Budding opera singers dream of performing onstage at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Amici, a local support organization whose full name is the New Orleans Friends of the Metropolitan Opera National Council, helps some of these aspiring singers m…
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin was not from New Orleans. But that didn’t make her ineligible for a memorial second-line parade Thursday night in the Treme neighborhood.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin's father, the flashy religious orator Rev. Clarence LaVaughn "C.L." Franklin, was a rock star in the gospel world. He was also a close friend of Mahalia Jackson, the New Orleanian deemed the greatest gospel singer of them all.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Guitarist Leo Nocentelli recently acquired a new piece of home decor of which he is quite fond: a bronze Gramophone.
Options for live music in New Orleans this week include an acclaimed Americana duo, a double bill of dramatic, orchestral rock, and a veteran reggae singer.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Jazz singer Anaïs St. John has staged a string of shows that honor iconic female vocalists, such as Tina Turner, Donna Summer and Eartha Kitt.
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include an unconventional rap star, a veteran contemporary R&B singer and a three-pack of rock bands from the ’80s and ’90s.
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Perhaps not surprising for a singer who came of age with soul/R&B band L.T.D. in the 1970s, Jeffrey Osborne is unabashedly old-school in his musical tastes.
For evidence of Tank & the Bangas’ ever-growing national profile, look no further than the nearest newsstand (should you succeed in finding one).
Sunday, August 05, 2018
All those hours Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds spent sculpting his body couldn't strengthen the one small part of his anatomy he depends on the most: his vocal cords.
Sunday, August 05, 2018
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
The first word on Galactic’s 1996 debut album belonged to Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet. “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to New Orleans, Louisiana, home of the hits,” he intoned in his knowing, sandpapered drawl. “And if you're from outta town ... wel…
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Inspired by New Orleans’ most famous musical son, Louis Armstrong, Satchmo SummerFest returns Friday through Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz Museum.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
New Orleans rapper Slangston Hughes is balancing two careers — as a musician and an activist for the music community.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Local musicians are known for lending their talents to worthy causes. But for the Blind Boys of Alabama, this weekend's benefit for Educare New Orleans is personal.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a venerable gospel group, a local bluesman celebrating a birthday and a ’70s power-pop band that scored a hit with a Fats Domino song.
Kirasu, a self-described “music, science and visual arts experience inspired by a kind of divine physics hidden behind everything familiar,” is as much a philosophy as it is a band.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
“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.
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.
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
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.