For four decades, the club at the corner of Napoleon Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street has been synonymous with New Orleans music.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The all-Equity touring production of Lincoln Center’s impressive, Tony Award-winning revival of “The King and I” sailed into the Saenger theatre with a majestic rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s opulent musical.
Iconoclastic contemporary folk singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco grew up in Buffalo, but has called New Orleans home for the past 14 years. Given that, did she experience conflicting emotions as the Saints thrashed the Bills last Sunday?
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Every show on Tori Amos’ current "Native Invader" tour has been different. Her New Orleans performance was a whole other degree of different.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Local blues and roots music guitarist Marc Stone has taken part in elaborate tributes to three classic 1970s albums: Derek & the Dominos’ “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs,” The Band’s “The Last Waltz” and Joe Cocker’s “Mad Dogs & Englishmen.”
Monday, November 13, 2017
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a hurricane-postponed celebration for a brassy band's new album, a renowned jazz vocalist, a prominent folk singer and a couple of infamous rappers.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Nashville hitmaker Luke Bryan's What Makes You Country Tour is bound for the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on March 10, 2018. Brothers Osborne and Granger Smith are also on the bill.
Pop superstar Taylor Swift will bring her “Reputation" stadium tour to New Orleans in 2018. Swift is slated to perform at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sept. 22.
Friday, November 10, 2017
More than once at the Smoothie King Center on Thursday night, Jay-Z bragged that he had “officially broken” the venue’s concert attendance record. That wasn't true, not by a long shot.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
Wendell Eugene, one of the most respected and longest-serving trombonists in traditional New Orleans jazz, died Tuesday of pneumonia. He was 94.
A 29-year-old Tori Amos introduced herself in 1992 with “Little Earthquakes,” a starkly personal spiritual and sexual exploration set to piano. The subsequent "Under the Pink" and "Boys for Pele" were also largely inspired by long looks inward.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The live music options in New Orleans this week include two alternative pop-rock bands, a old-time alt-country band, and a piano-playing singer-songwriter.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Later this month, the Prospect.4 triennial will bring New Orleans the work of 73 international artists, many new to the city.
What does Jay-Z have in common with Arista Records founder Clive Davis, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and Virgin Records founder Sir Richard Branson? Come Jan. 27, he, like those other three moguls before him, will receive the Grammy Salute …
Thursday, November 02, 2017
In 1974, shortly after Bob Bernhardt graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, as an Academic All-American infielder, he had a spring training tryout with the Kansas City Royals. After four days, they tactfully suggested that he pursu…
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
In one of his best-known recordings, Fats Domino dreamily describes “Walking to New Orleans.” A sprawling mass of fans and friends walked far more raucously to Domino’s longtime home in the Lower 9th Ward during a memorial second-line parade Wedne…
LSU is heading into a game as the largest underdog it's been since the mid-90s, and its former coach doesn't expect a shocker this week.
Monday, October 30, 2017
Exiting City Park on Sunday night at the conclusion of the 2017 Voodoo Experience, I encountered three young women in their early 20s. Two were recent transplants to New Orleans; the third was here visiting her sister.
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a country singer-songwriter and a (mostly) acoustic ensemble from Texas.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
The 2017 Voodoo Experience opened at City Park’s Festival Grounds on Friday to picture-perfect Halloween weekend weather: mild and sunny with a chance of zombies.
Friday, October 27, 2017
The crisp opening drum strikes of “Sing, Sing, Sing” signaled a fresh start for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
Jason Aldean, in a moment of understatement Thursday night at Champions Square, noted that the last few weeks “have been a little rough.” To say the least.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Maroon 5 is headed back to New Orleans in 2018. The pop-rock band is slated to headline the Smoothie King Center on June 14 as part of a tour in support of the forthcoming album “Red Pill Blues.”
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a contemporary country hitmaker, a renowned modern jazz trumpeter, and a rock/rap all-star band.
Such was Cash Money Records’ cachet 20 years ago that even label co-founder Bryan “Baby” Williams and producer Mannie Fresh sold millions of records as a duo called the Big Tymers. That neither of them was a rapper by trade was no impediment.
Antoine “Fats” Domino, a lifelong New Orleanian and music legend, died Tuesday. He was 89.
Antoine “Fats” Domino, the lifelong New Orleanian who was a founding father of rock ‘n’ roll, has died, according to an unnamed source with direct knowledge of the situation. Domino was 89.
Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr., the pianist, singer and lifelong New Orleanian who was among the most successful but also the most modest of rock ’n' roll's founding fathers, died Tuesday while in hospice care at his home in Harvey. He was 89.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
After charging through most of an airtight “Runaway Baby” at a sold-out Smoothie King Center on Saturday night, Bruno Mars instructed his crack band, the Hooligans, to break it down. They broke it all the way down, to almost total silence, and lef…
Thursday, October 19, 2017
As a boy in the late 1950s, Jimmy Buffett spent a summer at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. His uncle, Jack Rappaport, sold 3-D glasses out of an office in the building, which granted young Jimmy access.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Scott Joplin was not what anyone today would call an activist. Still, the composer made subtle political statements that reflected on the social and political milieu of his time, the late 19th and early 20th century.
The live music options in New Orleans this week include a British indie rock trio, a nationally broadcast performance by a homegrown modern jazz trumpeter and Bruno Mars.
Little Rock rock band Evanescence's 2003 debut, "Fallen," sold a staggering 17 million copies worldwide. As Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee soars through the chorus of the album's smash single, "Bring Me to Life," special guest Paul McCoy, of Louisia…
Monday, October 16, 2017
The Bayou Country Superfest is set to return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans over Memorial Day weekend in 2018, organizers announced Monday.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Josh Freund and Sam Radutzky fell hard for Papa Grows Funk. Newly minted Northwestern University graduates, they moved to New Orleans in the summer of 2012 and soon discovered the band’s weekly Monday night gig at the Maple Leaf Bar.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
When Wadada Leo Smith arrived in New Orleans in January 2016 for a two-week residency through The New Quorum, a local nonprofit, the Christmas tree still stood in his temporary Esplanade Avenue home. Soon its branches became improvised music stand…
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
The music options in New Orleans this week include an alternative hip-hop duo, a fast-rising country singer and a jazz-fusion legend.
A dozen years ago, when the Blues and BBQ Festival was launched, barbecue was far less prominent on the New Orleans food scene.
The Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, one of several free parties thrown each year under the auspices of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, returns to Lafayette Square Park this weekend, Oct. 13-15.