Shania Twain, one of the best-selling female country artists of all time, plans to hit the road in 2018 in support of her forthcoming album "Now." That tour is scheduled to stop at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on June 10.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
New Orleans favorites Big Freedia, Naughty Professor, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Kristin Diable & the City top the music roster for the 2017 National Fried Chicken Festival, coming to Woldenberg Riverfront Park on Sept. 23-24.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
In 1997, when he was 16, local music fan Al Champagne came across “Your Punk Heritage,” a compilation CD by long-defunct New Orleans band the Normals. He knew nothing about the Normals but bought it anyway.
The musical options in New Orleans this week include a veteran rap group and a legendary horn ensemble.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Forty-five minutes into his performance at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday, John Mayer described writing “Stop This Train” while incapacitated by kidney stones and a fever. As he spoke, he caught himself with “monologue hands” — his hands we…
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Keyboardist Jon Cleary has spent much of his career playing nicely with others. He’s collaborated with Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, guitarists Taj Mahal and John Scofield and various bands of his own, including the formidable Absolute Monster Gentlemen.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a tribute to the Beatles and a return visit by a famous voice from "Frozen."
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
When Allen Toussaint died of a heart attack in November 2015, drummer Stanton Moore, keyboardist David Torkanowsky and bassist James Singleton were about to start recording their second album as a jazz trio. They had intended for that album to con…
Friday, July 14, 2017
Contemporary country star Jason Aldean is headed to Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square in downtown New Orleans on Oct. 26. Tickets go on sale July 21 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
Jay-Z is headed to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Nov. 9. The hip-hop heavyweight is hitting the road in support of “4:44,” his 13th solo studio album.
Sunday, July 09, 2017
Roger Waters could, at this point, spoon-feed fans an entire show of Pink Floyd classics accompanied only by trippy psychedelics and lasers. However, he’s as likely to do that as to contribute to President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
A Roger Waters concert is not likely to be mistaken for, say, a Bruno Mars show. Waters, the bassist/singer who drove Pink Floyd’s classic albums, always endeavors to make a social and/or political statement.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Roger Waters didn’t build The Wall by himself. Or the Dark Side of the Moon tour. Or his current Us + Them tour.
With the significant exception of Roger Waters at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, very few touring acts will pass through town this week; welcome to summer. But as usual, local favorites abound in the clubs.
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Monday, July 03, 2017
“As a rapper,” Chance the Rapper said during his Sunday night headlining set at the 2017 Essence Festival, “you’ve got to have smooth transitions.”
Sunday, July 02, 2017
Saturday, July 01, 2017
As Diana Ross and her band negotiated her disco-era hit “Upside Down” on the 2017 Essence Festival’s opening night, she addressed the upper decks of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome: “Can you feel the music up there?”
Friday, June 30, 2017
On Thursday evening, New Orleans rap mogul Percy “Master P” Miller stood at center court in Xavier University’s Convocation Center as city officials sang his praises.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Growing up in Treme, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his boyhood pals would sneak off to follow second-lines to a funeral home on North Rampart Street.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Dave Rosser, the New Orleans-based guitarist for alternative rockers the Afghan Whigs and numerous local bands, died late Tuesday of colon cancer. He was 50.
Several shows during the pre-Fourth of July weekend will likely be of interest to folks in town for the Essence Festival.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The 2017 Satchmo Summerfest roster includes festival first-timers Nicholas Payton, Stephanie Jordan and the Pin Stripe Brass Band, plus Ellis Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins, Jeremy Davenport, Leroy Jones, Tim Laughlin, Tom McDermott, Charmaine Neville a…
As the 23rd Essence Festival takes over the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans this weekend, some questions remain.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience co-director Sig Greenebaum has resigned from the festival to join video game developer Blizzard Entertainment as the head of global live events for Overwatch League, a professional esports league.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
After joining forces as Loyola University jazz studies students seven years ago, the members of Naughty Professor realized they wrote music far more proficiently than words. Thus, they have presented themselves mostly as a jazz-funk instrumental s…
The musical options in New Orleans this week include a CD release party for a fast-rising local funk-jazz ensemble and a classic rock band responsible for some epic guitar riffs.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Until recently, a 6-foot-tall depiction of Louis Armstrong’s mother dominated a wall at gallery owner Arthur Roger’s sumptuous French Quarter abode.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The live music options this week include a "ukulele hero" from Hawaii and an eclectic mix of local favorites.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
In 25 years, the Bucktown Allstars have released only one original composition, “Wake Me With a Kiss.” As founding drummer Steve Alfonso puts it, writing songs “isn’t part of our brand.”
Monday, June 12, 2017
Twenty years after U2’s last full-length concert in New Orleans, the band will bring the elaborate stadium tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of its album “The Joshua Tree” to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this fall.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Bennie Pete hopes listeners experience the Hot 8 Brass Band’s new album, “On the Spot,” in the same spirit the title track was created: In the moment, with no preconceptions.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Friday, June 02, 2017
After performing at a benefit concert Thursday night at Tipitina’s, K.C. O’Rorke, the singer and trumpet player for the popular local band Flow Tribe, was carjacked outside his girlfriend’s home in Broadmoor.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Arcade Fire, the ambitious modern rock band whose principal members now call New Orleans home, is slated to headline the UNO Lakefront Arena on Sept. 26, 2017. The show is part of the band's Infinite Content Tour.
Producer Quint Davis had hoped the 2017 Bayou Country Superfest’s forced move from Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans would reverse a two-year trend of declining attendance.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
In an abrupt change from recent weeks, virtually no touring bands are passing through town this week. But because this is New Orleans, the musical options are still plentiful.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews spends considerable time away from New Orleans and the people and places that molded him as a musician. But anyone tempted to think he has forgotten who he is and where he comes from need only listen to the opening m…
Monday, May 29, 2017
Even for someone skilled in the art of selling pre-planned stage banter as “spontaneous,” Blake Shelton seemed genuinely awed to find himself in a space as vast as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Miranda Lambert looked a lot different at the conclusion of her Saturday night show at the 2017 Bayou Country Superfest than she did at the same festival two years ago.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn and Miranda Lambert headline the first night of the 2017 Bayou Country Superfest.