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Your 2019 French Quarter Festival from A to Z

Celebrating its 36th anniversary, the 2019 French Quarter Festival has a total of 23 stages with music that represents just about every genre from traditional jazz, brass band, funk, Latin, […]

Ooh Baby! Margie Perez will wow the crowd at French Quarter Festival

There was a time when Margie Perez didn’t think of herself as a performer, aiming instead for a gig writing songs behind the scenes. Those days are long gone, and […]

Fais Do-Do: Bruce Daigrepont is back at Tipitina’s

If it’s true that history repeats itself, then a portion of Cajun musician Bruce Daigrepont’s life is “déjà vu all over again,” as Yankees legend Yogi Berra once quipped. After […]

A Trombone-Lovin’ City: Corey Henry carries on the tradition

Trombonist Corey Henry hails from a family full of noted drummers including his grandfather, Chester Jones; his uncle, Treme Brass Band leader Benny Jones; and an uncle who played with […]

Right Here, Right Now: Cole Williams, the punk empress of African rock

Cole Williams was once described as a cross between Grace Jones and the girl next door, an unlikely combination that only makes sense if your neighbor is one of the […]

NOLA Gypsy Jazz: Mike Harvey could not live without performing

After 12 years of gigs and two albums, gypsy jazz band the Courtyard Kings became Mike Harvey’s Hot Club. Of course, the Quintet of the Hot Club of France—that 1930s […]

Ready, Set, Go! Galactic makes its French Quarter Festival debut

It’s been a long time coming. Galactic, the New Orleans funk-rock-jazz band that plays 100 tour dates a year, is finally making its French Quarter Festival debut. “We’ve talked to […]

Man in the Mirror: Kevin Naquin is staying true

“Man in the Mirror” is more than a song title for Cajun musician Kevin Naquin. When Naquin looks in the mirror, he sees reflections of his father Jessie, who died […]

Branford Marsalis: Melody is at the base of all music

“I play music, I love playing music,” tenor and soprano saxophonist Branford Marsalis simply states while talking about his longtime quartet’s latest, impressive release, The Secret Between the Shadow and the […]