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MY MUSIC with Dikki Du a.k.a. Troy Carrier

“I was nine years old when I first started playing zydeco. My uncle John used to play the washboard for my father [Roy Carrier], and he didn’t make it one […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with Gina Brown

Gina Brown has performed for social aid and pleasure club parades, at the Essence and Jazz Fests, and as the face and voice of Louisiana Lottery commercials. The singer also […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with photographer Polo Silk

Sthaddeus “Polo Silk” Terrell is a venerated photographer whose work has been invaluable in capturing moments in New Orleans hip-hop, club, street, and second line cultures. Soon, he’ll launch a […]

5 Questions with Cleopatra Welch: a nine-year-old’s perspective of Katy Perry

I once disliked modern radio pop music, from Puff Daddy to Taylor Swift. But now that I have two young daughters, I think of that iHeartRadio junkfood music as made for […]

Bringing New Flavors to the Gumbo: Winter Circle Productions

The BUKU Music + Art Project, the swarm of nighttime shows, plus Bassik, the electronic dance music series that’s been throbbing in New Orleans since 2010—all are brought to this […]

Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week

Once upon a time, the best way to learn Cajun music and zydeco was to leave Cajun and zydeco country. Master musicians from the homeland, meaning southwest Louisiana cities like […]

No Bucket, No Beer: Smithsonian Folkways releases Jazz Fest box set

One of the hottest items in the record stores at Jazz Fest this year will be the 5-CD set Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a compilation […]

My Music: Leon Chavis

“Boozoo [Chavis] was my great-uncle and all his brothers played. My grandfather also played but people didn’t know him because my grandmother didn’t want him to play in the clubs. […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with Gina Leslie

Gina Leslie has been hosting Sidney’s Saloon Sundays for the last two years. The weekly late-night series features two local bands before Leslie closes out with a set of her […]

Longhair Revelation: Per Oldaeus’ scrapbook

Per Oldaeus heard Professor Longhair for the first time in 1973. Longhair’s 1959 Ron Records release, “Cuttin’ Out,” was in a stack of vinyl 45s a friend had brought home […]