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New Music: The House Levelers

As local colleges fill up for the fall semester, the number of progressive rock aficionados in New Orleans also increases. Though often overlooked, a progressive community has flourished in New […]

Street Music

…A stranger to New Orleans…upon entering the square finds the multitude packed in groups of close, narrow circles, and in the center of each circle sits a musician… —Henry Edward […]

Truly Alternative: And Now For Something Completely Different…

If I had a muffuletta for every band working out in New Orleans, I’d have my lunches covered until at least 1993. The following bands cover a musical spectrum from […]

New Orleans Rock: On the Scene

Before reading any further, stop to picture in your mind what you think of when you hear the words “New Orleans music.” I’ll wait. Now, what did you see? If […]

Spare Parts July/August 1991

Greetings, gates, and welcome back to another heaping helping of Spare Parts. I just returned from New Yawk City and the Louisiana influences were all over the place. I caught […]

Steve Lacy Sextet, Snug Harbor, June 9, 1991

Those who were fortunate enough to see the Steve Lacy Sextet perform at Snug Harbor June 9 were witness to some of the most artistic and creative improvisational music in […]

Local Brews

When the weather gets hot, thoughts turn to things both cool and refreshing. Cold soups, chilled seafood and salads are all popular this time of year. And when it comes […]

Great Moments of New Orleans Rhythm and Blues

ROY BROWN – GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT I heard the news/There’s good rockin’ tonight! It was a song of things to come. It opened with a Judgement Day blast of horns […]

Pat Benatar and Roomful of Blues: Blues Surprise

You’d have thought that if anyone was a committed female rocker, it would be Pat Benatar. Sure, early Simon and Linda Ronstadt were considered strictly pop artists and they strayed […]

The Classic Ellis Marsalis

Ellis Marsalis, easily one of the most important jazz educators today, gives us a lesson of a different kind on the A.F.O. release The Classic Ellis Marsalis. It is a […]