Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton badly wants his bandmates to bask in some hometown sunshine during the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Maroon 5’s previous Jazz Fest appearance, in 2013, fell on one of the coldest days in festival history.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
It's the calm before the storm, a relatively quiet week of music before the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival arrives.
From the musicians' biographies to their collective sound, you’d be hard pressed to find a more quintessentially New Orleans band than Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
For years, the annual Essence Festival shied away from booking rappers. But that has changed. In 2017, Essence will both feature New Orleans hip-hop mogul Percy “Master P” Miller on its main stage and partner with his foundation for the festival’s…
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are slated to open the Outlaw Music Festival Tour on July 1 at the Shrine on Airline, the baseball stadium in Jefferson Parish formerly known as Zephyr Field.
Options for live music in New Orleans this week include an Italian rock star and a pairing of contemporary rhythm and blues singers.
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill revealed more than their new Soul2Soul show Friday at a full Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. They revealed the sex of an audience member’s baby.
Friday, April 07, 2017
Before the Preservation Brass played its first notes Thursday morning on the 2017 French Quarter Festival's opening day, 93-year-old Pat Fox Green was already in position near the Jackson Square stage, wearing a broad-brimmed straw hat and a smile.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews was rehearsing at his recently acquired Garden District studio Thursday afternoon when he realized Aaron Neville was onstage at the 2017 French Quarter Festival.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Before the Preservation Brass played its first notes Thursday morning on the 2017 French Quarter Festival's opening day, 93-year-old Pat Fox Green was already positioned in front of the Jackson Square stage, wearing a broad-brimmed straw hat and a smile.
The 2017 Essence Festival has revealed its night-by-night schedule for its three nights at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this summer.
Early discussions about staging a “nautical visual presentation” of composer Yotam Haber’s “New Water Music” imagined a procession of canoes on Bayou St. John.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
"I am not an artist," Tony Green declared, with characteristic certainty, during a recent chat on Royal Street. To him, the term implies a dilettante. Or worse, unemployment.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
The 34th edition of the French Quarter Festival takes over much of its namesake neighborhood and the nearby Woldenberg Riverfront Park from Thursday through Sunday.
As if the massive French Quarter Festival weren't enough music, local arenas, amphitheaters and clubs are also busy this week.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
British alternative rock band Radiohead’s opening act on its current North American tour is Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis, a hybrid Jewish-Arab ensemble based in Israel that recasts vintage Iraqi songs in both Arabic and Hebrew.
Friday, March 31, 2017
In an effort to combat scalping, alternative rock band Radiohead placed restrictions on the purchase and redemption of tickets to Monday night's concert at the Smoothie King Center.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
No New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival roster can be fully appraised without the “cubes,” the schedule blocks that show when and where the 500-plus acts will perform.
For the sixth year of the Jazz in the Park concert series at Armstrong Park, organizers decided to try something different and more ambitious.
The Avett Brothers have canceled a nearly sold-out show scheduled for Thursday, March 30 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. The band has also pulled the plug on two other shows in Texas this week.
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a southern rock/country legend, a newfangled bluegrass/Americana band and an occasionally inscrutable but incredibly popular alternative rock band.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival's full schedule was released Tuesday, kicking off the one-month countdown to the fest's opening day.
Little Feat’s iconic 1978 live album “Waiting for Columbus” will be the subject of an all-star concert at the Saenger Theatre on May 6, the second Saturday of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
As the name implies, the annual Hogs for the Cause fundraiser is primarily about pigs. But the music component has grown more robust over the event’s nine-year existence. The roster of this weekend’s 2017 Hogs for the Cause includes Chris Robinson…
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Fans who filled the Saenger Theatre on Saturday night expecting comic Chris Rock got something else entirely: a raucous, raunchy, occasionally reflective and generally uproarious duo act featuring surprise co-headliner Dave Chappelle.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
With his burly frame, salt-and-pepper hair and beard, and reading glasses riding low on his nose, David Egan exuded warmth and big-heartedness. So did his songs.
