As far as Quint Davis was concerned, the Bayou Country Superfest would have remained at Baton Rouge’s Tiger Stadium, where it was launched in 2010, indefinitely.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Beyoncé’s music and motives are often over-analyzed. She is, at her core, a pop artist not prone to politics or grand social statements.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr., an accordionist, organist, singer and songwriter who, under the name Buckwheat Zydeco, championed traditional southwest Louisiana Creole dance music on the world stage, died early Saturday of lung cancer at Our Lady …
Friday, September 23, 2016
To Laurie Sapp of Metairie, going to Saints games can be a hassle — there’s traffic to fight, parking’s no picnic, and urban tailgating has little appeal.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
On Sept. 25, 2006, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong stood on a stage erected at the 50-yard line prior to a Monday Night Football game between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons and intoned, “There is a house in New Orleans, they call…
Beyonce is on the short list of artists whose every release is hailed as a Major Cultural Moment. Her output is dissected and debated, even though she’s never pretended to be anything more than a pop star, albeit an incredibly talented and charism…
Thursday, September 22, 2016
During a Sept. 16 concert in the Canadian city of Edmonton, country star Keith Urban spontaneously selected two young sisters from the audience to visit him onstage. He had no idea how the encounter with 14-year-old Hailey Benedict and her younger…
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
As the Crescent Chamber Artists prepare to open their second season at the Marigny Opera House on Saturday , “connectivity” is the underlying theme for a program of four song cycles titled “A Contemporary 4 Course.”
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Powered by frontwoman Brittany Howard’s deep-soul wail, Alabama Shakes broke out of Athens, Alabama, with their 2012 debut, “Boys & Girls.” They followed that success with 2015's more experimental "Sound & Color."
For Kerstin Anderson, the 22-year old college student plucked from her classes at Pace University to star in the touring production of “The Sound of Music,” the legacy of Maria von Trapp goes much deeper than the character made famous by Julie Andrews.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are going on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2017. That tour includes a Jan. 10 stop at the Smoothie King Center in Shorty's hometown. Jack Irons is also on the bill.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Producers of the 2016 Voodoo Fest in New Orleans have revealed the festival’s daily schedule. The Weeknd, G-Eazy and Kevin Gates will top the opening day line-up on Friday, Oct. 28, in City Park.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Rock ’n’ Bowl owner John Blancher has been hit up for gigs in many unexpected places — perhaps none more so than his cardiologist’s office.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A family outing tied to giving her 11-year-old son and his friend a history lesson on hip-hop turned into a disappointing experience for singer Solange Knowles when she says a group of white women demanded she sit during a conce…
Following a milestone year of anniversaries and a long-awaited return to its home venue, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 26th season in the Orpheum Theater on Thursday.
New Orleans trombonist and bandleader Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is among the 2016 recipients of the prestigious Heinz Awards. Honorees receive an unrestricted $250,000 cash award.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Cajun bandleader Bruce Daigrepont’s parents spoke French at home, so he grew up learning the language conversationally. But he was of little use to his daughters when they took French in school, as he didn’t know the linguistic and grammatical rul…
Sunday, September 11, 2016
The Dixie Chicks covered songs by Prince, Beyoncé, Patty Griffin, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan and Ben Harper on Saturday at New Orleans' Smoothie King Center. But they soared highest as themselves.
Friday, September 09, 2016
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Contemporary soul/R&B stars Maxwell and Mary J. Blige are bringing their co-headlining King and Queen of Hearts World Tour to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Dec. 1. Ro James is slated to open the show.
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
During the unplugged portion of Maroon 5’s encore at a sold-out Smoothie King Center on Monday, singer Adam Levine asked audience members to temporarily stash their cellphones. He said he hoped to engineer “an analog moment of sorts. I promise you…
Saturday, September 03, 2016
Drake reminded the capacity crowd at the Smoothie King Center on Friday that the early backing of New Orleans’ own Lil Wayne is the “only reason” he is able to fill such large rooms. The rest of his confident, commanding and creatively staged perf…
Friday, September 02, 2016
What may be the busiest week of the year for live music in New Orleans — in terms of both visiting big names and high-quality club shows — kicks off on Thursday.
Musaica, a nine-member, New Orleans-based chamber music ensemble, opens its 11th season with a pair of free concerts on Monday, Sept. 12 and the following evening in two local churches.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Maroon 5 is to the 2000s what INXS was to the 1980s: a hugely popular, guitar-based pop band with a pinup lead singer that unapologetically samples from funk and soul.
Live music options in and around New Orleans for the week of Sept. 1-7 include a high-powered hip-hop double bill at the Smoothie King Center and a renowned Texas singer-songwriter at Chickie Wah Wah.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The long Labor Day weekend officially concludes summer, and unofficially kicks off an especially busy fall concert season. A preponderance of venues and promoters has translated to an abundance of options for south Louisiana music fans.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The stakes could not have been higher for Big Freedia as she walked into U.S. District Court on Thursday afternoon, flanked by her defense attorneys and a dedicated group of supporters. Her freedom and burgeoning career hung in the balance as she …
Since its rebirth in August 2015, the lavishly restored Orpheum Theater has hosted everything from metal band Lamb of God to rapper G-Eazy to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Twelve years separate New Orleans keyboardist, singer and songwriter John “Papa” Gros’ 2004 debut solo CD, “Day’s End,” and his brand-new second effort, “River’s On Fire.” The long gap is largely due to the 13 years and five albums he devoted to P…
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Of all the New Orleans musicians I’ve chronicled over the past 26 years, there’s only one whose phone number I know by heart: Gospel singer Jo “Cool” Davis.
Monday, August 22, 2016
The upcoming week of live music in New Orleans includes a hip-hop star's annual homecoming all-star concert, a hardcore honky-tonker from Texas, a gospel singer's send-off and more.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
At the outset of Def Leppard’s encore at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, genial singer Joe Elliott acknowledged the recent catastrophic flooding in Louisiana. “We can’t possibly understand what it feels like,” he said, “but we do know what i…
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Aaron Neville is 75 and living happily in New York City. But his new album, “Apache,” evokes the sound and swagger of his youth in New Orleans.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
In the late 1980s, both Tesla and Cinderella cranked out brassy hard rock tinged with blues. But whereas the members of Cinderella draped themselves in the most ridiculous and clichéd 1980s accessories — poodlelike manes, frilly shirts, multicolor…
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
In 2000, Pete Fountain came up with a novel — or was it navel? — way to commemorate his 70th birthday: He got a tattoo of an owl yanking a snake out of his belly button.
Five years after the shuttering of Le Chat Noir, a cabaret venue that operated on St. Charles Avenue from 1999 to 2011, the one-person vocal art form may be making a comeback in New Orleans.