This is the last week of the year in which an abundance of touring acts will pass through New Orleans. It's especially busy at the Saenger Theatre, with three concerts this week.
Friday, December 02, 2016
Thursday, December 01, 2016
The 2017 Bayou Country Festival will remake itself in 2017, moving into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after seven years at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Fans should recognize the roster, as five of the six biggest names -- Blake Shelton, Miran…
How country is Dolly Parton? At the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday, she segued from a story about smooching Burt Reynolds on a movie set to a story about how, as a toddler in rural Tennessee, she once suckled on a pig.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
In 1966, The Beatles put out their seventh studio album, "Revolver." Hailed as innovative, experimental and a wee bit trippy, the album showed progression technique involving four young lads (and one heck of a producer) from England.
There’s a new krewe in town, but it doesn’t parade or throw trinkets. It’s a choral ensemble that specializes in the works of 16th- and 17th-century composers.
Neil Diamond's 2017 tour is slated to stop at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on May 2. Tickets go on sale to the general public Dec. 9 via LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster, priced at $36.50 and $146.50 plus service charges.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Although German composer Ludwig van Beethoven is known primarily for his symphonies and solo piano pieces, his canon of compositions runs much deeper.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Local musicians, bartenders and other service industry professionals can receive free flu shots via Shots 4 Shots, a program sponsored by Tales of the Cocktail and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation.
Monday, November 21, 2016
It is an exaggeration to say Dolly Parton has single-handedly kept the rhinestone, wig and lipstick industries in the black. It is not an exaggeration to say she is a cornerstone of country music whose status as a cultural icon transcends the genre.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
My 9-year-old daughter, Sophie, took the loss hard. The unexpected defeat was difficult to process. She was angry, embarrassed, bewildered and grief-stricken. There were tears. Lots and lots of tears.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Last Sunday afternoon, alien sounds drifted over a rusty 15-foot-tall corrugated metal wall in a remote corner of Bywater: A high-pitched, droning hum straight out of a 1950s sci-fi film. A mish-mash of percussion. Muted and mutated trumpet blasts…
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Bruno Mars will bring his extensive 24K Magic World Tour to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Oct. 21, 2017.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Singer, bassist, songwriter and all-around Renaissance guy Sting plans to embark on a long world tour in 2017, and New Orleans made the itinerary. He's slated to headline the Lakefront Arena on the University of New Orleans campus on Feb. 22, 2017.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
On a dark and dreary night, a medieval Scottish king is stabbed to death in his sleep while a guest at the castle of one of his leading vassals. This act of regicide by his host, while fulfilling the prophecy of a coven of witches, leads to more m…
Thursday, November 10, 2016
On June 1, Delfeayo Marsalis invited the Uptown Jazz Orchestra’s audience at Snug Harbor to help create a “spontaneous” song.
Billy Joel, the "Piano Man" himself, is headed back to New Orleans in 2017. He's slated to perform at the Smoothie King Center on Feb. 10, arena and Live Nation Entertainment officials announced Thursday.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
For the week of Nov. 10-16, live music options in New Orleans include a new collaboration between three members of Yes, the son of a famed avant-rock composer and an unconventional pop sister act.
Monday, November 07, 2016
Rick Olivier has spent a lifetime photographing south Louisiana musicians. He’s also an avid collector of 45 rpm records from the golden era of New Orleans rhythm and blues, which informs his approach to his own band, the Creole String Beans.
Friday, November 04, 2016
Sia, the pop singer-songwriter with a fondness for black-and-white bob wigs and oversize bows, presided over a decidedly unconventional concert Thursday at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
The Afghan Whigs will perform their 1996 album “Black Love” in its entirety at the Civic Theatre on Dec. 10 as part of a benefit concert for New Orleans-based guitarist Dave Rosser. Rosser is battling inoperable colon cancer.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Live music in New Orleans does not slacken during the week after the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience. The Saenger Theatre is especially busy, hosting three concerts in a four-day stretch.
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler had the last, incongruous word at the 2016 Voodoo Festival. Wrapping up a nearly two-hour set at 9:20 p.m. Sunday, Butler halted on his way offstage and exclaimed, apropos of nothing, “No more private prisons in the…
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
When they weren’t marveling at the spiffy new restroom facilities, posing for pictures in the Mortuary’s haunted cemetery or gobbling up the Blue Oak Barbecue booth’s entire supply of nachos and po-boys, opening-day attendees at Voodoo Fest 2016 h…
Friday, October 28, 2016
On Friday afternoon, Rachel Ribando-Gros passed swiftly through the entrance of the 2016 Voodoo Music & Arts Experience in City Park, hoping to see her handiwork.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates has canceled his scheduled performance at the 2016 Voodoo Fest in New Orleans' City Park this weekend. In a tweet, Voodoo organizers said Gates backed out "due to an unforeseen incarceration."
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
In the former Soviet Union and throughout Central and Eastern Europe during the dark days of World War II, Ashkenazi Jews in the cities, small villages and detention camps along the battlefront kept up their spirits with songs that expressed a lon…
Friday, October 21, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Bruce Springsteen is the only person alive who has attended every single Bruce Springsteen concert. And in his expert opinion, one of the very best was at the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The Here Comes the Funny Tour, featuring comics Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Nick Swardson, is bound for the UNO Lakefront Arena on Dec. 8.
Monday, October 17, 2016
The members of Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes spent much of this week recording what will be their seventh album. After 15 years as a band, their collective mindset in the studio has evolved.
Options for live music in and around New Orleans for the week of Oct. 20-26 include a blues legend, a funk legend and a rising Americana music star.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Contemporary Nashville star Keith Urban's level of enthusiasm at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday night was evident in his shoulders. For most of the night, they were in constant motion. They shrugged, swayed and tilted from side to side as he…
Thursday, October 13, 2016
“One Note at a Time,” Renee Edwards’ documentary about musicians in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, makes its world premiere Sunday at the New Orleans Film Festival.
NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Wayne understands why some people criticized him for saying racism is over, but claims people don't see it from his perspective.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
By 9 a.m. a sunny Saturday in June, it was already hot enough for the first festival attendees to cluster chairs and coolers under the trees that ringed a grassy clearing a half-hour northwest of Jackson, Mississippi.
Indio, California – Midway through the Rolling Stones’ opening night set at the inaugural Desert Trip festival last weekend, guitarist Keith Richards cracked, “It’s nice to be here. It’s nice to be anywhere.” That joke, he noted, is “an old one, b…
The last time forward-thinking country hitmaker/guitar ace Keith Urban passed through town, lightning and rain cut short his show at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Saturday, October 08, 2016
As the heated presidential race heated up even more Friday evening over reports of sexual bragging and improprieties by one of the candidates, the New Orleans Opera Association was presenting a work about one of the most sexually licentious charac…
Thursday, October 06, 2016
In 1976, Houston native Kenny Rogers released his debut solo album, “Love Lifted Me.” He and his trademark gray beard have remained pop culture fixtures ever since, thanks to smash country-pop singles — “The Gambler,” “Coward of the County,” “Lady…
He was just a fictitious character, but “Don Juan” has become shorthand for a notorious womanizer. Written by Spanish dramatist Tirso De Molina around 1630, "Don Juan" was first performed as a stage play.