Big 6 Brass Band trombonist Lamar Heard Sr. awoke Thursday afternoon to the sad news that Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson had died. After processing the initial shock, Heard exchanged texts with his bandmates and hatched a plan to honor Benso…
Friday, March 16, 2018
For the third time, Aretha Franklin has cancelled a scheduled appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Rod Stewart will take her place at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, April 28, as the Acura Stage headliner, festival organizers an…
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The live music options in New Orleans this week include a collaboration between a famed banjoist and an orchestra, an unplugged set by a veteran rock bassist, and the local stop by a formerly “Young” rapper.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Husband and wife duo Jay-Z and Beyonce will bring the second edition of their joint On the Run Tour to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sept. 13, 2018.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Contemporary country star Luke Bryan's What Makes You Country Tour stopped at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday. For an hour and 45 minutes, Bryan and his six-man band churned through his hits.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
The Atlanta trio Migos is the hottest act in hip-hop. Already this year, they have hit the pop culture trifecta: a No. 1 album, the cover of Rolling Stone, and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live.” They flaunt their newfound wealth in a manner t…
Thursday, March 08, 2018
One day this week, Rachel Vette, vocalist of local synth-pop band The Vettes, visited her hairstylist. She figured the appointment would last four hours. Instead, it stretched to eight.
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
A normally serene New Orleans suburb near Lake Pontchartrain saw its share of unusual activity this past week.
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a country legend, a contemporary country star, a Hasidic reggae singer and a multi-talented jazz drummer/vocalist.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The live music options for the week include a local jazz bassist celebrating his debut CD, a tribute to OutKast and an arena-sized Christian music collective.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Contemporary circus troupe Cirque du Soleil will stage five performances of its “Corteo” show at the Smoothie King Center this weekend. Thousands of tickets will be sold, grossing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Dead & Company guitarist John Mayer didn't seem to miss his appendix. At the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, he didn't dwell on or even mention its absence, or how it was the reason the band's performance was pushed back from Dec. 5.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Fats Domino didn’t like doing TV interviews, but he did like TV interviewers. He was especially fond of WWL-TV morning show co-host Eric Paulsen.
The music options this week include a reunion of Prince’s classic band and a second chance for Dead & Company.
New Orleans-based novelist Nathaniel Rich didn’t initially grasp what he’d signed up for as a contributor to Pop-Up Magazine.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Once John Mayer, Bob Weir and their Dead & Company bandmates settle in backstage at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, they should have no trouble remembering where they are.
Producers of the 2018 French Quarter Festival have revealed its daily roster. That roster features 33 acts who will make their French Quarter Fest debut this year, including Cajun singer-songwriter Zachary Richard, legendary New Orleans funk/soul …
Thursday, February 15, 2018
In the week after Mardi Gras, the city collectively catches its breath. But there’s still plenty of music to provide the soundtrack to the recovery period, including a mini-guitar festival and a big band tribute to Nina Simone featuring a contempo…
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
On Mardi Gras, my 10-year-old daughter, Sophie, crouched along a curb in the French Quarter, her “dark angel” cape pooling in the gutter, happily scooping up superballs like they were sapphires.
Ever since he was a kid, jazz trombonist Mark McGrain has heard the same request from his parents: "Play something we know."
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Fifty years ago, the Krewe of Bacchus was given birth by two fathers: restaurateur Owen “Pip” Brennan Jr., the parade’s founding captain, and Blaine Kern, the float-building visionary.
Thursday, February 08, 2018
Actor J.K. Simmons' long and varied resume ranges from his Academy Award-winning portrayal of a hyper-intense music instructor in "Whiplash" to Farmers Insurance spokesman to "Law & Order" to voicing the yellow M&M in commercials.
Please don't pummel our new King Kong. That’s the request Krewe of Bacchus officials are making ahead of their 50th anniversary parade on Sunday.
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Generally speaking, I have a sense of what to expect at a show. But the sum total of my advance knowledge of Shen Yun was derived from the classical Chinese dance ensemble’s flashy advertisements, with dancers who resembled pink orchids.
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Rapper and "NCIS: Los Angeles" star LL Cool J has joined the roster of the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, organizers announced Tuesday. He'll perform at the Fair Grounds on the festival's second Friday, May 4.
Monday, February 05, 2018
“Mardi Gras music” is generally defined as the time-honored standards of the Carnival season: “Mardi Gras Mambo,” “Carnival Time,” “Go to the Mardi Gras,” “Second Line Pt. 1,” “Big Chief,” “Do Whatcha Wanna,” etc. But this weekend in New Orleans, …
Saturday, February 03, 2018
As Blaine Kern Sr. eyed the gaggle of tourists filing into Mardi Gras World’s gift shop, he flipped on his Mr. Mardi Gras grin, his calling card for nine decades and counting.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The live music options in New Orleans this week include a much-acclaimed singer-songwriter and a Carnival kickoff party.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Monday, January 29, 2018
On Sunday night, the Grammy Awards returned to New York after 15 years in Los Angeles. CBS late-night host and “Carpool Karaoke” instigator James Corden hosted for the second consecutive year.
The Lost Bayou Ramblers are having second thoughts about their planned hiatus. A Grammy win will do that.
Kevin Hart lost out on the best comedy album Grammy to Dave Chappelle during Sunday night's award telecast. But it's safe to say that he's moved on.
Friday, January 26, 2018
At least one prominent local name is missing from the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival roster: Dr. John.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
It's gonna get "Nasty" in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this summer: Janet Jackson is coming back to the Essence Festival.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Elton John's epic three-year farewell tour, an especially long goodbye even by pop star standards, is slated to stop at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Dec. 6, 2018.
Tuesday’s unveiling of the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival line-up was not just a big deal for music fans. It was also momentous for Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis and his staff.
The music options in New Orleans this week include an ageless crooner, a stone-cold country singer and a mass celebration of the local music industry.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
The Soul Brass Band originated as a fictitious brass band for a music video. It quickly turned into a real one.
If all goes according to plan, Aerosmith, Anita Baker, Sting, Jack White, Jimmy Buffett, Charlie Wilson and Beck will plug in at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.