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Elvis Close-Up: The King Revived at NOMA

The king died thirteen years ago this month. Elvis, the first mega-star in the galaxy of American popular music, had lived to the ripe old age of 42. He may […]

Movers and Shakers: Music Scene Makers

If it be true that music makes the world go round, the question still remains: what makes the music? Obviously, the musician. But is that all? No—as many a talented-yet-poor […]

Jamaican Vibration: June Festivals

June is the month to celebrate New Orleans’ Caribbean heritage, with two major reggae/Caribbean festivals held at different sites in the city. Reggae Riddums ’90 offers a “Caribbean weekend in […]

Jazz Fest!

Here’s the latest info on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. There are quite a few changes at this year’s Fest. In addition to more stages this year, the […]

Spring Festivals: In-Fest-Ation

Ah, springtime in Louisiana! Every mother’s son and every son’s church puts on their own version of a fair or festival in April throughout Louisiana. Just so we can lead […]

Interview with Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville, born January 24, 1941, is “the” voice of New Orleans. In a city that has a long history of diverse song stylists—from the early originators such as Louis […]

Fear? Loathing? Mecca? Bourbon Street: A Survival Guide

“I had narrowly missed some guys at the end of the strip—and I was lucky enough to escape death.” —from “Hell on Wheels,” a religious pamphlet found in the gutter […]

Gospel! Religious Music in New Orleans

New Orleans has long been famous as a get-down music city of the first magnitude, but this party town is also prolifically endowed with a large number of churches as […]

Brass Band Jazz, Part One

(The first of a three-part series on Modern Brass Band music. Read parts two and three.) St. Clair Bourne, an African-American filmmaker with over 30 documentaries and features to his […]

Ellis Marsalis Interview

It’s easy to understand why Ellis Marsalis seems almost gratified by something his students almost take for granted. “Growing up in New Orleans, there was always some opposition, especially at […]