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…
Thursday, June 22, 2017
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
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
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.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
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.
Friday, May 26, 2017
HOUSTON — U2 put a contemporary frame around its 30-year-old “The Joshua Tree” album at NRG Stadium in Houston on Wednesday. It looked and sounded as vibrant as ever.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a contemporary gospel star, an ever-restless free spirit of a soul singer and an R&B ladies' man who can't keep his shirt on.
When Thomas Rhett looks back at 2017, the milestones will include his third album, two new daughters and, as of this weekend, his first-ever show in a domed stadium.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Neither sunburn nor storms will plague the 2017 Bayou Country Superfest. After seven sometimes rainy, always hot years at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, the country mega-concert moves into the climate-controlled confines of New Orleans’ Mercedes-B…
The sounds of New Orleans brass and jazz will reverberate under the Interstate 10 overpass along North Claiborne Avenue during the long Memorial Day weekend’s second annual Treme/7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Nearly 50 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. The Beatles aren’t letting the June 1 milestone anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” pass without fanfare.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Three years ago, New Orleans-based contemporary funk/soul band Water Seed headlined a sold-out Saturday night show at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. Afterward, the musicians faced a grueling, 20-hour drive so drummer Lou Hill could get back t…
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The options for live music in New Orleans for the upcoming week include a grown-up boy band and an artsy Icelandic combo.
Monday, May 15, 2017
The New Orleans concert calendar for the remainder of 2017, and even the early part of 2018, continues to fill in more dates.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
During the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival's first weekend, I lost my driver’s license at the Fair Grounds. I didn’t realize this until an anonymous Good Samaritan — one of this year’s approximately 425,000 attendees — mailed it to my …
The 2017 Satchmo Summerfest is going home. After one year at Jackson Square, the festival will return to its traditional location on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint, organizers announced Thursday.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The “Starboy” required a starship. At a full Smoothie King Center on Tuesday, the elaborate production for The Weeknd’s Starboy: The Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour featured a lighting/video rig the shape and approximate size of a Star Destroye…
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
The city quiets down the week after the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but it does not go silent.
Sunday, May 07, 2017
The old and new schools of New Orleans music closed out the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at opposite ends of the Fair Grounds on Sunday evening.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
Fans had to wait a whole year to hear Stevie Wonder at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Then he made them wait a few minutes more.
Friday, May 05, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is built to run when it rains. But the festival runs a whole lot better when it doesn’t.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Following the previous night’s deluge and a surprise shower in the morning, proper footwear was essential Thursday at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Waterproof boots – shrimp or hiking – were the sensible choice.
In 2015, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed in Cuba at the Havana Jazz Festival. The musicians eventually left Cuba, but Cuba never really left them.
Memphis soul singer William Bell’s 1961 hit “You Don’t Miss Your Water” didn’t spare him from the draft. Sent to Fort Polk in central Louisiana, he befriended a fellow soldier named Allen Toussaint.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
The second weekend of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is even more overloaded with nighttime options than the previous weekend. Things quiet down a bit after the festival ends, but this being New Orleans, there's still music to be heard.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Throughout his prolific, decades-long career, Don Was, a bassist by trade, has produced dozens of albums by the likes of the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, the B-52s and his own band, Was (Not Wa…
Monday, May 01, 2017
If the big first weekend of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival left you happily exhausted, buck up: The second weekend is even bigger.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival engaged Mother Nature in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship on Sunday, and won. Pitbull, however, lost.
Storms delayed Sunday's opening of the New Orleans Jazz Festival until 3 p.m. and resulted in the cancellation of dozens of acts earlier in the day, as well as Congo Square Stage headliner Pitbull.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
At suppertime Saturday, the lines at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s food booths were unusually short. Just about everybody, it seemed, was stationed at one of the three main stages for a strong trifecta of closing acts: Alabama …
On the final night of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield stood triumphantly on the House of Blues stage with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and a very special guest: Stevie Wonder.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Late in his closing set on the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival's opening day, Harry Connick Jr. once again reiterated his hometown bona fides.