“This is my impression of a band interview,” said Ray Micarelli, drummer and co-founder of New Orleans indie rock band Video Age, at the start of a recent band interview.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
The French Film Festival, once a summertime event, moved to earlier in the year. And the indie film-focused Film-O-Rama, another festival held at the Prytania Theatre, is no more.
Twelve semifinalists representing seven countries will compete for a top prize of $15,000 when the 27th annual New Orleans International Piano Competition gets underway this week at Loyola University.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Karen Waldrup is advertised as a triple-threat talent — a singer, songwriter and captivating performer.
Standing on the floor of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday night, Ed Lewis took a moment to ponder the 2018 Essence Festival’s success.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a contemporary bluegrass star, a British contemporary pop crooner and a spoof hair metal band.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Monday, July 09, 2018
Emotion was in short supply during the first hour of Janet Jackson’s festival-closing set Sunday at the Essence Festival. She was poised and playful but largely dispassionate. The presentation was all about the beat, the bass, the crisp choreograp…
Sunday, July 08, 2018
In the raunchy 2017 comedy “Girls Trip,” Queen Latifah plays Sasha, one of four women who get wild in New Orleans during Essence Festival.
Saturday, July 07, 2018
Friday, July 06, 2018
Thursday, July 05, 2018
When rapper and actress Queen Latifah shot scenes for the hit movie comedy “Girls Trip” during the 2016 Essence Festival, many seats in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome were empty.
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
The main music event in New Orleans this week is the Essence Festival, which fills the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for three nights. Other options around town include a remade alternative rock band and a late-night deejay set from a well-known drummer…
Monday, July 02, 2018
Henry Butler, the New Orleans piano titan who refused to let blindness impede his personal and professional pursuits, died Monday after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 69.
Friday, June 29, 2018
When the Spin Doctors released grooving, pop-savvy hits “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes” in the early 1990s, the New York City band’s burst of popularity looked like overnight success. It wasn’t.
Daryl Hall and John Oates, the best-selling duo in pop history, took to New Orleans Smoothie King Center Thursday evening. Scroll below for some of the best photos from the performance.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Daryl Hall and John Oates amassed enough hit singles and albums in the 1970s and ’80s to rank as the best-selling duo in pop music history. But at the Smoothie King Center on Thursday night, they opted to be a flesh-and-blood band rather than a hu…
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a hit-making ’80s duo, a troubled young rapper from Baton Rouge, an Australian blues guitarist and a milestone anniversary for a popular local cover band.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo gave credit where credit was due at a full Champions Square on Tuesday night. Specifically, he credited Pixies, the band that preceded him on the same stage.
Homegrown star Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue, are slated to headline a "Hometown Threauxdown" at Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square on Oct. 20.
Two hours before the scheduled 5 p.m. opening of the 2018 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo on May 18, the festival’s producer, Jared Zellar, was overseeing last-minute preparations. An hour later, he was running for cover as a sudden, severe microburst of …
Monday, June 25, 2018
Verses in many languages extol the joys of singing around a glass of beer. The Beer Choir, a new national organization with nearly 20 chapters — now including one in New Orleans — wants to revive that tradition by compiling those songs and giving …
Thursday, June 21, 2018
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Hall & Oates is the best-selling duo in the history of popular music.
The vast, long-vacant second story of New Orleans’ downtown casino has found a flashy new tenant: The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans, a multimillion-dollar live music and entertainment venue slated to open in early 2019.
Eleven songs into the Eagles concert at a full Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night, the late Glenn Frey materialized on the stage’s LED-screen backdrop. His 25-year-old son, Deacon, had just finished filling in his lead vocals on “Peaceful Eas…
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The Eagles returned to New Orleans' Smoothie King Center June 20, featuring both longtime members and guests.
The live music options in New Orleans this week include a fanciful world music keyboardist from Greece, an indie-rock band from the 1990s and a free Cajun and zydeco festival in Armstrong Park.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Nearly 25 years after the release of its eponymous “Blue Album,” Weezer is still enjoying success and rocking crowds. Currently, the band is touring behind its eleventh studio album, “Pacific Daydream.”
The 1987 publication of “I’m With the Band” introduced Pamela Des Barres to people outside the rock ’n’ roll world. The book’s subtitle — “Confessions of a Groupie” — explains its popularity and infamy.
Monday, June 18, 2018
After what appears to be the final round of talent announcements, the roster of the 2018 Essence Festival is finally set.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Hoping to recoup some revenue lost when a severe storm scuttled the first day of the 2018 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, the festival is throwing a benefit concert for itself and its vendors.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
During a November 2016 interview with The Washington Post, Don Henley all but announced the Eagles' demise. Glenn Frey, his musical partner of 45 years, had died 10 months earlier, and Henley couldn’t envision the Eagles without him.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include an arena-level pop-rock band, a pinup worthy pop star and a jazz musician who alternates between a trombone and seashells.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Nicki Minaj and Future are slated to bring their co-headlining NikkiHndrxx Tour to the Smoothie King Center on Oct. 30. Following various pre-sales, tickets go on sale to the general public on June 15.
Thursday, June 07, 2018
School may be out for the academic year, but the work of music educators Maxim Samarov and Phillip Larroque isn’t finished. On Saturday night and Friday, June 15, the two founders of the New Orleans Chamber Orchestra have a duo of concerts to conduct.
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
What makes for a 20th anniversary Voodoo Music + Arts Experience? Pretty much the same thing as the festival’s 18th and 19th editions.
The live music options in New Orleans this week include a country-pop superstar, a Scottish indie-pop band and a homegrown Russian punk band.
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
The members of local jazz-funk ensemble Naughty Professor are asking for the public’s help to recover the band’s touring van.
New Orleans drummer Derrick Freeman and saxophonist James Martin first joined forces by chance. They formed a sax-drums-tuba power trio because a piano player missed his flight. They staffed a fictional brass band for a music video that, to their …
Mumford & Sons, rapper/actor Childish Gambino and the indie rock band Arctic Monkeys are slated to headline the 20th anniversary Voodoo Experience in City Park this fall.
Monday, June 04, 2018
In a clever promotional stunt, producers of the 2018 Voodoo Experience stationed a Zoltar fortune-telling booth at the Dat Dog restaurant on Frenchmen Street on Saturday night. Between 8 p.m. and midnight, the mechanical Zoltar dispensed clues abo…
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The live music options in New Orleans this week include a bluegrass-flavored jam band, an ‘80s hitmaker on a solo acoustic tour, and an acclaimed jazz guitarist who now specializes in West African music.