The recent listening party for the Revivalists' ambitious new “Take Good Care” album at the Ice Pit in the Orpheum Theater’s basement was briefly interrupted by a nearly extinct technical glitch: the sound of a vinyl record skipping.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Friday, November 09, 2018
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
David Levine was an 18-year-old jazz saxophonist living in Minneapolis when he visited New Orleans for the first time. He was blown away by the brass bands he encountered. A Rebirth Brass Band CD confirmed his newfound infatuation.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a guitar-slinging sister act, a hard-rocking bluegrass banjoist and a powerhouse pop vocalist going for a more stripped-down look and sound.
Ivan Neville stores a remarkable snapshot, both festive and bleak, on his phone as a stark reminder of life before sobriety.
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Five songs into his Halloween night singalong at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Ed Sheeran made a questionable claim.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The 2018 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience officially crashed to a close at 9 p.m. Sunday as the final notes of the Arctic Monkeys’ “R U Mine?” echoed across City Park’s Festival Grounds.
The options for live music this week include a contemporary country heartthrob, a pioneering electronic music duo and a reanimated ‘80s pop band.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
In 1973, when Randy Jackson was 17, he and his bandmates in Shepherd’s Bush hid in a utility closet at Cosimo Matassa’s Jazz City recording studio on Camp Street for 14 hours just so they could sneak into an Atlantic Records party for Led Zeppelin.
Monday, October 29, 2018
The 20th anniversary Voodoo Music + Arts Experience wound down Sunday with what felt like the day after the big blowout. It had its moments, but the headliners weren’t as big, the audience was smaller, and many in attendance were likely worn out f…
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Perfect festival weather greeted the second day of 2018’s 20th anniversary Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park. So did the site's omnipresent mud, freshly churned by thousands of feet, remaining from rain earlier in the week.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Friday, October 26, 2018
The first day of the 20th anniversary of Voodoo featured Third Eye Blind, The Revivalists, Elle King, Mumford & Sons and much more.
The Beatles got patted down at the main entrance to the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park on Friday afternoon. But costumed in the band's brilliantly colored satin uniforms from the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” era, the four f…
The 2018 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience has instituted more stringent security policies than in previous years.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
On Aug. 9, 2015, little-known New Orleans rock band the Revivalists was the opening act for JJ Grey & Mofro and Michael Franti & Spearhead at Red Rocks, the stunning natural amphitheater outside Denver.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Hugely popular rapper Childish Gambino has canceled his scheduled Saturday headlining set on the main stage at the 2018 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park.
A major music festival doesn’t reach its 20th anniversary without some eye-popping, and eyebrow-raising, performances. As the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience kicks off its 20th anniversary celebration this weekend, here’s a look back at musical hig…
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include an acclaimed international jazz pianist, a Louisiana native who is a Christian music star, and one of the world’s most popular singer-songwriters.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins is the Forrest Gump of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.
Friday, October 19, 2018
A stranger in a strange land that was once his own, Cyril Neville scans the exposed-brick interior of a casual-chic Uptown coffee shop.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Organizers of this weekend’s inaugural Country Smooth Fest hope it goes down as smoothly as the whiskey for which it is named.
Words and music define Florence Dore’s professional life. She is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is also a singer-songwriter who toured extensively for her 2001 Americana album, “Perfect City,” and she'…
If you follow the 610 Stompers, the star of an amusing new Paul McCartney music video may look familiar.
The first in a series of videos for “Come On To Me,” the latest single from Sir Paul’s current “Egypt Station” album, features Mike Marina, a proud Stomper since 2014 ...
The options for a busy week of live music in New Orleans include a mercurial neo-soul star, a band of survivors from Seattle’s grunge heyday, and a homecoming concert for a son of Treme.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
If promoters and club owners were more attentive spellers, New Orleans singer-songwriter Kelcy Mae Wilburn might still be making records as Kelcy Mae. Instead, she has released her fine new Americana album, “The Place That You Call Home,” under a …
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
The appeal of the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival is, as the name implies, based on two factors that complement one another as naturally as peanut butter and jelly: barbecue and the blues.
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a Scottish synth-pop band, a Canadian bluegrass band, an outspoken British pop star and a reborn ‘90s alternative rock band.
Monday, October 08, 2018
If you want to introduce your new entertainment venue with a bang, the Foo Fighters are more than capable of lighting the fuse.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a guitar wizard from Austin, an arena-level alt-rock band and an alternative sort of singer-songwriter.
Eric Johnson is the Sonny Landreth of Austin, an unconventional guitar hero who emphasizes tone and subtlety to craft a sound all his own. Johnson’s million-selling 1990 album “Ah Via Musicom” introduced his signature song, “Cliffs of Dover,” whic…
Monday, October 01, 2018
During a recent stretch of their farewell-for-now tour, the Lost Bayou Ramblers drove eight hours between Cleveland and Philadelphia. Louis Michot, the Ramblers’ fiddle player and lead singer, won’t miss those long hauls when the Grammy-winning so…
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include an infamous neo-soul singer in need of a watch, a singer-songwriter popular in the Christian music world and a scion of a fabled North Mississippi blues legacy.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
During Drake's sold-out concert/coronation at a jam-packed Smoothie King Center on Monday, the rap superstar welcomed several guests. Saints running back Alvin Kamara missed three shots – badly – on a basketball goal. Bounce rapper 5th Ward Weebie…
Monday, September 24, 2018
The fall leg of Harry Connick Jr.'s New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration tour will include a Dec. 15 hometown concert at the UNO Lakefront Arena.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
The Rev. Bill Miller, rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Covington, has made pilgrimages to Jerusalem and such sacred sites as Patrick Mountain in Ireland and the Scottish isle of Iona.
Ask Shamarr Allen if he really believes New Orleans is, as the opening track on his new “True Orleans” albums declares, “The Greatest Place in the World,” and he’ll laugh at you.
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a plethora of major concerts from the Superdome to the Smoothie King Center to the Civic and Joy theaters.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Beyoncé and Jay-Z, self-described as "the queen" and "the gangster," concluded the New Orleans stop of their On the Run II tour the same way they opened it: holding hands, presenting a unified front.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
The similarities between smart, socially aware, multifaceted indie rock band Portugal. The Man and swaggering ‘80s arena rockers Van Halen are not immediately apparent.
Long before Trombone Shorty certified the trombone’s viability as a lead instrument for a rock band with arena ambitions, MuleBone mounted a similar effort.
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a Texas troubadour, an eclectic, Grammy-winning alternative rock band and a first-ever collaboration between two of the city’s best drummers.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
On Sept. 24, 2016, Beyonce brought her eye-popping Formation World Tour to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. All 45,000 or so available tickets sold out, breaking the box office record for gross sales for a concert at the Dome.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Sunday, September 09, 2018
Just about everybody was at "Big" Jude Briscoe’s celebratory pre-game tailgate party Sunday, except Big Jude himself.