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Rudy Ray Moore was one of the first to put rap and rhyme to rhythm

Rudy Ray Moore—the notoriously blue comedian, blaxploitation star and rap pioneer that Eddie Murphy portrays in the much-anticipated Dolemite Is My Name—had strong ties to New Orleans. In 1957, Moore […]

Barbara Shorts celebrates her 70th birthday

It’s a triple celebration. On October 6, singer-actress Barbara Shorts will combine her Parade of Stars variety show, 70th birthday party as well as the debut of her new single […]

MY MUSIC: Jamie Lynn Vessels

“I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. My mom, just like her mom did for her and her five siblings, had me and my brother learn piano when I was […]

Music documentary ‘Between the Notes’ shouldn’t be missed

Given the losses it’s endured over the past year, New Orleans music could use a smart, well-crafted love letter. It gets one in Between the Notes, a half-hour documentary short […]

Astral Project’s Tony Dagradi reveals his art work

Following decades of being a renowned jazz musician, saxophonist Tony Dagradi extended his artistic reach to visual art. In 2015, Dagradi, best known for his musical explorations with Astral Project […]

Siberia becomes Carnaval Lounge

Siberia has gone south to Brazil. The new owners of the St. Claude Avenue bar, restaurant and music venue have renamed it Carnaval Lounge.  “We want it to be a […]

SOUND CHECK: Five Questions with Tree Adams

Tree Adams transitioned from singer-guitarist in a jam band to prolific composer of film and TV scores. Since 2017, he’s scored TV’s NCIS: New Orleans. The Los Angeles-based Adams recently […]

Aunt Vicki’s ethereal folk-pop has an atmosphere of its own

Erin Campbell and Lee Dyer aren’t big on planning. Last summer, the two Michigan natives, who record and perform together as Aunt Vicki, spent several months out on the road, […]

MY MUSIC: Carmela Rappazzo

“I was born in Albany but got out as soon as I could. I knew New York City was my thing because that’s where I had run always away to; […]

My Music with Michael Liuzza

“When my mama sang when I was a baby, I responded to her. My grandma told her, ‘That’s your singer.’ Singing was always around. Singing came instinctively to me.  The […]