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Aretha and Mahalia: Tonya Boyd-Cannon pays tribute

“I call them Auntie Aretha and Auntie Mahalia because even though I never met them I feel they poured so much into me—I learned from their words, from their music,” Tonya […]

SOUNDCHECK: Five Questions with Mark Caesar

Mark Caesar is a New Orleans comedian whose career stretches back well over a decade. He’s also a two-term war veteran whose comedy video “Shit New Orleans Girls Say” has […]

SOUNDCHECK: We have festivals for beignets, why not cheese?

The inaugural Fête des Fromages, a festival of cheeses, wines and music takes place November 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the […]

Spiced Hip-Hop: Judah & the Lion’s evolution

Before Judah & the Lion became the hip-hop-spiced success it is now, the genre-mashing Nashville trio was a folky worship band. Annoyed about being labeled the “Christian” Mumford & Sons, […]

SOUNDCHECK: Five Questions with Corey Ledet

Corey Ledet grew up in his native Houston, listening to Clifton Chenier, John Delafose and other zydeco heroes. But Ledet was also watching Bruce Lee and Kung Fu movies in […]

DEUTSCHES HAUS: Oktoberfest returns to New Orleans on Bayou St. John

Oktoberfest 2018 takes place on the grounds of the new Deutsches Haus at 1700 Moss Street. A brand-new Deutsches Haus is almost ready, just not in time for Oktoberfest 2018. […]

SOUNDCHECK: Five Questions with pianist Danilo Pérez

“Groove them out!” Danilo Pérez instructs musicians as a means of dealing with societal and political problems faced by the world today. “They mess with the groove that we create,” […]

GETTING HIS DUE: The Legacy of Caesar Vincent

Caesar Vincent, the honoree of this year’s Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, will likely have Cajun music pundits scratching their heads. Caesar who? And for good reason—the enigmatic Vincent (1882–1970) was […]

SOUNDCHECK: Five Questions with Michael Allen Zell

When it comes to capturing the grit and allure of New Orleans’ dark side, no one is doing it with as much style and success as author Michael Allen Zell. […]

MY MUSIC: Keith Stone

“I was a late-in-life baby, so my mom grew up in a different era in New Orleans. She loved music. My mom knew the music scene. She knew Louis Prima. When […]