The daily schedule for the 2017 Voodoo Fest is out, and single-day tickets are now on sale.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
While writing Arcade Fire’s Grammy-winning 2010 album “The Suburbs,” Win Butler and Regine Chassagne embarked on a road trip across south Louisiana. Both Butler, a native of Houston, and Chassagne, who is of Haitian descent but grew up in Montreal…
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, dormant for more than a year, is finally ready to embark on its post-Irvin Mayfield era.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The musical options for this week include a rare appearance by a local all-star band, a collaboration between two blues veterans and a hometown show by two of the city's resident rock stars.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Bridget Fenlason was walking in the French Quarter on Saturday afternoon when she spotted a familiar face outside Antoine’s Restaurant: U2 frontman Bono.
Basin Street Records, home to a slew of New Orleans artists, released only one new album in 2016, and only one so far this year. But that modest pace is about to change.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Early in U2’s triumphant return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Thursday, Bono articulated his modest goal, or "prayer," for the evening: “That we might have one of those nights that none of us ever forget. An epic night of rock 'n' roll. That’s all.”
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
A smartly attired middle-age woman paused outside the downtown Ace Hotel on Tuesday evening to ponder a poster of New Orleans bounce rapper/reality TV star/twerk pioneer Big Freedia.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The musical options in New Orleans for the coming week include a husband-and-wife blues-rock dream team, a hit-making rapper and a West Texas singer-songwriter.
Monday, September 11, 2017
On Feb. 11, 1982, the New Orleans punk/new wave band RZA opened for an up-and-coming Irish rock band called U2 aboard the riverboat President. Thirty-five years later, U2 returns to New Orleans to headline the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Thursday, …
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Dead & Company, the alliance between surviving members of the Grateful Dead and lead guitarist John Mayer, is headed to New Orleans for the first time.
For many U2 fans, the band’s music is akin to a religious experience. The Rev. Bill Miller takes the concept literally.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Rod Stewart and R&B/pop singer-songwriter Jason Derulo top the bill for the 2018 Endymion Extravaganza, the post-parade blowout in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
The excruciating wait for a table at Irene’s Cuisine passed far more pleasantly in the company of keyboardist Marc Adams.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Following the spring release of “Boss,” a collaboration with New Orleans hip-hop producer Mannie Fresh, the members of funk-rock band Flow Tribe spent much of the summer on tour. They started on the East Coast, then gradually headed west, tracing …
Monday, September 04, 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017
When Michael Paz’s mother, Ruth Paz, died in 1996, the longtime local music producer took comfort in Joni Mitchell’s compositions. Using the relatively new technology of an online search engine, he discovered a Joni Mitchell discussion group, whic…
During his Bud Light Dive Bar Tour appearance Wednesday at the Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street, rap star G-Eazy noted how much his fortunes had shifted since he first enrolled at Loyola University in the mid-2000s.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Jimmy Horn’s own admission, the first incarnation of King James & the Special Men wasn’t very good.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The options for live music this week include a Joni Mitchell tribute for a good cause and a comedy/soul summit.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
The flow of Lil Wayne’s raps is far smoother than the flow of his concerts. He proved the point again Friday during the third annual Lil Weezyana Fest at Champions Square.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
SEATTLE — Jimi Hendrix thought New Orleans food was just okay. Former New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham boasts a wing span of 7 feet. Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen may be the most deep-pocketed Trekkie of them all.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The music choices in New Orleans this week include a long-running rock band from southern California and a new collaboration for a zydeco veteran.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
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.
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."
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.