer William Bell’s 1961 hit “You Don’t Miss Your Water” didn’t spare him from the draft. Sent to Fort Polk in central Louisiana, he befriended a fellow soldier named Allen Toussaint.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
The second weekend of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is even more overloaded with nighttime options than the previous weekend. Things quiet down a bit after the festival ends, but this being New Orleans, there's still music to be heard.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Throughout his prolific, decades-long career, Don Was, a bassist by trade, has produced dozens of albums by the likes of the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, the B-52s and his own band, Was (Not Wa…
Monday, May 01, 2017
If the big first weekend of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival left you happily exhausted, buck up: The second weekend is even bigger.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival engaged Mother Nature in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship on Sunday, and won. Pitbull, however, lost.
Storms delayed Sunday's opening of the New Orleans Jazz Festival until 3 p.m. and resulted in the cancellation of dozens of acts earlier in the day, as well as Congo Square Stage headliner Pitbull.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
An Alexandria woman experienced the chaos of the failed Fyre Festival, a supposed luxury music festival in the Bahamas with tickets costing up to $12,000, and lived to tell about it, according to a report from Alexandria's KALB-TV.
At suppertime Saturday, the lines at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s food booths were unusually short. Just about everybody, it seemed, was stationed at one of the three main stages for a strong trifecta of closing acts: Alabama …
Beverly Fountain, Pete Fountain’s widow, leaned over and planted a kiss on the portrait of her husband unveiled Saturday in the “Ancestors” area of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival grounds.
On the final night of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield stood triumphantly on the House of Blues stage with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and a very special guest: Stevie Wonder.
It took hours and hours of work to make sure that people attending the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year could dance to Cuban music in the center of the Fair Grounds.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Late in his closing set on the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival's opening day, Harry Connick Jr. once again reiterated his hometown bona fides.
The 2017 edition of New Orleans Jazz Fest began under overcast skies, but that did nothing to dim the spirits of the festival-goers. Here are some of the top images from Day 1 at the Fair Grounds.
The forecast for the first day of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was cloudy but rain-free. The rest of the weekend, not so much.
Last year at Jazz Fest I tried a little experiment. What would happen if I combined different dishes, or even different parts of dishes, from various food vendors for new creations?
The 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest is sure to provide good food and great music for hundreds of thousands of visitors over its two-week span.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
If you’re the type of Jazz Fest fan who walks through the gates with specific dishes in mind, this year is for you.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
As a Lafayette teenager in the early 1970s, visual artist Francis X. Pavy fell under the spell of pioneering New Orleans funk band the Meters. While still in high school, he saw multiple performances, and Meters records were around the house.
Harry Connick Jr. was surprised to learn 10 years have passed since he last performed at his hometown New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Granted, he's been busy.