Brian Wilson is one of pop music's original mad geniuses. In the 1960s, he pushed the boundaries of what a band could accomplish in the recording studio, even as he pushed himself almost to the point of no return.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Across its 19-year history, Bach Around the Clock, the all-night marathon of music and more at Trinity Episcopal Church, has never been about just Johann Sebastian Bach. In the eyes of event organizers Albinas and Manon Prizgintas, most forms of m…
With Tony Green pulling double duty as a guitarist and the creator of the 2017 French Quarter Festival's official poster, organizers unveiled the full schedule Tuesday (March 21) during a news conference at the intersection of St. Louis and Royal …
Thursday, March 16, 2017
The focus of Stevie Nicks’ current solo tour, she explained Wednesday at a nearly full Smoothie King Center, is “songs that I love to sing, not that I have to sing.” With that intention, she did herself, and her fans, a favor.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Toward the end of his two-hour-and-20-minute concert at a full Orpheum Theater on Tuesday, Ryan Adams improvised a long ditty that included the line, “This is probably the weirdest show I’ve ever played.” He wasn’t kidding.
The sixth annual Sacred Music Festival held Saturday at the New Orleans Healing Center brought together performers from various cultures and religions in the hopes of fostering peace and understanding.
Ever wonder what Ann Wilson, the big-voiced singer of classic rock band Heart, considers the best live albums of all time?
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
The 2017 Buku Music + Art Project was going along swimmingly Friday night until a festival attendee apparently decided to go for a swim in the Mississippi River and had to be rescued.
New Orleans hybrid band Tank & the Bangas won the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest, in which 6,000 applicants vied to be featured on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk” concert series.
Thursday, March 09, 2017
The Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey concert previously scheduled for May 18 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans now has a new date. Barring any further complications, the show will be Aug. 6.
The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, the free, three-day festival staged along the banks of Bayou St. John, has announced its 2017 music roster.
Sallie Ann Glassman, the prominent New Orleans vodou priestess, and her husband, developer Pres Kabacoff, recently hosted a discussion with a cross-section of local religious leaders: Baptist, Mormon, Muslim, Methodist, Roman Catholic.
Prior to taping a “Tiny Desk” concert Monday at National Public Radio headquarters in Washington, Tank & the Bangas singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball thought the setting might be awkward. Instead of a club or festival stage, she and her bandmates w…
Monday, March 06, 2017
The musical options in New Orleans this week include a Texas troubadour, a star-studded Jimi Hendrix tribute and a voice of Fleetwood Mac.
At only 6 years old, the Buku Music + Art Project is the youngest member of the New Orleans festival family. Appropriately, its attendees, roster and mindset also skew decidedly young.
Friday, March 03, 2017
Going forward, New Orleanians will need to be a little more self-reliant: Bill Capo, WWL-TV’s veteran “action reporter,” has retired.
By necessity, much of what is heard during a Twenty One Pilots performance is prerecorded. In the studio, Tyler Joseph, the duo’s singer and songwriter, contributes multiple instruments. Sounds are stitched and layered in a way that would require …
Thursday, March 02, 2017
On Mardi Gras morning, the first words out of my 7-year-old son Sam’s mouth were, “Mardi Gras over.” It wasn’t a question. It was a wish. He’d had enough.
As CNBC's new real estate reality show "The Deed" aired Wednesday night for the first time, its star, Sidney Torres IV, watched alongside a couple hundred friends at a premiere party in the heart of New Orleans.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Singer-songwriter James Taylor and his all-star band are slated to headline the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Aug. 3, 2017. Opening the show is Bonnie Raitt.
Chance the Rapper, who took home the coveted best new artist trophy during the recent Grammy Awards, has joined the roster of the 2017 Essence Festival in New Orleans this summer.