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Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Culture Bearer): Herreast Harrison

Herreast Harrison’s life story sings of destiny. A soft-spoken yet sharp-witted and culturally astute and involved woman, Harrison, 81, took her cues from her mother, Mattie Johnson, in her love […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Musician): Dr. Michael White

Renowned and multiple-award-winning clarinetist, composer and educator Dr. Michael White came to learn that just performing New Orleans jazz was not enough. Part of the deal was carrying on the […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: John Snyder

When John Snyder joined the Loyola University faculty as the Conrad N. Hilton Eminent Scholar in Music Industry Studies, he brought decades of creativity and expertise to the job. “One […]

The Best Music of the Year: The 50 best albums of 2018

We’ve polled our writers and editorial staff and have gathered 50 of our most recommended albums of the year. We didn’t include reissues and only included releases reviewed in 2018. […]

Music Is Freedom: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys celebrate 30 years

There was barely room to breathe November 3 at Fred’s Lounge in Mamou, a hole-in-the-wall world-famous for beer drinking and Cajun dancing at 8 a.m. (yes, 8 a.m.), Saturdays. A […]

The Fess Centennial: Professor Longhair’s 100th birthday

Henry Roeland Byrd was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana on December 19, 1918. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, the iconic pianist, vocalist and composer, affectionately called Fess, will be […]

I Did Every God Damned Thing Myself: The Dave Bartholomew Century

Dave Bartholomew celebrates his 100th birthday on Christmas Eve, just as New Orleans fetes its own 300th anniversary, a synchronicity that underscores Bartholomew’s indelible imprint on the music and culture […]

Smoky Greenwell, Johnny Sansone and Jason Ricci at the Harmonica Mini-Collective

“If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.” Charlie Parker’s famous quote is especially true of musicians residing in New Orleans—something happens when you live in […]

Hitting His Prime: Meet the crawfish-catching opera star André Courville

André Courville lives two minutes from the Atchafalaya Basin, America’s largest river swamp. At nearly one million acres, the Basin is a wildlife wonderland, home to 65 species of reptiles […]

Singer-songwriter Kelcy Mae talks about her favorite places to imbibe in New Orleans

New Orleanians know that whether you’re looking to celebrate, dance, hang out, or heal a broken heart, there is a bar in this city for you. Just ask Kelcy Mae, […]