Every year around this time, classical music lovers flock together for the Birdfoot Festival of chamber music in New Orleans.
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
When Pepe Romero was born in 1944, his home nation of Spain was reeling from the aftermath of a bloody civil war and the even more devastating conflagration raging in the rest of Europe.
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.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
It’s not easy to upstage hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg, especially at one of his own shows. But after his New Orleans Jazz Festival performance, it’s a video of a sign language interpreter, not the rapper himself, that has gone viral, according to a report.
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.
Singer Topsy Chapman doesn’t send out press releases or chat up music critics. “I’m kinda incognito,” she said. “I want to work, but I don’t want a lot of attention.”
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.
Lil Charles Taylor, longtime big chief of the White Cloud Hunters, dazzled the crowd Friday at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in his violet Mardi Gras Indian suit, adorned with three-dimensional patches of butterflies.
Even on the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s traditionally mellow Thursday, with unseasonably chilly and damp weather to boot, the Jazz Tent wasn’t quite big enough for the crowd attracted by trumpeter and music-business legend Herb Alpert.
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.
Rain boots will be in style at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival today as the Fair Grounds dries out from Wednesday's heavy thunderstorms.
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
On the stage last fall of Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee’s hallowed "mother church of country music," Margo Price accepted the Americana Music Association’s award for best emerging artist — ticking off her list of thank-you’s.
Among those New Orleanians and other fans who play a lineup guessing game in advance of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s official reveal, the smart money, for the 2016 fest, would have been on Kamasi Washington.
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
On Saturday, trombonist Corey Henry led his Tremé Funktet through a nonstop set on the Congo Square stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The horns were full and fat, the rhythm section was tight, and the vocals of singer Cole Wil…
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.
The New Orleans-born rapper BTY Young'N, who had signed a deal with the Cash Money Records label last year, was fatally gunned down in Hollygrove late Saturday, according to his mother.
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 …
Beverly Fountain, Pete Fountain’s widow, leaned over and planted a kiss on the portrait of her husband unveiled Saturday in the “Ancestors” area of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival grounds.
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
Overcast and breezy weather made for a relaxed and pleasant kickoff to the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, on its first weekday.
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.
The forecast for the first day of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was cloudy but rain-free. The rest of the weekend, not so much.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates, who canceled a New Orleans performance in October due to "unforeseen incarceration," knows where he'll be spending the next 30 months: In prison.
As a Lafayette teenager in the early 1970s, visual artist Francis X. Pavy fell under the spell of pioneering New Orleans funk band the Meters. While still in high school, he saw multiple performances, and Meters records were around the house.
Harry Connick Jr. was surprised to learn 10 years have passed since he last performed at his hometown New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Granted, he's been busy.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Cuba has become more accessible in recent years, yet the country remains a mystery to most Americans. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival offers guests the chance to explore Cuba’s art, music and food at the Cultural Exchange Pavilion this year.
The 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival opens Friday as a music and food extravaganza for the living. But it’s also an elaborate celebration of the dead.
Monday, April 24, 2017
If you think the schedule of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest is jam-packed, consider this: That's only the start. Once the Fair Grounds clears out at 7 p.m., the music is just getting started around town. And this week, many clubs offer extended ho…