Bruce Springsteen is the only person alive who has attended every single Bruce Springsteen concert. And in his expert opinion, one of the very best was at the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The Here Comes the Funny Tour, featuring comics Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Nick Swardson, is bound for the UNO Lakefront Arena on Dec. 8.
Monday, October 17, 2016
The members of Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes spent much of this week recording what will be their seventh album. After 15 years as a band, their collective mindset in the studio has evolved.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Options for live music in and around New Orleans for the week of Oct. 20-26 include a blues legend, a funk legend and a rising Americana music star.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Contemporary Nashville star Keith Urban's level of enthusiasm at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday night was evident in his shoulders. For most of the night, they were in constant motion. They shrugged, swayed and tilted from side to side as he…
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Indio, California – Midway through the Rolling Stones’ opening night set at the inaugural Desert Trip festival last weekend, guitarist Keith Richards cracked, “It’s nice to be here. It’s nice to be anywhere.” That joke, he noted, is “an old one, b…
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The last time forward-thinking country hitmaker/guitar ace Keith Urban passed through town, lightning and rain cut short his show at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
In 1976, Houston native Kenny Rogers released his debut solo album, “Love Lifted Me.” He and his trademark gray beard have remained pop culture fixtures ever since, thanks to smash country-pop singles — “The Gambler,” “Coward of the County,” “Lady…
Monday, October 03, 2016
Bassist Cullen Landry first played classic New Orleans rhythm & blues with the Jokers in the late 1950s, when he was a student at Jesuit High School. Nearly 60 years later, he’s still celebrating the music of his youth via Cullen Landry & …
Thursday, September 29, 2016
The ghostly background figure on the cover of New Orleans singer and guitarist Luke Winslow-King’s 2014 album “Everlasting Arms” is Esther Rose. She was, at the time, his wife and a member of his band.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Producers of the 2016 Voodoo Festival in New Orleans’ City Park have released the full schedule for their upcoming music festival, with performance times and stage assignments. Festival-goers can now start plotting out their daily itinerary for th…
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Beyoncé’s music and motives are often over-analyzed. She is, at her core, a pop artist not prone to politics or grand social statements.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr., an accordionist, organist, singer and songwriter who, under the name Buckwheat Zydeco, championed traditional southwest Louisiana Creole dance music on the world stage, died early Saturday of lung cancer at Our Lady …
Thursday, September 22, 2016
On Sept. 25, 2006, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong stood on a stage erected at the 50-yard line prior to a Monday Night Football game between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons and intoned, “There is a house in New Orleans, they call…
Beyonce is on the short list of artists whose every release is hailed as a Major Cultural Moment. Her output is dissected and debated, even though she’s never pretended to be anything more than a pop star, albeit an incredibly talented and charism…
During a Sept. 16 concert in the Canadian city of Edmonton, country star Keith Urban spontaneously selected two young sisters from the audience to visit him onstage. He had no idea how the encounter with 14-year-old Hailey Benedict and her younger…
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Powered by frontwoman Brittany Howard’s deep-soul wail, Alabama Shakes broke out of Athens, Alabama, with their 2012 debut, “Boys & Girls.” They followed that success with 2015's more experimental "Sound & Color."
Monday, September 19, 2016
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are going on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2017. That tour includes a Jan. 10 stop at the Smoothie King Center in Shorty's hometown. Jack Irons is also on the bill.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Producers of the 2016 Voodoo Fest in New Orleans have revealed the festival’s daily schedule. The Weeknd, G-Eazy and Kevin Gates will top the opening day line-up on Friday, Oct. 28, in City Park.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Rock ’n’ Bowl owner John Blancher has been hit up for gigs in many unexpected places — perhaps none more so than his cardiologist’s office.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
New Orleans trombonist and bandleader Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is among the 2016 recipients of the prestigious Heinz Awards. Honorees receive an unrestricted $250,000 cash award.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Cajun bandleader Bruce Daigrepont’s parents spoke French at home, so he grew up learning the language conversationally. But he was of little use to his daughters when they took French in school, as he didn’t know the linguistic and grammatical rul…
Sunday, September 11, 2016
The Dixie Chicks covered songs by Prince, Beyoncé, Patty Griffin, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan and Ben Harper on Saturday at New Orleans' Smoothie King Center. But they soared highest as themselves.
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Contemporary soul/R&B stars Maxwell and Mary J. Blige are bringing their co-headlining King and Queen of Hearts World Tour to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Dec. 1. Ro James is slated to open the show.
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
During the unplugged portion of Maroon 5’s encore at a sold-out Smoothie King Center on Monday, singer Adam Levine asked audience members to temporarily stash their cellphones. He said he hoped to engineer “an analog moment of sorts. I promise you…
Saturday, September 03, 2016
Drake reminded the capacity crowd at the Smoothie King Center on Friday that the early backing of New Orleans’ own Lil Wayne is the “only reason” he is able to fill such large rooms. The rest of his confident, commanding and creatively staged perf…
Friday, September 02, 2016
What may be the busiest week of the year for live music in New Orleans — in terms of both visiting big names and high-quality club shows — kicks off on Thursday.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Maroon 5 is to the 2000s what INXS was to the 1980s: a hugely popular, guitar-based pop band with a pinup lead singer that unapologetically samples from funk and soul.
Live music options in and around New Orleans for the week of Sept. 1-7 include a high-powered hip-hop double bill at the Smoothie King Center and a renowned Texas singer-songwriter at Chickie Wah Wah.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The long Labor Day weekend officially concludes summer, and unofficially kicks off an especially busy fall concert season. A preponderance of venues and promoters has translated to an abundance of options for south Louisiana music fans.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Since its rebirth in August 2015, the lavishly restored Orpheum Theater has hosted everything from metal band Lamb of God to rapper G-Eazy to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Twelve years separate New Orleans keyboardist, singer and songwriter John “Papa” Gros’ 2004 debut solo CD, “Day’s End,” and his brand-new second effort, “River’s On Fire.” The long gap is largely due to the 13 years and five albums he devoted to P…
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Of all the New Orleans musicians I’ve chronicled over the past 26 years, there’s only one whose phone number I know by heart: Gospel singer Jo “Cool” Davis.
Monday, August 22, 2016
The upcoming week of live music in New Orleans includes a hip-hop star's annual homecoming all-star concert, a hardcore honky-tonker from Texas, a gospel singer's send-off and more.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
At the outset of Def Leppard’s encore at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, genial singer Joe Elliott acknowledged the recent catastrophic flooding in Louisiana. “We can’t possibly understand what it feels like,” he said, “but we do know what i…
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Aaron Neville is 75 and living happily in New York City. But his new album, “Apache,” evokes the sound and swagger of his youth in New Orleans.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Mourners for Pete Fountain took to the streets for the jazz legend's second line parade on Wednesday. Fountain, a mainstay of New Orleans music, Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street for more than half a century, died Aug. 6 after a decade of declining he…