The roster of the 2017 French Quarter Festival includes Aaron Neville, who is slated to perform at the massive free springtime festival for the first time.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
Enduringly popular classic rock band Journey is scheduled to headline the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on June 9, with Asia opening the show.
Friday, January 20, 2017
In January 2002, saxophonist James Martin, then a senior at Archbishop Rummel High School, landed his first regular gig: Sunday nights at the Maple Leaf Bar with a New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts classmate named Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews.
Friday, January 20, 2017
The options for live music in New Orleans over the coming week include the latest project from a boy band star and a free show by a major modern jazz pianist.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
The 2017 Family Gras festival in Metairie will feature contemporary pop girl group Fifth Harmony, country singer-songwriter Lee Brice, kids music quartet the Imagination Movers and throwback favorites Tony Orlando, the Association and the Cowsills.
As the Smoothie King Center has revealed a busy concert calendar for 2017, the nearby Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square schedule has remained relatively empty. That has started to change.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Singer-songwriter Mike Doughty’s unflinching, alternately humorous and harrowing 2012 memoir, “The Book of Drugs,” chronicles his personal unraveling, which paralleled the equally ugly unraveling of his band Soul Coughing.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
During the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Festival, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will once again headline the Saenger Theatre for his annual Treme Threauxdown.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
The Grammy Awards are Feb. 12, but the local music community will honor its own Thursday (Jan. 19) during OffBeat magazine’s 2017 Best of the Beat Awards at Generations Hall.
The options for this week include a jazz saxophonist who worked on David Bowie's last album and a hard-rock singer who took a turn toward hard-core country music.
Friday, January 13, 2017
In early 2016, a delegation of New Orleans officials traveled to Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
If twerking professionally is your life’s ambition, here’s your chance: New Orleans bounce star Big Freedia is holding open auditions for her dance troupe this weekend.
The 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival schedule will be unveiled soon. Until then, fest fans will bide their time guessing, and hoping.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
At a full Smoothie King Center on Tuesday night, Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis cut in as bassist Flea gushed graphically about the general awesomeness of New Orleans.
Monday, January 09, 2017
WrestleMania, professional wrestling's hugely popular, star-studded live and pay-per-view extravaganza, is headed back to New Orleans in 2018.
This week, a much-revered local band reunites for a long weekend, and a beloved elder statesman of jazz is honored with a festival.
Contemporary rhythm and blues singer Charlie Wilson won’t make his usual stop at the Essence Festival this summer, but his legions of fans in New Orleans still have a chance to see him. He’s slated to headline the Smoothie King Center on March 25.
Friday, January 06, 2017
As they do each year on Jan. 6, members of many of the city’s 30-plus Carnival krewes gathered on Friday to eat king cake, show off new parade throws and kick off the 2017 Carnival season.
“Escape to Margaritaville,” a musical based on Jimmy Buffett’s signature song, will premiere at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans Oct. 20-28 as the kickoff to the 2017-18 East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans season.
Thursday, January 05, 2017
Live music fans, start saving your pennies: The 2017 concert season, which gets underway this week with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is already shaping up to be a busy one.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
In what’s being billed as a “fusion arts event,” Loyola University alumnus David Castillo has hatched a Twelfth Night party that takes the pairing of New Orleans’ popular signifiers — food and music — to a whole other level.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are that rare arena rock band built on a partnership between its lead singer and bassist, rather than its lead guitarist. Anthony Kiedis and Michael “Flea” Balzary are indisputably the indispensable Peppers, the foundatio…
Just over a year ago, renowned classical pianist Anne-Marie McDermott was called upon by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to help select a new Steinway grand piano from the factory in New York.
In the summer of 2013, local cabaret singer Anais St. John watched the late disco diva Donna Summer’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Music ranks high on the list of New Orleans’ defining qualities. These were the most compelling local music stories of 2016:
Friday, December 30, 2016
Thursday, December 29, 2016
In 2016, I attended most of the major concerts in New Orleans but not all of them. Much to my chagrin, I was sick when country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton held court at Champions Square in May, and I was out of town when Guns N’ Roses rocked…
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
A weekday afternoon in mid-December found Revivalists guitarist Zack Feinberg at home in New Orleans, drinking coffee, walking his dog and otherwise living like a regular human being.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Beyoncé is the box office queen of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and Maroon 5 was 2016's concert champion at the Smoothie King Center.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
While exploring the Historic New Orleans Collection's archives several years ago, Glen Smith, a gospel enthusiast from Ohio, made a remarkable discovery: Little-known recordings of the late great Mahalia Jackson in her prime.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The Christmas concert season in New Orleans comes to a close this evening in the Ursuline Convent’s St. Mary’s Church in the French Quarter, when Lyrica Baroque, a five-member chamber music group, performs a free hour-long concert bookended by two…
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Cowboy Mouth drummer/vocalist Fred LeBlanc is now both a father and a children’s book author. Asked which role his younger self would have deemed more implausible, he answered, “Yes.”
Monday, December 19, 2016
Steps away from the honking horns and jangling cash registers of Christmastime on Canal Street, there's another, more harmonious world of twinkling lights, warm tea and the soothing sounds of a harp.
Friday, December 16, 2016
The Roots, the hip-hop ensemble that serves as the house band for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," will perform as part of the player introductions at the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Pop hitmaker Jason Derulo and modern rock band Panic! At the Disco will help ring in the New Year during the first-ever “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” countdown broadcast live from New Orleans.
Not surprisingly, Christmas itself is a relatively silent night for music in New Orleans. But before and after the holiday, local clubs offer plenty of opportunity for getting out and away from the relatives.
The 2017 Essence Festival will welcome Diana Ross to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the first time. She’ll join Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, John Legend, Jazmine Sullivan, Solange, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and M…
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
At the heart of the hit musical “Jersey Boys” is the enduring appeal of pop sensations Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a group of blue-collar kids who got their start singing under a street lamp.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Monday, December 12, 2016
Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker are bringing their joint comedy tour to the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans on February 15, 2017.
Contemporary R&B singer-songwriter John Legend will headline the 2017 NBA All-Star Game halftime show in New Orleans on Feb. 19, the league announced Monday.
Friday, December 09, 2016
Caroling and choirs abound during the holiday season in New Orleans, but so do less traditional performances — including a night of holiday music dedicated to free-jazz icon Albert Ayler and a three-club mini-festival hosted by Big Freedia in cele…
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
During his illustrious career as a baroque-era composer, George Frideric Handel’s output was prodigious. Music historians have numbered more than 600 works in his canon, at least two dozen of which were oratorios for large choruses and orchestras.
Marci Schramm has resigned as executive director of French Quarter Festivals Inc., the nonprofit organization that produces the French Quarter Festival, Satchmo Summerfest and Christmas New Orleans Style. She led the organization for nine years.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Chris Rock's Total Blackout Tour 2017, his first comedy tour in more than nine years, is slated to stop at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans on March 25.