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A Lasting Legacy: Scott Aiges and his wife Lisanne are leaving New Orleans for Denver

Scott Aiges, the first “official” Times-Picayune music writer; band manager; entrepreneur; organizer of multiple events around the city; former director of the New Orleans Music Office; and most currently an […]

The Rolling Stones American Tour in 1981 set a record that would stand for 33 years

It’s the Summer of ’81 and Keith Richards, attired in a black bomber jacket, black t-shirt, black jeans and blue suede boots, strides into the rural Massachusetts recording studio basement—Long […]

Essence: The Party with a Purpose

Essence Fest holds many vivid and very individual memories for those who’ve attended the fest, as well as those who’ve performed. There was Aretha Franklin’s stunning appearance at the first […]

Natural Appeal: Marc Morial remembers the birth of Essence Festival

“The festival has exceeded my wildest imagination,” exclaims Marc Morial of the 25th anniversary of the Essence Festival. Morial, who is currently the President of the National Urban League, was […]

The Royal Affair: Alan White of Yes has played drums with rock royalty

Archetypal prog-rock band Yes traversed North America last year on its fiftieth anniversary tour. Yes is bringing its time signature-shifting, riff-packed, melodic and majestic repertoire to American stages again this […]

The Rolling Stones from the Inside Out: A conversation with Bernard Fowler

When the Rolling Stones come into town for the group’s No Filter tour, fans will be cheering original members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts. There might even be […]

A Second Chance: Why New Orleans matters to the Stones

The year was 1979. The place was the Venue, a well-appointed nightclub near London’s Victoria Station. The packed house cheered as the lanky figure of Charlie Watts stood up behind […]

Waiting on Mac

When I learned that Dr. John passed away, I went into a state of shock. Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack Jr. had been ill for some time and had stopped performing, […]

Five Questions with photographer Laiken Joy

Laiken Joy is a photographer who grew up between Nashville, Tennessee and Lake Charles, Louisiana. She’s garnered attention as the photographer for Kelly Green, the official DJ for Curren$y’s Jet […]

Rick Olivier on Rick Olivier

Rick Olivier has created some of the most iconic photographs of legendary musicians such as Eddie Bo, Snooks Eaglin, Earl King, Boozoo Chavis, and George Porter Jr. As a musician, […]