“Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine, I look right into the heart of good old New Orleans. It has given me something to live for.” – Louis Armstrong
Thursday, July 27, 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.
The '80s rule this week in New Orleans music, with concerts from former teen heartthrob Corey Feldman and reunited new wave group Men Without Hats.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
It's 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, and the one-story brick building on Edenborn Avenue is buzzing with excitement.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
When Bernard Pearce launched his GoFundMe page last year, he noted on it that the funds raised would either help pay the ballooning expenses related to his medical condition — or for his funeral.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Three medalists from previous New Orleans International Piano Competitions will be returning to present a series of guest artist recitals during the upcoming New Orleans Keyboard Festival and Piano Institute, July 23-30.
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
Arcade Fire and New Orleans go together like singer/songwriter Win Butler and the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game — it just works.
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.
Several shows during the pre-Fourth of July weekend will likely be of interest to folks in town for the Essence Festival.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Theater lovers on the West Bank and beyond will soon have reason to celebrate, as the newly renovated Westwego Performing Arts Theatre prepares for its long-awaited reopening in time for the 2017-18 season.
The 2017 Satchmo Summerfest roster includes festival first-timers Nicholas Payton, Stephanie Jordan and the Pin Stripe Brass Band, plus Ellis Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins, Jeremy Davenport, Leroy Jones, Tim Laughlin, Tom McDermott, Charmaine Neville a…
As the 23rd Essence Festival takes over the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans this weekend, some questions remain.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience co-director Sig Greenebaum has resigned from the festival to join video game developer Blizzard Entertainment as the head of global live events for Overwatch League, a professional esports league.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
After joining forces as Loyola University jazz studies students seven years ago, the members of Naughty Professor realized they wrote music far more proficiently than words. Thus, they have presented themselves mostly as a jazz-funk instrumental s…
The musical options in New Orleans this week include a CD release party for a fast-rising local funk-jazz ensemble and a classic rock band responsible for some epic guitar riffs.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The live music options this week include a "ukulele hero" from Hawaii and an eclectic mix of local favorites.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The works of five U.S. and Latin American composers, including two from New Orleans, are on the program Friday at the Marigny Opera House for a concert themed “Across the Americas.”
In 25 years, the Bucktown Allstars have released only one original composition, “Wake Me With a Kiss.” As founding drummer Steve Alfonso puts it, writing songs “isn’t part of our brand.”
Monday, June 12, 2017
Twenty years after U2’s last full-length concert in New Orleans, the band will bring the elaborate stadium tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of its album “The Joshua Tree” to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this fall.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Bennie Pete hopes listeners experience the Hot 8 Brass Band’s new album, “On the Spot,” in the same spirit the title track was created: In the moment, with no preconceptions.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Besides being classically trained musicians, new college graduates Maria Elliot and Larry Jones had something else in common. Working outside of the field of music, both longed to play in an orchestra again.
Monday, June 05, 2017
Friday, June 02, 2017
After performing at a benefit concert Thursday night at Tipitina’s, K.C. O’Rorke, the singer and trumpet player for the popular local band Flow Tribe, was carjacked outside his girlfriend’s home in Broadmoor.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Arcade Fire, the ambitious modern rock band whose principal members now call New Orleans home, is slated to headline the UNO Lakefront Arena on Sept. 26, 2017. The show is part of the band's Infinite Content Tour.
Producer Quint Davis had hoped the 2017 Bayou Country Superfest’s forced move from Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans would reverse a two-year trend of declining attendance.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
In Portland, Oregon, author Ryan White is almost as far as you can get from the Gulf Coast and the Florida Keys, longtime haunts of the subject of his new book, “Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All The Way.” Arguably, Margaritaville is a state of mind.…
In an abrupt change from recent weeks, virtually no touring bands are passing through town this week. But because this is New Orleans, the musical options are still plentiful.