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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 […]

Cuba’s Havana Jazz Festival: Divorced in 1960 but still madly in love

Politics divides, but jazz unites. —Ronell Johnson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band trombonist. The Havana Jazz Festival is probably best-known as the place where Dizzy Gillespie first heard Irakere, whose members […]

AF The Naysayer is finally telling his story, in three parts

This month, producer AF The Naysayer will release the first installment of a three-part series of music titled PARTS. Its arrival will mark the culmination of a long waiting period […]

The culture is for everybody, says Monogram Hunters Big Chief Pie

Tambourines ring and sewing needles fly with particular intensity during the weeks leading up to Carnival Day as the Mardi Gras Indians prepare for the holiday. On Sunday evenings, many […]

I Believe in Rock ’n’ Roll: River Gibson of LVVRS is not faking anything

If former “American Idol” contestant River Gibson played Cajun music, he could be gigging in his native Acadiana every day. But waltzes and two-steps never moved him. Green Day did. […]

The One That’s Got the Mojo: The Ric and Ron Records legacy

During the 2018 holiday season, Shirley and Lee’s 1956 hit, “Let the Good Times Roll,” accompanied Walmart’s Christmas-themed TV commercial. In 2016, Professor Longhair’s 1959 recording of “Go to the […]