To the Rev. Bill Miller of Christ Episcopal Church in Covington, “church music” is not just traditional hymns.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
In a cinderblock rehearsal space near the Broad Street overpass, the Radiators fired up the fan favorite “Nail Your Heart to Mine” Tuesday afternoon for the first time in more than a year. With little apparent effort, the song took flight and soared.
This week's music options include a three-night reunion of a popular local band, a grizzled contemporary Southern rock band, and a world-class jazz series at an Episcopal church in Covington.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is slated to preside over his fourth annual "Treme Threauxdown" concert at the Saenger Theatre on April 28, the first Saturday of the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
As she considered making Tina Turner the subject of her next tribute show, local singer Anais St. John was “afraid and intimidated and enthralled. But I felt like I wanted to challenge myself.”
Friday, January 12, 2018
Thanks in advance for hosting the Saints this weekend. Maybe next time, you can first move your state 1,000 or so miles to the south.
Your arctic climate is, to say the least, a challenge. It’s as if Queen Elsa from “Frozen” visited, then forgot to reverse the effects of her Eternal Winter.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Thursday, January 11, 2018
An early present arrived just before Christmas: a nasty bug, part stomach ailment, part respiratory distress. We spent the holidays passing it around like a Secret Santa gift from hell.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
The soon-to-be Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees of Bon Jovi are headed to New Orleans. Their March 25 date at the Smoothie King Center will be the band's first arena concert in the city in more than two decades.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
The week's options for live music in New Orleans include a heavy metal guitar hero, a British band celebrating a 50-year-old album and tributes to Allen Toussaint pegged to what would have been his 80th birthday.
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
As the title of his autobiography declares, New Orleans banjoist, guitarist, singer and storyteller Danny Barker lived “A Life in Jazz.”
Monday, January 08, 2018
Two years after filling French Quarter streets for a David Bowie memorial parade, members of the modern rock band Arcade Fire and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have teamed up once again to launch a new, Haitian-inspired Carnival marching organization.
A co-headlining tour featuring Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers is scheduled to stop at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on May 22.
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Even before it started, Katy Perry’s performance at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center on Friday was literally eye-popping.
Thursday, January 04, 2018
Three days before Sunday’s playoff showdown against the Carolina Panthers, the New Orleans Saints signed a new recruit: Harry Connick Jr.
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
The live music options in New Orleans for the first full week of 2018 include an Americana singer/storyteller, a local sax stalwart celebrating a new CD and one of pop's driving forces.
The 2017 concert season in New Orleans was especially robust, with a wealth of marquee tours visiting the city’s largest venues. The early line on 2018 promises more of the same.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
The musical options for this week include a hugely popular, reunited R&B group from the 1990s, as well as a newly minted rap star and a funk legend.
New Year’s Eve, the expression goes, is a night out for amateurs. But in New Orleans, the last night of the year offers an array of musical options worthy of even the most dedicated nightlife aficionados.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Being hit by a 19-count federal indictment and subsequent storm of bad publicity might prompt some musicians to maintain a low profile, at least temporarily.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Celia, my 5-year-old, recently posed a question weighing heavily on her kindergarten brain: “Why do we not get on the naughty list?”
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Harry Shearer and Judith Owen bill their annual Christmas variety show as a “reverent and irreverent antidote to the holiday season.”
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The week that encompasses Christmas packs plenty of holiday cheer in the form of annual benefits laden with local musicians, plus a celebration for a local band’s milestone anniversary.
Late one night after his wife and kids were asleep, Scott Aiges started strumming Tom Petty’s “Refugee” on guitar, but with a reggae lilt. A light bulb went off: Wouldn’t it be great for a band to only play reggae versions of Tom Petty songs?
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The bands Imagine Dragons and Walk the Moon are slated to perform in New Orleans as part of the Central Time Zone countdown on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2018."
Michael Cerveris knows firsthand that a successful acting career is a mixed blessing when it comes to launching a secondary music career.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The live music options in New Orleans this week include three prominent south Louisiana guitarists, plus a nostalgic ’90s tour and an arena-sized heavy metal Christmas-themed show.
Friday, December 08, 2017
With guitarist John Mayer on the mend following an emergency appendectomy in New Orleans, Dead & Company has rescheduled a show at the Smoothie King Center for Feb. 24, 2018.
Thursday, December 07, 2017
The roster for the 2018 Buku Music + Art Project boasts producer Bassnectar, Atlanta rap trio Migos, indie-rock band MGMT, fast-rising contemporary R&B/soul singer SZA and Australian deejay Alison Wonderland.
Two performances by contemporary Cajun band the Lost Bayou Ramblers originally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8 at the Music Box Village have been postponed to Saturday, Dec. 9, because of the threat of inclement weather.
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Fans who have waited nearly 30 years for some form of the Grateful Dead to return to New Orleans must wait a little longer.
The Music Box Village is an unlikely habitat for a Cajun band. The surreal shantytown, with structures built from salvaged materials that function as improvised instruments, is the ultimate manifestation of Bywater’s outsider arts community.
The Americana-leaning music roster for the 2018 Hogs for the Cause barbecue competition boasts country band the Turnpike Troubadours, jam band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, contemporary bluegrass band the Steeldrivers, outlaw country singer Tyler C…
Monday, December 04, 2017
Live music in New Orleans this week includes a legendary piano-playing songwriter, a Cuban hip-hop ensemble and a cello duet.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
As a teenager in New Orleans in the early 1970s, Mick Berry routinely tuned the car radio to rock station WRNO, hoping to hear The Who. Whenever the opening synthesizer riff of "Won't Get Fooled Again” came on, he recalled recently, "I knew the ne…
Early one morning in October, local blues guitarist and singer Little Freddie King left his 9th Ward home on his bicycle, bound for a grocery store. The sun had not fully risen, so he didn't see the scrap lumber jutting from a pile of curbside gar…
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Contemporary R&B singer-songwriter PJ Morton, slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, modern Cajun band the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers are among the handful of south Louisiana nominees for the 2018 Grammy Awards.
Monday, November 27, 2017
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a young modern jazz duo with local ties, a mini-guitar festival and a rescheduled date for a popular Americana/contemporary bluegrass band.
Monday, November 20, 2017
For four decades, the club at the corner of Napoleon Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street has been synonymous with New Orleans music.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
New Orleans hosts destination weddings every week. But the ceremony that was slated for Thursday night at the Contemporary Arts Center takes the cake.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Iconoclastic contemporary folk singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco grew up in Buffalo, but has called New Orleans home for the past 14 years. Given that, did she experience conflicting emotions as the Saints thrashed the Bills last Sunday?
Every show on Tori Amos’ current "Native Invader" tour has been different. Her New Orleans performance was a whole other degree of different.